Nursing

The mission/goal of the Department of Nursing at Nashua Community College is to provide students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Science in Nursing, which prepares them to take the licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become Registered Nurses, for employment in entry-level positions in nursing, and for further education and professional development.  

Admission to the Associate in Science in Nursing Program

In an effort to provide you with the most current and comprehensive information about our programs, prospective nursing students must attend a Nursing Information session as part of application requirements. Dates and times for info sessions can be found online at www.nashuacc.edu/admissions/information/information-sessions

Nursing program applications must be completed by January 31st to be considered for acceptance in the fall class.

A completed application is the responsibility of the nursing candidate. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Candidates must complete the college admission requirements and provide documentation of the following criteria for admission consideration:

  • Completed application for the program.

  • Proof of satisfactory completion of high school algebra, biology, chemistry, and English with a grade of C or better.

    • There is a challenge exam available in Biology and Chemistry for those students who have taken either high school or college level biology or chemistry but who did not receive a grade of a “C” or better. Please contact Deb Costa-Nino, Program Coordinator, Biological Sciences and Chemistry, at 603-578-8955 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

  • Two professional references, work or education – related. (Forms provided by college)

  • Short essay describing the qualities of an ideal nurse (to be completed at Nursing Info session).

  • Pre-admission examination: the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) with an adjusted individual score in the following categories: Reading – 73.8% or better, Math – 70.0% or better, Science 52.1% or better and English 63.3% or better.

    • The TEAS test evaluates the academic ability of prospective RN students. See www.atitesting.com for more information about preparing for the test and to register for the TEAS.

    • Test scores are valid for two years.

  • Ability to meet the Health, Character, and Technical Standards for the ASN program (please see below).

  • ESOL applicants must attain an English proficiency passing standard of 84 with a minimum speaking score of 26 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) as recommended by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (www.ncsbn.org).

Applicants demonstrating the above requirements will be invited for a personal interview.

Selection Criteria

Selection is determined by a cumulative point system that is based on applicable courses and grades, scores of the TEAS test, references and the interview session. Special consideration points are given to applicants who have completed Human Anatomy & Physiology I with a higher course grade and/or TEAS Science category scores over the 60th percentile rank.

Applications must be completed by January 31st and will be reviewed in February and March for acceptance for the following fall semester. Upon completion of application review and interview sessions, admission decisions will be made by the Vice President of Student and Community Affairs and the Chairperson of the Department of Nursing.

Qualified students who are not accepted in the initial selection process may be assigned to a prioritized waiting list based on the above criteria. They may be subsequently admitted if an opening becomes available prior to the beginning of the fall semester. The waiting list will be discarded once classes begin. Applicants still desiring admission must then reapply following the above procedure. Highly qualified students who have taken few or no non-nursing courses may be offered admission to a three-year program of study.

Acceptance into the NCC Nursing Program is very competitive.  Applicants are encouraged to explore other nursing programs within the Community College System along with other area colleges.

Transfer Credit

Transcripts of previous college credits may be submitted and will be evaluated for transferability. Nursing credits must be no more than five years old with a minimum grade of B-. Science credits must be no more than eight years old from the start of the first nursing course with a minimum grade of B-.

Transfer Students

Students who have been enrolled in a registered nurse program within the past five years may have the opportunity to transfer into the RN program at NCC on a space available basis. All transfer applicants must also submit a letter of reference on school letterhead from the director of the nursing program at the previous school. Transfer opportunities are an option only if there is space available in the program. The Chairperson of the Department of Nursing will determine which course a student will transfer into after reviewing official transcripts, course descriptions, and nursing course syllabi from the previous nursing program.

Advanced Placement for Licensed Practical Nurses

Licensed practical nurses may have the opportunity to transfer into the RN program with advanced standing in the spring semester of the first year on a space available basis. Applicants must have an active LPN license in New Hampshire and successfully complete the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (NACE) with a required overall percent score of 74% or better. Applicants who successfully complete the NLN NACE exam and are accepted into the program will be awarded 7 credits in place of NURS 125N, Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing Practice. The deadline for LPN advanced placement applications is December 1st.

Upon Acceptance

It is understood that acceptance is conditional upon submission of satisfactory evidence in the form of the following documents no later than August 1st.

  • A transcript demonstrating the completion of BIOL 130N Anatomy and Physiology I with a minimum grade of B- and PSYC 101N Introduction to Psychology (or equivalent transfer credits).

  • Submit a report of a current (within 1 year prior to beginning the first Nursing course) physical examination, including all required health screening (two step Mantoux testing to assess exposure to tuberculosis) and immunizations/titers for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), varicella, hepatitis B, and tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap).

  • Possess and maintain personal health insurance. Students are responsible for providing documentation of insurance coverage yearly. If insurance information changes during the academic year, students must notify the Department of Nursing Chairperson immediately.

  • Possess and maintain professional liability insurance. This professional liability insurance coverage is included in the second semester tuition bill.

  • Acquire and maintain certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the healthcare provider level (basic life support for healthcare providers).

  • Complete a criminal background check and drug testing (through college’s approved vendor) with satisfactory results (cost to be incurred by student).

