Nursing

Occupational Major

Students interested in Nursing at Bucks need to meet with a nursing faculty member for advising. The nursing program requires additional fees.

Department of Health, Physical Education and Nursing 
Penn Hall 439 • Phone (215) 968-8327
Curriculum Code No. 2035

The Program in Nursing offered at Bucks County Community College can be completed in two years, if the student chooses to be a full-time student, or it can be completed on a part-time basis, and leads to an Associate of Arts Degree. Graduates of the Program are eligible to take The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Further, the Nursing Program prepares graduates to function as beginning graduate nurses, and to assume entry level positions as registered Nurses in acute care, long term care, homes, clinics physicians' offices, or other agencies established to meet health care needs. Program learning experiences prepare graduates for associate degree nursing practice, as defined and delineated by the nursing profession. Nursing functions require advanced technical skills, in addition to substantial scientific knowledge.

The Nursing Students Handbook contains valuable information about policies and the AD Nursing Program as a whole.

Program Outcomes

The graduate of the BCCC Nursing Program will use critical thinking to apply the theoretical knowledge from the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains to

  • communicate in a manner that is professional, that acknowledges and preserves the individual’s dignity and worth and that recognizes and respects cultural differences between patients and care providers, and among patients;
  • apply the nursing process to diagnose and treat individual and family responses to alterations in their functional health patterns;
  • collaborate with the health care team to manage groups of patients with predictable outcomes while appropriately delegating duties to other health care providers;
  • demonstrate awareness of today’s health care delivery system and its impact on future health, act according to and within the legal and the ethical standards set forth by the Pennsylvania Nurse Practice Act, the College, the Nursing Program, the legal system at large, affiliating agencies, and their accreditation bodies and the nursing profession.

The Nursing Program consists of courses in liberal arts and selected sciences, as well as nursing courses. Each required nursing course must be taken in a designated sequence as knowledge builds from less complex to more complex. Each nursing course is made up of a theoretical and a clinical component. Students must successfully meet the objectives of both of these components and demonstrate increasing proficiency on all drug calculation exams that start at a minimum of 80% in order to achieve a passing grade (of at least a C) in each nursing course. Nursing students must comply with the rules and policies as presented in the Nursing Student Handbook, in addition to those listed in the catalog. Students, who meet criteria for readmission into the program, must comply with the Nursing Student Handbook that is in place for the class to which they have been readmitted. The BCCC Nursing Program is fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Nursing, Inc., (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 Phone. 404.975.5000, Fax. 404.975.5020

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Program of Study

  1. All applicants must fulfill the College's admission requirements, and the specific requirements for admission to the Nursing Program of Study.
  2. Meeting High School Requirements
    1. All students must have completed work equal to a standard high school program with a minimum of 16 units (a unit is the equivalent of a year's worth of study). These requirements are:
      • 4 Units of English
      • 3 Units of Social Studies
      • 2 Units of Science: 1 year of Chemistry with a grade of C or better or 70% and 1 year of Biology with a grade of C or better or 70%.
      • 2 Units of Mathematics with a grade of C or better or 70% (one unit must be algebra)

    All students must have a final official high school transcript on file in Admissions and must be enrolled in the College.

  3. All enrolled nursing students must go to the fourth floor in Penn Hall, Nursing Office after receiving the permit to register from the Admissions Office and sign up on the Nursing Faculty door for an appointment during advising period fall/spring.
  4. GED students must meet the same requirements.
    • Students who do not meet the high school requirements must take the following courses:
      1. To satisfy the English requirement, a student must take the Writing Placement Test and score a six (6) or complete COMP107 Introduction to Rhetorical Skills with a grade of "C" or better. (NOTE: Prerequisite courses, as determined by the College Placement Tests, need to be taken prior to enrollment in this course.)
      2. To satisfy the Social Studies requirements a student must complete Introduction to Psychology OR Introduction to Sociology OR a course listed under Cultural Perspectives (as listed in the College Catalog).
      3. To satisfy the Science Requirement, a student must complete BIOL181, Human Anatomy & Physiology I, for a deficiency in Biology; CHEM101, Chemistry A for a chemistry deficiency. It is recommended that the student enroll in Biological Science 101 or 102 if seven years have lapsed since their last high school science course.
      4. To satisfy the Mathematics requirements a student must take the placement test in order to determine the appropriate placement. The student needs to complete MATH095 OR receive a score on the Math Placement Test of 5.
    • Students who completed high school work in a foreign country must either:
      1. Have a course-to-course evaluation performed by one of the five College- approved transcript evaluating agencies (information available in the Office of Admissions).
      2. Earn a "C" or better in all of the above College courses to meet high school requirements.

Admission Requirement

Conditional Acceptance into the Clinical Component of Nursing

  1. Currently enrolled in the College, and have taken the three placement tests
  2. Met high school requirements
  3. Curriculum Code of 2035 (Nursing)
  4. Have a grade of C or better in ALL courses required in the Nursing Program of Study, taken before applying for admission into the Clinical component of Nursing. All required courses, with a grade of less than C, taken prior to entry into the clinical component of the Nursing Program MUST be repeated before acceptance into the clinical component.
  5. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 at BCCC. If additional seats are available a sliding scale will be used to accept students with a GPA of minimally 2.0.
  6. NLN-RN Pre RN entrance exam of 50th percentile or above (55th percentile preferred), OR ACT of 20 or above OR, SAT of 900 or above (critical reading and math),. NLN Examination must be completed by the December testing deadline. All applicants must have an official score (in order to be deemed official, document must be sent directly from issuing institution, The College Board, to admissions postmarked by the December application deadline and posted on WebAdvisor..
  7. After meeting all of the following criteria, students who are Bucks County residents and have completed the highest number of credits in the Nursing Program of Study at BCCC with a final grade of C or better will be considered first.

After notification of conditional acceptance to the Clinical Component of the Nursing Program the student is required to submit the following documents to the Director for full acceptance into the clinical component of the Nursing Program (Necessary paperwork will be handed out and discussed at Orientation)

  1. Current CPR certification (BCLS course)
  2. Current Health examination
  3. Current Immunizations record
  4. Current State Police criminal check and/or FBI check that shows the applicant is felony free for ten (10) years. This requirement is related to the Nurse Practice Act (Act No. 185-109) of Pennsylvania which states "… The Board of Nursing shall not issue a license or certificate to an applicant who has been convicted of a felonious act prohibited by the Act of April 14, 1972 (P.L. 233, No. 64), known as "The Controlled substance, Drug Device and Cosmetic Act", or convicted of a felony related to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States or any other state, territory or country, unless: at least ten years have elapsed from the date of conviction…" In addition, applicants must be free of Prohibitive Offenses (which includes certain drug and substance abuse violations) as found in the Pennsylvania Older Adult Protective Services Act 169 of 1996 and as amended by Act 13 of 1997, within their lifetime. The student must not have not been convicted of a driving under the influence of intoxicating liquors and/or drugs within five (5) years of participation in the program. In the event a student is permitted to participate in the program and then it is learned that he/she does not meet the criteria as set forth herein, they will be immediately removed from the program.
  5. Current FBI fingerprint clearance
  6. Current Child Abuse Clearance that demonstrates child abuse free in lifetime.
  7. Current negative drug and alcohol screen.

Prior to starting the 2nd year, students must re-submit the following to the Director. Associate Degree Nursing

  1. Current CPR certification
  2. Current State Police criminal check and/or FBI check demonstrating the above.
  3. Current PPD test results
  4. Current Negative Drug and alcohol screening
  5. Other requirements that may be dictated by current clinical affiliations.

Progression Through and Completion of the Nursing Program Requirements

  1. A grade of C or better in all required nursing courses, which also includes a grade of satisfactory laboratory and clinical performance and attendance. Be able to demonstrate increasing proficiency on all drug calculations exams included in the nursing courses that start at a minimum grade of 80%,
  2. A grade of C or better in all required non-nursing courses
  3. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  4. Students failing to meet the above criteria will be dismissed from the Program.
  5. Nursing students must comply with the rules and policies as presented in the Nursing Student Handbook, in addition to those listed in the BCCC catalog. 
  6. A student who is unsuccessful in any required nursing course may repeat that course only one time, and must reapply for admission and is on a space available basis. Students, who meet criteria for readmission into the program, must comply with the Nursing Student Handbook that is in place for the class to which they have been readmitted.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement for Licensed Practical Nurses or applicants who have attended other accredited associate or baccalaureate nursing degree programs

Eligibility:

  1. LPN's who have been employed for at least one year are eligible for advanced placement
  2. Transfer students who have attended an ACEN accredited nursing program are also eligible for advanced placement.

