Introduction to Nursing Programs offered by Carroll Community College
Nursing is a unique practice profession that is both an art and a science. The art of nursing emphasizes the meaning of relationships with creative and innovative approaches to patient-centered care. The science of nursing incorporates nursing theory and concepts from humanitarian, behavioral, social and natural sciences.
Registered Nurses require specialized knowledge, judgment, and skills in order to practice nursing. The goal of all nursing care is to maintain health or prevent illness. Licensed Practical Nurses work in a team relationship with the registered nurse or physician in providing basic bedside care. Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses function within the scope of practice as outlined in the Maryland Nurse Practice Act.
Carroll Community College offers nursing programs that allow students to enroll in an Associate Degree Nursing Program (RN) and/or complete the Practical Nursing Certificate Program (PN). There is a selective admission process.
The clinical portion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program can be completed in four terms. Students choosing to complete the Practical Nursing Certificate Program will complete the first and second semester and an additional summer term. Students may exit the nursing program as Practical Nurses and re-enter into the Associate Degree Nursing Program within two years from the date of Practical Nursing program completion.
After completion of the associate of science degree, graduates are eligible to take the examination for registered nurse licensure.
The Maryland Board of Nursing may deny a license to any applicant who has been convicted of or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to a felony or to a crime involving moral turpitude, whether or not any appeal or other proceeding is pending to have the conviction or plea set aside.
Career Ladder Programs: RN to BSN
After completion of the associate degree program, the RN may transfer to a baccalaureate degree (BSN) program at any of the four-year state colleges offering BSN degrees. This may be accomplished with direct transfers or placement examinations. Regardless of the clinical program chosen, there are certain core courses common to all programs and those can be completed at Carroll Community College.
Carroll's Nursing programs include: