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Associate in Science

Nursing Program

The Associate in Science degree in Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and presently has "BORN-Approval with Warning" from the Board of Registration in Nursing of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Learn more about this status.

The Nursing Program offers a specific sequence of courses that lead to the Associate in Science degree. Upon successful completion of the degree program, the Director of the Nursing Program will furnish documentation to the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing verifying that a student has met the legal responsibilities to be eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Cape Cod Community College (CCCC) Nursing Program graduates become licensed as Registered Nurses upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN.

For 2017 to 2019:

  • Program completion rates were 75.5% to 83.1%.
  • NCLEX pass rates for first time test takers ranged from 69% to 93%.
  • Job placement rate was 92% to 96% based on the responses to our Nursing Graduate Survey.
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Requirements
Pre-admission RequirementsCredits
BIO251* Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
CHM109* Chemistry for the Health Sciences 4
First SemesterCredits
ENL101** English Composition I 3
PSY101** General Psychology 3
BIO252** Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
NUR100   Dosage Calculations 1
NUR107 Fundamentals of Nursing 8
Second SemesterCredits
ENL102
COM103***
  English Composition II (or)
Human Communication
3
PSY233**   Developmental Psychology: The Life Span 3
NUR108 Nursing across the Life Span 8
Third SemesterCredits
BIO281**   Microbiology 4
HEA200 Pharmacology 3
NUR201 Physical and Mental Health I 10
Fourth SemesterCredits
NUR202 Physical and Mental Health II 8
NUR203 Foundations of the Profession 3
Total Credits 69

Capitol letter M to designate a milestone course Designates a Milestone course. A milestone course must be completed in the semester indicated to ensure that you remain on track to continue on in your program and graduate on time.

*These two courses meet the revised General Education requirements (effective Fall 2010)

**Courses that can be completed in advance of applying to the Nursing Program.

***It is strongly recommended that students take both ENL102 and COM103.

Note: For those students seeking additional courses, or planning to continue their education to achieve a baccalaureate degree, the following courses are recommended: HEA120, HEA201, SOC106, SOC220, PHI210 and courses in computers or keyboarding.

See: Admissions Requirements: Associate Degree in Nursing

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Students must maintain a cognitive grade of 77% or better in each nursing course and a satisfactory clinical evaluation in order to proceed to the subsequent nursing course.

CPR Certification
Submit a copy of the card (front and back) and current certification. The following two courses are the only approved courses: “American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider” or “American Red Cross, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider.”

Drug Screening
Students are required to complete drug screening at a testing site designated by Cape Cod Community College early in the first semester of the freshman year. Drug screening may be repeated throughout the program as required by clinical settings.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Record Information
Please refer to the policy statement of Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information checks. CORI/SORI checks may be required throughout the program.

Good Moral Character: Standard for Licensure
Applicants who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor by a court of law must comply with the requirements to document "Good Moral Character" through the Massachusetts Board of Nursing before being eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination to become licensed as a Registered Nurse. An individual who has been convicted of certain designated felonies is permanently ineligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse in Massachusetts.

Health Requirements
Nursing students must complete specific health and immunization requirements.

Nursing Student Accountability for Patient/Client Care
The Cape Cod Community College nursing student must demonstrate accountability for his/her own actions in the delivery of nursing care in a way that ensures the health and safety of patients/clients, staff and self. The student will be able to function in a manner that does not pose a direct threat as defined by the Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) as “a significant risk to the health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated by a modification of policies, practices, or procedures or by the provision of auxiliary aids or services.”

Students who are evaluated as unable to meet the Nursing Program Technical Standards may follow the Cape Cod Community College grievance policy.

Nursing Program Technical Standards

In order to be eligible for and successfully complete the Nursing Program, certain physical and behavioral standards are required as part of the program and clinical/lab experience. These technical standards have been developed using the U.S. Department of Labor's skills and abilities for those working in a medical setting. Some cooperative work experience opportunities may have additional requirements beyond the technical standards listed here and requirements may vary by agency. Students must satisfy the program’s technical standards and the individual agency requirements before a clinical assignment is approved.

These technical standards are established in accordance with the Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act. All students must be able to satisfy these standards with or without a reasonable accommodation. These include:

Communication (Verbal and Non-Verbal)

  • Communicate effectively either independently or with corrective devices.
  • Communicate in English through reading, orally and in writing to instructors, professors, clinical staff, clients, families and all members of the health care team.
  • Understand oral directions/requests from health care workers, clients, voice pages and telephone messages stated in a normal tone.

Auditory Ability

  • Hear all alarms on technical and supportive equipment set at a normal volume.
  • Listen and respond to distress sounds from clients.
  • Accurately detect audibly blood pressure readings with a stethoscope.

Visual Ability

  • See and accurately read all written medical information pertaining to the client.
  • See and accurately read all readings and functions of technical equipment pertaining to client care.
  • See and accurately read all calibrated containers for accurate measurement of body fluids and specimens.

