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Nursing

Nursing

Wor-Wic's certificate and associate degree nursing programs are approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Students complete clinical experiences, in addition to studying nursing theory and general education subjects. High school or college courses in biology and chemistry are strongly recommended.

The certificate program in practical nursing is designed to prepare graduates for jobs as licensed practical nurses (LPNs). Graduates who pass the examination in Maryland for licensure as LPNs can give nursing care under the direction of other health care providers in a variety of settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes. This program is approved as part of Maryland's statewide LPN to ADN articulation agreement. The certificate program is based on concepts from the physical, biological and social sciences.

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Pre-Accreditation Candidacy Status

The Wor-Wic Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing and Associate of Science in Nursing degree programs are pursuing pre-accreditation candidacy status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2500. Interested parties are invited to submit third party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Tabitha Bennett, NLN CNEA Manager of Accreditation Services, no later than November 27, 2017.

Intended Learning Goals

Graduates of the certificate program should be able to:
  1. Provide individualized nursing care to clients experiencing self-care deficits;
  2. Use a variety of communication skills to establish effective communication;
  3. Provide basic self-care information to clients who require support to restore or maintain health and meet self-care needs;
  4. Plan and organize their own assignments in a variety of settings to provide a safe, effective care environment; and
  5. Be responsible for their own nursing practice within accepted ethical and legal parameters.

The associate of science degree program is a registered nursing education program for those with a practical nursing education. This program is designed to prepare graduates for jobs as registered nurses (RNs). Graduates who pass the examination in Maryland for licensure as RNs can give nursing care in a variety of settings, where they may also provide direction to others in the technical aspects of nursing.

There are two pathways into the associate degree program: 1) the direct progression pathway that builds upon the foundation of the college’s practical nursing program for students who complete Wor-Wic’s practical nursing program; and 2) the LPN to ADN pathway for LPNs who have an active unencumbered Maryland or compact state LPN license. Students in the LPN to ADN pathway receive 16 credits for their prior nursing education course work.

This program is approved as part of Maryland's statewide RN to B.S.N. articulation agreement. Graduates are granted up to 70 credit hours of direct transfer credit for their Wor-Wic course work when they enroll in one of the B.S.N. programs in the University of Maryland system. Students who complete Wor-Wic’s associate degree program also have the option of completing 16 additional credits in specified course work at Wor-Wic and transferring to Wilmington University, where they can take 34 additional specified credits to earn a B.S.N.

Graduates of the associate degree program should be able to:
  1. Provide individualized nursing care to clients experiencing selfcare deficits;
  2. Use a variety of communication skills and techniques to establish and maintain effective communication;
  3. Implement individualized teaching plans for clients who need information or support to promote, maintain or restore health;
  4. Manage nursing care for a group of clients with common/complex, well-defined health problems in a variety of settings; and
  5. Practice nursing within accepted ethical and legal parameters.

Due to the limited number of spaces available in these programs, selection is on a competitive basis. Interested individuals must follow the procedures in the Nursing Admission Information PacketAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon, which is available in the nursing department, in the admissions office or on the college website. In order to be considered for admission in the fall, prospective students must complete the admission requirements by the first Friday in June. Those interested in admission in the spring must complete the admission requirements by the first Friday in October.

In order to graduate with a certificate or associate of science degree, students must obtain a grade of "C" or better in all nursing, biology and mathematics courses. Students must also meet all clinical objectives and maintain current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification while enrolled in clinical nursing courses.

For additional information about the nursing program, contact Brenda Mister, Nursing Department Head.

Program Outlines

Gainful Employment Disclosure

51.3901 Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training

In compliance with federal gainful employment disclosure requirements, Wor-Wic provides prospective students with on-time completion rates, median loan debt and other information related to certificate programs.

Practical Nursing Certificate

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