Southeast Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences (SEH College of Nursing, or SHCNHS) has had its ups and downs. It started off in 1928 but closed down during the depression period and later re-opened in 1990. Before closing, the hospital based school was offering RN training but resurfaced with only a LPN to RN diploma program. More allied health program were added to the school and this led to change of name from Southeast Hospital college of Nursing to the current name in 2000. Nursing programs for students with no prior nursing education were also re-introduced around the same time.
Nursing at Southeast Hospital
Nursing programs at the college is offered in collaboration with Southeast Missouri Hospital; which the college is an integral part of. The College offers associate degree in nursing as its preparation for the NLCEX-exam for students who want to become register nurses and is accredited by National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The nursing program accepts three groups of students: the fresh nursing student, the Licensed practical nurse and the Paramedic technician. The latter two undergo bridging programs before being admitted into the nursing program as explained below:
Associate Degree Nursing Program
The two–year nursing program is meant to prepare students to write the NCLEX-RN exam upon which they become registered nurses. It requires 72 credits hours to complete which are offered as a joint venture between Southeast Missouri State University and the College hospital. All general education courses are taken at the university while the nursing and allied health courses are offered at the Southeast Hospital College of Nursing.
Students may choose between the traditional coursework delivery format that entails day classes and few evening classes or the exclusive evening/weekends study format. Completion leads to the award of an Associate in Applied Science degree.
LPN to RN Bridge Options
This is meant for licensed practical nurses who want to get into professional nursing. Eligible candidates take a NLN Mobility Foundation exam for which they receive advanced standing. As in the ASN case, some courses are offered in Southeast Hospital while others are offered at Southeast Missouri State University.
Upon acceptance into the LPN to RN Bridge program, students can choose the 1-year accelerated track for which nursing course are scheduled for 7-week terms. Alternatively, individuals can also take the two-year track for which nursing courses are offered in 14-weeks terms. The same curriculum is covered for both tracks and completion leads to eligibility to write the NCLEX and award of the Associate in Applied Science in nursing degree.
Paramedic to RN Bridge Option
For Paramedics who want pursue professional nursing, this is the option for them. This paramedic to RN bridging track allows students to receive credits for advanced standing status towards the associate of science in nursing degree. Candidates must provide a copy of their current, valid and undisciplined Paramedic certification to be allowed to apply. Unlike the other two programs, the paramedics to RN students take courses on a part time format. In this regard, classes are held twice per week for a period of two years. Completion leads to the award of the Associate in Applied Science degree and eligibility for the NCLEX-RN.
Southeast Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences
2001 William St, Cape Girardeau,