Nursing

Our program is recognized by the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education in the category of Enhancing the Professional Development of Students.

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Make Helping Others Your Career

Gain the education and training you need to play a critical role in providing treatment, support and education to both patients and their family members. You will learn legal and ethical aspects of the profession; use case studies to analyze and establish information related to patient care; work in hospitals, long-term care and community-based facilities; and use outcome measures to critically assess situations and develop treatment plans. As a student of the College’s Nursing program, you will enjoy many benefits, from an innovative curriculum to supportive faculty; state-of-the-art equipment; hands-on learning; supervised time in hospitals, geriatric settings and community-based agencies; and preparation to take the national licensure exam for credentials accepted throughout the United States.

The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) and is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Community College of Philadelphia's Nursing program is one of 15 in the country to be chosen as a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing. The program is recognized for “Enhancing the Professional Development of Students." This is the College's fourth consecutive designation as a Center of Excellence.

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Registered Nurse  – est. salary $77,052

 

EMSI Data, 2017; Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area; *these jobs may require a bachelor's degree or higher.

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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Nursing degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 credits   ENGL 101
Biology 109 - Anatomy 3 credits   Natural Science
Diet 111 - Nutrition 4 credit   Major Course
NURS 101 - Nursing I 7 credit Prerequisites: BIOL 109, DIET 111, ENGL 101 (must be taken prior to or concurrently) Major Course

This is a select program. Students must complete BIOL 106 and CHEM 110 with a GPA of 2.75 or higher before entering the program.
Students must also have completed the Kaplan test with a score of 70 or greater. Students start in the Nursing program in the fall and must apply to the Nursing program one year in advance. Students can apply while in high school or admitted to the program directly from high school, and students can apply while a student in another program at this College or transferring from another college.

  • This program is designed to provide students with the option of entering the workforce or transferring to a bachelor's degree program after earning their associate's degree
  • Follow this course schedule each semester and you’ll earn your associate’s degree in two years
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register.

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits   English 102, Information Literacy
Biology 110 - Physiology 4 credits Prerequisites: BIOL 109 with a grade of "C" or better Major Course
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra 3 credits   Mathematics
NURS 132 - Nursing II 7 credits Prerequisites: NURS 101 must be taken prior; BIOL 110, ENGL 102, MATH 118 or above (must be taken prior to or concurrently) Major Course

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
Biology 241 - Microbiology 4 credits Prerequisites: BIOL 106, BIOL 107, BIOL 109 or BIOL 123 (any with a grade of "C" or better) Major Course
Math 251 - Statistics for Science 4 credits MATH 251 is recommended because it is required for all RN-BSN programs. Students are free to substitute this with any other general elective.
Prerequisites: FNMT 118 with a grade "C" or better, or MATH 161 (or higher) placement 
General Elective

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
SOC 101 - Intro to Sociology 3 credits   Social Science Elective
Fulfills all of the Major Academic Approaches (American/Global Diversity, Interpretive Studies, and Writing Intensive)
CIS 103 - Computer Science 3 credits   Technology Competency
NURS 231 - Nursing III 7 credits   Major Course

Semester 5

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
Humanities Course 3 credits Can take additional electives for selected RN-BSN program for additional credits for full-time status.
The following courses are recommended because they are the most frequently required by BSN programs.
PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking
PHIL 111 - Critical Thinking
PHIL 211 - Ethical Problems
Humanities Elective
NURS 232 - Nursing IV 3 credits   Major Course
  • Congratulations, this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Finalize your transfer plans:
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship
  • Visit Career Connections to learn about internships and your future career possibilities

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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“Community College of Philadelphia offers an outstanding education at the most affordable price. So many people simply don’t know how well its programs are viewed in the corporate world, especially, for me, within the health care and medical sectors. The fact is, I’m treated with great respect for my academic accomplishment.”

Captain Verdell Johnson
program graduate 1995, former Marine and Police Captain

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