Nursing

Capital Community College is one of six colleges offering The Connecticut Community College Nursing Program (CT-CCNP), an innovative associate degree nursing program. A four-semester program designed to prepare registered nurses to function in the professional role utilizing current standards of nursing practice, the curriculum is built upon courses from the social and biological sciences, liberal arts, and nursing. These courses provide the foundation for the practice of nursing. Six core values – critical thinking, safe and competent practice, caring, professionalism, communication, and holistic care – provide the framework for organizing the nursing curriculum.

A graduate of the nursing program is awarded an Associate in Science degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Graduates can apply for licensure through the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The graduate is prepared to function as an entry-level practitioner in health care settings, such as general or specialty hospitals, extended care facilities, doctors’ offices, and clinics.

The CT-CCNP at Capital has full approval by the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing with the consent of the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). ACEN, Inc. can be contacted by mail (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326) or by phone (404) 975-5000.

Capital Community College
Enrollment Services Office
950 Main Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06103
(860) 906-5140
www.capitalcc.edu

Nursing is a dynamic profession that incorporates evidenced-based theory and skills required for safe practice. Nursing practice integrates the art and science of nursing with theoretical principles from the natural, social, behavioral, biological and physical sciences. Six core values provide the framework for organizing the curriculum. The core values are:
Critical Thinking – Critical thinking skills are essential in today’s rapidly changing health care environment. Critical thinking is a complex process that is purposeful, goal-directed and based on factual evidence. Critical thinking requires the skills of collecting, identifying, examining, interpreting and evaluating data. Critical thinking in nursing utilizes the nursing process to identify problems, determine goals and interventions and evaluate outcomes in client care situations. Critical thinking skills encourages nursing students to think for themselves and initiate appropriate interventions after defining the health care needs.
Safe and Competent Practice – Safe and competent practice embraces standards of professional nursing. These standards are implemented through clinical, cultural, and technological proficiency in a variety of health care settings. Nurses continuously strive to provide high level nursing care and to improve client outcomes based upon scientifically supported evidence.
Caring – Caring is fundamental to nursing practice. Caring encompasses comfort, empathy, compassion, concern and advocacy within a culturally diverse client population. Caring nurses enhance the dignity and integrity of individuals, families and groups within the health care delivery system.
Professionalism – Professionalism is acquired through a complex process by which the nursing student internalizes values inherent to the practice of nursing. These values include integrity, legal-ethical standards, confidentiality, political awareness, and collegiality. Professional role development includes the acquisition of knowledge and skills through life-long learning.
Communication – Communication is essential to the practice of professional nursing and includes both verbal and non-verbal skills, and information technologies to enhance client care. The nursing student develops skills in presentation, documentation, teaching, conflict resolution, assertiveness, negotiation, and therapeutic communications with individuals, families, groups, health care team, and community agencies.
Holistic Care – Nursing utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to managing care that recognizes the uniqueness of the individual. Holistic nursing has as its goal the enhancement of illness prevention, health promotion, wellness maintenance, and health restoration across the life span. Holistic care involves the identification of the bio-psycho-social and cultural dimensions of the client across the life span on the wellness-illness continuum. Clients, families, and groups are respected according to their physical, emotional, social, economic, cultural, and spiritual needs.

The Nursing Program is a two-year, four-semester program which, upon successful completion, awards an Associate in Science Degree. Sixty-eight credits are required for graduation. These include general education courses and nursing courses sequenced to build from fundamental skills to complex critical thinking skills. The program is challenging in nature, demanding mathematics, science, social science and English skills as building blocks to all that encompasses nursing practice.

Capital Community College is one of six colleges offering the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program (CT-CCNP), an innovative associate degree nursing program. The common nursing program is a four-semester program designed to prepare registered nurses to function in the professional role utilizing current standards of nursing practice. The curriculum is built upon courses from the social and biological sciences, liberal arts, and nursing. These courses provide the foundation for the practice of nursing. Six core values — critical thinking, safe and competent practice, caring, professionalism, communication, and holistic care — provide the framework for organizing the nursing curriculum.

