Naugatuck Valley Community College Nursing Program Review
Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) was founded in 1962 and gained its current name in 1992. It is a public, two year college serving the Waterbury region. NVCC offers daytime, evening and weekend courses to meet the needs of busy students. The college has articulation agreements with all of the 4 year state schools and many of the private institutions in Connecticut, making it easy to transfer to a bachelors program at the end of your studies here.
The nursing program at Naugatuck Valley Community College is part of the associate degree program available through the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program (CT-CCNP), which is offered at 6 community colleges in Connecticut. The six schools all have the same admissions standards and policies.
Associate of Science Degree in Nursing
The nursing program at NVCC was individually approved by the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing.
The Nursing Program takes four semesters to complete after taking the prerequisite courses. Students must take 68 credits to graduate, with 30 of these as General Education credits and 38 as Nursing credits.
The prerequisite courses for the NVCC nursing program are English with a grade of C or better, as well as Anatomy and Physiology with a grade of C+ or higher. Students must also have taken Math and Chemistry at the high school level or the college equivalent, must demonstrate computer proficiency, and have taken the TEAS test. Students must also have a 2.75 or better GPA in all prior college courses.
To apply, students will submit an online application to CT-CCNP, indicating NVCC as their first choice of college to attend. The school will rank applicants based on a combination of their TEAS score, GPA and grade in Anatomy and Physiology. Applicants will then be selected based on rank order for 75% of the open slots. The other 25% of the slots will be filled by random selection. Applicants that aren’t selected will be placed on a waitlist based on their rank, in case there is an opening.
NVCC offers required lab and clinical courses during the day, evenings, and weekends. Students will spend their clinical hours at various health care facilities in the area. Sites will be assigned by nursing faculty.
After graduation, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Graduation from the program does not guarantee an RN license.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Advanced Placement
The CT-CCNP follows the LPN Articulation Model of the Connecticut League of Nursing. Currently licensed LPNs that meet all the CT-CCNP admission requirements may apply for articulation.
To enter the third semester of the associate degree program, LPNs must have completed the prerequisite General Education courses of Microbiology, Psychology, Life Span Development, and Sociology with a grade of C or higher, and must take two LPN Transition Bridge courses.
External Transfer Nursing Students
Transfer students that have taken nursing courses at other schools may apply to transfer credit for them to CT-CCNP for advance placement in the associate degree program.
Students must complete the CT-CCNP application for external transfer, as well as a request for credit evaluation. They must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better o be considered for the program. External transfer students are considered as space is available. To graduate from a CT-CCNP school, students must earn at least 25% of their credits at that school.
Naugatuck Valley Community College
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708