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Cloud County Community College

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FAQ

  1. What is the difference between an RN and an LPN?
  2. What is the difference between Associate and Baccalaureate nursing degrees?
  3. How many students do you accept into your nursing program?
  4. What are the requirements to get into your program?
  5. What is the required GPA to get into the program?
  6. Do you accept letters of recommendation?
  7. Are any courses offered in the evening?
  8. How do I specialize in one area of nursing, such as OB, ER, or ICU nursing?
  9. If I have completed hours at another college, how will I know if these credits will transfer to the Nursing Program?
  10. What is the average beginning salary for graduates of the Practical Nursing and Associate Degree in Nursing programs?
  11. Is there a required background check?
  12. Are the Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing levels Accredited?
  13. Are financial aid and scholarships available?
  14. Where can I get more information about your program?
  15. What is the application deadline?
  16. When is the class selected?

Q. What is the difference between an RN and an LPN?

A. The practical nurse is educated to function in structured health care settings under the supervision of a registered nurse, or physician. The registered nurse functions in more diverse settings. The educational preparation, scope of assessment, depth of critical thinking skills, communication skills, client teaching responsibilities, legal responsibilities are leveled. Some technical skills and management styles are unique to the associate degree preparation.

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Q. What is the difference between Associate and Baccalaureate nursing degrees?

A. Graduates who have earned an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing take the same national nursing licensure exam (NCLEX-RN®) and are registered nurses passing the exam. A generic BSN degree takes 4 years to complete, and requires almost double the general education credits, and a few more credits in nursing theory, research, management, and community nursing. Kansas has an Articulation Plan (C-NAK) in place, which affords mobility in transferring nursing courses into higher degree programs. Many BSN completion programs are available. Most can be completed online in 1-3 years part-time while working full time. Though frequently there is no additional pay for nurses with BSN’s, having the degree may increase marketability and chances of promotion into management and education positions. It is also required for specialization on a master’s or doctoral degree level, for students desiring to become nurse practitioners, nurse educators, clinical nurse specialists, or nurse anesthetists.

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Q. How many students do you accept into your nursing program?

A. Yearly, 18 Generic Traditional Option students and 18 Advanced Standing students will be admitted. For a total of 18 first year students and 36 second year students.

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Q. What are the requirements to get into your program?

A. See Admissions Requirements.

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Q. What is the required GPA to get into the program?

A. There is no “required” GPA for selection however, the nursing program procedures states that the required grade in all program requirements is a “C” or above. The high school transcript (or GED) is required for admission to the college.

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Q. Do you accept letters of recommendation?
A. No. References must be submitted online and may be requested from professional contacts such as instructors or supervisors but not from friends, relatives or social acquaintances.

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Q. Are any courses offered in the evening?

A. The program is not structured in such a way to offer many evening clinical experiences or classroom sessions. Many of the general education courses can be taken during the evening or on line.

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Q. How do I specialize in one area of nursing, such as OB, ER, or ICU nursing?

A. After you have been hired into your position of choice as an RN, your employer typically pays for or provides specialized training for that position, such as EKG interpretation, working with ventilators, fetal monitor interpretation, etc.

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Q. If I have completed hours at another college, how will I know if these credits will transfer to the Nursing Program?

A. The College Registrar will determine transferability of any non-nursing/general education credits. The applicant will need to provide the official transcript, course name and course description of any course in question.

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Q. What is the average beginning salary for graduates of Associate Degree in Nursing programs?
A. The average beginning salary of a graduate nurse from the Associate Degree in Nursing is about $40,000-55,000.

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Q. Is there a required background check?

A. Yes, all nursing applicants admitted to the program are required to pass a criminal background check.

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Q. Is the nursing program accredited?

A. Yes. CCCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

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Q. Are financial aid and scholarships available?

A. Yes, financial aid is available. Please check with the financial aid office to determine your eligibility for financial aid and various college-wide scholarships.

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Q. Where can I get more information about your program?

A. For more information you may call Stefanie Perret at 785-243-1435, ext. 332 or e-mail at: sperret@cloud.edu.

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Q. What is the application deadline?

A. The application deadline is January 31 in order to receive priority consideration for admission.

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Q. When is the class selected?

A. The class is selected in early March and all applicants will be notified of their status by mid-March.

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