Nursing Education

Program Locations: Columbus Campus, Grand Island Campus, Kearney Center
Program Level: Diploma, Associate
Department: Health Sciences

There has not been a better time to consider becoming a nurse. Healthcare is experiencing a critical shortage of nursing staff that is predicted to last beyond the year 2020. The field of nursing offers many opportunities, challenges, and rewards that you will not find in other areas of employment. If you are dynamic, motivated, and possess a caring personality, CCC’s nursing program wants you!

Our nursing program has a “1 + 1” program. All students accepted into the program who successfully complete the first two semesters of nursing will graduate with a diploma in nursing. These students will have the option to sit for NCLEX-PN exam for licensure. The student may then continue to take last 2 semesters of the program to receive an associate degree in nursing and take the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure.

By choosing to earn a diploma or degree from CCC, you will receive an education that prepares a nurse for the challenges and demands of a fast-paced healthcare environment. Our curriculum provides a comprehensive, rigorous, and individualized education that prepares the student nurse for success in a variety of nursing roles. The program includes a concept based curriculum and a state of the art simulation area to improve student and program outcomes. Your education through CCC also offers a broad base knowledge in natural sciences, communications, and humanities.

CCC also offers a program designed for the current Licensed Practical Nurse, who wishes to return to college to become a registered nurse. After successful completion of the last two semesters of the program, students will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

The program is offered on three sites: Columbus Campus, Grand Island Campus, and the Kearney Center. Students will complete clinical at chosen site. Theory and simulation courses may be offered at all three sites with the option to have students travel to complete on the Grand Island Campus. Students enrolled in the program will be considered full-time. Enrollment into the program is limited and based upon the date of completed admission requirements for acceptance into this program.

Program Options

Associate Degree in Nursing

Diploma

admissions and degree overviewcourse descriptions

Course Sequence

Application Forms

Admission into the CCC’s nursing program (pre-licensure ADN) is open annually: January 1 – March 31.

Nursing Application

Please contact Donna Murphy at dmurphy@cccneb.edu or Pam Bales apbales@cccneb.edu for further questions.

Transfer Options

Central Community College has collaborated with several four-year nursing programs throughout the state that allows all credits to be transferred from the ADN program into a BSN program. The acceptance into a BSN program is subject to those colleges or university’s policies and requirements. Students are encouraged to contact the other college as early as possible.

Accreditation

The program is approved by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN):

ACEN
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org

Nursing Admissions Packet

Admission Requirements

Admission into the CCC’s nursing program (pre-licensure ADN) is open annually: January 1 – March 31. Students are encouraged to complete all admission requirements as soon as possible in order to apply to the program. Seats for the program are limited and are open on a first come basis. Students accepted will start the following August or fall semester. Applicants not accepted into the program are encouraged to apply for the following year. Please read and comply with the following admission requirements.

  1. Fulfill Central Community College’s general admission requirements
  2. Complete application to CCC nursing program
    Nursing Application
  3. Submit official transcripts if courses taken outside of CCC.
  4. Active status on the Nebraska Nursing Assistant Registry
  5. Active Healthcare provider CPR (Red Cross or American Heart); must have demonstrated the hands-on portion of class
  6. Complete immunization form
    Immunization Form 
  7. Submit TEAS scores.
    ATI TEAS Information

Additional Requirements for the Licensed Practical Nurse or Advanced Placement Student*: 

  1. Admission requirements as above 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7
  2. Hold a current unencumbered LPN license for the State of Nebraska

*Enrollment period is April 1 - June 1 for advanced placement. 

Accepted students are required to complete a mandatory criminal background check and urine drug screen.

Contact

Location Advisor Phone Addresss to Mail Information
Grand Island and Kearney Donna Murphy 308-398-7360 PO Box 4903 Grand Island NE 68802
Columbus Bev Schreiber 402-562-1429 PO Box 1027 Columbus NE 68602
All (Program Director) Pam Bales  308 398 7457 PO Box 4903 Grand Island NE 68802
Why choose Central Community College?
  • You receive individual attention, with our low clinical faculty to student ratio
  • Hands-on experience! The best way to learn is to do with over 650 hours of clinical and simulation time.
  • Small group and interactive learning in theory courses that enhance knowledge.
  • State-of-the-art simulation center with 4 adult, 1 pediatric, 1 newborn, and 1 birthing hi-fidelity simulators, plus 6 mid-fidelity simulators on site.
  • Onsite simulation instructor and coordinator that collaborate with your clinical instructor to provide a safe environment to learn and experience entire management of patient care.
  • Individualized remediation plans with 2 Nursing Success Coordinators
  • Skills labs to perfect your nursing technical skills
  • Supplemental Instruction groups
  • Recognition of academic honors through Organization of Associate Degree of Nursing Honor Society: Delta Nu.
  • Variety of facilities that offer a range of clinical experiences and opportunities.
  • Post-graduation program plan to assist in becoming prepared and pass NCLEX licensure exam.
  • Supportive and caring faculty that want you to succeed!

