Nursing Education

Program Level: Diploma, Associate
Department: Health Sciences

We offer several options for people interested in becoming nurses including an associate degree in nursing, a practical nursing diploma and an LPN-certified (MY NOTE: I added the hyphen, but I was wondering if it should it be LPN certification course.) course.

Practical Nursing Diploma

Our practical nursing 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.

To apply for admission to the Practical Nursing program, you must complete both the CCC and the nursing 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 

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

This 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. The 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.

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. 

Programs

Associate Degree in Nursing

Diploma

admissions and degree 
overview
course descriptions

Course Sequence

Application forms

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

Nursing Program Application website is down for updates. Please contact Donna Murphy at dmurphy@cccneb.edu or Pam Bales apbales@cccneb.edu for further questions.

Licensing

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 in Nursing Program is accredited by the ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, 404-975-5000.

2017 ADN:

NCLEX Pass Rates (First attempt): 80 percent 
Completion Rates (150 percent or completed in seven semesters): 83 percent 
Job Placement/Employment of Graduates: 98 percent 

Accreditation

Central Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 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. 

Nursing Program Checklist

Central Community College

Checklist for PN Admission

  • Completed College Application
  • Completed Nursing Program Application
  • High School, Home School or GED transcript
  • Official College transcripts
  • ACT, COMPASS, or ASSET test scores (scores need to be current within the past three years)

Your file will be evaluated upon receipt of all information. To schedule an advising appointment or to register for classes, please contact the advisor where you plan to complete the PN program.

PN locations Advisor CCC phone # ext.
877-222-0708
Addresss to Mail Information Nursing Assistant Informaiton
Grand Island Donna Murphy 7360 PO Box 4903 Grand Island NE 68802 7442
Columbus Bev Schreiber 1429 PO Box 1027 Columbus NE 68602 1225
Kearney Colleen Quadhamer 4003 PO Box 4903 Grand Island NE 68802 4001
Hastings       2441
ADN Program Checklist

Central Community College

Checklist for ADN Admission

  • Completed College Application
  • Completed Nursing Program Application
  • High School, Home School or GED transcript
  • Official College transcripts
  • ACT, COMPASS, or ASSET test scores (scores need to be current within the past three years)

Your file will be evaluated upon receipt of all information. To schedule an advising appointment, please contact one of the following nursing advisors:

Grand Island Donna Murphy 308-398-7360
Kearney Colleen Quadhamer 308-338-4003
Columbus Bev Schreiber 402-562-1429

Please submit forms electronically or send to:

Central Community College
Attn: Admissions Office
PO Box 4903
Grand Island NE 68801

  • Practical Nurse Diploma

    At 2018-19 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.)

    Assocaite 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.

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  • Finish in 2 years by completing 17 credits a semester for 4 semesters

    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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ADN Admissions Criteria and Procedures

ADN Admissions Criteria and Procedure

Admission is selective and requirements are accomplished through the following steps and must be completed within two years of application to the nursing program. Applicants must complete Step I of the requirements through the Admissions Office.

Step I

  1. Complete an application to the college.
  2. Complete a nursing application for admission to the ADN program.
  3. Submit high school, home school and/or completed GED transcript. These transcripts are not required if a student has submitted an official college transcript indicating completion of an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree.
  4. Submit official transcript(s) from colleges and/or nursing programs attended if they contain credits the student wishes to transfer to CCC.
  5. Meet academic eligibility by completing assessment testing. Scores achieved in the past 3 years will be used to determine eligibility and identify foundation courses that will be required prior to admission to the ADN program. 
Exam entry scores

The scores listed below are the minimum acceptable entry scores for all applicants.

 

Option 1

ACT - composite score of 20, math** and science 19, reading and English 18.

Option 2

ACCUPLACER - reading score of 74, sentence skills of 84, and elementary algebra of 57**

Or

COMPASS - reading - 80, writing - 74, algebra 40.**

And

Complete 11 credit hours from the ADN program of study to include 8 credits from the required sciences (Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Elements of Chemistry, Microbiology).

**Exception to minimum math score will be made if the applicant has completed college level Elementary Algebra (or higher level math course) in the previous 3 years with a grade of “C” or above. A math course outdates 3 years from the date that the course was completed.

Note: The COMPASS and ASSET will not be administered after November 30, 2016. You may combine COMPASS with ACCUPLACER scores.

General education courses specifically required for the Associate Degree Nursing program will be used to calculate the Admissions grade point average. The cumulative GPA of those courses must be at least a 2.8 for admission to the ADN program.

Anatomy & Physiology I and II need to be completed with a “B-” or better; a “C” is acceptable in all other courses.

All required science courses and nutrition must be taken within 7 years of the date of acceptance into the ADN program. These courses outdate 7 years from the date they were completed.

Step II

Upon meeting academic eligibility, the student will receive a letter confirming their admissions status. Included with this letter will be:

  1. Change of major form
  2. Immunization form
  3. Essential functions form
  4. Acknowledgment form

Each student will need to read, sign and return the designated forms to the nursing department. Completion and return of the proper forms is mandatory before the student will be given a program entry date based on available openings in the program. The date of acceptance is the date the student’s forms arrive in the nursing department. The Associate Dean of Nursing will then send a letter notifying the student they have now met Step II requirements and will give them a start date.

ADN courses begin every August.

Prior to beginning coursework in the ADN program, the student must:

  1. Have a cumulative GPA at CCC of at least 2.8
  2. Complete an American Heart or Red Cross Health Care Provider CPR course and maintain certification throughout the program.
  3. Attain an active, unencumbered Nebraska nurse aid (NA) certificate and must be listed on the Nebraska Nurse Aid Registry. Work experience as a nurse aid is highly recommended.

