The Practical Nursing curriculum provides knowledge and skills to integrate safety and quality into nursing care to meet the needs of the holistic individual, which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.
Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interdisciplinary team while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.
Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation/long term care/home health facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices.
The practical nursing student must maintain a grade of “C” or above in all General Education Courses required for graduation from the Practical Nursing Program. In the Practical Nursing Program, every required Major Course (courses with NUR prefix) must be passed with an 80 or above each semester before enrolling for the following semester. The student must pass related courses prior to or during the term scheduled before enrolling for the following semester.
The student is responsible for making sure requirements have been met and that all materials have been received by the Student Enrollment Center before the program deadline. Students are encouraged to complete all non NUR prefix courses before starting the Practical Nursing program. Completion of these courses will help prepare but not guarantee admission into the program. All communication regarding admissions/selection status will be sent via CCC student email. Student email is the official and preferred form of communication at CCC.
Admission and Selection Criteria
Admission to Practical Nursing is competitive among qualified applicants according to established criteria. There is a limited application period and exact admissions evaluation criteria are revised and updated annually.
An Application for Admission to the Practical Nursing Program will be used to determine acceptance to the Practical Nursing program. Students not selected to the program may reapply for the next year. All applications for admission must be updated annually.
Students interested in nursing should consider applying for both Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing in the event that their first choice is not available.
CCC has established admissions and selection procedures to ensure students are admitted and selected in a consistent and equitable manner. The Application for Admission to the Practical Nursing Program provides students with a checklist assisting in identifying program eligibility requirements, while outlining the admissions/selection process. Completion of these requirements will not guarantee admission to the program.
Admissions criteria must be completed prior to program deadline. The deadline for applying for a Health Science program is January 25.
Health Science Requirements:
- TEAS Score of 60
- Official high school transcript or equivalent
- Official college transcripts, if transfer credit is desired
- College or unweighted high school GPA of 2.0
- Grade of P2 in ENG 002 & MAT 003
- Application to the college
- Application to the program
Completion of the Application for Admission to the Practical Nursing Program requires completion of the following steps:
- Step 1: Complete required verification information for the Health Sciences Admissions Coordinator.
- Step 2: Complete general education courses.
- Step 3: Take the TEAS exam. There is a fee for the TEAS exam.
- Submit other required information to the Health Sciences Admissions Coordinator as outlined in the admission application to the Practical Nursing Program.
- Conditional acceptance for admission is based on the admission application. Notification of conditional acceptance, along with health examination forms will be provided.
Post-Provisional Acceptance Requirements
The following items will be requested by the Program Coordinator for students provisionally accepted:
- Criminal background check
- 12-panel drug screen
- CPR Certification. Must remain current throughout the program.
- Verification of NA I registry listing. Must remain on NA I registry throughout the duration of the program with no restrictions.
- All students accepted into the Practical Nursing program are required to have malpractice insurance.
- Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN), which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
- All requests for reentry into the Practical Nursing program must be approved by the Admissions Office and the Practical Nursing Director prior to implementation.
- Only one reentry into the Practical Nursing program will be considered.