Associate in Science


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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.

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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.
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Quick Facts

Nursing Quick Facts

A Quality, Affordable Path to Your Future

NVCC's nursing program graduates exceed NCLEX-RN (licensure) first-time pass rates national averages, most recently it was recorded at 96% for the Class of 2016.

Student Success is our Expectation

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

NVCC's Nursing Program Gets Students Job Ready

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
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Program Requirements

Nursing R.N. A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics CSA*H105 Introduction to Software Applications or CSC*H101 Introduction to Computers See advisor
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Scientific Knowledge BIO*H211 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Scientific Reasoning Prerequisite - BIO*H212 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Program Requirement NUR*H101 Introduction to Nursing Practice 8
Program Requirement BIO*H235 Microbiology1 4
Program Requirement PSY*H111 General Psychology1 3
Social Phenomena SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology1 3
Program Requirement NUR*H102 Family Health Nursing 8
Program Requirement PSY*H201 Life Span Development1 3
Program Requirement NUR*H103 Pharmacology for Families Across the Lifespan 1
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication ENG*H102 Literature and Composition 3
Program Requirement NUR*H201 Nursing Care of Individuals and Families I 9
Program Requirement NUR*H202 Pharmacology for Individuals and Families with Intermediate Health Care Needs 1
Directed Elective COM*H100 Introduction to Communication1 3
Program Requirement NUR*H203 Nursing Care of Individuals and Families II 8
Program Requirement NUR*H204 Pharmacology for Individuals, Families and Groups with Complex Health Care Needs 1
Program Requirement NUR*H205 Nursing Management and Trends 2

Total Credits: 68 (General education credits: 30 / Nursing credits: 38

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

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

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.

Learning Outcomes

  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.

Student Success

Where does this take me?


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. Many graduates are employed in:

  • Acute Care One
  • Long-Term Care
  • Outpatient Facilities

Nurses are also needed as healthcare administrators, educators, and in community care. 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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