Make Helping Others Your Career

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    Program Duration: Two Year Program
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    Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
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    Total Credit Hours: 64
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About This Program

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.

Program Options

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.

Program Admission and Requirements

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Transfer Opportunities

Bloomsburg University

Public university in Pennsylvania offering diverse programs.

Drexel University

Private research university in Philadelphia known for co-op programs and innovation.

Eastern University

Private Christian university known for its faith-based education.

Jefferson University

Healthcare and science-focused institution in Philadelphia.

La Salle University

Private Catholic university in Philadelphia, known for diverse programs and excellence.

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Launch Your Career in Nursing

  • 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.

Career Outlook


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Featured Career

Registered Nurse

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management.

Starting Pay: $59,736

Nursing student works at a hospital bedside.

Responsibilities of the Registered Nurse

  • Perform physical exams and health histories
  • Provide health promotion, counseling and education
  • Administer medications, wound care, and numerous other personalized interventions
  • Interpret patient information and make critical decisions about needed actions
  • Coordinate care, in collaboration with a wide array of healthcare professionals
  • Direct and supervise care delivered by other healthcare personnel like LPNs and nurse aides
  • Conduct research in support of improved practice and patient outcomes


RNs practice in all healthcare settings: hospitals, nursing homes, medical offices, ambulatory care centers, community health centers, schools, and retail clinics. They also provide health care in more surprising locations such as camps, homeless shelters, prisons, sporting events and tourist destinations.