A graduate of the nursing program is awarded an Associate in Science degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Graduates can apply for licensure through the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The graduate is prepared to function as an entrylevel practitioner in health care settings such as general or specialty hospitals, extended care facilities, doctors’ offices, and clinics.

The CT-CCNP at Capital has full approval by the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing with the consent of the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC). NLNAC, Inc. can be contacted by mail (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326) or by phone (404) 975-5000.

Capital Community College
Enrollment Services Office
950 Main Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06103
(860) 906-5140
www.capitalcc.edu
Gateway Community College
Admissions Office, Long Wharf Campus
Attention: Nursing
60 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 285-2010
www.gwcc.commnet.edu
Naugatuck Valley
Community College Admissions Office
750 Chase Parkway Waterbury, CT 06708
(203) 575-8040
www.nvcc.commnet.edu
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Admissions Office
Park Place East Winsted, CT 06098
(860) 738-6300
www.nwcc.commnet.edu
Norwalk Community College
Admissions Office
188 Richards Avenue Norwalk, CT 06854-1655
(203) 857-7060
www.ncc.commnet.edu
Three Rivers Community College
Nursing Admissions
574 New London Turnpike Norwich, CT 06360
(860) 892-5702
www.trcc.commnet.edu

The Role of the Associate Degree Graduate within the Scope of Nursing Practice

The Nursing Program will provide the graduate with the knowledge and technical skills to practice in a safe, effective and competent manner within the legal and ethical framework for an entry-level Registered Nurse. The scope of practice for the Associate Degree graduate is to provide and manage care for a diverse group of individuals, families and communities in collaboration with members of the health care team consistent with the CT-CCNP core values.

Advisement

Advisors/Counselors are available at each college to guide applicants through the admission process. Students should direct all questions to the contact at their College of First Choice. Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to attend a Nursing Information Session at the College of First Choice to learn more about the CT-CCNP.

Capital Community College
Mike Kriscenski, (860) 906-5045, mkriscenski@capitalcc.edu
Gateway Community College
Mary Beth Banks, (203) 285-2388, mbanks@gatewayct.edu
Naugatuck Valley Community College
Noreen Cerruto, (203) 575-8079, ncerruto@nv.edu
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Joanne Nardi, (860) 738-6330, jnardi@nwcc.edu
Norwalk Community College
Bill Chagnon, (203) 857-7090, wchagnon@norwalk.edu
Three Rivers Community College
Brenna Jaskiewicz, (860) 892-5778, nursingadmissions@threerivers.edu

Application Process

Applicants are required to complete a common nursing application. The nursing application is only available online and can be accessed through Banner Self Service. Applicants must have an eight-digit banner number (first eight digits of the NetID) in order to access the application. Applicants who do not have a banner number must first complete a general college application at their college of first choice and be accepted into that college before a banner number is issued. Advisors/Counselors are available at each college to guide applicants through the application process.

The application period for the nursing program is November 1 – February 1 of each year. Applicants to the CT-CCNP must complete the online nursing application and submit all required documentation to the Admissions Office at the College of First Choice by the February 1 deadline. “College of First Choice” is the college that the applicant would most like to attend. All items received after this date will be marked late and the applicant will not be eligible for admission.

It is recommended that applicants use a PC rather than a Mac when attempting to access the online application. Please make sure your browser allows pop-ups. Do not use a smart phone to submit your application. Recommended browsers are Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

Applicants may select a second choice college at the initial time of application. An applicant should only list the college(s) to which s/he would be willing to commute. (Please note: clinical sites could be within an hour radius of the college, and may require a mandatory parking fee.)

