A nursing career provides a wide variety of job opportunities. Nurses practice in various  settings which include care of infants, children, adults, or the elderly.

Practical Nursing
Colby Community College offers a Certificate in Practical Nursing, offered at both the Colby and Norton campuses.  Successful completion of the Practical Nursing program qualifies the student to be eligible to apply to write for the NCLEX-PN exam.

Associate Degree Nursing
Colby Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing.

Successful completion of the Associate Degree program qualifies the student to be eligible to apply to write for the NCLEX-RN exam. 

CURRICULUM

The nursing curricula includes nursing and non-nursing courses that help develop well-rounded, competent nurses.  Coursework includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences.  The PN clinical experiences include supervised client care experiences that occur in hospitals and long term care facilities. The ADN clinical experiences include critical care, emergency care, drug and alcohol treatment, rural hospital nursing preceptors, school nursing and obstetrical care.

The nursing program is comprised of semester hours. Sixteen (16) contact hours equals one (1) semester credit hour. The theory-hour ratio is 1:1. The clinical/lab contact hours-to-credit hour ratio is 3:1. For example, A one-credit hour of theory will generate 16 contact hours and one credit of clinical/lab will generate 48 contact hours.

Certificate: Practical Nursing (PN)


COURSE NO.COURSE NAMECR HR(S)
PREREQUISITES
Admission Requirement: Certified Nurse Aid Certificate
AL101Basic Nutrition3
AL102Medical Terminology1
BI278Anatomy & Physiology with Lab5
PS276Developmental Psychology3
  Total12
Fall Semester
NS100KSPN Foundations of Nursing I
4
NS100KSPN Foundations of Nursing Clinical
2
NS122KSPN Fund. of Pharmacology 
2
NS145KSPN Maternal Child Nursing2
NS145KSPN Maternal Child Nursing Clinical1
NS156KSPN Mental Health Nursing2
  Semester Total13
Spring Semester
NS112KSPN Care of Aging Adults2
NS167KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I4
NS167KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I Clinical2
NS178KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II4
NS178KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II Clinical2
NS189KSPN Leadership, Roles, and Issues I1
Semester Total15
PROGRAM TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 40

Associate of Applied Science: Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Students must be an LPN.
Full-Time Program
Courses can be taken prior to ADN program admission or concurrently.  
COURSE NO.COURSE NAMECR HR(S)
BI278Anatomy & Physiology with Lab5
BI280Principles of Microbiology with Lab4-5
PS176General Psychology3
EN176English Composition I3
BI276Anatomy & Physiology5
AL101Basic Nutrition3
PS276Developmental Psychology3
 Oral Communication Gen. Ed. (Speech, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication)3
 Total25
Fall Semester
NS200Nursing Care of Adults III4
NS210Mental Health Nursing II3
NS215Leadership, Roles, andIssues II1
 Semester Total7
Spring Semester
NS220Maternal Chld Nursing II3
NS235Nursing Care of Adults IV4
NS245NCLEX-RN Exam Preparation1
 Semester Total8
   
 LPN (Credit for Prior Learning)29
TOTAL PN/ADN PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS:  69
ADN
PN Pr-requisites12
Prior Learning (LPN)29
ADN Co-requisites14
ADN Nursing Courses15
Total Hours69
1+1 Total Program Hours
PN40
ADN29
Total Hours69

Associate of Applied Science: RRT/MICT to ADN

Students must be be a graduate of an accredited program and be a RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist) or MICT (Mobile Intensive Care Technician) with one year of experience.

Co-Requisites (Can be taken with nursing courses) 
COURSE NO.COURSE NAMECR HR(S)
BI280Principles of Microbiology with Lab5
PS176General Psychology3
EN176English Composition I3
BI276Anatomy & Physiology5
AL101Basic Nutrition3
PS276Developmental Psychology3
 Oral Communication Gen. Ed. (Speech, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication)3
 Total25
Summer Semester #1
NS250RRT/MICT to ADN Transition Concepts2
NS251RRT/MICT to ADN Articulation Concepts2
NS252RRT/MICT to ADN Concepts of Care4
 Semester Total8
Fall Semester #2
NS210Mental Health Nursing II3
NS215Leadership, Roles, and Issues II1
NS220Maternal Child Nursing II3
 Semester Total7
Spring Semester #3
NS225Nursing Care of Adults III4
NS235Nursing Care of Adults IV4
 Semester Total8
 TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS
48

RRT/MICT to ADN Option
Co-requisites25
Transition Courses8
ADN Courses15
Total48
Prior Learning Awarded (MICT/RRT)14
Total KBOR and CCC Requirements for graduation62