Physical Strength (Gross Motor Control)

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds unassisted in a safe manner, thereby protecting yourself, the client, and those in close proximity to you.
  • Bend and/or lift to assist client and manipulate client equipment.
  • Lift to safely transfer or position all clients in various situations.
  • Move, push or pull equipment, beds, stretchers, wheelchairs, etc.
  • Ability to raise arms over one’s head in order to assist clients and manipulate equipment.
  • Walk/ stand for extended periods and distances over an 8-hour period.

Manual Dexterity (Fine Motor Movement)

  • Accurately manipulate dials, gauges, buttons and switches to set, monitor and care for client care related equipment.
  • Safely and effectively perform dressing procedures without contaminating the wound.
  • Successfully don and remove protective apparel (including sterile gloves) to maintain standard precautions.

Behavioral/Mental Performance

  • Function safely, effectively and calmly under stressful situations.
  • Prioritize and manage tasks simultaneously.
  • Exhibit social skills necessary to interact therapeutically with clients, families, staff and faculty.
  • Maintain personal hygiene consistent with department dress code guidelines.
  • Display ethical attitudes and actions consistent with professional behavior.
  • Display the social skills to behave with politeness, tact and sensitivity to others in all settings.
  • Exhibit respect for cultural and ethnic differences of clients, peers and individuals.
  • Remain free from alcohol and/or chemical impairment in classroom and clinical settings at all times.

Nursing Evening Option – Overview
The course sequencing is based on the term of enrollment. Nursing classes and clinical experiences are scheduled on selected evenings and alternate weekends. In addition to the prerequisites listed for NUR107-Day Option, students must complete the following course work prior to admission to the Evening Option: ENL101, PSY101, BIO108, PSY233, and ENL102 or COM103. Completion of BIO281 is strongly recommended.

Nursing Program LPN to RN – Overview
In order to be considered for admission to this program, the applicant must have a current LPN license and have completed all prerequisites. In addition to the prerequisites listed for NUR107-Day Option, students must complete the following course work prior to admission to the transition course: ENL101, PSY101, BIO107, PSY233, and ENL102 or COM103. Completion of BIO281 is strongly recommended.

NUR132 – The LPN in Transition course is offered during the late spring. Successful completion of NUR132 admits the student to the third semester Nursing course, NUR201.

Upon completion of the Nursing Program, students are able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge of biopsychosocial sciences to provide care and promote health for patients/clients with chronic health problems.
  2. Integrate the components of the nursing process to assist patient/client to move toward optimal health.
  3. Integrate knowledge of the patient/client relationship to family, community and external environment while providing culturally competent nursing care.
  4. Develop a therapeutic nurse patient/client relationship considering advocacy and ethical principles.
  5. Synthesize concepts of stress adaptation to implement the plan of care for patient/client with chronic common health problems.
  6. Demonstrate accountability and ethical principles while functioning as a member of the multidisciplinary health team.
  7. Devise a plan to implement evidence-based practice in a variety of clinical settings.

Employment opportunities are available as an entry-level Registered Nurse in hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health care agencies.

This occupational profile is provided by O*NET.

See also: What can I do with this major?

The philosophy of the Nursing faculty is consistent with the values of Cape Cod Community College and is based on the principles that people are holistic beings with high value placed on the quality of human life.

We believe that the individual is endowed with free will, inherent worth, and dignity. Each individual is a unique biopsychosocial being capable of adaptation and growth. People have complex human needs which Maslow's hierarchic categorization describes as physiological, safety and security, love and belonging, self-esteem, self-actualization. These needs are common to all regardless of culture, race, gender, and age. The individual is continuously changing and communicating with the inner self and the environment.

The College's institutional mission addresses three broad areas: critical and creative thinking, communication competence, and a global multicultural perspective. We believe that society is a network of communicating individuals characterized by a variety of cultures and subcultures. The basic unit of society is the family, which transmits beliefs, values, and customs. Cultural competence is a dynamic process which involves the nurse’s self-examination regarding biases and prejudices, a knowledge base of various cultures including health variables and perspectives, and the ability to conduct culturally sensitive assessments and intervention strategies to deliver effective and culturally competent care to all clients.

Hans Selye's General Adaptation Syndrome and current neurobiological research describes the mind body response to stressors (acute, chronic, and traumatic). The individual’s adaptation to stressors influences health. Optimal health is a state of maximum physical, physiological, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and environmental well-being. Personal definitions of health may vary and be influenced by ethics, morals, culture, age, economics, values, and the environment. The internal and external environments are dynamic, evolving, and changing, influenced by culture, economics, beliefs, ethics, and politics. Changes in the environment influence health. The individual has rights and responsibilities regarding health care.

We believe that nursing is a profession integrating science and the art of caring which utilizes the Nursing Process to provide evidenced-based health care to individuals, families and communities. The Nursing Program utilizes Gordon’s Functional Health Patterns as a template for organizing the nursing data base to organize and plan nursing care. In addition, critical thinking is one of the broad areas addressed in the College’s institutional mission. The capacity to communicate therapeutically and professionally, to view humanity with caring, and to appreciate the inherent dignity of people is a basis for ethical nursing practice. These characteristics are reflected in assisting individuals to adapt to their environment and in meeting their developmental patterns/needs throughout the life span when they are unable to do so. The nurse integrates biophysical principles with an understanding of human behavior for the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health.

