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 health professionals 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.

The associate’s degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Upon successfully meeting all the requirements of the program, you will be eligible to apply for licensure by examination by completing the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The application and requirements for nursing licensure are unique to each state. For additional state specific information, please refer to the State’s Board of Nursing for full requirements.

Graduates may also seamlessly enter a number of registered nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs. 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 first meet with the academic advisor for nursing. 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. You must meet specific admission criteria to enter the clinical component.

End of program student learning outcomes prior to fall 2021
  • Integrate critical thinking when incorporating knowledge from the sciences and humanities in the delivery of professional nursing care
  • Utilize the nursing process in meeting the health care needs of individuals of diverse sociocultural identities across the lifespan;
  • Implement the roles of the associate degree nurse in a variety of healthcare delivery systems;
  • Demonstrate behaviors that reflect the values of nursing as a caring profession.
Fall 2021 curriculum update

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing is modifying the NCLEX-RN exam. To assist students in meeting the new exam criteria, as of fall 2021 the nursing curriculum has been revised. The new curriculum includes the following End of Program Student Learning Outcomes:

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

NUR-050 - Transition Into Associate Degree Nursing
This course is for licensed LPNs only.

Due to the revision of the curriculum starting in fall 2021, please review the breakdown of when NUR-050 and NUR-107 will be offered:

  • Spring 2021: NUR-050
  • Summer 2021: NUR-050
  • Fall 2021: not offered
  • Spring 2022: NUR-107

The transition into the new curriculum and NUR-107 will begin in spring 2022. Please speak with your advisor for more information. For questions, email nursingprogram@mc3.edu.

Coronavirus update

Many of the clinical agencies are now requiring the COVID-19 vaccine, with zero exemptions. Should you not wish to receive the vaccine, you may not be able to attend clinical, and therefore not meet course and/or program objectives, State Board and accrediting body requirements. 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

Special Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted to the Nursing Program as either a Standard Admission or an Advanced Standing Admission. 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 the Nursing Program at Montgomery County Community College.

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.

Students who wish to be considered for admission to the clinical component of the Nursing Program must present credentials in accordance with the following admission requirements.

About the admission process

The Nursing Program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Courses required by the Nursing Program curriculum are taught throughout the year, with three classes being admitted each academic year (fall, spring and summer).

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 your form will not be processed.

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.

Intent to Register for Spring 2022

The Intent to Register period for spring 2022 is now closed.

Intent to Register for Summer 2022

Beginning with the summer 2022 admission cycle which will open in spring 2022, you may only take the TEAS exam twice a year. In addition, 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)

 


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 Socioloy 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

In order to maximize the student’s learning there are times when course requirements may necessitate irregular scheduling, adjustments in section assignments, or changes in placement for clinical experience. Students will be informed of any changes as promptly as possible.

Students may repeat two NUR courses. Should a student need to repeat a third NUR course, they will be dismissed from the program. (As per the Nursing Student Handbook a student may request to repeat a third NUR course, permission will be given on an individual basis based on safe clinical performance and recommendation by a faculty committee.)