If you want a fulfilling career in nursing, there's no better place to start than Cecil College. Cecil offers two separate but coordinated plans at our main campus in North East:

  • Associate of Science Degree in Nursing
  • Practical Nurse Certificate

What is distinctive?

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. In addition to the classroom setting, you'll gain critical hands-on experience outside the classroom in the simulation laboratory, as well as healthcare settings in Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.

Earn your Associate of Science in Nursing

By successfully completing this program, you'll be prepared to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination in Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN)—the standardized exam required of all Registered Nurses, regardless of educational preparation, prior to nursing practice. You'll be prepared to work as an entry-level nurse through the nursing program's emphasis on the following components of nursing practice, as established by the National League for Nursing and endorsed by the National Organization of Associate Degree Nurses:

  • Human Flourishing
  • Nursing Judgment
  • Professional Identity
  • Spirit of Inquiry

What is required?

You will need a high school diploma or a GED. Please see an advisor for course/admission requirements. Additionally, the majority of health care facilities require a background and drug screen of all students who enter their facility; therefore all nursing students are required to successfully complete a background check and drug screen upon entering any nursing or health professions program. Students who are not successfully cleared will be unable to complete the clinical portion of the nursing program and thus, will not be eligible to complete the nursing program. Please direct any question to the Dean of Nursing and Health Professions. Completion of a student health profile and certification in Health care provider CPR (American Red Cross or American Heart Association) are also required prior to clinical. Please refer to the college catalog for a complete list of classes required for this degree.

Earn your Practical Nurse Certificate

This program will prepare you to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination in Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). After successfully completing the first two semesters of the Nursing Program and the summer Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) option, you'll be ready to work as an entry-level LPN.

What is required?

Requirements for the LPN program related to background check, health records and CPR are similar to the requirements for the Associate degree program. Please see an advisor for course/admission requirements. Please refer to the college catalog for a complete list of classes required for this degree.

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Where will these programs lead?

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