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Capital Community College is one of six colleges offering the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program (CT-CCNP), an innovative associate degree nursing program. The common nursing program is a four-semester program designed to prepare registered nurses to function in the professional role utilizing current standards of nursing practice. The curriculum is built upon courses from the social and biological sciences, liberal arts, and nursing. These courses provide the foundation for the practice of nursing. Six core values - critical thinking, safe and competent practice, caring, professionalism, communication, and holistic care - provide the framework for organizing the nursing curriculum. A graduate of the nursing program is awarded an Associate in Science degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Graduates can apply for licensure through the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

The graduate is prepared to function as an entry-level practitioner in health care settings such as general or specialty hospitals, extended care facilities, doctors' offices, and clinics. The CT-CCNP at Capital has full approval by the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing with the consent of the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.(NLNAC). NLNAC, Inc. can be contacted by mail (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326) or by phone (404-975-5000).

About the Program

A 4-semester, 68-credit program awarding an Associate in Science Degree. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and can apply for licensure through the CT Department of Public Health.
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Accredited & Approved

All programs are approved by the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing with the consent of the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health and are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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The role of the associate Degree graduate within the scope of nursing practice

The Nursing Program will provide the graduate with the knowledge and technical skills to practice in a safe, effective and competent manner within the legal and ethical framework for an entry-level Registered Nurse. The scope of practice for the Associate Degree graduate is to provide and manage care for a diverse group of individuals, families and communities in collaboration with members of the health care team consistent with the CT-CCNP core values.

Advisement

Advisors/Counselors are available at each college to guide applicants through the admission process. Students should direct all questions to the contact at their College of First Choice. Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to attend a Nursing Information Session at the College of First Choice to learn more about the CT-CCNP.

Mike Kriscenski, 860-906-5045, mkriscenski@capitalcc.edu

Application Process

Applicants are required to complete a common nursing application. The nursing application is only available online and can be accessed through Banner Self Service. Applicants must have an eight-digit banner number (first eight digits of the NetID) in order to access the application. Applicants who do not have a banner number must first complete a general college application and be accepted into that college before a banner number is issued. Advisors/Counselors are available at each college to guide applicants through the application process.

The application period for the nursing program is November 1 - February 1 of each year. Applicants to the CT-CCNP must complete the online nursing application and submit all required documentation to the Admissions Office at the College of First Choice by the February 1 deadline. "College of First Choice" is the college that the applicant would most like to attend. All items received after this date will be marked late and the applicant will not be eligible for admission.

It is recommended that applicants use a pc rather than a mac when attempting to access the online application. Please make sure your browser allows pop-ups. Do not use a smart phone to submit your application. Recommended browsers are Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

Applicants may select a second choice college at the initial time of application. An applicant should only list the college(s) to which s/he would be willing to commute. (Please note: clinical sites could be within an hour radius of the college, and may require a mandatory parking fee.)

You do not need to wait for your fall course grades or TEAS results in order to submit your nursing application; however all application materials (including all final official transcripts) must be sent to the Admission Office at the College of First Choice and must be postmarked to the College of First Choice no later than February 1. Late applications and transcripts will not be accepted.. All applications that are completed by the February 1 deadline will be reviewed; applicants will be notified prior to May 1 as to their admission status. Notification regarding admission into the program is done through Self Service.

No acceptance letters will be mailed.

All initial communication with students will be done through the applicant's community college email address. Applicants that have not activated their community college email address should go to http://www.ct.edu/netid for more information. Late applications and transcripts will not be accepted. All applications that are completed by the February 1st deadline will be reviewed and applicants will be notified by mail prior to May 1st as to their admission status.

