Associate Degree Nursing - Registered Nursing Program, Associate of Science

This program is designed to prepare students to enter the nursing profession as registered nurses. The curriculum provides theoretical, clinical and high fidelity laboratory study in nursing that will enable students to learn to work as members of an interprofessional health care team. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The program is accredited by the Maryland Board of Nursing and by the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The day program is offered on the Catonsville and Essex Campuses. The evening-weekend nursing program is offered on the Essex Campus. The online Nursing Program is offered on the Catonsville Campus. The online nursing program contains didactic content online. Campus labs and seminars are provided in a face-to-face format on the Catonsville campus. All programs contain a clinical component.

Program objectives

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes

The expected culmination of all learning experiences occurring during the CCBC Nursing Program is to prepare Nurse Generalists who are prepared and committed to:

  1. Promote Optimal Health for patients, families, communities, and themselves;
  2. Demonstrate sound Nursing Judgment;
  3. Continually develop their Professional Identity;
  4. Maintain a Spirit of Inquiry as they seek to continually improve nursing practice and health care.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation from the Community College of Baltimore County Nursing Program, the Associate Degree nurse generalist will be able to:

  • Collaborate within a team of health care providers to advocate for patients, families and communities in order to provide safe, high quality patient-centered nursing care;
  • Integrate effective communication techniques and caring behaviors with patients, families, and communities to improve health outcomes;
  • Provide nursing care to patients, families, and communities that support their diversity and spirituality;
  • Use informatics and evidence-based practice to examine and to advance nursing practice and improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities;
  • Design health promotion activities that contribute to the wellness of patients, families and communities;
  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility in the management of nursing care of patients, families and communities;
  • Evaluate the application of the nursing process as a systematic method of providing patient-centered nursing care throughout the life span; 
  • Apply pharmacologic principles to safely administer and evaluate effectiveness of pharmacologic agents and parenteral therapies in providing care for patients;
  • Adhere to the standards of excellence essential to professionalism incorporating ethics, integrity, caring, leadership, advocacy, and life-long learning;
  • Use quality improvement processes to promote and advance safety for patients, families, and communities within health care systems;
  • Perform nursing skills independently using available technology to meet standards of efficacy and safety;
  • Integrate patient-centered teaching into the nursing care of patients, families, and communities;
  • Demonstrate sound nursing judgment in clinical practice based on evidence which promotes optimal health for patients, families and communities.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 70*

Semester Sequence

It is strongly suggested that students complete all non-nursing course work before starting clinincal nursing courses. Please see the Nursing Admission Packet for recommended course sequencing.

This is a full-time schedule only for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

General Education English and Math requirements must be completed within the first 24 credits of enrollment.

Semester 1 - Prior to Selective Admissions*

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Important Information

Short Description

This program is designed to prepare students to enter the nursing profession as registered nurses. The curriculum provides theoretical, clinical and high fidelity laboratory study in nursing that will enable students to learn to work as members of an interprofessional health care team.

Type of Credential

Associate of Science (A.S.)

Program Code

S 200

Contacts and Additional Information

Program Directors:

Nursing Program Administrator/Dean
CCBC Essex, Dr. Shawn P. McNamara
443-840-1360 or smcnamara2@ccbcmd.edu

Program Director - Catonsville
Elizabeth Webster
443-840-4447 or ewebster@ccbcmd.edu

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

Program Director - Dundalk
Cheryl J. McNamara
443-840-3360 or cmcnamara@ccbcmd.edu

Additional Information:

  • Registered Nursing offered at Catonsville and Essex. Practical Nursing certificate offered only at Dundalk. Paramedic to RN transition course offered only at Catonsville. LPN to RN transition course offered only at Dundalk; successful students then transfer to either Catonsville or Essex.
  • Health Workforce Shortage Program
  • Selective Admission Program
  • Opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - Several General Education classes offer PLA. See Portfolio, Departmental Exam, CLEP, DSST, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate. General education classes are required for associate degrees but not for certificates.
  • Articulation and Transfer Agreements

Courses Needed for This Program*

Prerequisites - 17 Credits

Several Prerequisite courses also fulfill General Education requirements. Students must complete all courses with a C or better.

General Education Requirements and Electives - 9 Credits

General Education Requirements:

Several Prerequisite courses also fulfill General Education requirements. Students must complete all courses with a C or better.

General Education Electives:

Choose a course in this category from the list of approved General Education Courses. Students must complete all courses with a C or better.

  • Arts and Humanities (PHIL 240 recommended) 3 Credit(s).

Program Requirements and Electives - 44 Credits

Program Requirements - Non-Nursing Courses (8 Credits):

Students must complete all classes with a grade of C or better.

Program Requirements - Nursing Courses (36 Credits):

Students must complete all classes with a grade of C or better.

Notes

*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 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.)

