Nursing

Nursing

  • Degree Type Degree
  • Program outcomesTransferEnter the workforce
  • Area of StudyHealth
  • Total Credit Hours68

Our Nursing Program combines the art and science of nursing to create caring professional nurses who demonstrate critical thinking and the ability to care for patients across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings. Classes take place at our Blue Bell Campus in the state-of-the-art Health Sciences Center and combine theory with practical application. You'll gain experience with both in the classroom, clinical environments and at our Simulation and Skills Suite.

Graduates are prepared to complete the National Council Licensing Examination–Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). You may also seamlessly transfer your registered nurse (RN) degree to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Those with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline may be eligible to enter an RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.

Steps to apply

If you're interested in applying to the Nursing Program you must attend an information session for nursing and meet the special admissions requirements. Admission to the program's clinical component is highly competitive and based on student grades and results on the TEAS exam.

Indicating nursing as a major on the College's application does not indicate automatic acceptance into the clinical component of the program.

  • Incorporate nursing knowledge to meet health care needs in clients of diverse communities across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning and judgment using the nursing process, in the delivery of safe effective evidence-based care in a variety of environments.
  • Utilize professional communication, promote inter-professional teamwork, and collaboration to achieve quality client care while recognizing differences and preserving self-worth.
  • Exhibit behaviors that reflect values of caring and professional nursing practice.
Coronavirus update

While the College does not mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for students, most of the clinical agencies require it and all recommended boosters for nursing students, with zero exemptions. Students who do not receive the vaccine or boosters may not be able to progress through the program. For those pursuing admission to the program, please take this into careful consideration.

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Accreditation

The associate's degree Nursing Program at Montgomery County Community College is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and holds full approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing in Harrisburg, PA.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
website: acenursing.org

The Nursing Program is on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s State Board of Nursing’s Approved List of Professional Nursing Programs with full approval status.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s State Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649

LPN to RN Admissions

The Nursing Program welcomes licensed LPN’s as advanced standing students annually in the fall semester.

Admission Criteria

  • Graduate of an accredited Practical Nurse Program
  • Hold an unencumbered licensure as a practical nurse from the Commonwealth of PA
  • High School Diploma or equivalent on file at the college
  • Submit LPN transcript and any college transcripts.
  • Must meet one of the following:
    • Option 1
      • Placement into Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 131)
      • TEAS® composite score of 75% or greater
      • TEAS® Reading Comprehension score of 75% or greater
    • Option 2
      • “B” or better in BIO 131, BIO 132 or BIO 140
      • TEAS® composite score of 65% or greater
      • TEAS® Reading Comprehension score of 75% or greater

Advanced standing students, who are licensed LPNs, take NUR-107-Introduction to Professional Nursing: Concepts for Transitioning to Practice provided and must meet the admission criteria prior to enrolling in NUR-107. NUR-107 must be taken within one year prior to entering the clinical component of the Nursing Program.

You will have 6 semesters to complete the Nursing Program from the date of enrollment in the first NUR course.

Special Admission Requirements

The Nursing Program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. You may be admitted to the program as either a standard admission or an advanced standing admission student.

  • Standard admission students are those without a nursing license and have not attended another nursing program.
  • Advanced standing students are those that are licensed LPN’s or have attended another nursing program and are transferring in good academic standing to Montco's Nursing Program.

Admission selection occurs three times each academic year (fall, spring and summer) using an Intent to Register and randomization process. To be considered for standard admission randomization, you must complete an Intent to Register form and submit by the following dates:

  • Fall semester: Forms must be received by May 31 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Spring semester: Forms must be received by September 30 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Summer session: Forms must be received by February 28 at 11:59 p.m.

Students who apply to the College and indicate Nursing as a major, must meet specific admission criteria to enter the clinical component of the Nursing Program. Declaring nursing as a major does not indicate automatic acceptance into the clinical component of the Nursing Program. If you wish to be considered for admission to the clinical component of the program, you must present credentials in accordance with the following admission requirements.

Nursing Admissions Process

How to Register for NUR-108: Introduction to Concepts of Nursing

If you are interested in registering for NUR-108: Introduction to Concepts of Nursing, you must complete the NUR-108 Intent to Register form.

All pre-requisites and requirements for NUR-108 must be completed before you submit the form or you will not be eligible to register for the course.

Due to the high demand for the Nursing Program and limited clinical sites available to the College, admission is based on a lottery system. If you meet all prerequisites and requirements, you may complete the Intent to Register form during open registration.

The College offers three open registration periods each academic year. Once registration closes, all qualified applicants will be randomly assigned a number electronically. You will either be placed into your desired section or on the waitlist based on your number and available seats.

