Nursing R.N.

The associate degree Nursing Program at Naugatuck Valley Community College is a four-semester curriculum offered at six Connecticut Community Colleges. Graduates are awarded an Associate in Science degree in nursing and are eligible to apply for licensure through NCLEX-RN and from the CT Department of Public Health. Sixty-eight credits are required for graduation. The general education courses and nursing courses are sequenced to build from fundamental skills to complex critical thinking skills. The nursing program - challenging in nature - demands that mathematics, science, social science and English skills be used as building blocks to further a student's knowledge of the nursing practice.

Earn an Associate Degree, Certificate or take a Course or two

Degree Programs


Investigations in Health Careers
3 Credits

This course is designed to assist students in meeting the expectations of a health care curriculum and career. The students will become familiar with the rigors of higher education and the specific skills needed to maximize their opportunity for academic and clinical success. The course will include a comprehensive overview of the duties and responsibilities associated with clinical competency. Interdisciplinary learning strategies, correlating clinical and didactic education, life management skills, work ethics, and critical thinking skills necessary for all health providers will be emphasized.

Introduction To Nursing Practice
8 Credits

Prerequisite: Admission to the College and the Nursing Program. The student will focus on concepts basic to nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on application of the nursing process, communication skills, and nursing practice procedure acquisition. Clinical and laboratory experiences offer opportunities to integrate theoretical principles and demonstrate caring and competence in beginning professional role development.

Family Health Nursing
8 Credits

Prerequisites: NUR*H101, PSY*H111, BIO*H235. Corequisite: NUR*H103. The student will focus on issues affecting the family, including childbearing, childrearing, geriatric care and intermediate health care needs of limited duration. The medical surgical health problems include care for the client in the peri-operative period and the client experiencing orthopedic and simple genitourinary conditions. The course addresses several psychiatric disorders: anxiety and cognitive disorders, common child and adolescent psychiatric disorders. The student will have clinical rotations that provide experience caring for the childbearing family as well as caring for medical-surgical clients across the lifespan.

Pharmacology for Families Across the Lifespan
1 Credits

Prerequisite: NUR*H101. Corequisite: NUR*H102. The student will focus on the safe use, pharmacological principles, indications and nursing implications related to drug therapy when caring for individuals and families. Emphasis will be on medications used with perinatal, neonatal, pediatric, geriatric and peri-operative clients. The course will stress the general characteristics of selected medications and will include indications, pharmacokinetics, side effects, adverse effects, contraindications, administration, nursing implications across the lifespan, client education and relationship to prior learning.

Nursing Care of Individuals and Families 1
9 Credits

Prerequisites: NUR*H102, NUR*H103, PSY*H201, SOC*H101. Corequisite: NUR*H202. The student will focus on holistic care of individuals and families across the lifespan with a variety of health care needs. The needs of clients experiencing endocrine, respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular conditions and selected mental health disorders are examined. Bioterrorism as a health care issue will be addressed. Clinical laboratory experience provides the student an opportunity to administer care to a diverse population of clients in a variety of acute care and community health care settings. The student will utilize critical thinking, caring, professionalism and communication skills in the care of the client. Emphasis is placed on provision of safe and competent care and development of the professional role as a member of a multidisciplinary health care team. Over the semester, the student is increasingly challenged in the clinical area with more complex client assignments.

Pharmacology for Individuals and Families with Intermediate Health Care Needs
1 Credits

Prerequisite: NUR*H102, NUR*H103. Corequisite: NUR*H201. The student will focus on pharmacologic principles related to the care of individuals and families across the lifespan with intermediate health care needs. Emphasis will be placed on medications used for clients who have endocrine, gastrointestinal, respiratory, cardiovascular, autoimmune, and psychiatric conditions and clients who are survivors of bioterrorism.

Nursing Care of Individuals and Families II
8 Credits

Prerequisite: NUR*H201, NUR*H202, ENG*H102. Corequisite: NUR*H204, NUR*H205. The student will focus on the holistic care of individuals, families, and groups with complex health care needs. The student will incorporate critical thinking, caring behaviors, professionalism, and communication skills when providing nursing care in a variety of acute, long-term and/or community settings. Students will have an opportunity to manage a multi client assignment with an emphasis on safe and competent practice. An observational experience with a visiting nurse agency, a dialysis unit and/or a cancer center will be provided.

Pharmacology for Individuals, Families and Groups with Complex Health Care Needs
1 Credits

Prerequisite: NUR*H201, NUR*H202. Corequisite: NUR*H203. The student will focus on safe use, pharmacologic principles, indications and nursing implications related to drug therapy in the care of individuals, families, and groups with complex health care needs. Emphasis will be placed on medications used for clients who have acute and chronic renal failure, oncology and neurological conditions, and multi-system dysfunction and who choose an alternative therapy.

Nursing Management and Trends
2 Credits

Prerequisite: NUR*H201, NUR*H202. Corequisite: NUR*H203, NUR*H204. The student will explore the basic principles of management, leadership and collaborative relationships as they relate to providing safe and competent care. The focus is on the utilization of critical thinking skills to make decisions on priority setting, delegation, legal parameters of nursing practice and ethical issues. Students will expand the concept of caring to the profession of nursing through collegial and interdisciplinary communication. This course facilitates the transition for students into the profession and their role in contemporary nursing practice.

ACEN Site Review
  • NVCC will host a site review by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 
    on September 27, 2017. Download the full announcement here.