Essential Requirements

Attributes needed to succeed in TCC's Nursing Program and in the field of Nursing.

The nursing profession is a highly respected field. The reasons for this are many, but largely because patients put their lives in our hands. Nurses must be worthy of that trust. The nursing program has the responsibility to assure the public that its students and graduates are competent in all areas of practice.

Each individual, upon entering the practice of nursing, assumes a measure of responsibility and public trust and the corresponding obligation to adhere to the standards of nursing practice. The nurse shall be responsible and accountable for the quality of nursing care given to clients. This responsibility cannot be avoided by accepting the orders or directions of another person.”

WAC 246-840-700, state law relating to nursing care. Nursing students and graduates are held to this law.

What Nurses Need to Know

As students work through the educational process to achieve the Associate Degree in Nursing, they are required to assimilate knowledge of nursing science as well as clinical skills. Students must also develop good judgment for appropriate decision-making.

With the acquisition of this knowledge, students and graduates must be able to function as safe practitioners. In order to safely function in the role of a student and/or registered nurse, one must exhibit the highest standard of physical, cognitive, and behavioral abilities.

Essential Requirements

The nursing faculty has an obligation to socialize students into the profession beginning with the point of entering the program. Students will be held to the essential requirements below:

Clinical Expectations

Students must meet all minimum requirements of all nursing program clinical affiliate agencies, which may include:

  • background checks
  • documentation of immunizations or proof of immunity
  • drug screening
  • draft registration (males only)
  • proof of citizenship and legal residency
  • Onboarding/training modules

A general nursing job description was developed to assist in outlining these basic requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to determine what, if any, accommodations would need to be made for the student to perform the job successfully.

Access Services

If a student needs specific academic accommodations it is the student’s responsibility to request them by contacting Access Services. The student will participate in an intake appointment to discuss the disability and identify the specific accommodations that may be needed. Once approved, Access Services will provide the student with an Accommodation Letter and it is the student’s responsibility to give a copy of this letter to their instructors. Students are encouraged to schedule a time to meet with their faculty to discuss the accommodations that will be made and agree on any details that are not covered in the accommodation letter.

Testing Accomodations 

Students using testing accommodations must also schedule their tests with the Certification and Testing Center (not Access Services). This should be done with as much advance notice as possible. This process is explained in greater detail during the student’s intake appointment. The instructor will then receive an email from the Testing Center asking for the test to be sent to them. The instructor will complete the form “Instructions for Use of Access Services Accommodated Testing” and return it to the Testing Center with the test. When the test is complete it will be sent to the instructor for grading. 

Note: All students are responsible for all requirements of each specific course in the nursing program and accommodation for special needs does not guarantee that the same accommodation will be made for the student when taking the NCLEX exam for licensure.

A temporary disability will be handled in the same way as a permanent one. A written release from a primary care provider may be required to clear the student to perform all tasks.