Central Community College Nursing Program Outcomes and Success Measures

Program Outcome 1

NCLEX-RN pass rates will be at or above 80% (national average)
NCLEX-RN pass rate for 2017: 90%

Program Outcome 2

Program completion rates will be at or above 75% (percent students completing within 150% of program length) for the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs.
Percentage of students completing ADN program is 78%.

Program Outcome 3

Ninety percent (90%) of the graduates in Associate Degree Nursing programs will be employed or be seeking advanced education within one year of graduation.
2017: 98% of students, that graduated from ADN program were employed as a registered nurse.

The Associate Degree in Nursing Program at Central Community College is accredited by:

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org

Immunization Important Information

Immunization Form

One of the requirements to the nursing program is to submit a completed Student Immunization Record, signed by your healthcare provider. The clinical sites require that all student by fully immunized.

If you cannot provide a completed immunization record due to lack of records, titers (blood draws), will need to be done. A titer cannot be done for the Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) as this is a vaccination. If the TdaP is older than 10 years, a booster is required. If any titer comes, back as negative or equivocal further immunizations are required.

Results are to be submitted as part of the admission packet during enrollment period. If you have questions on how to complete, please contact the pre-nursing advisor.

The Two-step Tuberculosis Skin Test will be required prior to starting nursing courses. You will not be allowed to attend clinical if this test is not completed. Additional information for this requirement will be provided by your program.

The Influenza vaccine should be obtained prior to starting nursing courses. Students are encourage to obtain vaccination by November 1. Failure to not have an influenza vaccine will result in not being allowed to attend clinical.

If any portion of the Immunization Record left incomplete, your application to the nursing program will be voided. The Immunization Record requires your full name, student ID#, and name of health science program. If you have questions regarding the Immunization Record, please contact the pre-nursing advisor at 308-398-7360.

It is highly recommended that you retain a copy of your immunization record and submit original to Nursing Department during open enrollment period.

  • What will it cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • What careers can I have?
What will it cost?

At 2018-19 tuition and fee rates, completing the 64 credits required for the Associate Degree in Nursing costs:

Nebraska residents - $6,400
Non-residents - $9,216

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

2018-19 Tuition and Fees (cost per credit) Tuition Fees Total
Nebraska Resident $88 $12 $100
Non Resident $132 $12 $144

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How long will it take?

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

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.

What careers can I have?

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Cost

Approximate Educational Costs

College tuition and fees are established by the Board of Governors and may be subject to change.

Category Cost
Tuition and Fees - 64 credit hours at $100 per credit hour (in state) $6,400
Uniforms, lab coat, shoes $250
Books & printed materials $3,600
Accessories - scissors, stethoscope, watch with a second hand $100
Laptop (estimated cost) $650
Student in Practicum Insurance $24
Licensing & NCLEX-PN expenses $323
Program Supplies $77
ATI fees (estimated) $950
Background Check/Drug Testing $50
Total $12,424
ADN Purpose and Outcomes

Associate Degree Nursing Purpose

The purpose of the Associate Degree in Nursing is to provide students with the foundation of nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for safe, competent, and comprehensive practice of professional nursing.

ADN Nursing Program Outcomes

Systematic evaluation of the Associate Degree Nursing program is utilized for the development, maintenance, and revision of the program and program outcomes. Program outcomes that measure the effectiveness and quality of the program are focused on the benefits to the student, employer, and community. The following outcomes have been identified.

  1. Performance on Licensure exam: The annual mean for the licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) pass rate for CCC ADN graduates will be at or above the national mean for the same year. (NCSBN)
  2. Program Completion: 80% of CCC students will complete the ADN program within 150% of the time from the start of the first nursing course.
  3. Graduate Program Satisfaction: 90% of the CCC ADN graduates will report satisfaction (3 or above mean rating on the Graduate Satisfaction Survey) with the preparation for nursing practice provided by the program.
  4. Employer Program Satisfaction: 90% of employers of CCC ADN graduates will report satisfaction (3 or above mean rating on the Employer Satisfaction Survey) with the competency of graduates as defined by the student learning outcomes and graduate competencies.
  5. Job Placement Rates: 90% or more of CCC ADN graduates seeking employment as a Registered Nurse will be employed within 6 months of program completion.

