The Connecticut Community College Nursing Program (CT-CCNP) is an innovative associate degree program of study offered at six Connecticut Community Colleges. Gateway Community College offers evening classes with day and evening clinical experiences. The common nursing program offers a four-semester curriculum designed to prepare registered nurses to function in the professional role utilizing current standards of nursing practice. In addition, students within the program have the same admission and policy standards, which allows for greater student flexibility.
The Nursing Program is a four-semester program which, upon successful completion, awards an Associate in Science Degree. The curriculum is built upon courses from the social and biological sciences, liberal arts, and nursing. These courses provide the foundation for the practice of nursing. Six core values (critical thinking, safe and competent practice, caring, professionalism, communication, and holistic care) provide the framework for organizing the nursing curriculum.
A graduate of the nursing program is awarded an Associate in Science degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Graduates can apply for licensure through the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
The graduate is prepared to function as an entry-level practitioner in health care settings such as general or specialty hospitals, extended care facilities, doctors’ offices, and clinics.
Approval and Accreditation
All of the programs are individually approved by the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing with the consent of the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health and are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; P: 404-975-5000, www.acenursing.org.
The Role of the Associate Degree Graduate within the Scope of Nursing Practice
The Nursing Program will provide the graduate with the knowledge and technical skills to practice in a safe, effective and competent manner within the legal and ethical framework for an entry-level Registered Nurse. The scope of practice for the Associate Degree graduate is to provide and manage care for a diverse group of individuals, families and communities in collaboration with members of the health care team consistent with the CT-CCNP core values.
For more information, please contact Mary Beth Banks, Enrollment Services Assistant, at MBanks@gatewayct.edu.
Advisement, Application Process, Admission Requirements
Please refer to the Nursing Information Packet that can be found in the nursing section on the Gateway Community College website - www.gatewayct.edu.
Nursing - End of Program Student Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Nursing Program, the graduate will:
- 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
- Integrate nursing process and critical thinking skills for decision-making in nursing practice
- Provide safe and competent care to individuals, families and groups utilizing evidence-based practice, quantitative reasoning and technological proficiency
- Integrate effective communication skills through professional interactions with individuals, families, groups, and the health care team
- Create an environment where therapeutic interventions reflect a respect for human dignity
- Collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary health team
- Integrate accountability and responsibility for practice within the legal and ethical standards of the nursing profession
- Function in the professional role utilizing current standards of nursing practice.
Program of Study
The following program of study reflects a full-time curriculum plan that students enrolled in the nursing program are required to complete for graduation. Many students make the decision to enroll in the nursing program on a part-time basis, taking the general education courses prior to the nursing courses. Non-nursing courses must be taken in the semester indicated in the plan of study below or may be taken earlier; nursing courses must be taken in the stated sequence.
The admission and pre-requisite requirements of BIO* 211 - Anatomy and Physiology I , BIO* 212 - Anatomy and Physiology II , and ENG* 101 - Composition are credits (11 credits) that are part of the total 68 credits required for graduation. BIO* 211 and ENG* 101 must be completed prior to submitting an application; BIO* 212 may be in progress and the applicant may be accepted pending successful completion with a grade of C+ or higher. Please refer to the Nursing Information Packet on the GCC Website for a complete list of admission requirements.
A grade of C is required for all co-requisite courses in the nursing plan of study unless a higher grade is required for admission to the program. Co-requisite courses must be satisfactorily completed before or during the semester in which they are scheduled in the curriculum. Students who fail to complete required co-requisite courses may be dismissed from the program.