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Associate Degree in Nursing

Delaware County Community College (DCCC)
Associate's degree
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Program description

Associate Degree in Nursing

The mission of the Delaware County Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program is to promote a sense of inquiry and lifelong learning and to provide an education for students, who are committed to the core values of the program and can achieve competencies essential to safe, effective nursing practice in a variety of healthcare settings.

The nursing curriculum prepares students for positions as beginning staff nurses in a variety of settings; i.e. acute- and long-term/transitional care facilities and community settings.

Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students receive an associate in applied science (AAS) degree and are eligible to sit for the state licensure examination to become registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Most nursing students attend classes at the College and off-campus sites. For residents of Chester County, two sections are available with some nursing classes at the Chester County Hospital.

Selected clinical laboratory learning experiences, under the direct guidance of nursing faculty, are provided at a variety of health-care agencies. The purpose of these experiences is to provide the student with the opportunity to apply classroom learning in direct patient-care situations. All nursing applicants are required to complete and submit a criminal record check and a Child Abuse Clearance form.

Under Pennsylvania law, the State Board of Nursing may not issue a license to an applicant who has been convicted of a felonious act prohibited by the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetics Act, or convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States or any other state, territory or country unless 10 years have elapsed since the date of conviction and the applicant can demonstrate that he/she has made significant progress in personal rehabilitation.

Students who have been convicted of a prohibitive offense contained in Act 13 and/or Act 169 (detailed list available for review in the Admissions and Allied Health offices) may not be able to complete their studies because clinical experiences needed for course/program success may be prohibited. If a student cannot complete their clinical studies, they will not be accepted into the nursing program.

Program content

First Semester

  • Concepts and Practice I
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Lifespan Human Development

Second Semester

  • Concepts and Practice II
  • Pharmacology for Health Care


  • Open elective

Third Semester

  • Concepts and Practice III


  • Any Oral Communication designated Communication course

Fourth Semester

  • Concepts and Practice IV
  • Introduction to Sociology

Scholarships & funding

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Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Implement safe and effective patient centered care within the patient’s environment in a variety of settings for diverse populations.
  • Use skills of scientific inquiry, analysis, and evidence based knowledge to provide quality patient care.
  • Use critical reasoning to offer insights to improve the quality of patient care.
  • Use information literacy and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, ensure quality/safety and support decision-making.
  • Demonstrate appropriate teambuilding and collaborative strategies when working with interprofessional teams.
  • Value the principles of lifelong learning to support excellence in nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills to build relationships with individuals, families and communities.
  • Advocate for social justice while fostering quality, safe patient outcomes, demonstrating professional standards for ethical, moral and legal conduct, and supporting diversity and cultural needs.

The degree of associate in applied science is awarded upon successful completion of the nursing course sequence with a grade of "C" or better in all nursing courses; a satisfactory grade for related clinical experiences and satisfactory completion of performance practicums and course requirements; attainment of a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average) and completion of 71 credit hours. A "C" grade in nursing is equilavent to the numerical grade of 75.

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About this institute

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Delaware County Community College (DCCC)

Delaware County Community College (DCCC) is a public two-year college in Media, Pennsylvania, with a current enrollment of 12,500 students (including 200 international students from over 50 countries). Offering over 40 degree programs, students can complete a two-year associate degree...

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Contact info

Delaware County Community College (DCCC)

901 S. Media Line Rd
PA 19063 Media Pennsylvania
United States of America

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