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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Nursing, Associate in Applied Science

Effective for Fall, 2018 Admission:

The mission of the Delaware County Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program is to promote a sense of inquiry and lifelong learning and to provide an education for students, who are committed to the core values of the program and can achieve competencies essential to safe, effective nursing practice in a variety of healthcare settings.

The nursing curriculum prepares students for positions as beginning staff nurses in a variety of settings; i.e. acute- and long-term/transitional care facilities and community settings.

Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students receive an associate in applied science (AAS) degree and are eligible to sit for the state licensure examination to become registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Most nursing students attend classes at the College and off-campus sites.  For residents of Chester County, two sections are available with some nursing classes at the Chester County Hospital.

Selected clinical laboratory learning experiences, under the direct guidance of nursing faculty, are provided at a variety of health-care agencies. The purpose of these experiences is to provide the student with the opportunity to apply classroom learning in direct patient-care situations. All nursing applicants are required to complete and submit a criminal record check and a Child Abuse Clearance form.

Under Pennsylvania law, the State Board of Nursing may not issue a license to an applicant who has been convicted of a felonious act prohibited by the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetics Act, or convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States or any other state, territory or country unless 10 years have elapsed since the date of conviction and the applicant can demonstrate that he/she has made significant progress in personal rehabilitation.

Students who have been convicted of a prohibitive offense contained in Act 13 and/or Act 169 (detailed list available for review in the Admissions and Allied Health offices) may not be able to complete their studies because clinical experiences needed for course/program success may be prohibited. If a student cannot complete their clinical studies, they will not be accepted into the nursing program.

The nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA  30326, 404-975-5000, It is also approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nurse Examiners, P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA  17105-2649, 717-783-7142,  Program outcomes are defined and measurable.

Students must progress through the curriculum in sequence.

All nursing students who have a course with a clinical component will need to have a complete physical examination including: laboratory tests, a complete blood count, a 10 panel drug screen, serology and TB testing. A complete physical examination is required prior to taking the first nursing course. Additionally, these students must have medical health insurance and be in compliance with recommendations for the Hepatitis B vaccine. Certain manual dexterity and sensory skills that enable the student to competently perform required technical skills are necessary for successful completion of the nursing program. Health problems that can interfere with the applicants ability to demonstrate achievement of program competencies are considered individually.

Credits for BIO 150 and BIO 151 must be current within five academic years of the date of beginning the first clinical nursing course and students must achieve a “C” grade in BIO 150 and BIO 151.

Any remediation in English and reading must be satisfied before beginning Fundamentals of Nursing (NUS 110). All NUS 110 students must meet a math requirement either by passing a Math Equivalency Test or by passing NUS 102, Nursing Mathematics. It is required that Nursing Mathematics (NUS 102) be taken prior to Nursing 110. NUS 102 requires mathematics at the developmental level (MAT 060).

Students can repeat the following nursing courses (NUS 110, NUS 111, NUS 210 or NUS 211) at a specific level only once! Students who fail or withdraw from a nursing course and wish to repeat said course must: Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.

The number of times for readmission to the nursing program will be once for each level of the program (either NUS 110 or 111; either NUS 210 or 211). A student will be kept on the readmission waiting list for no longer than three years.  

CPR certification is required for all students in the program. You must take “Health Care Provider” (American Heart Association at 610-940-9540, which is renewable every two years) or “Course for the Professional” (American Red Cross at 610-566-4580, which is renewable annually). “BLS” and “Heart Saver” are not acceptable! Certification must be inclusive until the end of May. Certifications that expire prior to May will not be accepted even if recertification prior to May is provided by an employer.

Students are responsible for purchasing uniforms and other related materials deemed necessary for the clinical laboratory experiences of the program. Each semester students are assessed additional costs for standardized tests to compare achievement against national norms. In addition, each student must carry professional liability insurance to protect him/herself and the health agency in the event of any legal action following any error in nursing practice. A $5.00 fee will be added to your tuition bill each semester in which you participate in a clinical experience.

Special Option - Licensed Practical Nurses, corpsmen, and candidates who have had one year of successful previous nursing school experience may qualify for advanced placement in the program. In addition, an advanced placement option is available to LPNs who have graduated from an ACEN accredited program. Contact a counselor in the Assessment Center for additional information.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements - The degree of associate in applied science is awarded upon successful completion of the nursing course sequence with a grade of "C" or better in all nursing courses; a satisfactory grade for related clinical experiences and satisfactory completion of performance practicums and course requirements; attainment of a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average) and completion of 71 credit hours. A "C" grade in nursing is equivalent to the numerical grade of 75.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program,  students should be able to:

  • Implement safe and effective patient centered care within the patient’s environment in a variety of settings for diverse populations.
  • Use skills of scientific inquiry, analysis, and evidence based knowledge to provide quality patient care.
  • Use critical reasoning to offer insights to improve the quality of patient care.
  • Use information literacy and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, ensure quality/safety and support decision-making.
  • Demonstrate appropriate teambuilding and collaborative strategies when working with interprofessional teams.
  • Value the principles of lifelong learning to support excellence in nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills to build relationships with individuals, families and communities.
  • Advocate for social justice while fostering quality, safe patient outcomes, demonstrating professional standards for ethical, moral and legal conduct, and supporting diversity and cultural needs.

Program Options

Prerequisites (14 credits)

MAT 121 – Introduction to Probability and Statistics………………....3
ENG 100 – Composition I……………………………………………..…3
PSY 140 – General Psychology…………………………………………3
BIO 150 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I…………………….…...4
NUS 102 – Nursing Mathematics………………………………………..1

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Second Semester (16 credits)

NUS 111 - Concepts and Practice II10
NUS 221 - Pharmacology for Health Care3
Open elective (3 credits)

Third Semester (13 credits)

NUS 210 - Concepts and Practice III10
Any Oral Communication designated Communication course (3 credits)

Fourth Semester (13 credits)

NUS 211 - Concepts and Practice IV10
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology3

Program Electives
NUS 220 - Clinical Enhancements Skills - 3 credits
NUS 222 - Holistic Advanced Physical Assessemnt and Pathophysiology - 3 credits


Total Credits: 71