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Nursing Program Phases and Study Tracks

Overview: When first admitted into the college and the nursing major, students are automatically placed in the pre-professional phase where they can take pre-requisite courses at their own pace. Admission into the professional (clinical) phase is not guaranteed once pre-requisites are complete. Admission to the professional phase is competitive and based on a point system. Download information on admission to the professional phase here.

 

Pre-Professional (Non-Clinical) Phase 

Students in this track may study full time or part time and take day or evening classes. This phase is designed for students are completing their pre-requisite courses. Students in this phase can take all general education and science courses required for the nursing major. Once they are enrolled in their last pre-requisite classes, they can file a Fundamentals of Nursing Professional Phase Application  Form for the day or evening study track in the Office of Records and Registration. Advancement into the clinical phase is not guaranteed once non-clinical course work is completed.
 
Professional (Clinical) Study Phase

Admission into the professional phase is competitive and students are ranked based on a point system. To be ranked, the institutional (CCM only) GPA must be at least a 2.5 and all grades required for the nursing degree must be a C or higher. Science grades must be less than 7 years old. Students who have withdrawn from a course or received a D or an F, prior to passing will receive a reduction in ranking points.  Once a student is admitted into the Professional Phase of the Nursing Program, the sequential nursing courses (classroom, campus laboratory and clinical activities) can be taken in the Day Study Track or the Evening Study Track. Due to availability of clinical sites and experiences, clinical schedules may vary. For example, a student in the Day or Evening Track may be required to attend a clinical experience from 1:00pm to 9:00pm or 7:00am to 7:00pm.


Traditional Day Study Track

This track is offered as a day sequence beginning in the fall semester. It is designed to be completed in four sequential uninterrupted semesters with classes occurring predominantly during daytime hours. Students must be eligible for graduation upon completion of Nursing 214 (Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing). Currently enrolled students seeking admission to this study track must file an Fundamentals of Nursing Professional Phase Application  Form in the Office of Records and Registration by March 1st

Evening Study Track

This clinical track is offered as an evening sequence beginning in the spring semester. It is designed for students who can best meet the program requirements by attending classes during the evening hours, although clinical rotations may need to be completed in daytime hours as mentioned above. Students are expected to complete the clinical nursing courses in four sequential uninterrupted semesters. Students must be eligible for graduation upon completion of Nursing 214 (Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing). Currently enrolled students seeking admission to this study track must file an Fundamentals of Nursing Professional Phase Application Form in the Office of Records and Registration by September 15th.
 
Students must meet all the college admission criteria and be accepted into the nursing major prior to filing a Fundamentals of Nursing Professional Phase Application Form.
 
 
Advanced Placement Study Track
 
This clinical track is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). Students who meet entrance criteria, including successful completion of a transitions course, may be admitted directly into NUR 123, Basic Medical Surgical Nursing. After successful completion of NUR 123, credit will be given for NUR 121, Fundamentals of Nursing. Students must meet all college admission criteria and must have completed at CCM or transferred in all of their pre-requisites (from a regionally accredited college or university) prior to applying for this study track. This application is filed in the Nursing Department, not in Records and Registration. For more information regarding the Advanced Placement option, visit the Advanced Placement page.
 

Reinstatement
 
A student who fails or withdraws from a nursing course and wishes to be reinstated, must file an Application for Reinstatement in the Nursing Department by December 20th for the spring semester or May 20th for the fall semester. Students who withdrew from a nursing course or failed the course with an average under 65 are not eligible for reinstatement.  Reinstatement into a nursing course is contingent upon space availability. A student may only be reinstated one time. Students who meet the criteria for reinstatement and have been denied a seat due to space availability in the past will be given preferential consideration in the current reinstatement process.