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 or would like more information, please contact an 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.

End of program student learning outcomes
  • 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 our students in meeting this new criteria, we are revising the program curriculum – changes will begin with the fall 2021 semester. This will not impact admission requirements, frequency of admission, or the timeframe to complete the program. The major changes include adding nutrition as a general education course to meet the needs of a BSN program, and a change in credit allocation from 70 credits to 68 credits.

NUR-050 - Transition Into Associate Degree Nursing

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. 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. 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

Intent to Register for Spring 2022

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.

The Intent to Register form for spring 2022 will open on September 7 at 9 a.m. and close on September 24 at 5 p.m.

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 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
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 050 Nursing Role Transition (grade of "Pass" required receive credit for NUR 110; this course does not yield credits toward the degree) 3
NUR 106 Concepts of Nursing (minimum grade of "C" required)** 3
NUR 110 Introduction to Nursing (minimum grade of "C" required)** 8
NUR 112 Nursing Care of Clients with Uncomplicated Health Care Needs (minimum grade of "C" required)*** 8
NUR 211 Nursing Care of Clients with Complex Health Care Needs (minimum grade of "C" required) 8
NUR 212 Nurse Management of Client Care (minimum grade of "C" required) 8
NUR 213 Professional Issues in Nursing (minimum grade of "C" required) 2

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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 106A Math Applications* 3
BIO 140 Microbiology and Immunology 4
NUR 106 Concepts of Nursing (minimum grade of "C" required)** 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 132 Human Anatomy and Physiology II*** (minimum grade of "C" required) 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
NUR 110 Introduction to Nursing (minimum grade of "C" required) 8

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
PSY 206 Human Development- A LifeSpan Approach 3
NUR 112 Nursing Care of Clients with Uncomplicated Health Care Needs (minimum grade of "C" required) 8

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
NUR 211 Nursing Care of Clients with Complex Health Care Needs (minimum grade of "C" required) 8
Semester 5
COURSE ID TITLE CREDITS
Aesthetic Sensibility Any Aesthetic Sensibility Elective**** 3
NUR 212 Nursing Management of Client Care (minimum grade of "C" required) 8
NUR 213 Professional Issues in Nursing (minimum grade of "C" required) 2

Part-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
Aesthetic Sensibility Any Aesthetic Sensibility Elective**** 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 106 or NUR 050 Concepts of Nursing (minimum grade of "C" required)** or Transition into Associate Degree in Nursing 3
MAT 106A Mathematics Applications* 3

Semester 6

Course ID Title Credits
NUR 110 Introduction to Nursing (minimum grade of "C" required) 8

Semester 7

Course ID Title Credits
NUR 112 Nursing Care of Clients with Uncomplicated Health Care Needs (minimum grade of "C" required) 8

Semester 8

Course ID Title Credits
NUR 211 Nursing Care of Clients with Complex Health Care Needs (minimum grade of "C" required) 8

Semester 9

Course ID Title Credits
NUR 212 Nursing Management of Client Care (minimum grade of "C" required) 8
NUR 213 Professional Issues in Nursing (minimum grade of "C" required) 2

*If a student tests out of MAT-106A, it is strongly suggested that student takes MAT-131, Introduction to Stat I.

**Advanced Standing LPN students take NUR-050 instead of NUR-106.

***Strongly recommended that six-week summer science courses NOT be taken concurrently with summer clinical nursing courses.

****THA-105 or THA-114 recommended.

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.)