The Department of Nursing offers three options for students applying to the nursing program.
Traditional Admission: Students are admitted once a year in September. This option offers the four nursing courses over two academic years – Fall/Spring, Fall/Spring. There are no nursing courses in the summer in this option. Students may be first-time college students or have had previous college experience.
Post Baccalaureate Accelerated Associate Degree Option: Students are admitted once a year in May (summer session). The four nursing courses are offered in Summer/Fall/Spring/Summer spanning a 14 month time period. 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.
Advanced Placement Option: Students are admitted once a year beginning with a noncredit transition course in the fall semester. The course focuses on bridging the information between the role of the Licensed Practical Nursing and the Registered Nurse. Students then join the Nursing 132 course in the spring semester and complete the sequence of three courses as stated in the Traditional option. Priority is given to LPN's and military medics for admission.
Upon successful completion, students receive credit for Prior Learning for Nursing 101.
The Nursing curriculum prepares students for beginning staff nurse positions in acute, long-term care and community-based facilities. Staff nurses plan, provide and evaluate nursing care for individual health maintenance or health promotion needs. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students receive an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and are eligible to sit for the state licensure examination to become a registered nurse (R.N.).
Nursing students attend classes at the College. Selected clinical laboratory learning experiences under the guidance of nursing faculty are provided at a variety of health care agencies in Philadelphia. These experiences provide students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning in client care situations. The availability of learning experiences may necessitate evening or weekend clinical laboratory assignments for students.
The Nursing curriculum is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3390 Peachtree Road, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000, www.acenursing.org and is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
The Department of Nursing 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. This fourth designation is from 2016-2021.
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing requires the disclosure of licensure pass rates for a 3 year period of time.
National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination Pass Rates for CCP First Time Test Takers