You do not need to wait for your fall course grades or TEAS results in order to submit your nursing application; however all application materials (including all final official transcripts) must be sent to the Admission Office at the College of First Choice and must be postmarked to the College of First Choice no later than February 1. Late applications and transcripts will not be accepted. All applications that are completed by the February 1 deadline will be reviewed; applicants will be notified prior to May 1 as to their admission status. Notification regarding admission into the program is done through Self Service.

No acceptance letters will be mailed.

All initial communication with students will be done through the applicant’s community college email address. Applicants that have not activated their community college email address should go to http://www.ct.edu/netid for more information.

Late applications and transcripts will not be accepted. All applications that are completed by the February 1st deadline will be reviewed and applicants will be notified by mail prior to May 1st as to their admission status.

Admission Requirements*

• High School graduate or equivalent.
• A score of 40 or higher on the College Level Math portion of the Accuplacer; OR SAT I Math score of 550 or higher; OR a score of 22 or higher on the ACT Math test; OR Connecticut Community College MAT*136 or 137, or equivalent or higher, with a grade of C or higher, completed prior to application deadline of February 1st.
• One year of high school Chemistry with a lab or Connecticut Community College CHE*111 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher, completed within five years prior+ to application deadline of February 1st.
• A passing score on the computer proficiency test or completion of Connecticut Community College CSA*105, CSA*106 or CSC*101 or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher, completed prior to application deadline of February 1st.
• Community College ENG*101: English Composition, or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher, completed prior to application deadline of February 1st.
• Connecticut Community College BIO*211: Anatomy and Physiology I, or equivalent, with a grade of C+ or higher, completed within five years prior+ to application deadline of February 1st.
• Connecticut Community College BIO*212: Anatomy and Physiology II, or equivalent, with a grade of C+ or higher, completed within five years prior+ to application deadline of February 1st or completed during, but no later, than the spring semester of application year.
• 2.7 GPA – Based on all college courses that meet the nursing admissions and nursing curriculum requirements. The Nursing GPA is a calculation specific to CT-CCNP applicants and may differ from your college GPA. (Please note: If an applicant is using a course from a Fresh Start semester to meet a nursing admission or program curriculum requirement, that course will count in the calculation of the applicant’s Nursing GPA.)
• TEAS V score. Applicants must have an adjusted individual total score of 53.3% or higher. Only scores from TEAS version V will be accepted, and must be submitted by the deadline of February 1st. Test scores will be valid for three years from the testing date (Feb 1, 2013 – Feb 1, 2016).
* Nursing program curriculum and admission requirements are subject to change. Please check www.ct.edu/nursing for the most up to date information.
+ “Five years prior” is defined as having completed the course between December 2010 and February 1, 2016.

There may be prerequisite courses that must be successfully completed prior to taking the admission requirements. Challenge exams may exist for certain admission requirements. Please consult with your College of First Choice for additional information. Students should complete the required Accuplacer computerized placement test. The placement test may be waived for students who have prior college English and/or mathematics credits.

TEAS V

The TEAS V is a multiple choice test that evaluates essential academic skills: math, science, reading, and English. It is recommended that applicants review biology, chemistry, and math content in preparation for taking the TEAS. The test will take approximately 3 ½ hours to complete. Testing fees are non-refundable. Applicants may not reschedule their test date.

Applicants must obtain an adjusted individual total score of 53.3% or higher on the TEAS V to be considered for admission. Tests taken prior to February 1, 2013 will not be accepted.
Applicants may re-take the TEAS as many times as desired. The CT-CCNP will use the applicant’s highest TEAS V score when determining eligibility. The TEAS V is administered at Capital, Gateway, Naugatuck Valley, Northwestern CT, Norwalk and Three Rivers. If the TEAS V is taken at a site other than one of the Connecticut Community Colleges, applicants must have official results sent by ATI to the College of First Choice by the application deadline of February 1. Effective July 1, 2014, all community college testing sites will be charging a proctor fee in addition to ATI’s registration fee. More information on the proctor fee will be provided at the time of registration for the TEAS.

