Barton County Community College Nursing Program Review

Barton County Community College (BCCC), founded in 1965, has remained true to its mission of providing low-cost, high-quality education to students in Barton County and the surrounding area. The college offers a variety of career programs that provide direct entry into the work field, as well as programs designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college.

At Barton County Community College, students can earn certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees. Several of these available programs are in the field of nursing. Barton County Community College 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 Program

The Practical Nursing program leads to vocational certificate, and allows students to launch their careers as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). Prior to beginning the program, a student must complete a Nurse Aide class, which is available at Barton County Community College. Once enrolled in the nursing program, a student must earn forty-one credits in total. The curriculum includes nursing support classes as well as nursing classes.

The nursing support classes include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, general psychology, developmental psychology, and computer concepts and applications. The Practical Nursing program begins each fall, and takes two semesters to complete. After finishing, a student may take the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). At this point, he can either go directly into the workforce, or transition into the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing program.

Associate in Applied Science in Nursing

The Associate in Applied Science in Nursing (AAS in Nursing) program is open to graduates of a practical nursing program. Students may come directly from Barton County Community College’s Practical Nursing program, or they may come from another college. In total, a student in the AAS in Nursing program must earn seventy-six credits (including the forty-one credits earned in the Practical Nursing program) in order to graduate. This takes a full year, in addition to the two semesters of the Practical Nursing program. The AAS in Nursing program begins in the fall. At its conclusion, a student may take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Associate of Science Degree – Nursing Transfer

Barton County Community College does not offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, but it does offer a path for students to transfer smoothly into a BSN program at a four-year college. Through its Nursing Transfer program, a student can complete all the required science prerequisites and general education courses that are necessary for a BSN degree. Students in the Nursing Transfer program earn an Associate of Science Degree.

Certified Nurse Aide Course

In order to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), a student can enroll in Barton County Community College’s Nurse Aide Course. This takes ninety hours to complete, and is worth five credits. Completion of the course makes a student eligible to take the state CNA exam. Barton County Community College’s Nurse Aide course is approved by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Barton County Community College
245 NE 30 Road,
Great Bend, KS 67530

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