Purpose, Beliefs and Philosophy

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 of Science in Nursing Program (RN)

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 Certificate Program (LPN)

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes for Associate of Science in Nursing Program (RN)

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

Outcomes for Practical Nursing Certificate Program (LPN)

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

Admissions

The Nursing Programs at Cecil College have limited enrollment and require specific criteria to be considered for admission. Please refer to the following sections of the college catalog for detailed information:

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

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 Education 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.

Course Requirements

Please refer to the corresponding programs of study pages in the college catalog for required courses along with a recommended sequence for each program:

Faculty and Staff

Nancy Norman-Marzella, MSN, NP, RN, CNE
Dean of Nursing and Health Professions
(443) 674-1541
nnormanmarzella@cecil.edu

Aaron Boyd, BSN, RN
Clinical Learning Lab Coordinator
boyd661@cecil.edu

Lauren Dawson, MSN, APRN, NP-C
Assistant Professor of Nursing
(443) 674-1544
ldawson08@cecil.edu

Judy Fuhrmann, MS, APRN, BC
Assistant Professor of Nursing
(443) 674-1545 jfuhrmann@cecil.edu

Shirley Gharbin, Ed.D., MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
(443) 674-1546
sgharbin@cecil.edu

Cindi Horton, EdD, MS, RN, CNE
Professor of Nursing
(443) 674-1548
chorton@cecil.edu

Mary Knarr, MS, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
(443) 674-1543
mknarr@cecil.edu

Roxanne Rash, EdD, MS, RN, CNE
Professor of Nursing
(443) 674-1547
rrash@cecil.edu

Amanda Horn Administrative Assistant, Nursing and Health Professions
(410) 287-1008
ahorn@cecil.edu

Costs

Tuition & Fees

Standard tuition and fees apply. In addition to the standard fees, there is a clinical liability insurance fee that is included in tuition bills for NUR 114/211. The cost is $15.00 per year.

Additional Expenses

Once you've been accepted into the Nursing program, expect to pay for the following expenses:

Fee Cost
Seat fee $250.00 1
Health Record/Immunization online tracking, one-time $25.00
Criminal Background Checks & Drug Screening, approximately $120.00
Personal Health Insurance Required Variable
Uniforms and shoes $240.00
Required supplies, such as stethoscope $200.00
Textbook estimate for entire nursing program $1300.00 (variable)
ExamSoft, fee for online exams $60.00 per year

1 Payment of seat fee is mandatory and a condition of nursing program acceptance. Students who remain enrolled in the nursing program for the fall semester, will be refunded their seat fee, during the fall semester. Students who accept a seat in the nursing program but do not enroll or remain enrolled in the nursing program until after the drop/add period, will not be refunded the seat fee.

Program Outcomes

In accordance with the requirements established by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the Associate of Science in Nursing program at Cecil College is pleased to report on student achievement outcome data in the tables below.

Graduates' Success on Licensure Exam

Graduate success on licensure exams is a significant benchmark for any nursing program. Graduates’ success is calculated by the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON) and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) by the number of graduates who are successful on passing the NCLEX-RN on their first attempt.

Five-year Average 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Required minimum Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON) pass rates for NCLEX-RN N/A 74.28% 74.30% 78.33% 80.03% 78.95%
State average for MBON pass rates for NCLEX-RN N/A 80.03% 80.62% 85.86% 87.71% 88.00%
Cecil College, MBON Nursing Pass rates for NCLEX-RN 1 91.29% 93.88% 83.72% 95.35% 85.96% 97.62%
Cecil NCSBN, pass rate 2 89.2% 87% 85% 90% 93% 91%

1 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.

2 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.

Graduation Rate

Graduation rate is calculated at 150% time of completion for all students enrolled in initial nursing courses as of October. Program length for nursing coursework, is 4 semesters.

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Five-year Average 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Percentage of students completing the Associate of Science in Nursing program at Cecil College 82.57% 77.97% 86.8% 79.4% 89% 79.71%

Job Placement

Job placement rate is defined as employment as a registered nurse within nine months of graduation. This is determined by graduate surveys and individual conversations by faculty with graduates. Some graduates do not seek employment immediately upon graduation due to changing life circumstances, relocation, and/or entering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master in Science in Nursing (MSN) program upon completion of their associate degree.

Five-year Average 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Job placement rate 92.93% 80% 100% 90.91% 100% 93.75%

Graduates' Satisfaction with Cecil College Nursing Program

Additionally, the Cecil College Nursing graduates have the opportunity to provide feedback to the nursing program nine months after completion. Surveys are made available to graduates a variety of ways and graduates are encouraged to provide anonymous feedback regarding the nursing program. Overall, graduates who choose to respond are satisfied with the education that they receive at Cecil College, as evidenced by the graduate survey results. Please see the table below.

Five-year Average 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Percentage of graduates responding 24% 21% 26% 22% 23% 28%
Adequately prepared to practice as entry level nurse. Agree or strongly agree 92.8% 100% 100% 91% 92% 81%
Overall graduate satisfaction with the quality of the nursing program 98.6% 100% 99% 100% 100% 94%

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