The program does not carry over waitlisted applicants to the next open registration period. If you do not receive a seat in the course for the period you applied for, you must complete a new Intent to Register form during the next registration cycle.

Complete the Intent to Register form

Admission selection occurs three times each academic year (fall, spring and summer) using an Intent to Register and randomization process. To be considered for standard admission randomization, students must complete an Intent to Register form and submit by the following dates:

  • Fall semester: Forms must be received by May 31 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Spring semester: Forms must be received by September 30 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Summer session: Forms must be received by February 28 at 11:59 p.m.

You may only take the TEAS exam twice a year. All transcripts, grades, and TEAS scores must be submitted by the following dates:

  • Fall admission – March 1
  • Spring admission – August 1
  • Summer admission – November 1

Documents submitted after the due date for the semester you are seeking registration will not be accepted.

TEAS Exam

The College is offering the TEAS® exam. Please review the TEAS information packet (PDF) for important information.

To take the TEAS® exam and to attend the Nursing Program, you will need access to the following:

  • A laptop or desktop computer (no tablets or Chromebooks)
  • A webcam
  • A microphone

Download the TEAS® Student Proctoring Guide (PDF)

Clinical Compliance Requirements

Information regarding a variety of immunizations, background checks, certifications, forms, and training will need to be completed for the Nursing Program's compliance requirements.

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Program Curriculum

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General Education Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
ESW 206 Basic Nutrition 3
MAT 106 Mathematics Applications 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 206 Human Development - A Life-Span Approach 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Aesthetic Sensibility Aesthetic Sensibility Elective 3

Major Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 131 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (minimum grade of "C" required) 4
BIO 132 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (minimum grade of "C" required) 4
BIO 140 Microbiology and Immunology 4
NUR 108 Introduction to Concepts of Nursing 2
NUR 114 Concepts of Nursing I: Promoting Wellness in the Individual and Community 6
NUR 115 Concepts of Nursing II: Caring for the Adult Client with Acute and Chronic Illnesses 3
NUR 116 Concepts of Nursing III: Caring for Children and Child-Bearing Families 3
NUR 215 Concepts of Nursing IV: Caring for the Adult Client with Complications Associated with Acute and Chronic Illness 7
NUR 216 Concepts of Nursing V: Clinical Decision Making 2
NUR 217 Concepts of Nursing VI: Caring for the Client Across the Lifespan Experiencing Life-Threatening Health Care Needs 6
NUR 218 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice 3

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Full-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 131 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (minimum grade of "C" required) 4
MAT 106 Math Applications* 3
BIO 140 Microbiology and Immunology 4
NUR 108 Introduction to Concepts of Nursing 2
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 132 Human Anatomy and Physiology II*** (minimum grade of "C" required) 4
PSY 206 Human Development: A Life-Span Approach 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
NUR 114 Concepts of Nursing I: Promoting Wellness in the Individual and Community 6

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
ESW 206 Basic Nutrition 3
NUR 115 Concepts of Nursing II: Caring for the Adult Client with Acute and Chronic Illnesses 3
NUR 116 Concepts of Nursing III: Caring for Children and Child-Bearing Families 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
NUR 215 Concepts of Nursing IV: Caring for the Adult Client with Complications Associated with Acute and Chronic Illnesses 7
NUR 216 Concepts of Nursing V: Clinical Decision Making   2
Semester 5
COURSE ID TITLE CREDITS
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility 3
NUR 217 Concepts of Nursing VI: Caring for the Client Across the Lifespan Experiencing Life-Threatening Health Care Needs 6
NUR 218 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice 3

Part-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 140 Microbiology and Immunology 4
ENG 102 English Composition II 3

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 131 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (minimum grade of "C" required)*** 4
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 132 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (minimum grade of "C" required)*** 4
PSY 206 Human Development: A Lifespan Approach 3

Semester 5

Course ID Title Credits
NUR 108 Introduction to Concepts of Nursing 2
MAT 106 Mathematics Applications 3
ESW 206 Basic Nutrition 3

Semester 6

Course ID Title Credits
NUR 114 Concepts of Nursing I: Promoting Wellness in the Individual and Community 6

Semester 7

Course ID Title Credits
NUR 115 Concepts of Nursing II: Caring for the Adult Client with Acute and Chronic Illnesses 3
NUR 116 Concepts of Nursing III: Caring for Children and Child-Bearing Families 3

Semester 8

Course ID Title Credits
NUR 215 Concepts of Nursing IV: Caring for the Adult Client with Complications Associated with Acute and Chronic Illnesses 7
NUR 216 Concepts of Nursing V: Clinical Decision Making   2

Semester 9

Course ID Title Credits
NUR 217 Concepts of Nursing VI: Caring for the Client Across the Lifespan Experiencing Life-Threatening Health Care Needs 6
NUR 218 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice 3