This class is offered offered each Fall and Spring semester. A new class begins each August and January per the college’s academic calendar.
Who: RN's who have not met the 960 hour AZBN practice requirement at time of license renewal; RN's with an unrestricted, active or inactive license, RN’s with practice experience after obtaining licensure from respective board of nursing or after obtaining licensure in a foreign country; new graduate nurses who have never practiced nursing after obtaining RN licensure; nurses with a confirmed RN preceptor for the clinical portion of the course who want to update nursing theory and skills.
Please note, all prospective students must have a confirmed preceptorship placement prior to course enrollment.
What: 10 credit hour theory/clinical course. All of the theory is delivered online. The clinical component includes in-person lab sessions and clinical hours with an RN preceptor. This course is offered in a modular format. Content is based in medical/surgical nursing. In addition, all Refreshers will update in modules relating to the core standards of nursing, pharmacology and nursing skills.
Refreshers are required to attend a class meeting at MCC's Southern & Dobson campus during the first week of the course. Once you are enrolled in the program you will be given instructions regarding the meeting date/time/location and directions on how to access the online course and resources.
How Long: The course is 16 weeks long. The last several weeks are reserved for the clinical component (campus lab sessions and the 132 hour preceptorship).
Preceptorship: All Refreshers are eligible to complete the preceptorship in a medical/surgical environment. If the Refresher has been previously employed in a specialty area such as Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Psychiatric/Mental Health, or Critical Care, he/she may complete a preceptorship in that specialty (a resume/curriculum vitae is required).
The school may facilitate selected hospital preceptorship placements. Refresher students are strongly encouraged to find his/her own preceptor. Refer to “Options for Preceptorship Placement” in the RN Refresher Information Packet for specific guidelines.
Additional Course Requirements: Prior to starting your preceptorship at the agencies, each student must pass a drug calculations test, and demonstrate skills competency. You will need to purchase a Nurse Pack which contains supplies/equipment needed for your skills check-offs. You will also need to download copies of the Preceptorship Handbook for yourself and your healthcare agency. Those handbooks will be available through your online course.