Learning Assistance Center


The links chosen here are those considered most helpful to a current SCC student pursuing a career in nursing. Some links are general and relate to skills needed at SCC; other links pertain to licensing and preparation for the state boards. We want to give thanks to a nurse currently associated with the SCC Nursing Department for help in selecting these links!

General Help that Comes to Mind First
How to Succeed in Nursing School:  http://www.wikihow.com/Succeed-in-Nursing-School
How to Pass the NCLEX RN Exam:  http://www.wikihow.com/Pass-the-NCLEX-RN-Exam

Tips for Surviving Nursing School and list of top online nursing schools:  http://www.nursingdegrees.com/nursing-articles/nursing-school/tips

Study Skills and Test Strategies for the New Nursing Student

Critical Thinking Strategies (links to software – includes free trials)
Homework Help
These links have been provided to encourage current SCC students to reach out to the wider world of nursing in their endeavor to pass current and anticipated curriculum courses.
  • Link to online help with calculations:
EKG Online Course (includes instruction and evaluation on how to read an EKG Strip):  http://www.rnceus.com/course_frame.asp?exam_id=16&directory=ekg

Nursing Calculators (includes dosage calculators, IV rates, infusion time, clinical calculators, conversion calculators, and drug calculators): http://www.manuelsweb.com/nrs_calculators.htm

Nursing Calculations (decimals, fractions, numbers, and percentages): https://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/content/C_SET/nursing/nursingcalculat...

School of Nursing Tutorials from UNC Chapel Hill (includes quizzes on metric conversions, tablet dosage calculations, fluid dosage calculations, and IV flow rate calculations): http://www.unc.edu/~bangel/quiz/quiz5.htm

More School of Nursing Helps from UNC Chapel; Hill: See search results (when using search term “bangel”) from UNC Chapel Hill site:  http://unc.edu/search-unc/search-results/?q=bangel&sa=Search&hq=inurl%3A...

Dosage Help – Helping Nursing Students Prepare for Med Exams by explaining Dosage Calculations: http://www.dosagehelp.com/practice_questions
  • More help with math and calculation practice:
Help from various nursing programs - includes formulas and conversions for calculating medication problems.  Also includes formulas for ratio and proportion, IV drips rates and a drip rate short cut method.
Conversions: http://www.nurse-center.com/studentnurse/nur11.html
Martindale’s Calculators Online (I-N): http://www.martindalecenter.com/Calculators1B.html
Medication Math for the Nursing Student (online practice): http://www.alysion.org/dimensional/analysis.htm
Martindale’s The “Virtual” ~ Nursing Center. Link jumps to “IV ACCESS PROCEDURES & INTRAVENOUS DILUTION STANDARDS” and provides links to multimedia clinical skills:  http://www.martindalecenter.com/Nursing_3_NPra.html#NC2-NU-IV
  • Online quizzes!! 
This site showcases a range of software to assist in teaching, learning, practice and research. All software is shareware which means that you can load it onto your computer, install it and even share it. Shareware is intended to be purchases for a nominal fee; however, you may try some tests on-line for free with no obligations whatsoever.  Quizzes are on metric conversions, tablet dosage calculations, fluid dosage calculations, IV Drop Rate calculations, etc. Check out the easy test creator for free sample tests.
  • PDA formula program (freeware which you must download):
  • APA Style is followed by over a thousand research journals in psychology, education, and other fields. The style is documented in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.; 2009). Here are three pages of the same site so that you can choose which works better for you.  The crib sheet is really handy!. The pdf file is about 12 pages long

Continuing to Nursing School

Finding a School
  • Various WCU Academic Nursing Programs
  • WCU Undergraduate Pre-Licensure Options
    ·   Traditional Pre-Licensure Bachelor of  Science in Nursing (BSN) Program A traditional, four-year pre-licensure track
    ·   Accelerated BSN Option (ABSN)   The ABSN is designed specifically for bachelor's prepared individuals who want to pursue a career in nursing. The curriculum for the ABSN option is the same as those for the Traditional BSN but is offered in four contiguous semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall), allowing students to complete the program in an accelerated time-frame.
    ·   WNC Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (WNC RIBN): A four-year A.D.N. to BSN Dual Enrollment course of study offered in collaboration with A-B Technical Community College, Blue Ridge Community College and SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE.
  • WCU Degree Tracks for RNs (See WCU site for specific links)
  • WCU Graduate and Certificate Options (See WCU site for specific links)​
Description of WCU Nursing Pre-Licensure Program
  • The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pre-Licensure program prepares you to begin the practice of professional nursing. Before applying to the School of Nursing, all students MUST first apply and be accepted by WCU Admissions. Admission to WCU does not guarantee admission to the BSN Program. Admission to the BSN Program is granted twice a year – for Fall semester with an application deadline of the preceding February 1 and Spring semester with an application deadline of the preceding July 15. Confirm these dates as they may change.
  • Admission Requirements to the BSN Pre-Licensure Program (the one SCC students would enter) 
This following link takes one to an application for the junior year of the BSN pre-licensure program. This packet is for applicants seeking admission to the four-semester (two-year) Traditional BSN Pre-licensure program. See webpage for application date deadline. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Registered Nurse licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) and apply to their State Board of Nursing for Registered Nurse licensure.
  • BSN Pre-Licensure Application (Nursing Application Packet pdf download)
Helpful Links WCU Nursing Program