Admission Requirements*

  • High School graduate or equivalent.
  • A score of 40 or higher on the College Level Math portion of the Accuplacer; OR SAT I Math score of 550 or higher; OR a score of 22 or higher on the ACT Math test; OR Connecticut Community College MAT*136 or 137, or equivalent or higher, with a grade of C or higher, completed prior to application deadline of February 1st.
  • One year of high school Chemistry with a lab or Connecticut Community College CHE*111 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher, completed within five years prior+ to application deadline of February 1st.
  • A passing score on the computer proficiency test or completion of Connecticut Community College CSA*105, CSA*106 or CSC*101 or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher, completed prior to application deadline of February 1st.
  • Community College ENG*101: English Composition, or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher, completed prior to application deadline of February 1st.
  • Connecticut Community College BIO*211: Anatomy and Physiology I, or equivalent, with a grade of C+ or higher, completed within five years prior+ to application deadline of February 1st.
  • Connecticut Community College BIO*212: Anatomy and Physiology II, or equivalent, with a grade of C+ or higher, completed within five years prior+ to application deadline of February 1st or completed during, but no later, than the spring semester of application year.
  • 2.7 GPA - Based on all college courses that meet the nursing admissions and nursing curriculum requirements. The Nursing GPA is a calculation specific to CT-CCNP applicants and may differ from your college GPA.(Please note: If an applicant is using a course from a Fresh Start semester to meet a nursing admission or program curriculum requirement, that course will count in the calculation of the applicant's Nursing GPA.)
  • TEAS V score. Applicants must have an adjusted individual total score of 53.3% or higher. Only scores from TEAS version V will be accepted, and must be submitted by the deadline of February 1st. Test scores will be valid for three years from the testing date (Feb 1, 2013 - Feb 1, 2016).
  • *Nursing program curriculum and admission requirements are subject to change. Please check www.ct.edu/nursing for the most up to date information.
  • + "Five years prior" is defined as having completed the course between December 2010 and February 1, 2016.
  • There may be prerequisite courses that must be successfully completed prior to taking the admission requirements. Challenge exams may exist for certain admission requirements. Please consult with your College of First Choice for additional information. Students should complete the required Accuplacer computerized placement test. The placement test may be waived for students who have prior college English and/or mathematics credits.

TEAS V

The TEAS V is a multiple choice test that evaluates essential academic skills: math, science, reading, and English. It is recommended that applicants review biology, chemistry, and math content in preparation for taking the TEAS. The test will take approximately 3 ˝ hours to complete. Testing fees are non-refundable. Applicants may not reschedule their test date.

Applicants must obtain an adjusted individual total score of 53.3% or higher on the TEAS V to be considered for admission. Tests taken prior to February 1, 2013 will not be accepted.

Applicants may re-take the TEAS as many times as desired. The CT-CCNP will use the applicant's highest TEAS V score when determining eligibility.

The TEAS V is administered at Capital, Gateway, Naugatuck Valley, Northwestern CT, Norwalk and Three Rivers. If the TEAS V is taken at a site other than one of the Connecticut Community Colleges, applicants must have official results sent by ATI to the College of First Choice by the application deadline of February 1. Effective July 1, 2014, all community college testing sites will be charging a proctor fee in addition to ATI's registration fee. More information on the proctor fee will be provided at the time of registration for the TEAS.

For testing schedules and registration information, go to www.atitesting.com/ctccteas. Applicants must have an account with ATI & select a CT-CCNP college as their >nstitution" of choice in order to register for the TEAS. In addition to selecting a CT-CCNP college when setting up your ATI profile, please use your Banner ID as your "Student/Employee ID." Applicants must log into their ATI account in order to see available testing dates within the community college system.

A study manual for the TEAS V is available through www.atitesting.com. Online practice tests are also available through ATI. For additional information about the TEAS V, please visit www.atitesting.com.

Transfer nursing student from program outside CT-CCNP

External transfers will be considered on a space-available basis. An external nursing transfer applicant is defined as a student who has successfully completed one or more nursing courses within the last 18 months at a program other than at one of the Connecticut community colleges, and wishes to transfer these courses for advanced placement. External Transfer applicants need to submit a general college application and $20 application fee with the CT-CCNP application. Students who wish to transfer nursing courses with a clinical component from another college or university will be considered for transfer after the following requirements have been met:

  1. The applicant completes the CT-CCNP application, and submits the application to the Admissions Office at the college of first choice. Applicants must meet all nursing program admission requirements. Completed applications are due by July 1 for fall semester requests and January 2 for spring semester requests. Applications can be downloaded from the CT-CCNP website: http://www. ct.edu/nursing.
  2. A written request for evaluation of nursing course work and nursing course descriptions must be submitted to the Admissions Office at the college of first choice along with the CT-CCNP application. Requests will be forwarded to the Nursing Director at the college of first choice. Written requests are due by July 1 for fall semester requests and January 2 for spring semester requests.
  3. External transfer candidates must have a 3.0 overall GPA. The GPA is based on all college courses taken within the past five years and any college courses taken prior to five years that meet the nursing admission and/or curriculum requirements. The Nursing GPA is a calculation specific to CT-CCNP applicants and may differ from your college GPA. (Please note: If an applicant is using a course from a Fresh Start semester to meet a nursing admission or program curriculum requirement, that course will count in the calculation of the applicant's Nursing GPA.)

