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Nursing Education

Available at the Columbus and Grand Island campuses and the Kearney Center
  • Central Community College offers several options for people interested in becoming nurses including an associate degree in nursing, a practical nurse diploma and an LPN certified course.

    Application forms

    These forms must be completed to apply for admission to both the Practical Nurse program and the Associate Degree in Nursing program.

    CCC Application for Admission  

    Nursing Program Application website is down for updates. Please contact Donna Murphy at or Pam Bales for further questions.

    Nursing Student Handbook

    Practical Nurse Diploma

    The practical nurse diploma is offered at the Columbus and Grand Island campuses and at the Kearney Center. It is approved by the Nebraska Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN test required to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Graduates are well prepared to practice as an LPN in a variety of settings.

    Gainful Employment Information 

    To apply admission to the Practical Nurse program you must complete both the CCC and the nurse education application forms (see bottom of this page).


    LPN Mobility

    Graduates who want to progress from the Practical Nursing program to the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program must reapply through the Grand Island Campus admissions office and meet ADN admission criteria. Graduates of other practical nursing programs will follow the complete application procedure.

    Associate Degree in Nursing 

    The program is offered at the Grand Island Campus. In addition, the first year of the program and the nursing block clinical rotations can be completed at the Columbus Campus or Kearney Center. 

    The ADN program combines education in the theory and science of nursing with general education in the behavioral, biological and physical sciences. The full-time ADN program can be completed in two years.

    Nursing students participate in a combination of classroom, laboratory and clinical activities at all levels. Clinical learning experience is completed at local hospitals, long-term care facilities, and in other health care settings. A faculty/student ratio ranging from 1:8 to 1:10 is maintained.



    Graduates are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination required to practice as a professional registered nurse (RN).

    The program is approved by the Nebraska Board of Nursing. The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, 404-975-5000.

    2017 ADN:

    NCLEX Pass Rates (1st attempt): 80%
    Completion Rates (150% or completed in 7 semesters): 83%
    Job Placement/Employment of Graduates: 98% 

    Advanced Placement

    Advanced Placement ADN students are licensed as practical nurses (LPN) and enter the ADN program in the second year of coursework beginning with the Advanced Health Assessment course.


    Practical Nurse program

    Associate Degree in Nursing program


    Central Community College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The associate degree in nursing program is approved by the Nebraska Board of Nursing and qualifies graduates to take the licensing exam required to become a registered nurse. The ADN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone: 404-975-5000. 

    • Practical Nurse Diploma

      At 2017-18 tuition and fee rates, completing the 48 credits required for the Practical Nurse diploma costs:

      Nebraska residents - $4,800
      Non-residents - $6,912

      Costs for uniforms, books, a laptop and other expenses total about $4,300. (See Practical Nurse Education brochure for details.)

      Practical Nursing Education Brochure

      Associate Degree in Nursing

      Completing the 72 credits required for the Associate Degree in Nursing costs:

      Nebraska residents - $7,200
      Non-residents - $10,368

      In addition, students in the Associate Degree in Nursing program will spend about $5,200 for uniforms, books, a laptop computer and other expenses. Please see the Associate Degree in Nursing brochure for detailed information about costs.

      Associate Degree in Nursing Education Brochure

      These costs are for tuition and fees only for the program of study as listed in the CCC online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses, retaking courses or taking courses in addition to those required for the degree. It does not include the cost of books, supplies, tools, computers or other items that may be required.

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    • Finish the Practical Nursing diploma in 3 semesters 

      Practical Nursing Education Brochure

      Achieve an Associate Degree in Nursing in 2 years by completing 4 semesters and 1 summer session

      Associate Degree in Nursing Education Brochure

      The length of time to complete a program is based on a student taking only the courses required for the program as listed in our online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses that may be required based on COMPASS, ASSET or ACT scores, retaking courses or taking courses that are not required by your program of study.

      Your adviser will develop a plan of study to meet your personal needs.

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