Nursing Program Options
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
LCC’s Nursing Program is nationally accredited and affords graduates the ability to sit for the State Board Exam for RN licensure.
Over the course of five semesters of full-time coursework, students move through a sequence of courses progressing from basic to complex. Theory classes are provided on campus as well as a significant number of lab hours in which students practice and perfect new skills for their new profession. Students are provided a large number of clinical experiences from local nursing homes and hospitals to acute care experiences at a distance in adult health, obstetrics, pediatrics and psychiatric nursing. In addition, students are also given the chance to learn more hands on clinical experience with three fidelity human patient simulators that are provided right on LCC campus.
The program is offered in a full-time format on the LCC campus, beginning in August and ending in May. This Associate Degree program is comprised of two levels. After successful completion of Level I, students have the option to take a summer course to qualify them to sit for the PN licensure exam (NCLEX-PN). Level II is the second year of the program.
Once students complete the program and become an RN, they are encouraged to continue their education to achieve a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) and even a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN).
By the end of the program students will be able to:
- Provide safe, quality evidence-based patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to diverse patient populations
- Engage in critical thinking and clinical reasoning to make patient-centered care decisions
- Implement quality measures to improve patient care
- Participate in collaborative relationships with members of the interdisciplinary team, the patient, and the patient’s support persons
- Use information management principles, techniques, and systems, and patient care technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making
- Provide leadership in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse patient populations
- Assimilate professional, legal, and ethical guidelines in practice as a professional nurse
- Promote a culture of caring to provide holistic, compassionate, culturally-competent care
Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate
As an option to the two-year ladder registered nursing (R.N.) program, students may choose to obtain a Practical Nurse Certificate after successfully completing Level I.
Certified Nurse Aide & Emergency Medical Technician Certificates
Lamar Community College offers additional certificate options in the field of healthcare including Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Learn more about these certificates by reviewing our Allied Health options.
Morgan Clark, RN, MSN
Director of Nursing and Allied Health
It is good to be home! I am a Southeastern Colorado native and am very happy to return home to give back to the community that gave so much to me! My husband (also a SECO native) and I have one spoiled German Shorthair Pointer. We like to spend our free time outside-golfing, camping, boating in the summer. In the colder months, I enjoy reading historical non-fiction, listening to true crime podcasts, and spending time with family playing cards or board games.
I am a proud LCC alum, graduating with my Associates of Applied Science in Nursing in April 2012. Through the dual enrollment agreement with University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, I worked on BSN classes while here and completed that degree in August 2012. I have worked in long term care, med/surg, mental health, and public health areas of nursing before going into nursing education full time. I was also an adjunct nursing instructor for LCC for 4 years before becoming a full time instructor. I obtained my MSN with an emphasis in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University in April 2020 and am working on my doctorate.
The best part about being an educator, is helping students achieve those “ah ha” moments. Many think that nursing is a skill set, but in reality it is a way of thinking. So helping student master the nursing process and watching them critically think their way through complex case scenarios is so rewarding. I believe that the small class sizes here at LCC can make a significant difference in the education nursing students get and am proud to be a member of this team. Let’s go Lopes!
Mary Ann Turner, RN, MSN, NE
Learning is one of the most empowering and important human experiences. The ability and desire to learn are the key attributes that allow us to gain knowledge, wisdom and personal growth. The opportunity to impart knowledge through teaching is one of the most important responsibilities we have as faculty members. I believe that excellence in teaching originates from an insatiable desire to learn, and a constant pursuit to maximize one’s ability to communicate information to others.
In my educational pursuits I have utilized the ladder model in acquiring my nursing education. I received both a PN and ADN from Otero Junior College in 1992. I then completed a BSN from the University of New Mexico and most recently completed a Master’s in Nursing with an emphasis on Education from Walden University.
I joined the LCC nursing faculty team in 2004. This has enabled me to promote the nursing profession through the training and development of future nurses. I believe that aspiring to be a great teacher is one of the most noble of goals; in it is the power to impart knowledge, to influence thinking and to ultimately create positive change in the world.
I look forward to meeting and working with each and every one of you.
Jordan Mallard, RN, MSN
I’m Jordan Mallard, I graduated from McClave high school and attended nursing school here at Lamar Community College! I then graduated from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with my BSN and Aspen University with my MSN with an emphasis in nursing education. I have been a practicing nurse for almost seven years, my experience includes correctional nursing, home health, long-term care, medical surgical and labor and delivery. Labor and delivery and nursery is definitely my passion! I continue to work at Prowers Medical Center in New Beginnings Birth Center on a PRN basis. I live in Hasty with my husband, three kids and one dog. We like to go out on the lake during the summer and fish. I am excited to be back at Lamar Community College teaching, running our on-campus clinical simulation and working with the current faculty! Go Lopes!
Kara Reeder, RN, BSN
I’m Kara Reeder and I am a native of our area and moved back to raise my family after obtaining my BSN degree from Texas Tech and working in critical care nursing for 8 years in Amarillo and Lubbock. I have 3 children with my husband, Dustyn. I have expertise in ICU, Surgical, Chemotherapy, and Leadership Nursing areas, and was previously a clinical adjunct for our LCC program. I am happy to be part of the team and exited to help guide the next generation of health care professionals in Southeastern Colorado.
Are you an LPN (or have all of your LPN credits) and want to become an ADN? Come to Lamar Community College and get the credits you need to kickstart your career this summer!
In NUR 1089, we will expand upon your existing nursing knowledge and help you grow in your healthcare career. Through both classroom and clinical experiences, you’ll learn more about:
- The roles and responsibilities of the ADN
- Nursing process
- Critical thinking
- Legal and ethical issues
- The care of special populations and
- Nursing practice issues related to specialized skills.
The clinical focus will be on the care of pediatric and obstetric patients.
NUR 1089 offer four credits (2 credits theory = 30 contact hours; 2 credits clinical = 60 contact hours.)
**All students who exited a PN program without completing NUR 1050 or equivalent course will be required to complete this course prior to entry into the third semester of the program
More information coming soon
More information coming soon