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Nursing, A.S (575.2)

Location(s): Allegheny Campus, Boyce Campus, North Campus, South Campus

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Associate of Science

The program, offered at four college sites, prepares students to apply for the NCLEX-RN examination and to assume an entry-level position as a registered nurse. Program learning experiences prepare graduates for professional nursing practices as defined and delineated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The program consists of courses in liberal arts and selected sciences, as well as nursing.

An advanced placement option is available to licensed practical nurses and to those with prior nursing school experience who meet certain criteria. Licensed practical nurses must demonstrate satisfactory completion of a competency exam in evidenced-based drug therapy.

The Associate nursing program at Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  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 nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

Applicants must meet specific admission requirements which include: pre-admission exam, a medical history and physical including current immunizations, criminal history records check (CHRC), child abuse clearances, drug screen and fingerprinting. They must also meet pre-program requirements: high school chemistry with a lab or CHM 109 - Introduction to Chemistry  or CHM 110 - Introductory Chemistry /CHM 111 - Introductory Chemistry Lab  and BIO 110 - Introduction to Biological Science  or BIO 151 - General Biology 1 .

NOTE: A graduate of the Nursing program who has been convicted of a felony, is or was involved in drug abuse or has violated other rules of the licensure body, may not be permitted to take the licensing examination regardless of the student’s ability to complete  college educational requirements. The student is required to notify the Dean of Nursing of any changes to the criminal record. The Nursing program reserves the right to require appropriate documentation as requested regarding previous felonies or violations.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will:

  1. Evaluate clinical judgment to facilitate transformation of knowledge, skills and values in a variety of health care delivery systems.
  2. Integrate caring and knowledge of cultural diversity when providing care to patients at various points across the lifespan.
  3. Critique the effectiveness of communication with the interdisciplinary health team utilizing principles of management and delegation.
  4. Prioritize teaching and learning needs of patients and families in culturally diverse settings across the lifespan.
  5. Implement the role of the professional nurse when caring for patients and families in diverse health care delivery systems.

See Nursing Program for more information.

Degree Requirements

Total: 18-19 Credits

Total: 19 Credits


Total: 4 Credits

Total: 13 Credits

Total: 13 Credits

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 67-68

1 Prerequisite to BIO 161 - Anatomy & Physiology 1 : BIO 110 - Introduction to Biological Science  or BIO 151 - General Biology 1  or Biology Waiver Exam.
2 If the student takes the Accuplacer placement test and scores above MAT-108 placement, it is recommended that MAT 165  Probability and Statistics be taken as it is a required course for many BSN programs and for graduate study.

Effective Fall 2011 semester, a NCLEX Review Course fee is assessed to students enrolled in NUR 250 . The cost is $300. NCLEX is an intense 3-day review course to help improve student success.

A Fast Track evening/weekend program is available at CCAC Boyce Campus. Please contact the Nursing Admissions Coordinator to inquire.

Advanced Standing Opportunities

Students applying for the LPN–RN transition program must have a current, valid LPN license from the state of Pennsylvania at the time of application.

If accepted, LPN License holders will be awarded 8 credits for NUR 110  & NUR 120  (8 credits).

Credits will be posted after successful completion of NUR 130  and NUR 140  (next level courses).

See program details for the Nursing, A.S. LPN to RN Option  .

Transfer Opportunities

Articulation agreements allow CCAC graduates to pursue the RN to BSN degree at various colleges and universities, including, Carlow University, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Chatham University, Drexel University, Duquesne University, Grand Canyon University, La Roche College, Mt Aloysius College, Ohio University, Pennsylvania State University Commonwealth Campuses, Slippery Rock University and Waynesburg University. Additionally, CCAC. Students who transfer to California University of Pennsylvania may participate in the collaborative partnership with CALU by taking all courses at the South Campus. Nursing students may apply for the Joint Admissions program with Carlow University, whereby students are admitted to Carlow and may participate in college courses and activities while still attending CCAC. Graduates may also further their studies in Health Service Administration or Management at Carlow University. It is important that  students consult with a counselor early in their program to develop a course plan most appropriate for the school to which they intend to transfer. See www.ccac.edu/articulation for details.

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