This class is offered two times yearly. A new class begins each February and September.
Who: RN's who have not met the 960 hour AZBN practice requirement (within previous 5 years) at time of license renewal; RN's with an inactive license who have not practiced nursing within the last 15 years; RN's with an active license, not under stipulation with the AZBN, who want to update nursing theory and skills.
What: 6 credit hour theory course delivered online. 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 program orientation at MCC's Southern & Dobson campus during the first week of class. Once you are enrolled in the course you will be given instructions regarding the orientation date/time/location and directions on how to access the online course and resources.
How Long: The course is 12 weeks long. The course is structured with weekly assignments, however, all course work may be completed at the individual's pace. There are no requirements to be online at any specific times.
This course must be completed prior to taking the precepted clinical course (NUR229).
When: This class is offered two times yearly. A new class begins each February and September.
Who: RNs who have successfully completed NUR228
What: 4 credit laboratory/clinical course offered as a hybrid (combination of online and face-to-face instruction). It includes a 144 hour precepted clinical experience.
Clinical Placement: All Refreshers are eligible to complete the preceptorship in a medical/surgical environment. If the Refresher has been preveiously employed in a specialty area such as Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Psychiatic/Mental Health, or Critical Care, he/she may complete a preceptorship in that specialty.
How Long: The course requires 180 hours of laboratory/clinical time. The 180 hours is a combination of 36 hours laboratory time on the MCC campus/agency-specific orientation time and 144 hours of clinical time with an RN preceptor at his/her place of employment. Refreshers have 12 weeks to complete the course requirements but may finish earlier depending on how quickly clinical hours are accumulated.
NUR229 must be started within one calendar year of completing NUR 228. If more than one year has elapsed since completion of the online theory course, NUR 228 must be repeated.
Preceptorship: Refreshers wanting to do a preceptorship in a local hospital will be directed to an online preceptor placement system called CAPS (Clinical Agency Placement Scheduling). Students are NOT to directly contact any local hospital and/or facility associated with the parent organization (hospital) for preceptorship placement requests. Refreshers wanting to do a preceptorship outside of Maricopa County, or outside of a hospital, will need to find their own preceptor. Students must have all health & safety requirements completed AND be enrolled in NUR229 in order to be eligible for CAPS registration (registration deadline is approximately one month prior to the start of NUR229).
Course Requirements: Prior to starting your preceptorship at the agencies, each student must pass a drug calculations test, a skills knowledge 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.
Clinical Requirements: Please refer to the RN Refresher Information Packet for a listing of all program health and safety requirements. Please note, enrollment in NUR229 is contingent upon having met all of the health & safety requirements by the first day of the course. Students wishing to participate in the CAPS system must be enrolled in NUR229.