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Climb Nursing Career Ladder at CCC County College Offers Many Levels of Nursing Programs, Certificates


Marlene Lazarus

If you are interested in nursing or would like to advance within the field of nursing, Camden County College offers a study and career path that will take you from entry-level certified nurse aide (CNA) through studies that will allow you to transfer into a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) or registered nurse (RN) to BSN degree program.

Your first step is to attend one of the CCC Nursing Department’s free weekly information sessions. Here, prospective students learn about the College’s nursing programs, including any special admission requirements. After attending one of these sessions, prospective students should make an appointment with the nursing advisor.

For many students, the CNA certificate is the first step into the nursing profession. CNAs work under the supervision of an RN or a licensed practical nurse (LPN) to assist clients with the activities of daily living in settings such as long-term-care facilities, homes and hospitals. The certificate is offered in either an eight-week or 15-week session that prepares students to sit for their CNA-certification exam with the state Department of Health and Senior Services. The four college credits that are earned through completion of this certificate may be applied to CCC’s multi-skilled technician and/or practical nursing programs.

The multi-skilled technician certificate program includes seven courses that can be taken in one semester. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to obtain two certifications: CNA through the Department of Health and Senior Services and homemaker-home health aide (HHHA) through the New Jersey Board of Nursing. Some of the credits earned may be transferred into CCC’s practical nursing program.

The College’s practical nursing certificate program (NUR.CT) prepares students to take the New Jersey Board of Nursing exam to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). LPNs work under the direction of a registered nurse or a licensed physician in a variety of healthcare settings, and many continue their education to become registered nurses. The general education credits earned in this program may transfer to four-year colleges or universities.

For those interested in becoming an RN, CCC offers a cooperative nursing program with Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing (OLOLSON). Through this six-semester program, students complete their general education courses at CCC while taking their nursing courses through OLOLSON. Graduates earn an associate in science degree from CCC and a nursing diploma from OLOLSON. They also become eligible to sit for the New Jersey Board of Nursing licensing exam to become an RN.

RNs who wish to continue their higher education to earn a BSN also may do so at Camden County College. CCC offers on-campus courses leading to BSN degrees through partnerships with Rowan, Rutgers and Seton Hall universities.

Finally, the College also offers a pre-nursing option within the liberal arts and science program that leads to an associate in arts degree (PRN.AS). This program serves students who seek to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn their BSN degree. The pre-nursing option includes general education requirements traditionally accepted at four-year institutions.

No matter what their career goals, it’s critical that prospective nursing students attend an information session and see a nursing advisor before entering any of the nursing programs at Camden County College. This will enable them to select the right courses in the correct sequence.

Article by Marlene Lazarus.  For further information, visit www.camdenccc.edu and click on the “Nursing Programs” link under the “Announcements” heading or call the Nursing Department at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4359.


 

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