Associate Degree Nursing Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Prioritize patient-centered care based on the unique needs of the human throughout the lifespan.
  2. Explain the nursing process to promote ideal clinical outcomes through the use of critical thinking and clinical reasoning supported by evidence –based practice.
  3. Recommend the human to develop adaptive responses to stressors in order to reach an optimal state of wellness.
  4. Integrate effective communication strategies with individuals, families, groups, and members of the health care team. 5. Exemplify professional role behaviors and caring attitudes within the scope of practice of the registered nurse reflecting a commitment to ensure high standards of nursing care.
LPN Purpose and Outcomes

Practical Nursing Program Purpose

The purpose of the Practical Nursing (PN) program is to provide students with the nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to assist in the delivery on safe, competent care under the direction of a Registered Nurse or other licensed practitioner.

Practical Nursing Program Outcomes

Program outcomes that measure the effectiveness and quality of the program are focused on the benefits to the student, employer, and community. The following outcomes have been identified.

  1. Performance on Licensure exam: The annual mean for the licensure exam (NCLEX-PN) pass rate for CCC PN graduates will be at or above the national mean for the same year. (NCSBN)
  2. Program Completion: 80% of CCC students will complete the PN program within 150% of the time from the time of the first nursing course.
  3. Graduate Program Satisfaction: 90% of the CCC PN graduates will report satisfaction (3 or above mean rating on the Graduate Satisfaction Survey) with the preparation for nursing practice provided by the program.
  4. Employer Program Satisfaction: 90% of employers of CCC PN graduates will report satisfaction (3 or above mean rating on the Employer Satisfaction Survey) with the competency of graduates as defined by the student learning outcomes and graduate competencies.
  5. Job Placement Rates: 90% or more of CCC PN graduates seeking employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse will be employed within 6 months of program completion.

Practical Nursing Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Provide patient-centered care based on the unique needs of the human throughout the lifespan.
  2. Manage in the use of the nursing process to promote ideal clinical outcomes through the use of critical thinking and clinical reasoning supported by evidence – based practice.
  3. Guide the human to develop adaptive responses to stressors in order to reach an optimal state of wellness.
  4. Select effective communication strategies with individuals, families, groups, and members of the health care team.
  5. Establish positive role behaviors and caring attitudes within the scope of practice of the licensed practical nurse reflecting a commitment to ensure high standards of nursing care.
Transfer Nursing Courses

Central Community College’s Nursing Program has collaborated with several colleges and universities within the state that allow for a seamless transition to further education to a bachelor’s of science in nursing.  The agreements stipulate that all credits earned from the associate degree of nursing program at CCC are accepted, decreasing the amount of time in earning your BSN. The acceptance into a BSN program is subject to those college or university’s policies and requirements. Additional general education courses needed for the BSN, can be earned while attending CCC saving time and money. 

Earning your BSN can be completed on your time, your pace, and your preferred learning style. Programs are offered either face-to-face, on-line, or a hybrid. Below is a list of colleges/universities that have agreements with CCC. Check them out online to determine the fit best for you!

Transfer Colleges

Bellevue University

Bryan College of Health Science

Clarkson College

Concordia University-Nebraska

Doane University

Midlands University

Nebraska Methodist College

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Contact

Nursing Administrative Assistants

Bev Mackie-Columbus 
402-562-1233 
bmackie@cccneb.edu

Donna Moore-Grand Island 
308-398-7456 
dmoore@cccneb.edu

Simulation Team

Marcia Donley, MSN, RN
308-398-7565
marciadonley@cccneb.edu

Tami Jones, BS
308-398-7569
tamijones@cccneb.edu

Associate Dean of Nursing

Pam Bales
308-398-7457
pbales@cccneb.edu

Nursing Support Coordinators

Kami Loeffleholz, BSN, RN
kamiloeffleholz@cccneb.edu

Marie White, BSN, RN
mariewhite@cccneb.edu

 

Columbus

Brenda Eller, MSN, RN
402-562-1430
beller@cccneb.edu

Denyse McDonald, BSN, RN
denysemcdonald@cccneb.edu 

Teresa Patrick, MSN, RN
402-562-1266
teresapatrick@cccneb.edu

Wendy Ramaekers, MSN, RN
402-562-1431
wendyramaekers@cccneb.edu

Beverly Schreiber, MSN, RN
402-562-1429
bschreiber@cccneb.edu

Grand Island

Megan Dubas, MSN, RN
308-398-7807
mdubas@cccneb.edu

Anna Ellis, MSN, RN
308-398-7455
annaellis@cccneb.edu

Tiffany Eggleston, MSN, RN
308-398- 7594
teggleston@cccneb.edu

Melanie Frear, BSN, RN
308-398-7567
melaniefrear@cccneb.edu

Wendy Keezer, MSN, RN
308-398-7564
wkeezer@cccneb.edu

Barb McGraw, MSN, RN, CNE
308-398-7444
bmcgraw@cccneb.edu

Peggy Radke, MSN, RN
308-398-7484
pradke@cccneb.edu

Meredith Smith, MSN, RN
308-398-7458
meredithsmith@cccneb.edu

Rachel Zeiger, MSN, RN
308-398-7566
rzeiger@cccneb.edu

Kearney

Martha Bergquist, MSN, RN
308-338-4003
marthabergquist@cccneb.edu

June Collison, MSN, RN
308-338-4006
junecollison@cccneb.edu

Dawn Heapy, BSN, RN
308-338-4005
dawnheapy@cccneb.edu

Heidi Patsios, BSN, RN
308-338-4017
heidipatsios@cccneb.edu

Barb Schutte, MSN, RN
308-338-4005
bschutte@cccneb.edu

Nursing Program FAQ

Are prerequisite courses offered by Central Community College?