Transfer Credits

Transfer credit evaluation for nursing applicants is done by the College of First Choice upon the request of the applicant.

Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total credits applicable to the nursing degree must be granted by the college awarding the degree. No more than thirty credit hours of non-traditional credit may count towards the nursing degree. Nontraditional credit includes CLEP, DANTES, Challenge Exams, Military Service Schools, and Assessment of Prior Learning.

Nursing Courses - Nursing credits from another college or university will be considered for transfer after a written request for evaluation of nursing course work has been received by the Nursing Director at the College of First Choice.

Non-Nursing Courses - In accordance with transfer of credit guidelines set forth by the Board of Regents, courses which meet nursing program requirements will be accepted by the CT-CCNP. Once an applicant earns credit at the College of First Choice, transfer credit for the same course from another college will not be granted.

Credits Earned Outside the United States - Transcripts need to be evaluated by the "Course By Course" option through the World Education Services Inc, PO Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, New York 10113 or other approved foreign credential evaluation service provider and submitted to the College of First Choice. Contact the College of First Choice for additional information.

Transfer Grades

Grades from colleges not regionally accredited will not be accepted in transfer.

A minimum grade of "C" is required unless otherwise noted by the admission requirements.

A grade of C+ will be determined when the college does not use plus (+) and minus (-) by having the student be responsible for providing the proof that the grade is a C+. A numerical grade of 77-79 will be considered a C+.

Readmission to the Nursing Program and Readmission Transition/Advanced Placement Policy

Readmission to the nursing program is based on a review of, but not limited to, past academic and clinical evaluations, and evidence of interim efforts to strengthen areas of weakness. A student is eligible for readmission to the Nursing Program once. Students who are dismissed from the nursing program because they do not meet the dosage calculation requirement are eligible to apply for readmission. Consideration for readmission to the program can only be granted if there are available openings, clinical resources and faculty. In the event there are more readmission applicants than available openings, a ranking system will be applied. Readmission requests are evaluated on an individual basis by the nursing director or designee. Extenuating circumstances will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Readmission Requirements

  • Successful completion of NUR *101.
  • Not on Clinical Warning at the time of leaving the Program.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.70. (GPA is based on all college courses taken within the past five years and any college courses taken prior to five years that meet the nursing admission and/or curriculum requirements.)
  • Schedule an exit interview within 30 days of leaving the Program.
  • A pplication for readmission within 12 months of leaving the Program.
  • Submission of documentation of completion of current health requirements upon notification of readmission and prior to the start of the program.

Readmission Process

The student must:

  • Meet with the Nursing Director, course leader or designee to complete the exit interview.
  • Submit a letter to the Nursing Director at the college where the student was enrolled in the nursing program, requesting readmission to the program by:
    • - April 1 for fall semester readmission.
    • - November 1 for spring semester readmission.
  • Consult with the college nursing director if leaving the program after November 1st during the fall semester or after April 1st during the spring semester.
  • Describe in the letter efforts made by the applicant to strengthen the areas of concern identified during the exit interview.

Students will be notified of their readmission status by the college within 30 days of the readmission request. Readmission is granted on a space available basis. Additional items may be required by the student to complete the readmission assessment.

A student applying for readmission who also wishes to transfer to another college within the CT-CCNP, must first be approved for readmission by the college where the student was enrolled in nursing, before making a transfer request.

CAPITAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE NURSING PROGRAM OUTCOMES

CAPITAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROGRAM DATA
Class of NCLEX Pass Rate National Mean 1st time AD
2015 (May 2015-October 2015) 91.67 86.77 84.25
2014 (May 2014 - October 2014) 87.00 80.71 82.86
2013 (May 2013 - October 2013) 85.59 82.98 84.28
PROGRAM COMPLETION RATES:
Class of 2015 - 69.7%May 2015 - Jan. 2016)
Class of 2014 - 73.8%May 2014 - Jan. 2015)
Class of 2013 - 81.5%(May 2013 - Jan. 2014)
JOB PLACEMENT RATES
2015 (May 2015 - Jan 2016) 53% (52/98)
2014 (May 2014 - Jan 2015) 53% (58/110)
2013 (May 2013 - Jan 2014) Unavailable
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