 

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.
Transfer Nursing Courses

Transfer Nursing Courses

For a student wishing to transfer nursing courses from another institution, the following requirements must be met.

  • Official transcript of credits earned from accredited nursing program must be submitted for evaluation.
  • Nursing courses must be equivalent to the courses in the curriculum with a grade of C or above. Course syllabi for the nursing courses must be submitted for evaluation of equivalency. Courses may transfer if taken within 1 year of acceptance into the program at CCC (includes Pharmacology/ Math for Pharmacology).
  • The student must meet all admission criteria.
  • The student must maintain a cumulative CCC GPA of 2.8 after admission.
  • Final approval for admission will be recommended by the Associate Dean of Instruction for Nursing.
  • Admission must be at the beginning of established courses with prime consideration of the student/faculty ratio in the nursing courses.
  • The program plan is developed and adopted upon acceptance as a transfer student. This plan may include competency and orientation to a clinical facility prior to enrolling in the nursing courses.
  • A minimum of 18 hours of the last nursing courses must be in the program plan and completed at Central Community College to meet graduation requirements.
LPN Admissions Criteria and Procedures

LPN Admission Criteria and Procedure 

Admission is selective and requirements are accomplished through the following steps and must be completed within two years of application to the nursing program. Applicants must complete Step I of the requirements through the Admissions Office.

Step I

  1. Complete an application to the college.
  2. Complete a nursing application for admission to the PN program.
  3. Submit high school, home school and/or completed GED transcript. These transcripts are not required if a student has submitted an official college transcript indicating completion of an Associates or Bachelor’s degree.
  4. Submit official transcript(s) from colleges and/or nursing programs attended if they contain credits the student wishes to transfer to CCC.
  5. Meet academic eligibility by completing assessment testing. Scores achieved in the past 3 years will be used to determine eligibility and identify foundation courses that will be required prior to admission to the PN program.
Exam entry scores

The scores listed below are the minimum acceptable entry scores for all applicants:

ACT - Must have composite and science scores of 19, reading & English scores of 18, and math** score of 17.

Or

ACCUPLACER - Must have reading score of 74, sentence skills score of 84, and arithmetic score of 75**

Or

COMPASS - reading score of 80, writing of 74, pre-algebra of 48**.

**Exception to minimum math score will be made if the applicant has completed college level Math Essentials (or higher level math course) in the previous 3 years with a grade of “C” or above. A math course outdates 3 years from the date that the course was completed.

Note: The COMPASS and ASSET will not be administered after November 30, 2016. You may combine COMPASS with ACCUPLACER scores.

General education courses specifically required for the Practical Nursing diploma will be used to calculate the Admissions grade point average. The cumulative GPA of those courses must be at least 2.0 for admission to the PN program.

The minimum acceptable grade for required classes is “C”.

All required science courses and Nutrition must be taken within 7 years of the date of acceptance into the PN program. These courses outdate 7 years from the date they were completed.

Step II

Upon meeting academic eligibility, the student will receive a letter confirming their admissions status. Included with this letter will be:

  1. Change of major form
  2. Immunization form
  3. Essential functions form
  4. Acknowledgment form

Each student will need to read, sign and return the designated forms to the nursing department. Completion and return of the proper forms is mandatory before the student will be given a program entry date based on available openings in the program. The date of acceptance is the date the student’s forms arrive in the nursing department. The Associate Dean of Nursing will then send a letter notifying the student they have now met Step II requirements and will give them a start date.

Prior to beginning nursing course work in the PN program, the student must:

  1. Have a cumulative GPA at CCC of at least 2.0
  2. Complete an American Heart or Red Cross Health Care Provider CPR course and maintain certification throughout the program.
  3. Attain an active, unencumbered Nebraska nursing assistant (NA) certificate and must be listed on the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry. Work experience as a nursing assistant is highly recommended.
Cost

Approximate Educational Costs

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

Tuition & Fees - 42 hrs @ $96 per credit hour (in state) $4,032
Uniforms, lab coat, shoes $250
Books & printed materials $2,100
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 $40
ATI fees (estimated) $675
Background Check/Drug Testing $95
Total $8,928
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

Transfer Nursing Courses

For a student wishing to transfer nursing courses from another institution, the following requirements must be met.

  • Official transcript of credits earned from accredited nursing program must be submitted for evaluation.
  • Nursing courses must be equivalent to the courses in the curriculum with a grade of C or above. Course syllabi for the nursing courses must be submitted for evaluation of equivalency. Courses may transfer if taken within 1 year of acceptance into the program at CCC (includes Pharmacology/ Math for Pharmacology).
  • The student must meet all admission criteria.
  • The student must maintain a cumulative CCC GPA of 2.0 after admission.
  • Final approval for admission will be recommended by the Associate Dean of Instruction for Nursing.
  • Admission must be at the beginning of established courses with prime consideration of the student/faculty ratio in the nursing courses.
  • The program plan is developed and adopted upon acceptance as a transfer student. This plan may include competency and orientation to a clinical facility prior to enrolling in the nursing courses.
  • A minimum of 11-12 hours of the last nursing courses must be in the program plan and completed at Central Community College to meet graduation requirements.
Contact

Columbus

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

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

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

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

Grand Island

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

Megan Dubas, MSN, RN
308-398-7807
mdubas@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

Paige VanWinkle, MSN, RN
308-338-4005
paigevanwinkle@cccneb.edu

Simulation Team

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

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

Nursing Support Coordinators

Kami Loeffleholz, BSN, RN
kamiloeffleholz@cccneb.edu

Marie White, BSN, RN
mariewhite@cccneb.edu