For testing schedules and registration information, go to www.atitesting.com/ctccteas. Applicants must have an account with ATI & select a CT-CCNP college as their “Institution” of choice in order to register for the TEAS. In addition to selecting a CT-CCNP college when setting up your ATI profile, please use your Banner ID as your “Student/Employee ID.” Applicants must log into their ATI account in order to see available testing dates within the community college system.

A study manual for the TEAS V is available through www.atitesting.com. Online practice tests are also available through ATI. For additional information about the TEAS V, please visit www.atitesting.com.

Transfer nursing student from program outside CT-CCNP External transfers will be considered on a space-available basis. An external nursing transfer applicant is defined as a student who has successfully completed one or more nursing courses within the last 18 months at a program other than at one of the Connecticut community colleges, and wishes to transfer these courses for advanced placement.

Transfer nursing student from program outside CT-CCNP

External Transfer applicants need to submit a general college application and $20 application fee with the CT-CCNP application. Students who wish to transfer nursing courses with a clinical component from another college or university will be considered for transfer after the following requirements have been met:

  1. The applicant completes the CT-CCNP application, and submits the application to the Admissions Office at the college of first choice. Applicants must meet all nursing program admission requirements. Completed applications are due by July 1 for fall semester requests and January 2 for spring semester requests. Applications can be downloaded from the CT-CCNP website: http://www.ct.edu/nursing.
  2. A written request for evaluation of nursing course work and nursing course descriptions must be submitted to the Admissions Office at the college of first choice along with the CT-CCNP application. Requests will be forwarded to the Nursing Director at the college of first choice. Written requests are due by July 1 for fall semester requests and January 2 for spring semester requests.
  3. External transfer candidates must have a 3.0 overall GPA. The GPA is based on all college courses taken within the past five years and any college courses taken prior to five years that meet the nursing admission and/or curriculum requirements. The Nursing GPA is a calculation specific to CT-CCNP applicants and may differ from your college GPA. (Please note: If an applicant
    is using a course from a Fresh Start semester to meet a nursing admission or program curriculum requirement, that course will count in the calculation of the applicant’s Nursing GPA.)

Transfer Credits

Transfer credit evaluation for nursing applicants is done by the College of First Choice upon the request of the applicant. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total credits applicable to the nursing degree must be granted by the college awarding the degree. No more than thirty credit hours of non-traditional credit may count towards the nursing degree. Nontraditional credit includes CLEP, DANTES, Challenge Exams, Military Service Schools, and Assessment of Prior Learning.

Nursing Courses — Nursing credits from another college or university will be considered for transfer after a written request for evaluation of nursing course work has been received by the Nursing Director at the College of First Choice.

Non-Nursing Courses — In accordance with transfer of credit guidelines set forth by the Board of Regents, courses which meet nursing program requirements will be accepted by the CT-CCNP. Once an applicant earns credit at the College of First Choice, transfer credit for the same course from another college will not be granted.

Credits Earned Outside the United States — Transcripts need to be evaluated by the “Course By Course” option through the World Education Services Inc, PO Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, New York 10113 or other approved foreign credential evaluation service provider and submitted to the College of First Choice. Contact the College of First Choice for additional information.

Transfer Grades

Grades from colleges not regionally accredited will not be accepted in transfer. A minimum grade of “C” is required unless otherwise noted by the admission requirements. A grade of C+ will be determined when the college does not use plus (+) and minus (-) by having the student be responsible for providing the proof that the grade is a C+. A numerical grade of 77-79 will be considered a C+.

