COVID-19 College Update

The College is open to assist you both virtually and at some select physical locations. Remote learning will continue through the summer and fall sessions. A small number of hybrid classes are offered with limited class meetings on campus and other work assigned online. Visit for more information.

Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Nursing Program

Nursing Program

Petitioning for the Fall 2020 Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Neurodiagnostic and Surgical Technology programs reopened on April 6, 2020. All requirements and petitioning paperwork that would normally have been submitted in-person will now be accepted via a new email address at [email protected].

Delaware County Community College's nursing program is committed to helping our students continue on the path to life long learning. Our students are encouraged to continue their education after completing their AAS degree at the College. 

Did you know?

Delaware County Community College has articulation agreements with many local BSN Programs. Upon successful completion of the AAS degree at the college, students can sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination and Transfer to an RN to BSN Program.

Significant Cost Savings for Delaware and Chester County Residents

Our program provides an alternate pathway to getting a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.

Program Details

Nursing, A.A.S.

Student Outcome Data

The most recent student achievement data for the Delaware County Community College's nursing program is listed below:


Year of

Completion within
150% of the Program
Job Placement NCLEX First-Time
No. of Grads
Associate Degree 2019 100% 84% 100% 75.52% 172

Program Approval and Accreditation


The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
Delaware County Community College has been approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing since 1968. Full approval is based on pass rates for first-time takers of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The PA State Board of Nursing requires that all nursing programs maintain an 80% or higher overall pass rate for first time examinees. While DCCC nursing graduates have consistently been above the 80% benchmark, we have been notified that in 2019 our pass rate dropped to 75.52% which has resulted in the program being placed on provisional status for a period of one year until the 2019-2020 results are reported. We anticipate that this is a temporary situation and anticipate returning to full approval status at that time.

It should be noted that provisional program approval does not negatively impact instruction, clinical placements or the ability of graduates to qualify to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. Rather, it provides an opportunity for faculty to review admission criteria, curriculum, assessment processes, academic supports and related policies that will enable graduates to successfully pass the NCLEX-RN examination on the first attempt and expeditiously transition to professional nursing careers.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs
State Board of Nursing
P.O Box 2649 Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Phone: 717-783-7142
Fax: 717-783-0822

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Delaware County Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program is also fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). The most recent reaccreditation visit occurred in 2017 and resulted in full approval until Spring 2025.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE. Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-974-5000

Questions and requests for additional information should be directed to Dr. Faye Meloy, Dean or Ms. Genny Cavanagh, Assistant Dean Division of Allied Health, Emergency Services & Nursing - Phone 610-359-5181 or [email protected]