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 who have never practiced nursing after passing the licensing examination; RN's with an active license, not under stipulation with the AZBN, who want to update nursing theory and skills.
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 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 20 weeks long. The last eight weeks are reserved for the clinical component (campus lab sessions and the 132 hour preceptorship). The course is self-paced, however, all theory content must be completed in the first 12 weeks of the class (prior to the start of the preceptorship).
Clinical Placement: 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).
Preceptorship: A limited number of Refreshers will be eligible for a possible hospital placement using 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. Clinical placements in a hospital are NOT guaranteed. CAPS participants are strongly recommended to find their own preceptors as a back-up. Refreshers wanting to do a preceptorship outside of a hospital or with a hospital that does not participate in the CAPS system, will need to find their own preceptor. Students must have all health & safety requirements completed in order to be eligible for CAPS registration (registration deadline is approximately one month prior to the start of the preceptorship experience).
Additional 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.