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Program Description


Naugatuck Valley Community College offers an associate of science degree program in nursing that prepares graduates to sit for the Registered Nurse licensing exam (NCLEX-RN). The NVCC nursing program is one of six community college nursing programs in Connecticut that have formed a collaborative called the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program (CT-CCNP) ( ). This collaborative shares a common nursing curriculum. Courses in social and biological sciences, liberal arts and nursing provide the foundation for the practice of nursing. Graduates are prepared to work as entry-level practitioners in health care settings that provide acute care, extended are, rehabilitative care, outpatient care and more. Programs of the CT-CCNP are approved collaboratively by the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing with the consent of the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The associate degree nursing program at Naugatuck Valley Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; telephone (404) 975-5000; email:; website:

Program Requirements

Competency or Program Requirement Course Number and Title Required Credits
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Scientific Knowledge ◊ BIO*H211 Anatomy and Physiology I1 4
Scientific Reasoning ◊ BIO*H212 Anatomy and Physiology II1 4
Program Requirement NUR*H120 Nursing in Health & Illness 9
Program Requirement BIO*H235 Microbiology1 4
Program Requirement PSY*H111 General Psychology1 3
SECOND SEMESTER (spring)    
Social Phenomena SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology1 3
Program Requirement NUR*H125 Family in Health & Illness 8
Program Requirement PSY*H201 Life Span Development1 3
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication ENG*H102 Literature and Composition or 200 level English per college specific requirement 3
Program Requirement NUR*H220 Nursing in Health & Illness III 9
FOURTH SEMESTER (spring)    
Directed Elective Choose any NVCC oral communication competency course 3
Program Requirement NUR*H225 Nursing in Health & Illness IV 8
Program Requirement NUR*H226 Transition to Professional Nursing 1

Total Credits: 65

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1There may be a prerequisite course that must be successfully completed prior to taking the course.

*NVCC requires all students to complete a Continuing Learning & Information Literacy/Ethical Dimensions competency course prior to graduation. Nursing Credits:
Classroom - one contact hour = 1 credit
Clinical - three contact hours = 1 credit

Non-Nursing courses may be taken in the semester indicated above or they may be taken earlier. All non-nursing courses listed above require a minimum grade of C with the exception of BIO*H211 and BIO*H212 for which a C+ is required.

Nursing courses must be taken in the stated sequence.

◊ At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component. Admission and program requirements subject to change for subsequent academic years.


  1. Integrate the principles of the natural, physical, social, biological, and behavioral sciences, and nursing theory to provide holistic care to individuals, families, and groups across the wellness-illness continuum.
  2. Integrate the nursing process as a critical thinking skill for decision making in nursing practice.
  3. Provide safe and competent care to individuals, families, and groups grounded in evidenced-based practice, quantitative competencies, and technological proficiency.
  4. Integrate effective communication skills through professional interactions with individuals, families, groups and the health care team.
  5. Create an environment where therapeutic interventions reflect a respect for human dignity.
  6. Collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary health team.
  7. Integrate accountability and responsibility for practice within the legal and ethical standards of the nursing profession.
  8. Function in the professional role utilizing current standards of nursing practice.

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