Readmission to the Nursing Program and Readmission Transition/Advanced Placement Policy
Readmission to the nursing program is based on a review of, but not limited to, past academic and clinical evaluations, and evidence of interim efforts to strengthen areas of weakness. A student is eligible for readmission to the Nursing Program once. Students who are dismissed from the nursing program because they do not meet the dosage calculation requirement are eligible to
apply for readmission. Consideration for readmission to the program can only be granted if there are available openings, clinical resources and faculty. In the event there are more readmission applicants than available openings, a ranking system will be applied. Readmission requests are evaluated on an individual basis by the nursing director or designee. Extenuating circumstances will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Readmission Requirements

  • Successful completion of NUR *101.
  • Not on Clinical Warning at the time of leaving the Program.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.70. (GPA is based on all college courses taken within the past five years and any college courses taken prior to five years that meet the nursing admission and/or curriculum requirements.)
  • Schedule an exit interview within 30 days of leaving the Program.
  • Application for readmission within 12 months of leaving the Program.
  • Submission of documentation of completion of current health requirements upon notification of readmission and prior to the start of the program.

Readmission Process

The student must:

  • Meet with the Nursing Director, course leader or designee to complete the exit interview.
  • Submit a letter to the Nursing Director at the college where the student was enrolled in the nursing program, requesting readmission to the program by:
    – April 1 for fall semester readmission.
    – November 1 for spring semester readmission.
  • Consult with the college nursing director if leaving the program after November 1st during the fall semester or after April 1st during the spring semester.
  • Describe in the letter efforts made by the applicant to strengthen the areas of concern identified during the exit interview.
    Students will be notified of their readmission status by the college within 30 days of the readmission request. Readmission is granted on a space available basis. Additional items may be required by the student to complete the readmission assessment.

A student applying for readmission who also wishes to transfer to another college within the CT-CCNP, must first be approved for readmission by the college where the student was enrolled in nursing, before making a transfer request.

CAPITAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE NURSING PROGRAM OUTCOME DATA

Class of NCLEX Pass Rate for Capital Community College National Mean 1st time AD in Nursing National Mean
2015 91.67 86.77 84.25
2014 87.00 80.71 82.86
2013 85.59 82.98 84.28

 

NURSING PROGRAM COMPLETION RATES:

Class of 2015 – 69.7%

Class of 2014 – 73.8%

Class of 2013 – 81.5%

NURSING JOB PLACEMENT RATES

15

53% (52/98)
14 53% (58/110)
13 Unavailable
The Role of the Associate Degree Graduate within the Scope of Nursing Practice The Nursing program will provide the student with the knowledge and technical skills to practice in a safe, effective and competent manner within the legal and ethical framework for an entry-level Registered Nurse. The scope of practice for the Associate Degree graduate is to provide and manage care for a diverse group of individuals, families and communities in collaboration with members of the health care team consistent with the CT-CCNP core values. The Associate Degree Nurse is responsible for his/her continued professional growth and development through continuing education programs and educational advancement to a higher degree level.

The course of study prepares graduates for employment in a variety of settings, extended-care facilities, acute-care hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, etc.

Clinical practice is offered in hospitals, extended care facilities, and community health centers during both day and evening hours. Weekend clinical practice may be required. Faculty cannot address individual student requests for clinical placements. Students are responsible for their own transportation and must be prepared to travel to facilities a distance from their homes.

Flexibility is required to meet changing course needs.

An orientation session scheduled in June is mandatory for all admitted students

Admitted students must be prepared to submit the following required health information to the Department by June 13 of the admitting year or their place in the program will be relinquished. Instructions for submission on-line will be given at the June Nursing Orientation:

  1. Physical examination done within the last year
  2. Documentation of required immunizations as described in the Nursing Admission Letter
  3. Documentation of current certification in Professional level CPR certification must remain current throughout the program
  4. Background check must be received by September 1 of freshmen year. Capital Community College is required to process criminal background checks on nursing students who affiliate at clinical sites. The purpose of the background check is to ensure a safe and protective environment for all clients, particularly populations at risk: children, the elderly, and the disabled

Students must follow the instructions for securing a background check from the Connecticut League for Nursing https://www.ctleaguefornursing.org/register.php and sign a release to allow this information to be sent to the Nursing Department. Students choosing not to consent to this procedure will be ineligible to participate in the required clinical potion of the course and will
not progress in the program.

Students who are found guilty of committing a felony/misdemeanor may be prevented by a facility from participating in clinical experiences. If you cannot participate in a clinical rotation at an assigned facility, you may not be able to complete the objectives of the course and of the program. Here is the procedure:

Should a background check reveal a student is guilty of committing a felony/misdemeanor, the Connecticut League for Nursing agrees to makes two phone calls to clinical agencies where the student will be placed. The clinical site is asked if they will accept the student given the background check found the student guilty of committing a felony/misdemeanor. The CLN does not give the college, student name or actual crime, just the category of offense. If two of the CT-CCNP at Capital Community College’s clinical sites say they will not accept the student for clinical placement, the student is not able to meet the clinical objectives and clinical outcomes of the course. The Director notifies the student and the student is terminated from the Program.

The following program of study reflects a full-time curriculum plan that students enrolled in the nursing program are required to complete for graduation. Many students make the decision to enroll in the nursing program on a part-time basis, taking the general education courses prior to the nursing courses. Non-nursing courses must be taken in the semester indicated in the plan of study below or may be taken earlier; nursing courses must be taken in the stated sequence.

The admission and pre-requisite requirements of BIO*211: Anatomy & Physiology I, BIO*212: Anatomy & Physiology II, and ENG *101: English Composition are credits (11 credits) that are part of the total 68 credits required for graduation. BIO*211 and ENG*101 must be completed prior to submitting an application; BIO*212 may be in progress and the applicant may be accepted pending successful completion with a grade of C+ or higher.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES/LEARNING OUTCOMES

The graduate will:

  1. Integrate the principles of the natural, physical, social, biological, and behavioral sciences and nursing theory to provide holistic care to individuals, families and groups across the wellness-illness continuum.
  2. Integrate nursing process and critical thinking skills for decision making in nursing practice.
  3. Provide safe and competent care to clients grounded in evidenced-based practice, quantitative competency and technological proficiency.
  4. Integrate effective communication skills through professional interactions with individuals, families, groups and the health care team.
  5. Create an environment where therapeutic interventions reflect a respect for human dignity.
  6. Collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary health team.
  7. Integrate accountability and responsibility for practice within the legal and ethical standards of the nursing profession.
  8. Function in the professional role utilizing current standards of nursing practice.

Please see NURSING PROGRAM ADMISSIONS for a complete list of nursing admissions requirements.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (7 Credits)
CREDITS
BIO* 211 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
ENG* 101 English Composition 3
PRE-REQUISITE REQUIREMENTS (4 Credits)
CREDITS
BIO* 212 Anatomy & Physiology II  4
FIRST SEMESTER (15 Credits)
CREDITS
NUR* 101 Introduction to Nursing Practice 8
BIO* 235 Microbiology 4
PSY* 111 General Psychology 3
SECOND SEMESTER (15 Credits)
CREDITS
NUR* 102 Family Health Nursing 8
NUR* 103 Pharmacology for Families Across the Life Span 1 1
PSY* 201 Life Span Development 3 3
SOC* 101 Principles of Sociology 3 3
THIRD SEMESTER (13 Credits)
CREDITS
NUR* 201 Nursing Care of Individual and Families I 9
NUR* 202 Pharmacology for Individuals and Families with Intermediate Health Care Needs 1
ENG* 102 English Composition & Literature 3
FOURTH SEMESTER (14 Credits)
CREDITS
NUR* 203 Nursing Care of Individuals and Families II 8
NUR* 204 Pharmacology for Individuals, Families, and Groups with Complex Health Care Needs 1
NUR* 205 Nursing Management & Trends 2
__ __ *Elective: Humanities** or Fine Arts 3
TOTAL CREDITS
68
 General Education Credits = 30
 Nursing Credits = 38
The symbol (†) indicates a prerequisite needs to be met
* There may be a prerequisite course that must be successfully completed prior to taking the course. Please see Course Descriptions in this Catalog.
A minimum grade of C is required in all nursing courses, a C+ in all Anatomy & Physiology courses, and a C in all other science courses in order to progress from
semester to semester and to complete the program.
Students must be capable of performing the skills of a nursing student. The standards reflect reasonable expectations of the RN student for the performance of common functions of the registered nurse. In adopting these standards the CT-CCNP is mindful of the patient’s right to safe and quality health care provided both by our students and graduates. The RN student must be able to apply the knowledge and skills necessary to function in a broad variety of clinical situations.

