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Program Mission, Vision, and Philosophy for the Concept-Based Curriculum

The CT-CCNP is a collaborative of associate degree nursing programs that prepare students to be candidates for entry-level practice as registered nurses. Consistent with the Connecticut Community Colleges’ mission and the mission of colleges offering the program, the Mission of the CT-CCNP is to support students’ aspirations to become a registered nurse, to advance their education, and to improve health within the communities served. 

The Vision of the CT-CCNP is to be a personally and professionally rewarding academic program of choice. The CT-CCNP fosters diversity, innovation, quality, and excellence. As lifelong learners, CT-CCNP graduates impact the lives of those they care for, their communities of practice, and the profession of nursing.

The Philosophy of the CT-CCNP Curriculum is grounded in the metaparadigm of nursing, and a belief in dynamic, professional relationships between students and faculty. The metaparadigm or focus for the nursing discipline describes the roles of the nurse and directs professional practice. The metaparadigm includes four concepts, the Person*, the Environment, the Nurse, and Health. The Person is considered within Environments of care where the Nurse promotes Health and manages illness in partnership with the Person and the interprofessional health care team.

The Person as the recipient of health care is distinctive, holistic, and worthy of respect. Their values, beliefs and goals must be honored and supported, regardless of the nurse’s own values, beliefs and goals. The person is the central focus of the professional nurse. Sensitive and caring nursing practice demands an awareness of and respect for infinite types of relationships and perceptions of the world.

Environment is a literal or relative term. The environment of care is a healthcare setting or place where the human experience occurs and where nurses are a component of the interaction. Nurses interact with patients in a variety of settings within healthcare systems. 

Health has multiple definitions; it is a dynamic state of the person/individual, family, group, community or population as they interact with the environment. Nurses assess and intervene in human responses to actual and potential health problems along a continuum from wellness to acute conditions, chronic illness, and end of life. Nurses assess patient’s definition of health and collaboratively plan for patient-centered care.

The Nurse provides a unique interpersonal, professional service, cognizant of legal and ethical principles and grounded in caring. Nurses recognize the need for integrity, accountability, advocacy, and systems-based thinking as they provide safe, effective patient-centered care. A commitment to continuous quality improvement, leadership development, and lifelong learning is essential for nursing practice. The Nurse possesses the knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs) to apply the nursing process using evidence, reflection, and caring. Nurses also consider patient preferences when making clinical judgments to reach positive patient outcomes.

The CT-CCNP Concept-Based Curriculum (CBC) is organized by concepts within the categories of Nursing Profession, Health and Illness, Health Care Systems and Patient Attributes. The curriculum is guided by local, regional and national standards and trends within healthcare, higher education, and the nursing discipline. The delivery of the curriculum is accomplished through a dynamic educational experience, which involves active and diverse learning processes. CT-CCNP graduates possess the capacity for sound clinical judgment that enables the achievement of optimum patient outcomes along the health-illness continuum across the lifespan.

Role of the Associate Degree Graduate

The Nursing Program will provide the student with the knowledge and technical skills to practice in a safe, effective and competent manner within the legal and ethical framework for an entry-level registered nurse.  The Associate Degree Nurse is responsible for his/her continued professional growth and development through continuing education programs and educational advancement to a higher degree level.

Learning Outcomes

End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes for the Concept-Based Curriculum

While providing nursing care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations within the health care system, the nursing graduate:
  1. Demonstrates communication strategies that promote accurate exchange of information, prevent and manage conflict, and establish and maintain therapeutic relationships.
  2. Integrates evidence-based practice into clinical decision-making for the provision of patient-centered care.
  3. Uses data and patient care technology to communicate, differentiate, and manage patient information to support clinical decision-making for optimal patient outcomes.
  4. Integrates leadership and priority-setting skills into the management and coordination of safe, quality, patient-centered care.
  5. Uses the nursing process to provide patient-centered care that is responsive to the patient's physiological, pharmacological, psychological, cultural, and sociological preferences, values, and needs.
  6. Integrates integrity and accountability that upholds established regulatory, legal, and ethical principles into cost effective, standard-based nursing care.
  7. Uses quality improvement to promote the delivery of patient-centered care and to optimize patient outcomes.
  8. Promotes a safe culture that minimizes the risk of harm to patients, self, and others at the work unit and health care system levels
  9. Analyzes the impact of the health care system on the provision of safe, quality patient-centered care at the level of the work unit.
  10. Collaborates with the inter-professional health care team to manage and coordinate the provision of safe, quality, patient-centered care.

Approval and Accreditation

The nursing programs at Capital, Gateway, Naugatuck Valley, Northwestern CT, Norwalk and Three Rivers Community Colleges are approved by the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing (CT SBEN) as a collaborative with the consent of the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health.  All six programs maintain national program accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850; Atlanta, GA 30326; Phone: 404.975.5000;

Fax: 404.975.5020; web address:; email:

Graduate Success

Graduate Success

NVCC nursing program graduates have maintained NCLEX-RN® (licensure) first time pass rates above national averages, most recently 98% for the Class of 2018.

ass="SmallText11px">National Statistics: National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc., NCLEX-RN (2017). NCLEX Pass Rate Statistics. NVCC data reflects 12 month period April 30 through March 1. 



