Nursing | Associate in Science Degree
Associate in Science

Nursing

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Program Overview

Program Overview

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. 

Top Rated Nursing Program CT

NVCC's nursing program is rated among the top four programs in Connecticut. Read more about this distinction.

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  • Career-oriented students are prepared for working in acute care nursing, long-term care, and outpatient care.
  • Graduates of NVCC have the opportunity to continue their education at a number of baccalaureate and advanced degree programs throughout the state and nationally.

Accredited by the ACEN


NVCC's nursing program held its accreditation review and is proud to announce that the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Board of Commissioners granted continuing accreditation to its associate degree nursing program through 2025.

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Carol Gabriele
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Room: F111
Career Possibilities

Career Possibilities

 

Some career opportunities may require additional education beyond an associates degree.

Quick Facts

Nursing Quick Facts

A Quality, Affordable Path to Your Future
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NVCC's class of 2017 nursing graduates NCLEX-RN (licensure) first-time pass rates were 97%, exceeding national average.

Student Success is our Expectation
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On average, NVCC's NCLEX-RN (license pass rate) is above State and National averages.

NVCC's Nursing Program Gets Students Job Ready
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Post graduate survey data indicates more than 90% of graduates are employed in nursing.

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Thinking of Embarking on a Career in Nursing?

With salaries climbing, opportunities expanding, and the demand for nursing services on the rise, it is an exciting time to do so.

With increasingly complex health care needs and an aging population, the demand for highly qualified and skilled nurses to join the workforce continues to increase. Nursing is a challenging career that offers many opportunities for personal and professional growth over a life-time. With salaries climbing, opportunities expanding, and the demand for nursing services on the rise, it is an exciting time to embark on a nursing career. NVCC offers new students and those seeking a career change an education to enter the nursing field as Registered Nurses who are eligible for employment in a variety of health care settings. 

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ALL sessions are given by a Pre-nursing Advisor.  No registration is required. Please review the Information Packet below prior to attending the session to allow an opportunity for clarification of the admission process detailed in the packet.

The program is approved by the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing with the consent of the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Contact ACEN:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020
Email: info@acenursing.org
Vist ACEN on the web: www.acenursing.org

NVCC Nursing students simulating care with a mannequin laying in a hospital bed.

Program Requirements

Nursing R.N. A.S.

Competency or Program Requirement Course Number and Title Required Credits
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS    
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
FIRST SEMESTER (fall)    
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
THIRD SEMESTER (fall)    
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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Where does this take me?

NVCC Nursing student simulating care using a stethoscope on a mannequin laying in a hospital bed.

Academic Advancement

Graduates of NVCC have the opportunity to continue their education at a number of baccalaureate and advanced degree programs throughout the state and nationally.

Career Paths

Graduates of the NVCC nursing program are known for their clinical competence and technical proficiency in providing direct patient care. Graduates are employed in:

  • Acute Care
  • Long-Term Care
  • Outpatient Facilities

NVCC offers an affordable, accredited, and quality nursing program which quickly opens the door for employment and provides graduates an immediate pathway to advance their education at 4 year institutions for a BSN or MSN degree.

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