Associate of Applied Science (Two year program)
The Nursing curriculum is designed to prepare competent associate degree nurses who are eligible to meet licensing requirements for registered nurses and are able to practice nursing in acute care, long-term care, homes, clinics, physician's offices, or other agencies established to meet the health care needs of individuals.
Nursing courses must be taken in the sequence listed as content and skills build from simple to complex. A minimum grade of 'C' must be earned in all courses required in the nursing curriculum in order to receive an A.A.S. Degree in Nursing.
Nursing students must comply with the rules and policies as presented in the nursing student handbook in addition to those listed in the Catalog. This is a selective program. Please see Admissions to Selective Admission Programs on pages 162-163. Students who meet criteria for readmission into the program must comply with the Nursing Student Handbook which is in place for the class to which they have been readmitted.
Luzerne County Community College's Nursing program is also offered off-campus in Shamokin, Pennsylvania. Students taking Nursing courses (NUR) at off-campus sites are charged out-of-county tuition rates. For applications to any off-campus nursing program, please contact the Main Campus at 1-800-377-5222 (ext. 7337).
Classes are admitted at the Northumberland Regional Higher Education Center in the odd years (2017, 2019, etc.).
An evening nursing program is offered at the Main Campus in the odd years, (2019, 2021). Class and clinical experiences are held after 3 p.m. Interested applicants must designate a preference for evening classes since a limited number of openings are available.
A day nursing program is offered yearly at the Main Campus. An evening/weekender nursing program is also offered at the Main Campus.
The Nursing program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 2649 Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649 (Telephone Phone (717) 783-7142) and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Telephone (404) 975-5000).
The Board shall not issue a license or certificate to an applicant who has been convicted of a felonious act prohibited by the act of April 14. 1972 (P.L. 233, No. 64) known as the "Controlled Substance, Drugs, Device and Cosmetic Act" or convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States or any other state, territory or country.
The program provides the student the opportunity to:
- Obtain the necessary competency and ability to practice in an entry-level nursing position.
- Gain the knowledge to successfully pass the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, NCLEX-RN examination.
The graduate of the program is able to:
- Integrate principles from the humanities and natural and social sciences as a foundation for nursing knowledge and skill competency.
- Utilize the nursing process as the basis for clinical decision-making and critical thinking in the provision of care for individuals in diverse health care settings.
- Implement caring interventions incorporating evidence-based practices for individuals in diverse health care settings.
- Incorporate informatics in formulating documented best clinical practices using cost effective nursing strategies, quality improvement processes, and current technologies.
- Practice professional nursing behaviors of caring, responsibility and accountability by maintaining competence and continued professional growth.
- Communicate professionally and effectively and foster collaboration with individuals, significant support person(s), and members of the inter-disciplinary healthcare team.
- Follow the legal and ethical standards of the nursing profession.
- Develop teaching plans for individuals and members of the health care team utilizing appropriate teaching and learning principles.
The Nursing Program has a pass rate on the NCLEX-RN examination for 2020 of 96.04%. The Nursing program completion rate for 2020 was 42%. Luzerne County Community College tracks the employment status of graduates via surveys of former students. Surveys are sent to Nursing students at six months and three years following graduation. Results of our most recent surveys indicated that 70% of LCCC's former Nursing students responding to the 2020 survey were employed.