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BC3 Academic Catalog: 2023-2024 
    
BC3 Academic Catalog: 2023-2024

Nursing, R.N., A.A.S.


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Nursing, R.N. (208)
Associate in Applied Science Degree

The Nursing Program at Butler County Community College is a two-year academically-based program that prepares the graduate to provide and manage direct care to individual clients and their families; and to function as an effective member of the health care team. The graduate is also educated to be a contributing member of the discipline of nursing, committed to professional growth, continuous learning, and self-development. The program prepares the graduate for employment as a registered professional nurse in a variety of community-based health care settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other comparable agencies. The Associate Degree RN program at Butler County Community College at the Butler Campus located in Butler Pennsylvania and the Associate Degree RN program at the Brockway Instructional Site in Brockway, PA is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation

  

  
   

   

Minimum - 70 credits


Note(s):


1 Must be taken before or with NURS 101 and NURS 141 (Nursing I).

2 Must be taken before or with NURS 102  and NURS 142 (Nursing II).

3 Must be taken before or with NURS 103 and NURS 143 (Nursing III).

4 Must be taken before or with NURS 104  and NURS 144 (Nursing IV).

5Must be taken before NURS 105 (Nursing V).

College Algebra (Math 101) or higher may be substituted.

Courses that can be taken in advance of acceptance into the Nursing Program.

 

Applicants to the Two Year Nursing Program


Students enrolling in the Nursing Program with fewer than 12 credits who do not choose the three-year curriculum plan are encouraged to take courses in the Summer terms: 1) prior to enrolling in the Nursing Program and 2) between the first and second years.  Students are encouraged to seek advisement regarding summer enrollment.

For students accepted into the two year nursing program, credit load can also be reduced by completing some courses prior to admission into the Nursing Program and/or during the summer between the two years of the Nursing Program.

Optional Three-Year Curriculum Plan


For students who are applying to the Nursing Program directly from high school or with fewer than 12 earned college credits, it is highly recommended that the Optional Three Year Curriculum Plan is selected. By reducing both credit load and contact hours each semester, the likelihood of academic success might be increased. Seek advisement regarding course selection as needed.

After being accepted into the Nursing Program for the Optional Three Year Curriculum Plan, the student must maintain a 2.5 GPA and earn a “C” or better in all courses completed during the first two semesters of enrollment. If these requirements are met, the student will be eligible for enrollment in NURS 101 in the third semester of the Optional Three Year Curriculum Plan.

A recommended three-year curriculum plan is shown below:

Note(s):


1 Must be taken before or with NURS 101.

Must be taken before or with NURS 102.

Must be taken before or with NURS 103.

4 Must be taken before or with NURS 104.

5Must be taken before NURS 105.

College Algebra (MATH 101 or higher may be substituted).

Courses that can be taken in advance of acceptance into the Nursing Program.

8 Courses suggested for a minimum of 12 credits for those students required to be full-time. (Other courses may be substituted or a part-time schedule may be taken).

The student is encouraged to use the curriculum planner to keep track of courses taken and those still needed.  In some cases one or more courses will be taken in a different order than indicated on the planner, but prerequisites must be observed.

 

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