    • Individuals with a court record or a criminal conviction may wish to contact the Board(s) of Registration in Nursing in any state in which they plan to work for guidelines. The NH Board of Nursing can be reached at 603-271-2323. This will allow the individual to make an informed decision about choosing to pursue nursing education at this time.

    • Students will repeat the criminal background check and drug testing prior to their senior year.

In addition:

  • Fees may include but are not limited to: Assessment Technologies Institute® (ATI) testing package and DocuCare Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software.

  • Additional requirements include uniform, stethoscope, watch with a second hand, textbooks, skills lab kit and supplies for lab practice.

  • There will also be occasional fees for field trips, as well as end-of-program activities and licensure.

Student Achievement of Program Outcomes

Performance on Licensure Exam: NCLEX-RN Pass Rates (First Time Test Takers)

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

NCC Pass Rate

100%

93.75%

92.59%

90.91%

100%

New Hampshire Pass Rate

91.85%

93.85%

83.17%

85.53%

87.02%

National Pass Rate

87.9%

90.34%

83.04%

81.78%

84.51%

Job Placement Rates (Employed within 6 to 9 months Post Graduation) Based on Survey Responses

Graduating Class

% Employed

2015

100%

2014

100%

2013

100%

2012

95%

2011

89%

Program Completion (Within 150% of Program Stated Length Time)

Time Frame (Fall-Spring)

Completion %

2012-2015

95.65%

2011-2014

79.3%

2010-2013

81.8%

2009-2012

85.29%

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
P. 404.975.5000
F. 404.975.5020
Website: www.acenursing.org

NURSING (2 Year Curriculum Plan)

Prerequisite:  for NURS120N and NURS130N:
    CL LAB CR
BIOL130N Anatomy & Physiology I 3 3 4
PSYC101N Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
        7
FIRST YEAR - FALL SEMESTER
ENGL101N College Composition I 4 0 4
BIOL131N Anatomy & Physiology II 3 3 4
PSYC201N Human Growth and Development 3 0 3
NURS120N Fundamental Nursing Skills 0 12 4
NURS130N Concepts for Nursing Practice 3 0 3
        18
SPRING SEMESTER
NURS140N Nursing Care I:  Concepts and Skills 4 12 8
NURS230N Pharmacology for Nursing Practice 3 0 3
BIOL210N Foundations for Microbiology 3 3 4
General Education Core: Quantitative Literacy (MATH106N preferred) 4 0 4
        19
SECOND YEAR - FALL SEMESTER
NURS220N Nursing Care II:  Concepts and Skills 4 18 10
General Education Core:  English/Communications 3 0 3
        13
SPRING SEMESTER
NURS240N Management of Nursing Care Across the Lifespan 4 15 9
General Elective Core:  Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness 3 0 3
        13
Total 69 Credits

NURSING (3 Year Curriculum Plan)

FIRST YEAR - FALL SEMESTER
BIOL130N Anatomy & Physiology I 3 3 4
ENGL101 College Composition I 4 0 4
General Education Core:  Quantitative Literacy (MATH106N preferred) 4 0 4
        12
SPRING SEMESTER
BIOL131N Anatomy & Physiology II 3 3 4
PSYC101N Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
General Education Core:  English/Communications 3 0 3
General Education Core:  Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness 3 0 3
      13
SUMMER
BIOL210N Foundations in Microbiology 3 3 4
        4
SECOND YEAR - FALL SEMESTER
PSYC201N Human Growth and Development 3 0 3
NURS120N Fundamental Nursing Skills 0 12 4
NURS130N Concepts for Nursing Practice 3 0 3
        10
SPRING SEMESTER
NURS140N Nursing Care I:  Concepts and Skills 4 12 8
NURS230N Pharmacology for Nursing Practice 3 0 3
        11
THIRD YEAR - FALL SEMESTER
NURS220N Nursing Care II:  Concepts and Skills 4 18 10
        10
SPRING SEMESTER
NURS240N Management of Nursing Care Across the Lifespan 4 15 9
        9
Total 69 Credits
Nursing Application Checklist
Nursing Reference Forms
TEAS V Testing Schedule

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the degree in Nursing, graduates will be able to:

  1. Plan and deliver safe individualized care to patients by integrating the nursing process and pertinent nursing knowledge, principles of teaching / learning, and preferences of patients or legal designees across the lifespan, diversity of culture, and the levels of prevention.

  2. Practice collaboratively on the multi-professional health care team using principles of leadership across the disciplines and throughout the health care system to influence and facilitate conflict resolution and the establishment and achievement of shared goals.

  3. Support a culture of continuous quality improvement by using data to monitor outcomes; identifying and reporting actual or potential problems; collaborating with the multi-professional team throughout the health care system; and developing evidence-based strategies for optimal practice.

  4. Use health care system resources and technology, including information technology, time, policies and procedures, materials, and equipment, to coordinate and deliver individual and / or population-focused care that is effective and efficient.

  5. Communicate clearly in goal-oriented, culturally-sensitive, caring, concise, and timely ways using written, verbal, non- verbal, and electronic modalities.

  6. Demonstrate accountability for professional practice using legal, ethical, and regulatory guidelines and participate in activities that contribute to life-long learning.