In keeping with the College's Mission Statement, the students' education comes first. Education, a lifelong process, is a basic right to every individual. It results in the acquisition of knowledge and facilitates behavioral changes. Education uses the teaching – learning process, a dynamic on-going art that integrates the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains. Learning, an active process, is enhanced by Information Literacy, and requires the internalization of knowledge. Teaching is a logical, organized, goal-directed activity. The teacher creates an environment, which allows the learner to assimilate knowledge and discover personal meaning.

Nursing education is an applied, purposeful discipline that best occurs in an institution of higher education. It is value and competency-based, integrating nursing and general education studies.

We believe that the graduate of the Nursing Program at Cape Cod Community College will be able to utilize the nursing process while exhibiting professional responsibility, accountability, and ethical behavior. He/she will be able to lead and delegate to others while promoting health and preventing common health problems. The graduate will be prepared to function in both acute and long-term care settings where policies, procedures, and guidance are available.

Full Time Faculty

Audrey Kilcoyne, Interim Director of Nursing, Faculty, MSN, RN (2007)
BSN, University of Massachusetts Amherst; MSN, University of Hardford
Phone 774.330.4427
E-mail akilcoyne@capecod.edu
Catherine Casey-Lane, DNP, RN, IBCLC, (2007)
AAS in Nursing, Atlantic Community College; BSN, Stockton College; MSN, University of Pennsylvania; DNP, Regis College
Office Location Frank Wilkens 223
Phone 774.330.4539
E-mail ccaseylane@capecod.edu
Christina Cutter, MSN, RN
Office Location Frank Wilkens 220
Phone 774.330.4427
E-mail ccutter@capecod.edu
Denise Hallemeyer, MSN (R), RN (2003)
St. Louis University, BSN and MSN, Cardiopulmonary Nursing
Office Location Frank Wilkens 217
Phone 774.330.4429
E-mail dhallemeyer@capecod.edu

 

Diane LaVallee, RN, MS, WHCNP
Office Location Frank Wilkens 220
Phone 774.330.4427
E-mail dlavalee@capecod.edu
Sadie Kinahan, MSN, RN (2017)
ADN, Cape Cod Community College; BSN, Saint Joseph's College of Maine; MSN, Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Office Location Frank Wilkens 210
Phone 774.330.4469
E-mail skinahan@capecod.edu

 

Marion Santos, MSN, RN (2016)
Nursing, Framingham State University
Office Location Frank Wilkens G8
Phone 774.330.4360
E-mail msantos@capecod.edu
Jean Canty Schwartz, MS, RN, CPNP, PMHS (2005)
Nursing, Diploma, Children's Hospital School of Nursing; BS, Boston College; MS, Boston College
Office Location Frank Wilkens 218
Phone 774.330.4338
E-mail jschwartz@capecod.edu
Laura Seabury, DNP, APRN-BC, CNE (1997)
Nursing, MSN, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, DNP, Regis College
Office Location Frank Wilkens 227
Phone 774.330.4587
E-mail lseabury@capecod.edu
Theresa Sexton, MSN, RN, CEN (2018)
Nursing, AS, North Shore Community College; MSN, Walden University
Office Location Frank Wilkens 210
Phone 774.330.4437
E-mail tsexton@capecod.edu
Marcy J.T. Smith, MS/MSN, RN, FAIS, BCETS (1971)
Nursing, AA, Cape Cod Community College, BS, Stonehill College; MS, New York Medical College
Office Location Frank Wilkens 216
Phone 774.330.4431
E-mail msmith@capecod.edu
Marianne Targino-Van Beber, Doctor of Medicine, MSN, RN (2015)
Nursing, AA & AS, University of the District of Columbia; BA, University of Southern Florida; MSN, Loyola University; Doctor of Medicine, University of Saint Eustaitius School of Medicine
Office Location Frank Wilkens 224
Phone 774.330.4436
E-mail mtarginovanbeber@capecod.edu

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant – Day Option
Office Location Frank Wilkens 228
Phone 774.330.4427
E-mail

nhowell@capecod.edu

Anna Lodovico, Secretary – Evening Option
Office Location Frank Wilkens 208
Phone 774.330.4359
E-mail alodovico@capecod.edu

Part-Time Faculty

Part-time faculty offices are: Frank Wilkens Hall 220D, 215D, and 214E. Your individual Instructor will let you know how to best make contact.

Cheryl Brennan, MSN, RN, BC
Samantha Clark
Elizabeth Collado, RN, BSN
Christina Cutter
Diane Cronin, RN, MSN
Elizabeth A. Davis, RN, BSN, MSN, CNE
oanne Hinesley, RN, BSN
Kathleen Hood, RN, BSN
Diane Lavallee
Alyssa McGraw, RN, BSN
Helen Price, RN, BSN, MSN
Joan-Anne Simpkins