Cloud County Community College Nursing Program Review

In 1965, Cloud County Community College (CCCC) was founded to serve the residents of Cloud County and Geary County, Kansas. On its main campus in Concordia and on its Geary County campus in Junction City, the two-year college offers four different associate degrees (Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in General Studies) and fourteen different work-training programs. It also offers forty-eight programs that are designed for transfer to a four-year school. Among the college’s programs is one in nursing, for prospective Registered Nurses (RN).

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

Cloud County Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS in Nursing) program is not a traditional program for students who have no experience or education in the nursing field. The AAS in Nursing program is designed as an advancement program for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who are graduates of practical nursing programs. Since Cloud County Community College does not offer a practical nursing diploma program, students must transfer from another school. (Cloud County Community College was originally associated with the practical nursing program at North Central Kansas Technical College. Although the two schools are no longer affiliated, there are still close ties between the programs. Practical nursing graduates can easily transfer from North Central Kansas Technical College to Cloud County Community College, but Cloud County Community College welcomes students from other schools as well).

Once enrolled in the AAS in Nursing program, a student must earn fifty-three credits. This includes twenty-eight credits of nursing coursework as well as twenty-five general education credits. The nursing courses are only offered at Concordia campus, although students may complete some or all of the general education requirements in Geary County or via distance learning technology. Nursing courses are offered during the day, although general education classes may be available in the evening. The nursing program begins each fall; thirty-six students are accepted each year.

Admission to the program is competitive, with two or three applicants vying for each available spot. Once enrolled, a student must study for nine months to complete the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree. Cloud County Community College’s nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. After graduating from the program, a student is prepared for the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Continuing Education

To promote continuing education in the nursing field, Cloud County Community College offers a variety of courses, both onsite and online, for nurses. Each course is worth .5 continuing education credits, and takes eight hours to complete. The following continuing education courses are available:

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Cloud County Community College
2221 Campus Drive,
Concordia, KS 66901

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