Multiple educational opportunities are offered through the nursing department: Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Practical Nursing (PN) which ladders into the ADN and LPN-C.
The Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) is a comprehensive educational program. The sequence of theory and clinical courses allows for progression of knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for the graduates' entry into practice. Upon completion of the ADN program, the graduate is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN. The program is offered at the Grand Island Campus. In addition, the first year of the program and the nursing block clinical rotations can be completed at the Columbus Campus or Kearney Center. The program is approved by the Nebraska Board of Nursing. The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, 404-975-5000.
Advanced Placement ADN students are licensed as practical nurses and enter the ADN program in the 2nd year of coursework beginning with the Advanced Health Assessment course (LPN).
The Practical Nursing Program (PN) provides the common body of knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for the practical nurse’s entry into practice. Upon completion of the diploma program, the graduate is eligible to take the NCLEX-PN. After successfully passing the licensure examination, the individual can enter into practice as a Licensed Practical nurse. The program is offered at the Kearney Center, the Grand Island Campus and Columbus Campus as a 1-year or 2-year curriculum plan. The program is approved by the Nebraska Board of Nursing.
The LPN-C program is designed to facilitate licensed nurses 'understanding of fluid and electrolyte balance and intravenous fluid therapy to include medication administration and to be knowledgeable of the LPN-C scope of practice.'
The Paramedic to RN students are graduates of a collegial paramedic program and are licensed as a paramedic. The student begins the nursing program in the first year with Paramedic to RN transition courses. At the second year the student will enter the traditional theory and clinical courses. On successful completion of the program the graduate will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN. The program is offered at the Grand Island Campus.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Prioritze patient-centered care based on the unique needs of the human throughout the lifespan.
- Explain the nursing process to promote ideal clinical outcomes through the use of critical thinking and clinical reasoning supported by evidence-based practice.
- Recommend the human to develop adaptive responses to stressors in order to reach an optimal state of wellness.
- Integrate effective communication strategies with individuals, families, groups, and members of the health care team.
- Exemplify professional role behaviors and caring attitudes within the scope of practice of the registered nurse reflecting a commitment to ensure high standards of nursing care.
There are many employment opportunities for registered nurses in hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health care agencies, industry, schools, armed forces, and physicians’offices. Career and employment services are provided by the college.
Opportunities for practical nursing graduates licensed as LPNs are numerous in the health care field. LPNs are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, physician and dentist offices, home health care, armed forces, and many other health agencies. Career and employment services are provided by the college.
Nursing Aide (N.A.) and Medication Aid classes are offered through Extended Learning Services.
Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing Programs is selective. Applicants must apply to the college and the nursing program through the admissions office, submit official transcripts of transferable course work, complete assessments (ACT, COMPASS, ASSET) and achieve required exam entry scores. Students must meet academic eligibility in their general education course work and achieve and maintain a cumulative CCC GPA of 2.8 for the ADN students and a cumulative CCC GPA of 2.0 for the PN students throughout the program. A grade of “C” or higher is required in order to continue to progress through the program. Students must have successfully completed a Nurse Aide course and be listed in the Nebraska Nurse Aide registry with the exception of Advanced Placement ADN students. For more detailed information on the nursing admissions procedure, see the college web site or contact the Admissions Office at the Grand Island or Columbus campuses.
Admission into the LPN-C course requires a current LPN license and successful passing of a math and pharmacology pretest.
Typical Program of Study
To assist students in determining the sequence of courses they might take to complete their educational goal, the proposed program of study is provided by their adviser. A student’s final program of study will be influenced by factors such as placement test scores, transfer courses and program admission requirements. A student intending to major in this program must consult with his/her adviser prior to any academic planning and registering.
Associate Degree in Nursing