Students who complete program within six semesters after enrolling in first nursing course.





Program Approval & Accreditation


The NVCC nursing program is approved by the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing with the consent of the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020


Information for international students

Information for International Students

Credits Earned Outside the United States

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The AORN Foundation Scholarship Program offers financial support to students enrolled in nursing schools and perioperative nurses pursuing bachelors, masters, or doctoral degrees. With the critical nursing shortage and the cost of higher education, the AORN Foundation Board of Trustees knows it is of the utmost importance to fund scholarships for students pursuing careers in nursing and for nurses advancing their professional careers.

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CampusRN has launched a new scholarship program in conjunction with the creation of the CampusRN state edition network. This nationwide scholarship features scholarship winners from six different regions across the country in which CampusRN has launched state edition sites. CampusRN will award six $2500 scholarships to a needy and deserving nursing student in each region.

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The National Nursing Challenge Scholarship is a scholarship program based on nursing curriculum. The majority of the questions were written by nurses, faculty, and nursing students. Participants vie for scholarship money based on taking a series of short multiple choice quizzes at the CKSF website. The winner is determined through a combination of time and accuracy in answering the question. This program is available to college nursing students in the United States.

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Many nursing students/researchers have benefited from the Connecticut Nurses Foundation Scholarships. Applications are due by June 15th unless otherwise stated. Preference is given in awarding scholarships to Connecticut residents who will attend Connecticut schools or nursing and have a commitment to practicing nursing in Connecticut.

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The Connecticut Student Nurses' Association (CSNA) historically awards five $500 student scholarships per academic year. All Connecticut undergraduate nursing students who are members of the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) are eligible and encouraged to apply. Selections will be based on the student's personal statement, advisor recommendation, and essay.

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The Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship is awarded to students who are in financial need and are accepted and enrolled into an accredited school of nursing. Deadline is Feb. 15 yearly.

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This scholarship search website provides information on hundreds of nursing scholarships.

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The scholarship will be awarded to pre-hospital personnel (EMT or EMT-P) who have been accepted into an undergraduate nursing program. The scholarship winner will also be awarded a complimentary one year ENA.

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The Alumnae Association of the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing has created a scholarship program for HHSN graduates and their families, as well as Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living nurses who have been employed for at least 6 months.

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The NSP awards scholarships to students enrolled or accepted for enrollment in accredited RN training programs. Scholarship recipients receive tuition, fees, other educational costs and a living stipend in exchange for at least 2 years of post-graduation service at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses.

Scholarship applicants must be U.S. citizens (born or naturalized), or nationals or lawful permanent residents and must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a professional RN program (baccalaureate, graduate, associate degree, or diploma) at an accredited school of nursing located in a U.S. state or territory may apply.

In addition, the U.S. Public Health Service-Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions provides scholarships to full-time financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled in health professions and nursing programs, including associate, diploma, baccalaureate, and graduate degree programs. Participating schools are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, making reasonable determinations of need, and providing scholarships that do not exceed the cost of attendance (tuition, reasonable educational expenses and reasonable living expenses).

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The National Military Family Association's Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships are awarded to spouses of Uniformed Services members (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees, and survivors) to obtain professional certification or to attend post-secondary or graduate school. Scholarships range in amount from $500 to $1,000, and the number awarded each year varies depending on funding.

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The FNSNA undergraduate scholarships are awarded each academic year in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Completed applications are due in January. Winners will be notified in March. Only winners will be notified. Additionally scholarship sponsors and recipients will be recognized at the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) Annual Convention during the awards ceremony. If you need further assistance, please contact the FNSNA at (718) 210-0705.

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A national database for potential nursing scholarships.

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Nursing Book Awards. At least two book awards will be presented in the amount of $500 each. The awards are given to minority students to help defray the cost of textbooks for nursing students. Students who identify themselves as belonging to an ethnic minority group and who are currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate nursing program are encouraged to apply for the awards.

SCBNA Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary Minority Nursing Student Scholarship. Two $750 scholarships will be awarded to active SCBNA student members. The scholarship is funded by Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary. The students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in an accredited undergraduate nursing program.

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Educational advancement

Educational Advancement for CT-CCNP Graduates at NVCC

The Connecticut Community College Nursing Program supports advancement in nursing through education. Graduates of the CT-CCNP have the opportunity to continue their education at a number of baccalaureate and advanced degree programs throughout the state and beyond.

Below is a list of colleges in Connecticut that have articulation agreements with the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program. The agreements are in place for students who graduate from the CT-CCNP beginning in spring 2010.

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