Professional Nursing


Professional Nursing: Gaining Clinical Experience

This course is designed to prepare senior students, who have identified nursing as a clear career goal, for a collegiate registered nursing program. Students will learn through classroom instruction and practice in a clinical skills lab. Major units of study include nursing history and career exploration, pharmaceutical math, CPR/First Aid, nursing skills, and medical terminology. The course will introduce students to the nursing process, nursing documentation, effective communication skills, medical ethics, and NCLEX-RN style assessment questions. Students will learn and use APA style in the production of a research paper. Dual college credit options are subject to change based on instructor qualifications and college requirements. 

Note: Students must provide their own transportation for clinical experiences.


This program gives high school students the opportunity to earn college nursing credit and more quickly complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing through the University of Central Missouri.

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  • Grade: 12 ONLY
  • 2.5 GPA (Unweighted)
  • 90% Attendance
  • Algebra I, B- or better
  • Reading/Writing: 10th grade level
  • Biology with B- or better
  • Chemistry with B- or better
  • Outside class Internet access is required.

Other Requirements for Clinical Placements:

  • Background Check
  • Negative Results from Drug Screening
  • Proof of immunizations


  • Anatomy/Physiology (completed or concurrent enrollment)
  • Chemistry II
  • Algebra II
  • College Prep English

High School Credits: 3 units

LSR7 Weighted:  .666

NON Lee’s Summit Schools Weighted Credit: Varies by school

College Dual Credit: MCC BIO 150 (2 credit hours for eligible students); UCM NUR 1700/2710 and NUR 2000 (4 hrs credit for eligible students) MCC requires Accuplacer placement or an equivalent ACT score.

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STA’s Professional Nursing program provides hands-on experience.

Student Testimonials

“We get to go in to hospitals and do patient care. We get to experience so many things. After attending Summit Tech, it feels like I’m ready to go on and be a nurse.” Jillian Smith, Ray-Pec HS Graduate

“While I was in my nursing seminar today at MU, I wanted to you know that I always enjoyed the experience at STA. I can truly say I appreciate and value that experience. The nursing program was one of the most prepratory and beneficial experiences I have ever been apart of.” Tyler Wilson, Raytown South Graduate

“Thank you for being the core deciding factor of my career choice. Being a nursing major has been challenging but nevertheless, an amazing privilege. Completing Pre-professional Nursing has allowed me to be much more knowledgeable than many of my colleagues and has given me strength to stay dedicated. I’m currently interning for the Center of Disease Control and Prevention at the University of Michigan. The internship is called Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP), where I have been placed at an HIV/AIDS Resource Center for 10 weeks while also taking public health courses. Once more, I would like to thank you for piloting me in the right direction and developing a great health care professional.” Derrick Young – Grambling State University (2010-11 STA Student)

“I am in the nursing program in order to gain knowledge and skills. I love this program and have learned so many new things and met so many amazing people.” Zach Canole, Blue Springs HS 2013 Graduate

Gina Gavin
Instructor: Professional Nursing
Casey Thomason
Instructor: Professional Nursing

Professional Nursing Program