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Nursing Intake Process

The Nursing curriculum prepares graduates for staff nurse positions in acute, long-term care and community-based care settings. Staff nurses plan, provide and evaluate nursing care for individual health maintenance or health promotion needs. Those who completed the program had a 95.65% licensure pass rate in 2019 and a 91.76% licensure pass rate in 2018.

The program is a National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

Course Sequence Options

The Nursing program has three course sequence options to accommodate students at varying stages of their academic career:

Traditional

  • Students are admitted once a year in September.
  • This option offers the four Nursing courses over two academic years – Fall/Spring, Fall/Spring. There are no nursing courses in the summer in this option.
  • Students may be first-time college students or have had previous college experience.

Post Baccalaureate Accelerated 

  • Students are admitted once a year in May.
  • This option offers the four Nursing courses over 14 months: summer, fall, spring and summer
  • This option is limited to only those students who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a non-nursing major and have met additional prerequisites. In addition to nursing courses, students must show evidence of completion of all other program courses. Biology 109, Biology 110, Biology 241 and Diet 111 must be completed or in progress at time of application.

Advanced Placement

  • Students are admitted once a year beginning with a noncredit transition course in September during the Fall semester.
  • The course focuses on bridging the information between the role of the Licensed Practical Nursing and the Registered Nurse.
  • Students then join the Nursing 132 course in the spring semester and complete the sequence of the remaining three courses as stated in the Traditional option. Priority is given to LPNs and military medics for admission.
  • Must have grades for Biology 109, English 101, Diet 111, Math 118 and Chemistry 110 on Student data sheet at time of application.
 

 

How to Apply to the Nursing A.A.S. Degree Program

The Nursing program is one of four select degree programs in the College’s Allied Health department. The programs in this department can accept only a limited number of students each year.

As part of the application, students must (1) meet a minimum GPA requirement of 2.75, (2) have no grades of “D” or “F” and no withdrawals on your academic record in the past two years (admission points will be deducted for withdrawals and grades of “D” or “F,” (3) successfully complete prerequisite courses.Meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarentee admision into the Nursing program.

Students will be assigned a Kaplan preadmission testing date after submitting an application .

Students are allowed to submit one application to only ONE program in the Allied Health department at a time. Application deadlines for the Nursing program are as follows:

Traditional Option

  • Priority application deadline: Paper application due Nov. 8, 2019, Kaplan test due Nov. 25, 2019
  • Application deadline: Jan. 31, 2020, Kaplan test due March 15, 2019
  • Information sessions: online
 

Advanced Placement Option

  • Application deadline: May 31, 2020. Students are admitted on a rolling basis. 
  • Information sessions: three in Fall 2019, three in Spring 2020
 

Post Baccalaureate Option

  • Priority application deadline: Paper application due Aug. 21, 2019 Kaplan test due Sept. 21, 2019
  • Application deadline: Nov. 27, 2019, final Kaplan test Dec. 13, 2019
  • Information sessions: One information session mid-June, 1 information session mid-July, one information session mid-September, one information session mid-October

Students must be 18 years of age on or before September 1 to participate in the Nursing courses.

Minimum GPA Requirement

The minimum acceptable GPA for consideration is 2.75. Admission is competitive, so the higher your GPA, the better. Aim to get “A” and “B” grades in all courses.

You must have no grades of “D” or “F” and no withdrawals on your academic record in the past two years. Complete every course you take with an “A” or “B.” Apply for academic or time amnesty if you have “D” or “F” grades or withdrawals on your record. Please see if you qualify for Amnesty.

Prerequisites

Students must submit an official transcript with their application. Before applying to the Nursing program, students must:

Traditional Option

  • Successfully complete*:
    • High school Biology or its equivalent (Biology 106)
    • High school Chemistry or Chem 110
  • Be placed in English 101 and FNMT 118 (intermediate algebra) or higher
 

Advanced Placement Option

  • Successfully complete*:
    • High school Biology or its equivalent (Biology 106) and Biology 109
    • Dietetics 111
    • English 101
    • Chemistry 110
    • Math 118
  • Transfer students must provide a college transcript showing one year clinical experience, course descriptions and a reference letter
  • LPNs must provide a current active LPN license and an LPN transcript
  • Veterans must provide evidence of honorable discharge indicating training/service as a medic/corpsman
 

Post Baccalaureate Option

  • Successfully complete*
    • high school Biology or its equivalent (Biology 106)
    • high school Chemistry or Chem 110
    • English 101
    • Math 118
  • Preference will be given to those who have successfully completed* Biology 109, Biology 110, Biology 241 and Dietetics 111

*These courses must have been taken less than ten (10) years ago with grade of “A,” “B” or “C,” or be completed, and recorded on your Community College of Philadelphia transcript by January 31, 2020.

