The fall 2022 nursing application process has closed for the 2022-23 school year.
Nursing applicants will be notified of their program status after May 1, 2022.
Keep an eye on your CCC email for future correspondence.
Please contact the nursing admission technician at 308-398-7410 with questions.
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 2025. The field of nursing offers many opportunities, challenges, and rewards you will not find in other areas of employment. If you are dynamic, motivated, and possess a caring personality, our nursing program wants you!
Associate Degree in Nursing
The program is approved by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN):
Why Choose CCC for Nursing?
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 the remaining two (2) semesters of the program to receive an associate degree in nursing and take the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure.
Nebraska belongs to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) compact. Any student passing the NCLEX-RN exam in Nebraska may also practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in any of the other compact States without reapplying for a license in that state. View compact states
|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 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. Travel will be required to complete course and clinical requirements.
Enrollment into the program is limited to seats available and a first come qualified applicant basis.
State Licensure or Certification Requirements
States where licensure or certification requirements are met by this program’s curriculum – Nebraska.
No determination has been made for any other State as to whether the program’s curriculum does or does not meet licensure or certification requirements.
If a student from a state outside of Nebraska is interested in this program, state licensure will be investigated.
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN exam. Nebraska belongs to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) compact. Any student passing the NCLEX-RN exam in Nebraska may also practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in any of the other compact States without reapplying for a license in that state. Click on this link to access all NCSBN compact states.
Central Community College has collaborated with several four-year nursing programs throughout the state that allow 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.
Nursing Program Application Requirements
Application into the pre-licensure nursing program is open annually in January. The LPN to ADN (advanced placement) application period opens in February. Students are encouraged to complete all application 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 during the next application period.
Please read and comply with the following admission requirements.
- Complete the Central Community College Application and meet admission requirements.
- Indicate Nursing as your major when applying
After receiving your acceptance letter to Central Community College, complete step #2. This is an important step with moving forward in the process
- Indicate Nursing as your major when applying
- Complete mandatory criminal background check and urine drug screen.
- Select the drug and background options under Health Sciences in the link above.
- The drug screen will cost $25. When you schedule an appointment for the drug test, you will have seven days to complete the drug test.
- The background check will cost $25 and is good for 3 years. It is a two-step process:
- Background check
- DHHS: you will receive an email to complete this process after you submit your background check.
- Select the drug and background options under Health Sciences in the link above.
- Take the ATI TEAS test and score a 58.7% or higher See ATI TEAS Information and Registration
- An $82 fee will be assessed when you register for the test.
- Licensed Practical Nurse, ATI TEAS score is not required
- Licensed Practical Nurse must hold a current unencumbered license for the State of Nebraska
- Must be Healthcare Provider, with hands-on competency
- BIOS 2250 Anatomy & Physiology I – must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher
- ENGL 1010 English Composition I – must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher
*All required science courses must be taken within 7 years of the date of acceptance into the nursing program.
Licensed Practical Nurse or Advanced Placement Student
- Must hold a current unencumbered LPN license for the State of Nebraska
- ATI TEAS test is not required
Contact the Nursing Admission Technician, at 308-398-7410 with questions or to schedule an appointment at our Columbus, Grand Island or Kearney location.
- You receive individual attention with low faculty to student ratio
- Hands-on experience! The best way to learn is to do. You will complete over 650 hours of clinical and simulation time.
- Small group and interactive learning in theory courses enhance knowledge.
- State-of-the-art simulation center on the Grand Island Campus with 4 adult, 1 pediatric, 1 newborn and 1 birthing hi-fidelity simulators. Mid-fidelity simulators are on each campus.
- 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 Nursing Success Coordinators to support effective study skills
- Skills labs to perfect your nursing technical skills
- Recognition of academic honors through Organization of Associate Degree of Nursing Honor Society: Delta Nu.
- Clinical facilities offering a variety 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 2018: 90.77%
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) program.
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
Immunizations are required to complete clinical experiences.
A completed immunization form signed by your healthcare provider must be submitted at the time of application.
If records are not available to support your immunizations, blood titers must be drawn and evaluated for immunizations needed. 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.
The Influenza vaccine should be obtained as soon as possible each fall. Documentation must be submitted to attend clinicals.
If any portion of the Immunization form is left incomplete, including your full name and student ID#, your application to the nursing program will be voided.
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?
At 2021-22 tuition and fee rates, completing the 64-65 credits required for the Associate Degree in Nursing costs:
Nebraska residents - $6,848 - $6,955
Non-residents - $9,792 - $9,945
In addition, students in the Associate Degree in Nursing program will spend about $5,827 for uniforms, books, a laptop computer and other expenses.
|2021-22 Tuition and Fees (cost per credit)||Tuition||Fees||Total|
Achieve an Associate Degree in Nursing in 2 years by completing 4 semesters of nursing courses after prerequisites are met.
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 assessment 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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Approximate Educational Costs
College tuition and fees are established by the Board of Governors and may be subject to change.
|Tuition and Fees - 64 credit hours at $107 per credit hour (in state)||$6,848|
|Uniforms, lab coat, shoes||$250|
|Books & printed materials||$2,000|
|Accessories - scissors, stethoscope, watch with a second hand||$100|
|Laptop (estimated cost)||$650|
|Student in Practicum Insurance per year||$12|
|Licensing & NCLEX-RN expenses||$323|
|ATI fees (estimated)||$2,350|
|Background Check/Drug Test||$50|
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.
- 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)
- Program Completion: 80% of CCC students will complete the ADN program within 150% of the time from the start of the first nursing course.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Prioritize patient-centered care based on the unique needs of the human throughout the lifespan.
- Explain the nursing process to promote ideal clinical outcomes through the use of critical thinking and clinical reasoning supported by evidence –based practice.
- Recommend the human to develop adaptive responses to stressors in order to reach an optimal state of wellness.
- Integrate effective communication strategies with individuals, families, groups, and members of the health care team.
- 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.
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.
- 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)
- Program Completion: 80% of CCC students will complete the PN program within 150% of the time from the time of the first nursing course.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Provide patient-centered care based on the unique needs of the human throughout the lifespan.
- 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.
- Guide the human to develop adaptive responses to stressors in order to reach an optimal state of wellness.
- Select effective communication strategies with individuals, families, groups, and members of the health care team.
- 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.
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 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!
Nursing Administrative Assistants
Associate Dean of Nursing
Tami Jones, BS
Brenda Eller, MSN, RN
Marcia Donley, MSN, RN
Wendy Keezer, MSN, RN
Barb McGraw, MSN, RN, CNE
Marie White, BSN, RN
Martha Bergquist, MSN, RN
Heidi Patsios, BSN, RN
Nursing Program FAQ
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.
Yes. You can take CNA courses on any campus and the Kearney Center. You can register for HLTH 1200 or contact Extended Learning Services.
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.
ADN application opens January 2021.
LPN to ADN (advanced placement) application opens February 2021.
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.
The TEAS exam is part of the admission requirement for the nursing program.
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.
For clinical rotations, you will need a stethoscope and professional uniform with lab jacket (scrubs). 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.
The nursing program is 5 semesters in length. Students 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.
No. Students take ADN courses in a certain progression over the 5 semesters.
No. The traditional ADN program does not offer summer courses in nursing. You may, however, take any required general education course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.