Kansas City Kansas Community College Nursing Program Review


On its urban campus, Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) serves about 7000 students each year. The majority of the students come from Wyandotte, Leavenworth, and Johnson counties, and nearly two-thirds of them are enrolled on a part-time basis.

The college was founded in 1923; later on, in 1970, the school began offering nursing classes. Over 1400 students have graduated from KCKCC’s nursing program since that time, with an overall success rate of 98 percent on national licensing exams. KCKCC has accreditation for its nursing programs from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approval from the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

Practical Nursing Technical Certificate

A practical nursing program such as the one offered at KCKCC provides a quick entry into the nursing field. Practical nursing students need to complete just forty-eight credits in order to earn a technical certificate. The nursing coursework takes just two semesters to complete, but students must complete prerequisites before beginning the nursing classes. The prerequisites for the practical nursing program are Freshman Orientation or Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning, anatomy and physiology, psychology, and human development. In addition to these classes, a student must complete a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) course and a CPR course. After completing the practical nursing program, a graduate can take the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The practical nursing program begins each fall and each spring.

Associate Degree Nursing

Each fall and each spring, KCKCC begins the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. The program leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree, and prepares the graduates to work as Registered Nurses (RN). In order to complete the program, a student must earn seventy-six credits. This includes forty-four credits of nursing coursework, thirteen credits of science support classes, and nineteen credits of basic skills/general education coursework. Before beginning the nursing coursework, a student must complete at least thirty-nine credits of science and general education classes. He may enroll in the nursing course of studies after this. At this point, it will take four semesters on a full-time basis to complete the ADN program. After graduating, a student is prepared to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Associate Degree Nursing – LPN to RN Articulation Program

A graduate of a practical nursing program who is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) can complete the ADN program by earning just fifty-nine credits, instead of the seventy-six credits required for a traditional ADN student. While she needs to fulfill all the general education requirements, she is excused from the lower-level nursing classes. She only needs to complete twenty-four credits of nursing coursework in order to graduate and take the NCLEX-RN.

Associate Degree Nursing – MICT/RRT to RN Bridge Program

A Mobile Intensive Care Technician (MICT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) can complete the ADN program through the MICT/RRT Bridge option. A MICT or RRT needs to earn sixty credits in total to complete the ADN program. The course of study includes all of the general education classes that a traditional ADN student must complete, as well as twenty-four nursing credits. The MICT/RN Bridge program includes three nursing transition classes.

Pre-nursing Program

KCKCC does not offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, but it does provide a pathway for students who wish to study for two years at KCKCC and then earn a BSN at a different college. Over the course of two years, a student can complete sixty credits of general education coursework. The course of study includes the prerequisite courses that most BSN programs require. At the conclusion of two years of full-time study, a student will graduate with an Associate in Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree, and may transfer into a BSN program. She should be able to earn her BSN degree in just two additional years.

Nurse Aide Course

KCKCC regularly offers a Nurse Aide course. This course prepares students for entry-level nursing work as Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA), and is also a requirement for entry into the practical nursing program. The course is worth five credits, and it prepares students for the state certification exam for CNAs. KCKCC also offers a one-credit Nurse Aide Refresher course for CNAs who have not worked in two years.

Contact:
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue,
Kansas City, KS 66112

 
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