Nursing: Registered Nurse

The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum provides knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs which impact health. 

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of health, nursing, and humans. Clinical content emphasizes the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.  The clinical component provides the opportunity to practice giving direct nursing care to clients in acute, long-term and community health care settings under the guidance of qualified nursing faculty.

Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.

The Department of Nursing offers two options in the Nursing Program that lead to the RN: the RN Program, designed for students with no formal nursing studies and the Advanced Placement, LPN Transition Option. The latter option is open to currently Licensed Practical Nurses who have met admission requirements and successfully pass the challenge process. Both are selective admission programs that have classes offered in the day and early evening.

The Nursing Program can be completed in two years. Graduates are awarded an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing. The total credits are 68 credits. All Nursing students must receive a grade of “C” or above in all nursing and science courses before progression to the next course. For all nursing courses, a 78% is the minimum grade for a “C”. A grade of “95” must be received on the medical-dosage calculation examinations. This exam is given in every semester and must be passed for progression in the program.

This program of theoretical and clinical study prepares students for an entry-level position as a Registered Nurse. The theoretical component is comprised of general education and nursing courses. The clinical component within the nursing courses provides the opportunity to practice giving direct nursing care to clients in acute, long-term and community health care agencies under the guidance of qualified nursing faculty.

Upon completion of the program, graduates qualify to take the State Board of Nursing Examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse. Nurses practice in a wide variety of settings ranging from hospitals to laboratories.

The responsibilities of students of the nursing profession are to:

  • Learn and encompass nursing standards in your behavior in all areas. 
  • Lead by personal example and assert a positive influence on other nursing students. 
  • Master the skills, knowledge and attitudes required in your nursing profession which includes professionalism, ethics, honesty, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, time management, caring, respect for various cultures and promoting positive outcome through communication. 
  • Actively engage in the nursing course of instruction, including all readings, assignments and examinations in order to apply the information for safe and effective patient care. 
  • Participate in extracurricular activities, services and educational opportunities both on campus and in the community. 
  • Support your college, your community and the Nursing Program. 
  • Be a proud representative of Cumberland County College’s Nursing Program.

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