Seward County Community College Nursing Program Review

Seward County Community College’s (SCCC) history dates back to 1969 when it offered it first classes to 331 students. The school offers various degrees and certificate of completion which range from Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degrees; Associate in General Studies degree to Associate in Applied Science degree. It also offers workplace development courses and many online programs to the surrounding community. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association Secondary Schools and the Kansas State Board of Regents.

Among its many programs is its practical nursing (PN) program and associate degree nursing program (ADN). The former is accredited by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and the latter by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The nursing program is located in the Epworth Allied Health Education Center at 6th and Washington. The location is an extension of the main campus of SCCC. There nursing students will have access to a list of students facilities that range from computer laboratory, students lounge and skills laboratory.

Practical Nursing program

This is a ten month program that entitles students to a certificate in Practical Nursing after successful completion. They can also take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) provided there are no hindrances. The course is spread across a fall semester, spring semester and summer semester. During the fall semester they take a list of general education courses such as Human Anatomy, General Psychology, English Composition I, Nutrition / Applied Nutrition for Health and Human Growth & Development. Students can complete these courses prior to entering the program or concurrently with other nursing courses.

The entire program is comprised of 43 hours with the summer semester consisting of the least amount of hours directed towards the course Role Development of the Practical Nurse. The program serves as the first year of the associate degree nursing program.

Associate Degree Nursing program

This is a two-year program that is open to graduates from a Practical Nursing program. Transfer students from other states can challenge credits by taking and passing relevant exams that are outlined by the college. After successful completion of the program, students can take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). They will also receive an Associate in Applied Science degree upon graduation.

The types of courses offered in the program depend on the student’s score on the Kaplan Diagnostic Exam and whether they are graduates SCCC/ATS practical nursing program or if they are graduates from the SCCC/ATS practical nursing program for more than two years. In the spring semester students take a combination of general education courses along with nursing courses. All applicants to the ADN and PN program must submit a criminal background check (CBC) to comply with the requirements established by the Joint Commission. 


The admission process is divided among Level I and Level II applicants. Only 30 students are accepted for the PN and ADN program in the fall semester of each year. They must submit among other requirements an employment verification form where applicable and take the nursing program education exams.

Transfer students that want to be considered for advanced placement in the ADN program and are not graduates from a Kansas Practical Nursing program must successfully complete the LPN Assessment challenge examination with above average passing scores. In addition to this, they must have completed the general education courses and other specific courses with a grade “C” or higher to be considered for advanced placement. 

Seward County Community College
1801 N Kansas Avenue, Liberal,
KS 67901

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