Community College of Baltimore County Nursing Program Review


The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) first held classes in 1957 as Catonsville Community College. Catonsville was combined with Essex Community College and Dundalk Community College in 1998 to become the Community College of Baltimore County.

CCBC has campuses in Catonsville, Essex and Dundalk, and enrolls almost 70,000 students each year. It offers over 50 degrees and over 100 certificate programs, as well as customized employee training programs for over 100 area employers each year.

Nursing Programs

Registered Nursing (RN) Program, Day

This traditional daytime program admits students in the fall and spring semesters at the Catonsville and Essex campuses. Students will earn an Associate of Science degree, and graduates are eligible to take the RN licensing exam.

To apply, students must complete the prerequisite courses with a GPA of at least 2.5. Their overall CCBC GPA must be at least 2.0, and they must have taken the TEAS test. They will also need to submit their transcripts

The prerequisites are College Composition I, Introduction to Psychology, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and General Microbiology. It is also recommended that students take their general education courses prior to applying, as these are also used in the ranking process. These courses are Fundamentals of Speech Communication, College Composition II, a Math elective, Introduction to Sociology, and Principles of Human Growth and Development.

RN Program, Evening/Weekend

This program admits students in the fall at the Essex campus, and holds classes in the evenings and on weekends. It has the same admissions requirements as the day program.

RN Program, Online/Hybrid

This program admits students in the fall semester at the Catonsville campus. The lecture portions of this program are available online. Students will come to campus or to a clinical site one day a week. The admissions requirements for this program are the same as for the traditional RN program, except that students are required to complete all prerequisites and general education courses before applying.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to RN Bridge

This program is designed to allow LPNs to earn their associate degree in nursing and become RNs. Students must have a current LPN license and at least 6 months of LPN experience to apply. They must also meet the requirements for the traditional RN program. Once accepted, they will complete a 12 week Bridge class at the Essex campus during the summer semester, and will join the second year of the RN program in the fall.

Paramedic to RN Bridge

This program is for Paramedics who have at least two years of work experience and a current EMT-P certification. This program is only offered in an online/hybrid format. Students must complete all prerequisite and general education courses before applying to the program. After being accepted, they will take a Dosage course and the Bridge course, before joining the second year of the RN program.

Practical Nursing (LPN) Program

Students in this program will complete a 12 month, 3 semester course of study, earn a Certificate, and be allowed to take the LPN licensing exam. This program is only offered at the Dundalk campus.

The prerequisites for this program are College Composition I, Biology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology.

Associate to Masters Program

This program is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than nursing. It is offered as a partnership between CCBC and Towson University. Students will complete the RN program at the Essex campus, and then continue with the Master of Science in Nursing program at Towson. The entire program takes three years to complete.

To apply, students must have taken the TEAS test, complete the prerequisites, have a CCBC GPA of at least 2.0, a GPA in their bachelor’s program of at least 3.0, submit a writing sample, and have an interview.

The prerequisites for this program are College Composition I and II, Introduction to Psychology, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, General Microbiology, Fundamentals of Speech Communication, Introduction to Statistical Methods, Introduction to Sociology, and Principles of Human Growth and Development, Nutrition, Fundamentals of Chemistry, and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry.

All prerequisites must have a GPA of at least 3.0.

Nurse Refresher Online

This online program is offered in partnership with the College of Southern Maryland and is designed to prepare inactive RNs to reactivate their licenses. Students have 12 weeks to complete the program after registration and will receive a certification of completion.

Nursing Assistant Training

This program is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and trains students to work in a nursing home under the supervision of an RN. Students that complete the program will receive an achievement award and be allowed to take the state certification exam to become a GNA.

The prerequisites for this program are Medical Terminology for Health Occupations, CPR for Healthcare Providers, and Basic Math Skills for the Healthcare Worker.

Nursing Support Technician

This program is for CNAs to perform higher level functions delegated to them. To apply they must be a CNA in good standing with the Board of Nursing, be certified in CPR for Healthcare Providers, and have taken Medical Terminology for Health Occupations.

Contact:
Community College of Baltimore County
7201 Rossville Blvd.,
Baltimore MD, 21237

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