Nursing is a dynamic field that is both an art and a science. It utilizes critical thinking and the application of knowledge, skills and abilities within the context of a professional and caring relationship. It also focuses on human responses to actual health needs by adapting to the needs of an individual patient and their family. NCC recognizes that not all nursing students follow the same goal-oriented approach, and therefore offers two career options: the associate degree to become a registered nurse (RN) or the certificate to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).
Both the RN and LPN programs are comprised of general education and nursing courses that include planned clinical experience. Nursing education provides the students with basic knowledge and skills necessary for competent beginning level practice. It prepares a caring and empathetic nurse, who functions as a self-directed learner and accepts responsibility for professional behavior. Admission into both programs is selective, with minimum admission requirements including pre-required courses and a minimum GPA of 2.5 for applicants and a 3.0 for RN applicants. There is a February 1st application deadline for fall consideration (September 15th for spring RN consideration). All program applicants should meet with an academic advisor to discuss these and other eligibility requirements. Graduates of both programs share high success rates on the licensure exams and are qualified to enter the job market in a variety of roles.
Graduates of the program are active participants in the changing healthcare environment, and are able to adapt to changes in the healthcare system. Graduates also display professionalism when assisting individuals with restoring and maintaining optimal states of health. They act as patient advocates, making a commitment to the community while respecting the uniqueness of each individual patient.