​Nursing

Purpose, Beliefs and Philosophy of the Cecil College Nursing Department

The purpose of the program in nursing is to prepare individuals to function as entry-level LPN or RN staff nurses in primary, secondary and tertiary care, i.e. as generalists attending to illnesses that are common, recurrent and relatively predictable. Nursing graduates will be able to meet the National League for Nursing’s competencies in human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity, and spirit of inquiry. Further, nursing graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX examinations for licensure as Licensed Practical and/or Registered Nurses. In addition, graduates of the associate degree nursing program are eligible for direct transfer into RN to BSN or RN to MSN Programs of study.

The conceptual model which best exemplifies the philosophical beliefs of the nursing faculty at Cecil College is the Neuman Systems Model, designed by Betty Neuman (2011). This holistic model has been utilized by nurses in clinical practice and by nurse educators as a framework for developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs. The model is derived from systems theory, Selye’s stress/adaptation theory and Caplan’s concepts of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.

National League for Nursing Educational Competencies Model
The nursing program at Cecil College believes in and utilizes the NLN Educational Competencies Model (NLN, 2010) as one of the guiding forces for nursing education. The NLN seven core values of caring, diversity, ethics, excellence, holism, integrity and patient-centeredness, as well as the six integrating concepts of: context and environment; knowledge and science; personal and professional development; quality and safety; relationship-centered care; and teamwork; are all interwoven throughout the Cecil College nursing curriculum. The core values and integrating concepts all support the achievement of the four competencies defined by the NLN for graduates of Practical nursing and Associate degree nursing programs.

Competencies for Associate degree nursing programs:

  • Human Flourishing
    Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.
  • Nursing Judgment
    Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and promote the health of patients within a family and community context.
  • Professional Identity
    Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context.
  • Spirit of Inquiry
    Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.

Competencies for Practical nursing programs:

  • Human Flourishing
    Promote the human dignity, integrity, self-determination, and personal growth of patients, oneself and members of the health care team.
  • Nursing Judgment
    Provide a rationale for judgments used in the provision of safe, quality care and for decisions that promote the health of patients within a family context.
  • Professional Identity
    Assess how one’s personal strengths and values affect one’s identity as a nurse and one’s contributions as a member of the health care team.
  • Spirit of Inquiry
    Question the basis for nursing actions, considering research, evidence, tradition and patient preferences.

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Student Learning Outcomes

By the completion of the Associate of Science in Nursing program (RN), Cecil College nursing graduates are prepared to:

  1. Provide safe and competent nursing care that acknowledges and encompasses the uniqueness, dignity, diversity, freedom and holistic well-being of each individual within their community and within the context of the Neuman Systems Model
  2. Communicate professionally, effectively, and appropriately with clients, families, health care team members and peers, while promoting human dignity, patient advocacy and a spirit of inquiry
  3. Demonstrate the appropriate application and integration of evidence, critical thinking, nursing concepts, and clinical judgment, in the clinical decision making process, as they practice as a nurse within the conceptual framework of nursing practice
  4. Embrace the fundamental core values of nursing identified by NLN: caring; diversity; ethics; excellence; holism; integrity; and patient-centeredness
  5. Take the NCLEX-RN

By the completion of the Practical Nurse certificate program, the Cecil College nursing LPN graduates are prepared to:

  1. Provide safe and competent nursing care at the LPN level, while promoting human dignity, integrity, self-determination
  2. Communicate effectively and appropriately with clients, families, health care team members and peers while promoting human dignity and patient advocacy
  3. Demonstrate the application of, critical thinking, and nursing concepts in the clinical decision making process, as they practice as a practical nurse within the conceptual framework of practical nursing practice
  4. Embrace the fundamental core values of nursing identified by NLN: caring; diversity; ethics; excellence; holism; integrity; and patient-centeredness
  5. Take the NCLEX-PN

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Admissions

The Nursing Programs at Cecil College has limited enrollment and requires specific criteria to be considered for admission:

