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A Nursing Education at Capital Community College

By Dr. Cynthia Adams RN, MSN, EdD

May 02, 2013

Recently, a group of business people from West Hartford toured the eighth floor Nursing Laboratories at Capital Community College on Main Street in Hartford. They admitted to being shocked by the state-of-the-art simulation equipment they saw and the history they learned about the program’s thirty-five years of excellence.

“People don’t know about this,” remarked a participant.

The Connecticut Community College Nursing Program at Capital is one of the five largest nursing programs in the United States, serving a diverse student body with over twenty countries represented in our freshmen class. The combination of faculty with advanced degrees and strong clinical expertise, along with the college’s long term partnerships with area hospitals, have made Capital a leader in nursing education in the State of Connecticut. The tremendous value of this nursing education lies in the foundation of high achievement and flexibility in adapting to changing needs.

The Nursing Program is a four-semester program which, upon successful completion, awards an Associate in Science Degree. Sixty-eight credits are required for graduation. The general education courses and nursing courses are sequenced to build from fundamental skills to complex critical thinking skills.

The nursing program is challenging and demands that mathematics, science, social science and English skills be used as building blocks to further a student's knowledge of nursing theory and practice. Graduates sit for the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Capital Nursing graduates take advantage of the dozen articulation agreements and go on to BSN and MSN degrees.

As demographics and healthcare costs change, nurses are in a unique position to build lifelong careers in acute, community, and/or primary care. A career in Nursing offers a stable income and numerous opportunities for practice, education and research. For more information, please visit www.ct.edu/academics/nursing

Reprinted with permission of the The Hartford News.
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