 Transfer students who have completed BIOL 220 and/or BIOL 230 should consult with a nursing academic advisor.

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 drug testing. Students are expected to pay the costs associated with these requirements.

Admission

Applications for all School of Health Professions programs, except Dental Hygiene and Physician Assistant, are processed in a 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 to the nursing program is a separate process from admission to the college. Admission is competitive, selective, and based on established criteria. Information about admissions processes and the application packets are available online at the Nursing Admissions website. This information is also availalbe in the Admissions office on each campus.

The associate degree nursing program is a selective admission program and is offered at the Catonsville and Essex campuses. Students seeking admission to the nursing program must submit a selective admissions application and indicate the campus of interest. Students will be ranked for program admission based on specific selection criteria. (See Admissions Criteria for specific information.) A minimum of 18 preclinical credits (courses designated under admission criteria) are required for eligibility to apply for admission to the Nursing program. Students are encouraged to complete as many of the general education (pre-clinical) requirements in science, humanities, and liberal arts as possible before enrolling in clinical nursing courses. This is especially true when students have limitations on the time they can devote to study.

Admission Criteria

Detailed information for admission into the Nursing Program is available in a separate Admission Packet. All courses required for the nursing program must be completed with a grade of C or better. Additional admission requirements include: achievement of a GPA of 2.50 or higher, calculated from courses that are required for completion of the Nursing program; and a minimum overall CCBC GPA of 2.00, to meet CCBC graduation requirements. All students must complete and submit scores for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Students must have access to a computer and basic knowledge for Internet access.

Course requirements:

A. Criteria for consideration for admission into the DAY Nursing Program:

     1. For College-Ready students who are not employed: the following are the minimum courses requirements for admission:

a. BIOL 110 - Biology I: Molecular and Cells 

b. BIOL 220 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

c. ENGL 101 - College Composition I

d. MATH 125 - Finite Mathematics and Modeling (or other general education MATH class that is equivalent or higher)

     2. For students progressing through prerequisites part-time, it is highly suggested that all non-nursing courses be completed for admission, including:

  1. BIOL 220 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I. 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, case manager or counselor.
  2. BIOL 221 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  3. BIOL 230 - Microbiology
  4. CMNS 101 - Fundamentals of Communication 
  5. ENGL 101 - College Composition I
  6. MATH 125 - Finite Mathematics and Modeling (or other general education MATH class that is equivalent or higher)
  7. PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology
  8. PSYC 103 - Principles of Human Growth & Development 
  9. Arts and Humanities Elective from the list of approved General Education Courses – 3 Credits

B. Criteria for consideration for admission into the Evening/Weekend and Online Nursing Program:

  1. Students must have completed all the general education, prerequisite courses and program required courses prior to starting the nursing courses (see the list of courses in numbers 1 and 2 above)

Admitted Student Requirements

All students accepted into the nursing program at CCBC must adhere to the following College and clinical facility requirements:

  • Completion of the Student Health Profile (CCBC Nursing Physical Examination form).
  • Documentation of tuberculosis skin test,required vaccination titres and/or immunizations*
  • Documentation of current CPR from the American Heart Association Health Care Provider or other approved equivalent.
  • Proof of Health insurance coverage, which must be maintained throughout the clinical program.
  • Completion of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements and modules required by clinical agencies. (The college will make provision for all clinical students to meet this requirement.)
  • Completion of complete criminal background checks and drug screening through a vendor determined by CCBC. 

*Note: No student shall be exempt from the requirements for immunizations.  

Application Deadlines

Admission into the Nursing Program is competitive and takes place in the fall and spring each year. Selective admission applications must be completed by January 31 for the fall semester and August 31 for the spring semester. All applicants must register to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) prior to the application deadline. A new selective admission application must be completed for each new admission request.

Application for the evening/weekend program and the Online nursing program occurs only once a year. Selective admission applications must be completed by January 31 for Fall admission for evening/weekend and online.

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.

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 Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Permission to take the NCLEX-RN 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 is pending 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 decline to accept 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.

Articulation Agreements for BSN

Graduates who choose to continue their education in a baccalaureate program in nursing (B.S.N.) can transfer credits thought the Maryland statewide nursing education articulation agreement. Credits for both nursing and general education courses may be awarded or transferred to B.S.N. programs offered at state colleges and universities and some private institutions.

Students who are interested in earning a baccalaureate degree in nursing should consult an academic advisor or counselor in the Advising Center or a counselor from the four-year institution of their choice to determine the best course sequence.

Accreditation and Licensure

This program is designed to prepare students to enter the nursing profession as registered nurses. The curriculum provides theoretical and clinical laboratory study in nursing that will enable students to learn to work as members of a health care team. Upon successful completion of the A.S. portion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination of Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The program is accredited by the Maryland Board of Nursing and by the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN).