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Overview

The CT-CCNP at Capital offers a four-semester, sixty-eight credit, curriculum 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, which provide the foundation for the practice of nursing. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing.

Consistent with the Connecticut Community Colleges mission and those of the colleges offering the program, the Mission of the CT-CCNP is to support students’ aspirations to become a registered nurse, to advance their education, and to improve health within the communities served.

The Vision of the CT-CCNP is to be a personally and professionally rewarding academic program of choice. The CT-CCNP fosters diversity, innovation, quality, and excellence. As lifelong learners, CT-CCNP graduates impact the lives of those they care for, their communities of practice, and the profession of nursing.

The CT-CCNP Philosophy

The philosophy of the CT-CCNP Curriculum is grounded in the metaparadigm of nursing, and a belief in dynamic, professional relationships between students and faculty. The metaparadigm or focus for the nursing discipline describes the roles of the nurse and directs professional practice. The metaparadigm includes four concepts, the Person*, the Environment, the Nurse, and Health. The Person is considered within Environments of care where the Nurse promotes Health and manages illness in partnership with the Person and the interprofessional health care team.

The CT-CCNP is a Concept-Based Curriculum (CBC), organized by Concepts within the categories of Nursing Profession, Health and Illness, Health Care Systems and Patient Attributes. The curriculum is guided by local, regional and national standards and trends within healthcare, higher education, and the nursing discipline

Nurses Climate Challenge

Our changing climate demands #climateaction. As an early adopter of the #NursesClimateChallenge #SchoolofNursingCommitment, Capital Community College is preparing future nurses by teaching them about the health impacts of climate change using resources from @RNClimateChal. https://nursesclimatechallenge.org

Admission

  • Proof of high school completion.
  • 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 1, 2022.
  • 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 1, 2022.
  • Connecticut Community College ENG*101: English Composition, or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher, completed prior to application deadline of February 1, 2022.
  • 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 1, 2022.
  • 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 1, 2022 or completed during, but no later, than the spring semester of application year.
  • 2.7 Nursing GPA – based only on the college courses with grades that meet the nursing admission and nursing program 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.)

+ “Five years prior” is defined as having completed the course between December 2017 and February 1, 2022. 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 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.

The TEAS is a multiple-choice test that evaluates essential academic skills: math, science, reading, and English. The test will take approximately 3 ½ hours to complete. Test dates cannot be rescheduled after registration. Testing fees are nonrefundable.

  • Applicants must obtain an adjusted individual total score of 53.3% or higher to be eligible for admission.
  • Tests taken prior to November 1, 2018 will not be accepted. Applicants may retake the TEAS as many times as desired. The CT-CCNP will use the applicant’s highest qualifying TEAS score when determining eligibility.
  • A study manual for the TEAS is available through www.atitesting.com. Online practice tests are also available through ATI. For additional information about the TEAS, please visit www.atitesting.com.

The TEAS is administered at Capital, Gateway, Naugatuck Valley, Northwestern CT, Norwalk and Three Rivers. If the TEAS is taken at a site other than one of the CT-CCNP Colleges, applicants must have official results sent by ATI to the College of Choice by the application deadline of February 1, 2022.

  • Do not wait until you have your TEAS results to submit your CT-CCNP application. You can submit the application and all other materials prior to taking the exam. For testing schedules and registration information, go to www.atitesting.com.

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.

 

LPN Bridge

Applicants with an LPN License

The Connecticut Community College Nursing Program (CT-CCNP) participates in the Connecticut League for Nursing Articulation Model for Nursing Education Mobility for LPN’s. To be eligible for articulation, the LPN must:

  • Hold a current unencumbered license to practice as an LPN in Connecticut.
  • 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 begin the program in the third semester (NUR*220), the following requirements must be met:

  • Complete the required general education courses of the first year of the CT-CCNP with a grade of “C” or higher (BIO*235, PSY*111, PSY*201 & SOC*101).
  • Successfully complete the Connecticut LPN Transition Bridge Course at Charter Oak State College (NUR 190) and the appropriate college-based CT-CCNP LPN transition course (NUR*152).

Students must attain a final grade of 80% (B-) in Charter Oak State College’s (COSC) NUR 190 to be eligible to take NUR*152 and to qualify for advance placement into the third semester of the CT-CCNP (NUR*220). Based upon course and space availability, students may be eligible to re-take COSC NUR 190 and/or NUR*152. Students who are unsuccessful in either COSC NUR 190 or NUR*152 are not eligible to advance place into NUR*220. Students who select the advanced placement option will not be eligible to enter NUR*120 if unsuccessful in either COSC NUR 190 or NUR*152.