  1. A cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 at Cecil and in all applicable transferred coursework.
  2. Satisfactory completion of required developmental courses as determined by skills assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics. Skills assessment in mathematics must reflect placement beyond MAT093 (Intermediate Algebra), or the student must complete MAT093 with a grade of "C" or better.
  3. Satisfactory completion of EGL101 (Freshman Composition) with a grade of "C" or better.
  4. Satisfactory completion of BIO208/218 (Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab) with a grade of "C" or better from an accredited college/university prior to entrance within four years of entrance into the Associate degree program.
  5. All students applying for acceptance to the Nursing program are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V). This computerized, timed test assesses the following areas: Reading, Mathematics, Science and English. TEAS V results cannot be sent to Cecil College; the Individual Performance Profile from the TEAS V must be printed and submitted along with the Nursing Application. An adjusted individual score of 58% or higher is required. Adjusted individual scores of 66% and/or reading scores of 68% or higher are preferred. TEAS V information may be found at www.atitesting.com.

Note: Entrance into the program is competitive. If the application is incomplete and/or eligibility criteria are not met, the application cannot be processed. BIO209/219 (Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab) and BIO 200/210 (Microbiology and Lab) are Nursing program requirements that must be completed with a "C" or better prior to the third semester of the Nursing Program.

In accordance with the polices of many clinical facilities and the recommendations of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Cecil College’s Nursing program requires all nursing students to submit to criminal background checks and drug screenings. This background check and screening will be completed prior to admission to the Nursing program and may be repeated during the program progression, as deemed necessary. All students must be successfully cleared via a background check and drug screening to be admitted to the clinical facilities. If a student is not successfully cleared, he or she may not enter a clinical setting and therefore will be unable to meet the Nursing program requirements. Please direct any questions to the Dean of Nursing and Health Professions. Completion of a student health profile and certification in Health care provider CPR (American Heart Association) are also required prior to clinical.

Nursing Program Selection Policies and Procedures, LPN, RN and LPN to ADN:

  1. All applicants for the Nursing Program must first complete the general admissions application to Cecil College and visit the Admissions Office prior to meeting with a health professions advisor in the Division of Student Services and Institutional Effectiveness, or before transferring courses from other institutions, or before formally applying for acceptance into the Nursing program. Students may call the Information Center at 410-287-1000 to make an appointment with a health professions advisor.
  2. Review of college transcripts may reveal that a prospective student has already fulfilled requirements for admission into the Nursing Program. If not, the prospective student must take the relevant skills assessment in mathematics, reading and/or writing. The appropriate developmental and general education courses must be successfully completed before the student will be eligible for entry into the Nursing Program. Official transcripts from other institutions should be sent directly to the Registrar in order for coursework to be evaluated, allowing four to six weeks for processing. High school transcripts/diplomas or proof of high school equivalency may also be requested.
  3. Deadline for applying for entrance into the Nursing Program, regardless of chosen track for the upcoming fall semester is late March. Beginning the second week of January, the student may go to the Nursing and Health Professions page on www.my.cecil.edu and download a copy of the Nursing Program Admissions packet. Included in this packet is information detailing the Nursing Program application process and application deadlines. The student may also contact the Cecil College Admissions Office or the Nursing Program Office at 410-287-1008.
  4. All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a Nursing Program applicant information session. Information sessions will be held in late fall and early winter with specific dates and times to be advertised.
  5. Prospective Nursing students should submit completed application packets to the Nursing Program office. No partial applications will be accepted or reviewed for admission.
  6. The main criteria for acceptance into the Nursing Program are student readiness, cumulative grade point average(s), TEAS scores, and successful completion of appropriate coursework. When the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number that the College can accept, priority is given to Cecil County residents.
  7. Applications are reviewed in April/May by the department of Nursing and Health Professions, and applicants are notified in early June of their acceptance status.
  8. Students who are eligible for the LPN to ADN transition program, must have an active unencumbered license from Maryland Board of Nursing or a compact state. Students must also be enrolled at Cecil College and successfully complete the transition coursework prior to entering the second year of the Associate degree program.
  9. The RN program is a two-year Associate of Science in Nursing degree program and the LPN program is a one-year certificate program. Both programs commence in the fall semester. The RN program concludes in May of the second year; the LPN program concludes in the late summer of the first year.

Additional information on how to apply to the program can be found here.

