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Practical Nursing Certificate


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Health Workforce Shortage Program
Selective Admissions Program

 

Offered at CCBC Dundalk only

 

Program Directors:

Nursing Program Administrator

Assistant Dean, School of Health Professions
Dr. Shawn P. McNamara
443-840-1360 or smcnamara2@ccbcmd.edu

Program Director - Catonsville
Ms. Elizabeth Webster
443-840-4570 or ewebster@ccbcmd.edu

Program Director - Essex
Dr. Mary Kay DeMarco
443-840-1433 or mdemarco@ccbcmd.edu

Program Director - Dundalk
Ms. Cheryl J. McNamara
443-840-3137 or cmcnamara@ccbcmd.edu

 

Semester Sequence


This is a suggested schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits.



Fall Semester Year 1 - Prior to Selective Admissions*


Spring Semester Year 1 - Prior to Selective Admissions


Fall Semester Year 2, Prior to Selective Admissions


  

Program Requirements and Electives - 28 Credits


Total Credits Required for Certificate: 46*


Notes


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed college coursework at other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101  in the first semester at CCBC. This is a 1-credit class, and it does not count towards the number of credits required for a degree or certificate. Students are required to provide an official transcript(s) to document successful completion of college coursework at another institution(s) for this requirement to be waived.

**BIOL 110  is a General Education course and is a pre-requisite for BIOL 220  and BIOL 230 . The option to challenge or receive a waiver for BIOL 110  can be requested through the Biology Department. (Different programs within the School of Health Professions have different Biology requirements; these are noted in each specific program of study.

 Students planning to enter the nursing program should address this alterative with an academic advisor or counselor.

Program Description


The Practical Nursing program is a 12-month, 46-credit certificate program designed to provide theoretical and clinical laboratory study in nursing that will enable students to learn to assist other licensed health care professionals, such as registered nurses and physicians, and work as members of a health care team.  Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply and take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN).  The program is accredited by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

Admission


Effective January 5, 2015, applications for all School of Health Professions programs, except Dental Hygiene and Physician Assistant, are processed in a new Central Application Service called CCBC CAS. The link to the CAS and the application instructions are located in the program admissions packet at the School of Health Professions website. You will need a CCBC student ID number and a CCBC student account password to complete the application. If you have questions about the CCBC CAS process, contact the School of Health Professions Admissions Office at (443) 840-1989 or read the FAQ selections at the bottom of each page inside the CAS application.

 Admission Process for the Practical Nursing Program

Admission to the program is a separate process from admission to the college.  Admission to the School of Health Professions programs is competitive, selective, and is based on established criteria.  Information about admission processes for the programs in the School of Health Professions and the Admission Application form are available on-line at School of Health Professions website.

Application Deadline

Admission into the Practical Nursing program is competitive.  Admission applications should be completed by April 15th.  In addition, applicants must register to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) prior to the application deadline.  A new admission application must be completed for each new admission request. 

Students are encouraged to make a financial plan prior to entry since full-time employment is strongly discouraged during the clinical nursing sequence.  Information relative to scholarships and loans is available from the Financial Aid office. 

Admission Criteria

  1. Criteria for consideration for admission into the Practical Nursing Program
  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Successful completion of prerequisite courses with a “C” or better. 
  3. GPA of 2.0 or greater for all past CCBC courses. 
  4. Competency in math, reading and English
  5. Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) 
  1. BIOL 110 is a prerequisite for BIOL 220 and BIOL 230.  The option to challenge or receive a waiver for BIOL 110 can be requested through the Biology Department.  Students planning to enter the nursing program should address this alternative with an academic advisor or counselor.

 

School of Health Professions Policies


Students in the School of Health Professions are expected to conduct themselves according to an honor code; exhibit professional behavior; communicate effectively in English; provide proof of health insurance, immunizations, and a tuberculosis (TB) test; and submit to a criminal background check and random drug testing. Students are expected to pay the costs associated with these requirements.

Program Outcomes/Competencies


Upon successful completion of the certificate program, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate evidence-based practice in the delivery of nursing care;
  2. demonstrate culturally and spiritually competent care; and
  3. collaborate with other members of the health care team to provide high quality patient-centered care.  

Other


Financial Aid Statement


Financial Aid students are encouraged to make a financial plan prior to entry since full-time employment is definitely not recommended during the clinical nursing sequence. Information relative to scholarships and loans is available from the Financial Aid office. Scholarship opportunities can be found on the Maryland Board of Nursing website at www.mbon.org

Legal Implications


Upon successful completion of the Associate of Science degree in Nursing, the graduate applies to take the National Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).  Permission to take the NCLEX-PN examination is established by law and granted by the Maryland Board of Nursing.  The Board may deny a graduate this permission for a variety of reasons.  This includes: 8-6A-10 (a)4- if convicted of or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to a felony or to a crime involving moral turpitude, whether or not any appeal or other proceeding to have the conviction or plea set aside [Nurse Practice Act, Annotated Code of Maryland].

During the clinical components of the program, clinical sites may determine to decline a student based on the criminal background check or drug screen.  If a student is declined by two clinical facilities, they are unable to meet clinical objectives and cannot progress in the nursing program.

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