Warren County Community College Nursing Program Review
Warren County Community College (WCCC) started offering classes in 1981 as a “College without Walls”. It relied on property from local high schools to offer college courses. It was accredited to offer 2-year degrees in 1988. WCCC moved to its current and permanent location in west Washington in 1996 where tremendous developments have been done. Currently, WCCC offers about 33 2-year degree and 10 certificate programs in addition to the numerous continuing education opportunities for professional and personal development. It operates from the main campus and the Philipsburg Education Center in Philipsburg.
Nursing at Warren County Community College
WCCC has a registered nurse program designed to prepare entry-level students take the NCLEX-RN exam. It is a 2-year associate degree program designed to allow students transfer to 4-year colleges to complete a Bachelor of Science in nursing program. In the Career/Continuing Education category, Warren offers a short nursing assisting course, a rehabilitation course and a number of online-nursing continuing education courses. The associate program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
This short course is offered under the career/ continuing education category of WCCC. It is open to any 18 year olds who hold a high school and wishing to enter the nursing profession at the basic level. It is a state approved 100-hour program designed to train students to take roles as direct patient caregivers. Upon completion, students become eligible to take the state certification exams for nursing assistants.
This program is a 45-hour an extension of the CNA core curriculum program. Students who do not have the CNA core curriculum can take a 12-hour CNA prerequisite preparatory course before taking the rehab aide.
Associate in Science Nursing (ASN) Program
This program is offered to students seeking entry-level positions in professional nursing as registered nurses. An initial application into the college must be completed and if accepted, students become designated as Nursing Intents. At this time, they complete all general education and prerequisite courses. This portion can be completed during the day or evening schedules. After successful completion of this portion a second application is needed for the nursing program.
Admission for the nursing course is a limited and competitive. This means that scores from the nursing intent courses completed earlier and a Pre-nursing exam are used for selection on a point system in addition to high school GPA scores.
After admission into the nursing portion, students take nursing courses over a period of 4 semesters. This portion is only offered during the day for both clinical and theory courses. Generally, the entire curriculum for the program consist of 69 credits: 34 nursing credits and 35 general education credits. Successful completion of coursework makes the students eligible to apply and take the NLCEX-RN exam to become registered nurses. The program is also suitable for students intending to transfer to a four-year college/university to complete a Bachelor of Science in nursing.
Online Health Professions Programs
WCCC is an approved provider of American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission continuing education courses. Some courses offered in this category include:
- Certificate in Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing
- Certificate in End of Life Care
- Certificate in Growth and Development Through the Lifespan
- Certificate in Gerontology
Warren County Community College
475 Route 57, West Washington,