Non-discrimination Statement
It is the policy of Cecil College not to discriminate against any individual by reason of race, color, sex, marital status, citizenship, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, or disability (which can be reasonably accommodated without undue hardship) in the admission and treatment of students, educational programs and activities, scholarship and loan programs, recruitment, hiring or promotion of faculty and staff, or with conditions of employment, in accordance with and to the extent required by law.

The Director of Human Resources is available to assist College employees and students in answering questions or resolving issues related to the non-discrimination, equal opportunity and issues related to access and accommodation for individuals with disabilities.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows the Registrar to release student directory information. This information may include names, addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, birth places, major fields of study, attendance dates, degrees and awards, the most recent educational agencies or institutions attended, participation in officially recognized college activities or sports, and athletic team members’ weights and heights. The College generally will release only the student’s name, dates of attendance and degrees, and/or certificates earned as directory information.

To have directory information withheld, written notification must be received from currently enrolled students in the Registrar’s Office within two weeks after the first day of classes for the semester/term. Cecil College assumes that failure on the part of any student to request withholding of directory information indicates individual approval for disclosure.

The Act affords students the opportunity to inspect and review their educational records within forty-five (45) days of the College’s receipt of request for access. Students should submit, to the Registrar, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place for review.

Students may request an amendment of any of their educational records that they believe are inaccurate or misleading. If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the College will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his/her right to a hearing.

Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U. S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20202-4605.

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Course Requirements

Associate of Science in Nursing (RN)
The Associate of Science in Nursing program prepares graduates to function as entry-level nurses by emphasizing educational competencies within four core components of nursing education/practice: human flourishing; nursing judgment; professional identity; and spirit of inquiry. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). The program is directly articulated with a number of higher education nursing programs, thus providing an educational foundation for further study in nursing. The program is approved by the Maryland State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326 www.acenursing.org).The nursing program has specific objectives that correlate with the College’s educational goals. The specific objectives are described in the Nursing Student’s Manual.

Information on program admission, selection policies and procedures, and eligibility criteria are located in the college catalog.

The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the course work of the nursing program.

General Education Requirements Credits
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Elective1 [H] 3
BIO 200 Microbiology [S] 3
BIO 210 Microbiology Lab 1
BIO 208 Human Anatomy and Physiology I [S] 3
BIO 218 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
BIO 209 Human Anatomy and Physiology II [S] 3
BIO 219 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
MAT 123 Finite Math2 [M] 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SS] 3
PSY 201 Human Growth and Development [SS] 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology [SS] 3
Program Requirements Credits
NUR 101 Concepts and Processes in Nursing 2
NUR 104 Nursing Fundamentals Theory 5
NUR 105 Care of Adult and Aging Clients 4
NUR 114 Clinical Lab I: Nursing Fundamentals 2
NUR 115 Clinical Lab II: Medical/Surgical Settings 4
NUR 201 Care of Childbearing/Childrearing Families 4
NUR 204 Care of Clients Affected by Complex Stressors 4
NUR 206 Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues 2
NUR 211 Clinical Lab III: Care of Childbearing/Childrearing Families 4
NUR 214 Clinical Lab IV: Medical/Surgical/Psychiatric 4
  Total Credits Required in Program: 68

1 Selection may not include EGL designation.
2 Another general education mathematics elective will be accepted.

Practical Nursing Certificate (LPN)
The certificate is designed to give the student who has successfully completed the first two semesters of the nursing program and the summer Practical Nursing option an opportunity to enter the profession of nursing at the Licensed Practical Nursing level. Successful completion of the summer Practical Nursing option prepares the student for the National Council Licensure Examination -Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). The certificate program has specific objectives that correlate with the College’s educational goals. These specific objectives are described in the Nursing Student’s Manual.

Information on program admission, selection policies and procedures, and eligibility criteria are located in the college catalog.