Admission to the College and to the Nursing Program of Study:

See Admission Requirements to the College and to the Nursing Program of Study Above

Additional Admission Criteria:

  1. LPN's must provide proof of Pennsylvania licensure and at least one year of employment as an LPN
  2. Because LPN's have completed the licensure exam, the SAT, ACT or NLN will not be required
  3. Transfer students are required to meet all criteria for acceptance as above.

Placement in the Nursing Program

  1. LPN's may challenge out of NURS 101 and NURS 102 and enter into NURS 201, after completing all of the NURS 101 and NURS 102 co-requisite courses, NURS 120 Drug Calculations and NURS 220 Health Assessment.
  2. Transfer students will achieve placement based on review of individual nursing course syllabi.
  3. Criteria for Challenge of Nursing I/Nursing 101 is completion of:
    • CHEM 101 - Chemistry A
    • BIOL 181 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • COMP 110 - English Composition I
  4. Criteria for Challenge of Nursing II/Nursing 102
    • Satisfactory completion of above required courses, AND satisfactory completion of Nursing 101 Challenge exam
    • Completion of:
    • BIOL 182 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • BIOL 228 - Microbiology
    • HLTH 120 - Nutrition
    • NURS 120 - Drug Calculations
    • NURS 220 - Nursing Health Assessment
  5. Courses to be taken with or before Nursing III/ Nursing 201
    • PSYCH 110 - Introduction to Psychology
    • SOCI 110 - Introduction to Sociology
    • COMP 111 - English Composition II
  6. Courses to be taken with or before Nursing IV/ Nursing 202
    • COMM 110 - Effective Speaking
    • One cultural perspective course

Degree Course Requirements*

Course Credits
BIOL181
Human Anatomy and Physiology I B,F
4
BIOL182
Human Anatomy and Physiology II A,F
4
BIOL228
Microbiology A,F
4
CHEM101
Chemistry A B,F,1
4
COMM110
Effective Speaking 4,E,F
3
COMP110
English Composition I C,B,F,2
3
COMP111
English Composition II 3, D,F
3
HLTH120N
Nutrition A, 5, I
3
NURS101
Nursing I F,G
6
NURS102
Nursing II F,G
6
NURS201
Nursing III F,G
9
NURS202
Nursing IV F,G,7,8
9
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology 6, D
3
SOCI110
Introduction to Sociology 6, D
3
Cultural Perspectives H, E 3
Total Credit Hours 67

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for only full-time students who average 17 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete Program requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended. Most students complete many of the support courses first.

First Semester

Course Credits
BIOL181
Human Anatomy and Physiology I B,F
4
CHEM101
Chemistry A B,F,1
4
COMP110
English Composition I C,B,F,2
3
NURS101
Nursing I F,G
6
Total Credit Hours 17

Second Semester

Course Credits
BIOL182
Human Anatomy and Physiology II A,F
4
BIOL228
Microbiology A,F
4
HLTH120N
Nutrition A, 5, I
3
NURS102
Nursing II F,G
6
Total Credit Hours 17

Third Semester

Course Credits
COMP111
English Composition II 3,D,F
3
NURS201
Nursing III F,G
9
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology 6,D
3
SOCI110
Introduction to Sociology 6,D
3
Total Credit Hours 18

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
COMM110
Effective Speaking 4,E,F
3
NURS202
Nursing IV F,G,7,8
9
Cultural Perspectives E,H 3
Total Credit Hours15

A Must be taken before or with NURS102.
B Must be taken before or with NURS101.
C Placement testing required.
D Must be taken before or with NURS201.
E Must be taken before or with NURS202.
F Course requires prerequisite.
G Must be CPR certified prior to enrollment.
H Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory . Any course may be chosen.
I  HLTH120N sections are taught by a registered dieticians as required by the PA State Board of Nursing.

1 Satisfies College Level Mathematics or Science.
2 Satisfies College Writing Level I.
3 Satisfies College Writing Level II.
4 Satisfies Creative Expression.
5 Satisfies Personal Health.
6 Satisfies Social Perspectives.
7 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.
8 Satisfies Integration of Knowledge requirement.

The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing has approved the Program as stated. An I, D, or F, grade in NURS, prerequisite or corequisite courses will prevent progression.