Admissions Criteria 

1. All applicants must meet the prerequisite requirements and take the Kaplan Pre-Admission Test (KPT).

Applicants will then be divided into Admission Category groups (A, B, C or D) based on their academic background:

  • Group A: applicants who have earned 12 or more CCP college-level credits, including at least one science course;  
  • Group B: applicants who are high school seniors or graduated within 12 months of application; 
  • Group C: applicants who have other college experience and earned 12 or more college-level credits, including at least one science course; 
  • Group D: applicants with a bachelor’s degree or higher
 

2. Applicants credentials will be measured using a point system.

9, 8 or 7 points will be offered admission in descending order as space allows. Applicants with a score of 6 are held for additional review and may be considered if space allows. All applicants receive points for the Kaplan Pre-Admission Nursing score and points for the criteria within their Admission Category group (A, B, C or D) which, when added together, result in a total point score used in admission decisions. Students can use this point system to predict their eligibility for the nursing program. 
 
Please note: 
  • Applicants in Group C or D will be evaluated on their most recent non-CCP college experience. 
  • Admission is conditional pending receipt and evaluation of criminal background check, child abuse clearance, drug screen, social security verification, and health requirements.
  • Points will be assigned based on applicant's GPA, pattern of academic success and Kaplan test score. 
 
Kaplan test scores will be assigned as follows:
  • Composite scores of 80 and above recieve 3 points
  • Composite scores of 75-79 recieve 2 points
  • Composite scores of 70-74 recieve 1 point

Group A & C

  • Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, 3.0-3.49 or 2.57-2.99 recieve point values of 4, 3 and 2, respectively. 
  • Students with no withdrawls, D or F grades on their transcript, students with 1 withdrawl, D or F, and students with multiple withdrawls, Ds or Fs will recieve 2, 1, and 0 points respectively. 
 

Group B

  • Students who attend a ranked high school and are in the top third of their class recieve 4 points
  • Students attend an unranked high school and have an average of A, B and C grades in college prep courses will recieve point values of 4, 3 and 2, respectively. 
  • Students with No withdrawls, D or F grades on their transcript, students with 1 withdrawl, D or F, and students with multiple withdrawls, Ds or Fs will recieve 2, 1, and 0 points respectively.
 

Group D

  • Students will recieve 1 point for their complete bachelor's degree
  • Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, 3.0-3.49 or 2.57-2.99 recieve point values of 3, 2 and 1, respectively. 
  • Students with no withdrawls, D or F grades on their transcript, students with 1 withdrawl, D or F, and students with multiple withdrawls, Ds or Fs will recieve 2, 1, and 0 points respectively. 

Example: A students with a bachelor's degree (1 point) , a 3.1 GPA (2 points), 1 withdrawl (1 point) and a 75 on their Kaplan test (2 points) would recieve (1+2+1+2) = 6 points

Kaplan Pre-Admission Test

The Kaplan Pre-Admission exam is a timed exam which takes 1.5-3 hours to complete. The Nursing program requires a composite score of 70. Reading, Writing and Math sections make up the composite score, however, science can be a deciding factor when applications go to the program directors. You must complete all portions of the Kaplan exam, including the tutorial questions. All sections should be taken seriously.

You must check your MyCCP email for testing dates. You can also download the MyCCP app to get push notifications.

The results you receive at the end of the test is Overall Correct, not your Kaplan Composite Score. To obtain your Kaplan Composite score, you can divide the Math, Reading and Writing score at the end of the test by the number 3. This should give you your composite score.

Students who do not meet the minimum score needed for a specific program or want to discuss options for raising their score in a future application cycle should visit the Counseling department at any campus. No appointment is needed.

Preparing for Kaplan: Buy a Kaplan study book called, “Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exams” 7th edition, ISBN-13: 978-1506207445. This is sold in the College’s bookstore for about $25 or you can buy it used online for $5-10. There are FREE online study options you can find by typing in “Kaplan preadmission Nursing exam” into any search engine. YouTube also has videos about preparing for the Kaplan exam.