Certificate Requirements Credits
BIO 208 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 218 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
BIO 209 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO 219 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
EGL 101 Freshman Composition 3
LPN 201 Care of Childbearing/Childrearing Families 2
LPN 205 Advanced Medical/Surgical and Psychiatric Theory 2
LPN 206 Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues 1
LPN 211 Clinical Lab III: Care of Childbearing/Childrearing Families 1
LPN 215 Clinical Lab IV: Medical/Surgical/Psychiatric 1
NUR 101 Concepts and Processes in Nursing 2
NUR 104 Nursing Fundamentals Theory 5
NUR 105 Care of Adult and Aging Clients 4
NUR 114 Clinical Lab I: Nursing Fundamentals 2
NUR 115 Clinical Lab II: Medical/Surgical Settings 4
  Total Credits Required in Program: 35

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Faculty and Staff

Christy Dryer, DNP, RN, CNE
Dean of Nursing and Health Professions
Ext. 1541
cdryer@cecil.edu

Lori Bell, DrPh, MSN, RN
Ext. 1544
lbell@cecil.edu

Lauren Dawson, MSN, RN
Nursing Skills Lab Coordinator
Ext. 1522
ldawson08@cecil.edu

Judy Fuhrmann, MS, APRN, BC
Ext. 1545
jfuhrmann@cecil.edu

Shirley Gharbin, MSN, RN
Ext. 1546
sgharbin@cecil.edu

Marta Hayden, MSN, RN, CNE
Retention Coordinator
Ext. 1549
mhayden@cecil.edu

Cindi Horton, EdD, MS, RN, CNE
Ext. 1548
chorton@cecil.edu

Mary Knarr, MS, RN
Ext. 1543
mknarr@cecil.edu

Roxanne Rash, EdD, MS, RN, CNE
Ext. 1547
rrash@cecil.edu

Amanda Horn Administrative Assistant, Nursing and Health Professions
Ext. 1008
ahron@cecil.edu

 

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Costs

College Tuition and Fees (Fall 2015)
At Cecil College, we pride ourselves on providing a quality education at an affordable price. If you've thought about going to college but didn't think you could find room in your budget, take a look at what Cecil has to offer.

Tuition

Resident of Cecil County $100 per credit hour
Other Maryland Residents $190 per credit hour
Out-of-State Residents $235 per credit hour

Fees

Lab Fee Variable
Student Development Fee $8 per credit hour
Registration Fee $75 per semester
(You may qualify for a 50% discount if you register early)
Credit by Examination Fee
(Fee same as tuition rate based on student’s residency)
See above
Clinical Liability Insurance
(Paid once a year - included in fall tuition bills for NUR 114/211)
$15 per year
Course Fee Variable

Additional Expenses Once Accepted into the Nursing Program

Health Record/Immunization online tracking, one-time $25
Criminal Background Checks & Drug Screening, approximately $120
Personal Health Insurance Required Variable
Uniforms and shoes $240
Required supplies, such as stethoscope $200
Textbook estimate for entire nursing program $1300 (variable)
​ExamSoft, fee for online exams $60 per year​

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Program Outcomes

Year Graduation rate* NCLEX-RN
pass rate**
(NCSBN)
MD NLCEX-RN pass rate*** Required minimum pass rate for schools of nursing in Maryland
2011 79.71% 91% 97.62% 78.95%
2012 88.71% 93% 85.96% 80.03%
2013 80.6% 90% 95.35% 78.33%
2014 88.71% 85% 83.72% 74.3%
2015 TBD 87% TBD TBD

* Graduation rate is calculated at 150% time of completion for all students enrolled in initial nursing courses as of October.
** Pass rates are reported national data from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN); reporting from April to March of following year and are indicative of previous classes' results. All takers across the United States are included.
*** Pass rates reported by Maryland Board of Nursing are calculated by the fiscal year and combine partial results from two classes. Some takers from states outside of Maryland, may be absent from these results.

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Accreditation and Approval

The Maryland Board of Nursing has approved both programs and the associate degree program has the distinction of continuous accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Contact information:

Maryland Board of Nursing
4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215-2254
(888) 202-9861, (410) 585-1900
www.mbon.maryland.gov
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020
Email: info@acenursing.org
Web: www.acenursing.org

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Resources

 

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Career and Educational Opportunities

You'll be ready for a career working in:

  • Home healthcare organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Hospice
  • Schools

Thanks to articulation agreements, many of our graduates have gone on to pursue a Bachelor's or Master's in Nursing at many institutions of higher learning, such as:

  • Drexel University
  • Neumann College
  • Stevenson University
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Wisconsin—Green Bay
  • Widener University
  • Wilmington University

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