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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Join us for an upcoming information session to learn more about our Nursing program degree options, and admission requirements for each option.

Traditional option. For this option, students may be first-time college students or have had previous college experience:

Post Baccalaureate Accelerated option. This option is limited to only those students who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a non-nursing major and have met additional prerequisites. In addition to nursing courses, students must show evidence of completion of all other program courses. Biology 109, Biology 110, Biology 241 and Diet 111 must be completed or in progress at time of application:

Advanced Placement option. Starting with a course that bridges the information between the role of the Licensed Practical Nurse and the Registered Nurse, students then join the final courses of the traditional program option. Priority is given to LPNs and military medics for admission, and all applicants must have grades for Biology 109, English 101, Diet 111, Math 118 and Chemistry 110 on their student data sheet:

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Nurse Practitioners– est. salary $122,786
Nurse Midwife
 – est. salary $114,657
Registered Nurse  – est. salary $90,906*


**EMSI Data, 2022; The greater Philadelphia region; a percentage of people in these jobs may have 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 or
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)
    Writing/Research/Info Lit 1
BIOL 109 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 credits   Scientific Reasoning
NUTR 111 - Introduction to Nutrition 3 credit   Major Course
NURS 101 - Nursing I 7 credit Corequisites: BIOL 109, NUTR 111, ENGL 101 (must be taken prior to or concurrently) Oral Communication/Creative Expression
  • 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 degree
  • 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
NURS 132 - Nursing II 7 credits Prerequisites: NURS 101 must be taken prior; BIOL 110, ENGL 102, FMNT 118 or above (must be taken prior to or concurrently) Major Course
BIOL 110 - Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits Prerequisites: BIOL 109 with a grade of "C" or better Major Course
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper or
ENGL 102H - The Research Paper (Honors)
3 credits   Writing/Research/Info Lit 2
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra 3 credits FNMT 118 or higher (suggest MATH 251) Quantitative Reasoning

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
CIS 103 - Introduction to Information Technology  3 credits   Technology Competency
NURS 231 - Nursing III 7 credits   Major Course
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology (Honors)
3 credits   Cultural Analysis & Interpretation

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
NURS 232 - Nursing IV 3 credits   Major Course
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
Students are free to substitute this with any other general elective.
Humanities Elective
Math 251 - Statistics for Science or 
General Elective 
3 or 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

Can take additional electives for selected RN-BSN program for additional credits for full-time status.

  • If this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship

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.”

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