Each student in the Associate in Science degree program must have the ability to learn and perform the following competencies and skills:

Motor: The student must possess sufficient motor capabilities to execute the movements and skills required to provide safe and effective nursing interventions. These include, but are not limited to:

  1. Coordination, speed and agility to assist and safely guard (protect), with safe and proper body mechanics, patients who are ambulating, transferring, or performing other activities.
  2. Ability to adjust and position equipment and patients, which involves bending or stooping freely to floor level and reaching above the head.
  3. Ability to move or position patients and equipment, which involves lifting, carrying, pulling, up to and including 30 pounds.
  4. Ability to guide, resist, and assist patients, or to provide emergency care, which involves the activities of standing, kneeling, sitting, or walking.
  5. Ability and dexterity to manipulate the devices used in giving nursing care.
  6. Ability to administer CPR without assistance.

Sensory: The student must possess the ability to obtain information in classroom, laboratory or clinical settings through observation, auscultation, palpation and other measures, including but not limited to:

  1. Visual ability (corrected as necessary) to recognize and interpret facial expressions and body language, identify normal and abnormal patterns of movement, to read or set parameters on various equipment, to discriminate color changes, and to interpret and assess the environment.
  2. Auditory ability (corrected as necessary) to recognize and respond to soft voices, auditory timers, equipment alarms, call bells, and to effectively use devices for measurement of blood pressure, breath sounds, etc.
  3. Tactile ability to palpate a pulse and to detect changes or abnormalities of surface texture, skin temperature, body contour, muscle tone, and joint movement.
  4. Sufficient position, movement and balance sensations to assist and safely guard (protect) patients who are ambulating, transferring or performing other activities.

Communication: The student must be able to utilize effective communication with peers, faculty, patients and their families, and other health care providers. This includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Ability to read at a competency level that allows one to safely carry out the essential functions of an assignment (examples: handwritten chart data, printed policy and procedure manuals).
  2. Ability to effectively interpret and process information.
  3. Ability to effectively communicate (verbally and in writing) with patients/ families, health care professionals, and others within the community.
  4. Ability to access information and to communicate and document effectively via computer.
  5. Ability to recognize, interpret, and respond to nonverbal behavior of self and others.

Behavior: The student must be capable of exercising good judgment, developing empathic and therapeutic relationships with patients and others, and tolerating close and direct physical contact with a diverse population. This will include people of all ages, races, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, as well as individuals with weight disorders, physical disfigurement and medical or mental health problems. This also includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Ability to work with multiple patients/families and colleagues at the same time.
  2. Ability to work with classmates, instructors, health care providers, patients, families and others under stressful conditions, including but not limited to providing care to medically or emotionally unstable individuals, situations requiring rapid adaptations, the provision of CPR, or other emergency interventions.
  3. Ability to foster and maintain cooperative and collegial relationships with classmates, instructors, other health care providers, patients and their families.

Critical Thinking: The student must possess sufficient abilities in the areas of calculation, critical problem solving, reasoning, and judgment to be able to comprehend and process information within a reasonable time frame as determined by the faculty and the profession. The student must be able to prioritize, organize and attend to tasks and responsibilities efficiently. This includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Ability to collect, interpret and analyze written, verbal and observed data about patients.
  2. Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, integrate information and make decisions.
  3. Ability to apply knowledge of the principles, indications, and contraindications for nursing interventions.
  4. Ability to act safely and ethically in the college clinical lab and in clinical placements within the community.

