Southeast Community College Nursing Program Review

Following the implementation of a statewide community college system, Southeast Community College (SCC) was formed. The college was formed in 1973 after vocational, junior and technical colleges in counties in the Southeast Nebraska region merged. Some of the colleges that formed the current Southeast Community college were Milford, Lincoln and Fairbury and Southeast colleges. The college serves 15 counties in the Southeast through three campuses in Milford, Lincoln and Beatrice and 4 extended education centers.

Nursing Programs at Southeast Community College

Southeast Community College offers nursing programs at Lincoln and Beatrice campuses and online. The programs range from short-term training in nursing assisting to practical nursing and associate degree in nursing. The college has also been approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to offer a number of continuing education courses for nurses.  The associate degree program has been accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the practical nursing program is approved by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing. More info on each program offered is given below:

Nursing Assistant

The nursing assistant course at Southeast prepares students to work as assistants in long-term care facilities or hospitals with emphasis on the aging population. The course is offered at the colleges’ Continuing Education (CE) center in Lincoln and requires 100 hours of clinical and theory instructions. After completion, students are entered in the state’s Nurse Aide Registry after passing the state certification exams.

Medication Aide

This is also a short term training course that follows the set out Medication Aide Act requirements.  The course prepares students on giving medication and monitoring patient response to such medication among other drug-related matters.  It is offered at the CE center and has two admissions annually.

Practical Nursing

The practical nursing program at Southeast leads to the award of a Diploma in Practical Nursing. The diploma has a huge course load of 76 credit hours including those that are required prior to admission. Courses for the program are offered at the Beatrice and Lincoln campuses on a full time basis for a period of one year.

 A 2-year part time track is also offered at Geneva, Lincoln, Beatrice and Fall City in Nebraska.  Students may also choose to complete the program online and as such, all courses with a clinical component must be taken at the aforementioned 4-campuses.  Completion of the gradation requirements leads to eligibility to write the NCLEX-PN exam to become Licensed Practical Nurses. For LPNs wishing to become registered nurses, Southeast Community College has an advanced placement option for them.

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

For those wishing to become registered nurses, the associate degree program offers them the opportunity.  This program is offered only at the Lincoln campus with some few selected courses being offered online. Prior to application, candidates must have been certified as nursing assistants and placed in the nurse aide registry.

The ADN curriculum consists of 108 credit hours inclusive of pre-admission pre-requisites. Satisfactory completion leads to eligibility to take the NLCEX-RN exam to become registered nurses besides being awarded the Associate of science in nursing degree. Southeast Community College also welcomes LPN students who wish to make the transition into professional nursing. These students take 1 transition course in order to receive advanced placement for the ADN.

Continuing Education

Southeast Community College is approved to offer quite a number of CE courses for nurse. Some of the CE courses are offered online while other are offered at the Continuing Education center in Lincoln. Courses offered online include:

  • Certificate in Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing
  • Legal Nurse Consulting
  • Certificate in Gerontology

Others offered at the CE center include:

  • RN/LPN Refresher –(Bi-annual)
  • LPN-Certified-(Bi-annual)
  • Trauma Nursing Core Course
  • Several Annual Nurses Conferences

Southeast Community College
4771 West Scott Road, Beatrice,
NE 68310