Yes. All general education courses that are required for the ADN program can be taken at CCC. You may also take general education courses that are needed for continued educational mobility (BSN) through CCC.

Does Central Community College offer the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course?

Yes. You can take CNA courses on any campus and the Kearney Center. You can register for HLTH 1200 or contact Extended Learning Services.

Nursing Assistant Training

What makes a registered nurse?

A registered nurse is known as a RN. To become registered, you first obtain a nursing degree then pass a national licensing exam after you graduate. Both associate degrees (ADN) and bachelor degrees (BSN) graduate as entry-level practitioners and earn the same RN designation. 

Where and when should I apply?

The application period is open annually on January 1. It closes when seats for the program are filled. Deadline is March 31. You will need to submit a completed admission packet in order to be selected for the program. Admission packet information can be found on the nursing webpage. If you are uncertain when to apply, contact a Pre-Nursing Advisor.

When are applications due?

The application period is open January 1 – March 31.

What is the TEAS?

The TEAS exam is part of the admission requirement for the nursing program.

ATI TEAS FAQ

How new are the nursing educational facilities?

The Kearney division just moved in the new Central Community College building, fall of 2017. The Columbus division will be undergoing construction in the next few years. The Grand Island division’s facility was opened in 2010. The college is supportive of ensuring that all equipment, supplies, and simulators used in the nursing program are up-to-date with technology and healthcare environment.

What supplies and equipment will I need?

For clinical rotations, you will need a stethoscope and professional uniform with lab jacket (scrubs). The pre-nursing advisor can provide information on costs and additional information. Textbooks are available through the CCC Bookstore. For all ADN coursework, having your own laptop/tablet computer is required. At the nursing pinning ceremony, you will be presented with the ADN pin as a symbol of your entry into the nursing profession.

How long does the program take to complete?

The nursing program is 5 semesters in length. The program is offered as a 1 + 1 program meaning that a student can take the NCLEX-PN licensure exam after successful completion after 2 semesters. Then continue on to complete associate degree in nursing after semesters 3 and 4 with opportunity to take NCLEX-RN.

Are all nursing course offered every semester?

No. Students take ADN courses in a certain progression over the 5 semesters. 

Nursing program plan of study

Are there summer classes?

No. The traditional ADN program does not offer summer courses in nursing. You may, however, take any required general education course.

Where will I complete clinical training?

You will receive learning through lab/simulation through the college’s state of the art simulation center. You will also complete clinical rotations in area medical centers, hospitals, and other health facilities. While faculty make every effort to notify you well in advance of your clinical schedule, things do sometimes change due to circumstances outside our control. Please plan some flexibility in your schedule to allow for unforeseen changes in your clinical rotation schedule.

Can I work during the ADN Nursing Program?

Yes. Many students choose to work during evenings or weekends and during the summer. We recommend that you work part-time during semesters in order to devote adequate time and energy to your nursing studies. Please understand that clinical rotation schedules may sometimes change, so we recommend asking your employer if some flexibility can be scheduled if needed.

Is there help with courses?

Yes. You will be assigned a nursing advisor when accepted into the program. Your advisor can help answer program questions. Your instructors can help with specific question that pertain to the nursing course you are registered for. In addition, to your advisor and course instructors, each campus has a Nursing Support Coordinator. The NSC’s are there to help with remediation for any course.

I have heard about a Delta Nu organization, can I apply to that?

Alpha Delta NU is the honorary academic organization for Associate Degree in Nursing students. Central Community College’s chapter is Delta NU. The honor society recognizes the academic excellence of students enrolled in the ADN program. You will receive a letter to apply to the chapter if you earn a grade of “B” or better in all nursing courses and have no failures. The student will also need to demonstrate conduct in the classroom and clinical areas that reflect integrity and professionalism.

How do I earn a bachelor’s degree after graduating from the ADN program?

The nursing program has several agreements with colleges/universities that offer the BSN program. At this time, the BSN programs with agreements will accept all credits earned for the associate degree in nursing. You will have approximately 18 months to complete a BSN. Studies can be delivered in all formats, so it is easy to choose a program that fits your needs or style of learning.