Application Checklist

In order to apply to the Nursing program, please ensure that you meet the following criteria:

  • Biology 106 or high school Biology (less than 10 years old)
  • Chemistry 110 or high school Chemistry (less than 10 years old)
  • English101 placement
  • Math 118 placement
  • 2.75 GPA
  • High School Transcript

Application Submission

Students who plan on applying to the Nursing program should download and complete the Nursing program application and bring it to the Math, Science and Health Careers division office located in the West building in Room W1-1 or mail to:

Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
ATTN: Tanika Teagle W1-1V

Don’t forget to sign the front and back of the application. Please check your College email for correspondence. Decision letters will be sent by postal mail. Make sure the College has your current mailing address. If not, login to MYCCP, click on the Student tab, look for Electronic Forms, click on Records & Registration Forms, and click “Change of Information.” Please check your email for all correspondence.

Download the Nursing Program Application

Post Acceptance Screenings

Students accepted into the Nursing program may be required to complete and provide verification of:

  • Criminal background check – PA State Police and FBI
  • Child abuse clearance
  • Drug screening test
  • Physical exams and or dental exam
  • CPR training – must be health care providers
  • Liability and Health insurance
  • Social Security Number verification
  • Being age 18 or older before program starts
  • Signed NEV (Nursing Education Verification) Agreement 

ACCEPTANCE INTO THE PROGRAM WILL BE CONSIDERED CONDITIONAL UNTIL THESE ITEMS ARE COMPLETED. Students should not complete any of the above until requested by the program director.

Questions?

You can reach allied health admissions at selectprogram@ccp.edu


 

Program Information 

Traditional option sample course schedule

 

First Year

Second Year

Courses

Nursing 101 (Fall)
Nursing 132 (Spring)

Nursing 231 (Fall)
Nursing 232 (Spring)

Course times

Class/Lecture - 3 hours

  • Monday 8-10 a.m.

  • Tuesday 8-9 a.m.

Class/Lecture - 3 hours

  • Monday 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Thursday 8-9 a.m.

Seminar

1 hour

  • Tuesday 9:40 - 10:40 or 11:20 - 12:20

 2 hours 

Thursday 9:40am - 11:40 am

Nursing Skills Lab

 2 hours

  • Either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday

No Nursing Skills Lab

Clinical Experience

 

12-16 hours (2 six hour days or 2 eight hour days)

  • Thursday and Friday

  • Usually 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. However, the availability of learning experiences may necessitate evening or weekend clinical.

12-16 hours (2 six hour days or 2 eight hour days)

  • Tuesday and Wednesday

  • Usually 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. However, the availability of learning experiences may necessitate evening or weekend clinical.

Clinical Information

Clinical learning experiences are in medical-surgical settings throughout the Philadelphia area. A nursing faculty member is always present during student clinical experiences.

Clinical learning experiences are in medical-surgical settings and long term care facilities throughout the Philadelphia area. Community clinical experiences occur in North Philadelphia, primarily in the 19130 zip code.  A nursing faculty member is always present during student clinical experiences in medical-surgical and longterm care sites. A nursing faculty member is always available during student clinical experiences in community based care.

Time Commitment 

Nursing 101 is a 7 credit course. Coursework consists of 18 hours of class time per week:

  • Class lecture (3 hrs.)
  • Seminar (1hr)
  • Skills lab (2 hrs.)
  • Clinical learning experience (12-16 hours either two 6 hour days or two 8 hour days)
  • 2 hours of homework & studying for every 1 hour in class

In addition, you should be prepared for more than 36 hours of work (2 hours of homework and studying per 1 hour in class).

The minimum amount of hours recommended per week outside of your other commitments (work, friends/family, commute time, etc.) is 54-56 hours. This is a full-time schedule.

Additional Program Costs

Additional cost listed below does not include College tuition

Item

Cost

Uniforms, shoes, hosiery $350
Scissors and stethoscope $75
Watch $50
Textbooks $900
Health insurance Variable
Criminal background checks and child abuse clearance  Included in Castlebranch
Drug Screening  Included in Castlebranch
Healthcare provider CPR certification $75
Liability insurance $100
Physical examination and immunizations $500
Transportation to clinical sites $400
Liscensing examination  $300