Baltimore City Community College Nursing Program Review
In 1947, Baltimore Junior College was founded to provide education to veterans returning from World War II. It was originally part of the Baltimore City Public School System. In 1967, restructuring brought it under the City of Baltimore, and changed the name to Community College of Baltimore. In 1992, after being funded by the State of Maryland, it became Baltimore City Community College (BCCC).
BCCC has two main campuses on Liberty Heights Ave and on Lombard St. It also has the Reisterstown Plaza Center location and satellite sites all over Baltimore. The College enrolls over 22,000 students each semester in credit and non-credit programs. The median student age is 26, and the student population is 90% minority.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
The ADN program is for students wishing to begin their career in professional nursing. Once the prerequisite classes have been taken, this program takes two years to complete. Students will complete 74 credit hours for graduation. Graduates of the program will earn an Associate in Science (AS) degree, and be allowed to sit for the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing exam (NCLEX-RN).
Applicants to this program need to have graduated from high school or an equivalent program, take the Accuplacer test and other placement exams, show Chemistry and Biology proficiency, and be fluent in English. They must also have a minimum 2.5 GPA and may be asked to take the TEAS test.
The prerequisites for the ADN program are Preparation for Academic Achievement, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, and Allied Health Chemistry. Students will need to earn at least a C on all science courses for them to count toward admission.
Once accepted into the program, students will be required to have a background check, have personal health insurance, have a physical exam, current immunizations, CPR certification, and earn at least a C in each course.
Practical Nursing (LPN)
This one year certificate program teaches students to become entry-level nurses. Graduates are eligible to take the licensing exam for LPNs.
Applicants to the program must meet the same requirements as for the ADN program, and complete the same prerequisite courses.
LPN to RN Bridge Nursing Program (LPN to ADN Advanced Placement)
LPNs who are interested in becoming an RN and earning their AS degree are allowed to seek advanced placement in the LPN to ADN bridge program. They may take challenge exams to earn credit for the first semester courses in the program.
To qualify for the program, they will also need to have completed all prerequisites within the last five years with a grade of C or higher, have a 2.5 GPA, have graduated from an approved LPN program, have a current LPN license, and have at least one year of LPN experience.
The Nursing Assistant program prepares students to work in acute care and long-term care facilities. Those who complete the program are eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam. This allows them to be placed on the Registry for the Maryland Board of Nursing, which enables them to work in long-term care.
To register, students will need to pass a background check and show proof of current immunizations.
This program consists of two classes, Nursing Assistant Theory and Nursing Assistant Clinical, that must be taken concurrently.
Baltimore City Community College
600 E. Lombard Street,
Baltimore, MD 21202