Taking the State Boards

Resources to help nursing students prepare for the NCLEX
  • NCLEX Test Details:
Taken from NurseZone.com site:  “You've studied hard, finished most of your clinical experience and now you're ready for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX examination), often referred to as the "State Boards." The State Boards exam is the culmination of all the hard work you completed in nursing school. The purpose of the exam is to test and ensure the knowledge, skills and abilities for safe, competent practice in the field of nursing.”  This link takes you to some helpful information.
  • How the Test Works:
Letter of Explanation (from a student who initially failed it) http://caring4you.net/concept.html
  • More on How the Test Works: From “Test Prep Review” site:
“Both the NCLEX PN test and the NCLEX RN test are variable length, adaptive tests that are given on a computer. The lengths of the examinations are determined by a candidate's responses to test items, so candidates will have varying examination lengths, as well as varying questions on the exams. Testing will stop when the minimum number of test items has been answered, and the candidate's ability is determined to be above or below a passing standard, within a 95% certainty. Candidates have up to five hours to complete the NCLEX PN test, and up to six hours to complete the NCLEX RN test. These time limits include any necessary breaks as well as any computer tutorial time. The NCLEX PN test will have between 85 and 205 questions, and the NCLEX RN test will have between 75 and 265 questions. Out of these questions, 25 questions on the NCLEX PN test are pretest questions, which are not scored. On the NCLEX RN test, 15 questions will also be pretest questions. All questions that are presented must be answered, and candidates are instructed to make their best guess if they do not know the answer to a particular test item. Most of the test items are multiple choice in format, but there are some other formats as well. Information about these other test formats can be found in the candidate tutorial on the Pearson VUE website or on the NCSBN website.”  (Summary from Test Prep Review site links to Free Practice Tests)
  • From the National Council of State Boards of Nursing - more on the current NCLEX test plan to help you focus on reviewing for NCLEX

NCLEX Practice Tests
  • Test Prep Review (free online practice test – includes column links to many different test types and also sample questions from NCLEX & HESI Self-Assessment Modules)


Helpful resources – items that were on the NCLEX test http://caring4you.net/tests.html

Check out the Nursing review quizzes, downloadable materials and review resources (see right column links).


NCLEXPN prep  site – free sample test – must create account   http://www.nclexpnprep.com/?gclid=CLPVupjv-q4CFYuK4AodJBuWzw
  • Test Prep Review ($ NOT free)
Kaplan (online courses  $)

Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination (buying paper prep books)
Amazon (www.amazon.com)  and search  under “NCLEX-RN” – and books new and used will return

Applying for the NCLEX
Links to all boards of nursing websites and contact information are available on the Contact a Board of Nursing page: https://www.ncsbn.org/contactbon.htm .
  • North Carolina Board of Nursing Website is Website: www.ncbon.com.

Legal Concerns

  • The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide an organization through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting the public health, safety and welfare, including the development of licensing examinations in nursing.
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing Learning Extension
Online e-learning for the nursing community - these courses are not free.

NC Board of Nursing (includes information on legal concerns):
Other Helpful Resources

Professional and External Organizations HELPFUL Links
  • RNtoBSN.org  A group of professional nurses, educators, writers and editors committed to furthering nursing education, particularly as it concerns RNtoBSN and standard/accelerated BSN programs.
  • Online RN to BSN Degree Programs Directory – A comprehensive online resource for registered nurses considering a bachelor's degree in nursing. Our team has collected all the unbiased, research based information you need to make informed decisions about your education.
  • NANDA Home Our mission is to facilitate the development, refinement, dissemination and use of standardized nursing diagnostic terminology, worldwide. In support of that mission, we actively seek and participate in alliances with colleagues working in areas related to nursing diagnosis.
  • RN Central - 100 Really, REALLY Useful Web Sites for Nurses – includes listings for news & reference, communities, organizations, education, blogs, nursing history, employment, care,  and entertainment

Because the internet is a constantly changing environment, in time, some of the links on this page will no longer access the intended information.  Often times using a search engine (such as Google) can get you back on track in finding the intended information. Perhaps enough information is provided in the descriptive portion associated with each of the above links so you can navigate to the intended web page. Finally, if you know of some “must include” links that should be on this page for the benefit of your colleagues, please let the LAC Coordinator know.  Thanks. Happy hunting!