Applicants are encouraged to seek advisement from one of the contact persons listed below prior to the application process. If admitted to the program, a student must contact the individual listed below for advisement regarding advanced placement:

Dawn R. Bunting, Division Director, LPN Advisor

Capital Community College (860) 906-5150

For more information – http://www.ct.edu/academics/nursing#lpn

 

Learning Outcomes

While providing nursing care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations within the health care system, the nursing graduate:

  1. Demonstrates communication strategies that promote accurate exchange of information, prevent and manage conflict, and establish and maintain therapeutic relationships.
  2. Integrates evidence-based practice into clinical decision-making for the provision of patient-centered care.
  3. Uses data and patient care technology to communicate, differentiate, and manage patient information to support clinical decision-making for optimal patient outcomes.
  4. Integrates leadership and priority-setting skills into the management and coordination of safe, quality, patient-centered care.
  5. Uses the nursing process to provide patient-centered care that is responsive to the patient’s physiological, psychological, cultural, and sociological preferences, values, and needs.
  6. Integrates integrity and accountability that upholds established regulatory, legal, and ethical principles into cost effective, standard-based nursing care.
  7. Uses quality improvement to promote the delivery of patient-centered care and to optimize patient outcomes.
  8. Promotes a safe culture that minimizes the risk of harm to patients, self, and others at the work unit and health care system levels.
  9. Analyzes the impact of the health care system on the provision of safe, quality patient-centered care at the level of the work unit.
  10. Collaborates with the inter-professional health care team to manage and coordinate the provision of safe, quality, patient-centered care.

Course of Study

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS/Year 1 (11 Credits)
CREDITS
Bio*211 Anatomy & Physiology I^ + 4 credits
Eng*101 English Composition 3 credits
MAT*137 Intermediate Algebra (or competency) 0 credits
CHE*111 Chemistry (or HS competency)^ + 0 credits
Bio*212 Anatomy & Physiology II (Tier 2 Admissions)^ + 4 credits
FIRST SEMESTER (16 Credits)
CREDITS
NUR*120 Nursing in Health & Illness I 9 credits
Bio*235 Microbiology + 4 credits
Psy*111 General Psychology 3 credits
SECOND SEMESTER (14 Credits) CREDITS
NUR*125 Nursing in Health & Illness II 8 credits
Psy*201 Life Span Development + 3 credits
Soc*101 Principles of Sociology 3 credits
THIRD SEMESTER (12 Credits) CREDITS
NUR*220 Nursing in Health & Illness III 9 credits
Eng*102
ENG*200
English Composition & Literature + OR
Advanced Composition +
3 credits
FOURTH SEMESTER (12 Credits) CREDITS
NUR*225 Nursing in Health & Illness IV 8 credits
NUR*226 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice 1 credit
Elective Humanities, Fine Arts+ OR
College specific requirement
3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS
65
Mandatory Gen Ed. Credits 30
Nursing Credits 35 (35 credits are mandated by DPH regulation) 35
Total Program Credits 65

^Course must be taken within 5 years prior to beginning the nursing program. A grade of C+ or higher is required in BIO*211 and BIO*212

Non-nursing courses must be taken in the semester indicated above or they may be taken earlier

Nursing courses must be taken in the stated sequence.

The symbol (†) indicates a prerequisite needs to be met

Effectiveness Data

ACCREDITATION

The newly revised CT-CCNP curriculum has been approved by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing, with the consent of the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health and ACEN through Fall, 2027.

RN Licensure Statement

After the Associate in Science Nursing degree is awarded, the graduate 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 or through the state within which they would like to practice.

The Associate Degree nursing program at Capital Community College located in Hartford, CT is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

EFFECTIVENESS DATA

NCLEX-RN® Licensure Examination Pass Rates Data

Class of NCLEX Pass Rate for Capital Community College National Mean 1st time AD in Nursing National Mean
2020 79.61% 86.57% 82.80%
2019 87.07% 88.18% 85.17%
2018 89.5% 88.29% 85.11%

NURSING PROGRAM COMPLETION RATES

Nursing Program Completion
Class of 2017/2018 69.81%
Class of 2016/2017 68.97%
Class of 2015/2016 73.97%

JOB PLACEMENT
This is the number of students that gain employment in the profession as a registered nurse within one year of graduation.

Nursing Job Placement Rates
2020 95.00%
2019 96.00%
2018 98.83%
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