The Connecticut Community College Nursing Program supports advancement of nursing through education. Graduates of the CT-CCNP have the opportunity to continue their education at a number of baccalaureate and master’s degree programs throughout the state and beyond. Go to http://www.ct.edu/academics/nursing#agreements to learn more about the different agreements that are in place for CT-CCNP graduates. These agreements include State Universities within our Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System: CCSU, SCSU and WCSU.

Students admitted to the Nursing Program may be asked to undergo Background Checks. Legal clearance is required to practice at certain clinical sites. Nursing students must be prepared to pursue this cost (approximately $30.00) in order to effectively meet hospital mandates for student clinical practice.

A minimum grade of C/74% is required in order to progress from semester to semester and to complete the nursing program

A Humanities elective is any course in Art, Music, Philosophy or Modern Language, and any 200-level course in Literature, Humanities or English which is defined as a literature course in the Catalog description.

LPN Advanced Placement

The Connecticut Community College Nursing Program participates in the Connecticut League for Nursing Articulation Model for LPNs. Applicants are encouraged to seek advisement from the contact person listed below prior to the application process.

Contact Person
Capital Community College
Michael Kriscenski
Counseling Office
(860) 906-5045
mkriscenski@capitalcc.edu

To be eligible for articulation the LPN must:
• Hold a current Connecticut Licensed Practical Nurse license.
• Satisfy all the CT-CCNP admission requirements.
• Submit a CT-CCNP application and be admitted to the program (please note, the application process does not vary for LPN candidates).
Once admitted, LPN candidates will be advised as to their placement within the CT-CCNP. For an LPN to be advance placed into the third semester, the following requirements will need to be met:
• Complete the required general education courses of the first year of the CTCCNP with a grade of C or higher.
• Successfully complete the Connecticut LPN Transition Bridge Course at Charter Oak State College (COSC 190) and the college based CT-CCNP LPN transition course (NUR*130).

Students seeking admission to the Nursing, Associate in Science Degree Program must fulfill selective nursing admission criteria to qualify for this program. These criteria are in addition to the general admission policies of the College and can be found under Selective Admissions – Nursing.

Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification: Students are required to provide documentation of current professional level certification in Basic Life Support for adult, child, and infant. Certification can only be earned through the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross and must remain current throughout the Program. Courses meeting this requirement are: The American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers OR The American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. A copy of the current certification card will be kept on file at the college which the student is attending. Failure to comply will result in exclusion from the clinical learning experience.

Clinical Sites: Clinical learning experiences are planned as an integral part of the nursing courses and are held at a variety of healthcare settings, such as hospitals, extended care facilities, and selected community health centers. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from assigned clinical sites. Clinical experiences may be assigned during daytime, evening, or weekend hours. Assignment of clinical sites is at the discretion of the nursing faculty. Clinical sites could be within an hour radius of the college, and may require a mandatory parking fee.

Felony Conviction: At the time of application for RN licensure an applicant will be asked the following question by the Connecticut Department of Public Health: “Have you ever been found guilty or convicted as a result of an act which constitutes a felony under the laws of this state, federal law or the laws of another jurisdiction and which, if committed within this state, would have constituted a felony under the laws of this state? If your answer is ’yes,’ give full details, dates, etc. on a separate notarized statement and furnish a Certified Court Copy (with court seal affixed) of the original complaint, the answer, the judgment, the settlement, and/or the disposition.”

Health Requirements: Immunizations Requirements – Students will receive a packet of information describing current college policies. CT-CCNP Health Assessment Form – Completed forms (which document specific requirements for the nursing program) must be on file in accordance with college policy.

Waiver of Licensure Guarantee: Upon successful completion of the Associate in Science degree with a major in Nursing, the graduate is eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Graduation from the CT-CCNP does not guarantee licensure to practice nursing. Licensure requirements and procedures are the responsibility of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, State Board of Examiners for Nursing. Permission to take the NCLEX-RN examination is established by law and granted by the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing.