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About Nursing

Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (ADN):

ACEN-Seal-Color-WebAt RCC, the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing will prepare you to work in a variety of health care settings with culturally diverse seniors, adults, adolescents, children and infants. You will learn critical thinking skills, assessment skills and interventions that promote and restore health. You will also learn the holistic approach to nursing care of the childbearing and childrearing family as well as the client experiencing physical and mental health problems. Throughout the program you will be participating in classroom study, laboratory practice, and clinical experiences at health care agencies. Graduates will be able to pursue many career paths and could work in many different settings including hospitals, physician’s offices, outpatient treatment facilities, and home health care agencies. Job prospects are excellent and are expected to continue to grow.

The Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) builds upon a liberal arts and science foundation in preparing students to develop the knowledge and skills essential for safe, effective entry level nursing practice through coursework and clinical experiences in health care agencies. The Associate in Science in Nursing degree program is "approved with warning" by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing approves pre-licensure programs in Nursing. Learn more about this status.

Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN):

The demand for practical nurses is continuing to grow. As a practical nurse, you will be part of a health care team, and work under close supervision. If you have a caring, sympathetic nature, and good communication, organization and critical thinking skills, practical nursing may be for you.

At RCC, the Certificate in Practical Nursing will prepare you to work in a variety of health care settings. You will gain the skills and knowledge essential for safe, effective, entry-level practical nursing practice. Throughout the program you will be participating in classroom study, laboratory practice, and clinical experiences at health care agencies. The Nursing Program is currently approved "with warning" by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. To learn more about this warning status, click here. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-pn).

Graduates will be able to pursue many career paths, and could work in many different settings including hospitals, long term care, outpatient treatment facilities, and home health care agencies.

 Accreditation

Roxbury Community College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Road, Suite 201
Bedford, MA 01730-1433
Email: cihe@neasc.org

Additionally, our Associate in Science Degree in Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 

Statement of Mission and Philosophy of the Nursing Program at RCC

 The Nursing Department at Roxbury Community College (RCC) offers an Associate Degree in Nursing and a certificate in Practical Nursing. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements for the Associate Degree in Nursing, graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. Passing this exam allows the candidate to practice as a professional Registered Nurse. Upon successful completion of the certificate requirements for the Practical Nursing program, graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensing exam. Passing this exam allows the candidate to practice as a professional Licensed Practical Nurse.

The mission of the Department of Nursing is to prepare students to pass the licensing exam and to function as entry- level nurses in diverse health care settings. Nursing faculty strive to provide students with a solid nursing foundation that enables them to care for clients with common health problems and to promote the biopsychosocial health of clients. Although registered nurses with an associate degree are employable, graduates are encouraged to pursue further education. Several area colleges with BSN programs have articulation agreements with RCC. RCC is a public college and open to all, but the majority of students are from the greater Roxbury area. Our goal is to increase the number of nurses from culturally diverse backgrounds. Healthy People 2020 had as one of its over arching goals, the elimination of health disparities. The people of Boston represent various cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, many with disparate health experiences e.g. with diabetes, hypertension, cardiac disease, HIV, and childhood asthma. By increasing the number of nurses from culturally diverse backgrounds, the Nursing Department at RCC will impact racial and ethnic health disparities. These new nurses will reflect the diversity of their clients.

The nursing program has a selective admissions process due to the rigor of the program. Candidates must satisfactorily complete certain admission requirements and take an admissions exam.

Faculty believe that nursing is the art and science of caring. Caring is provided to individual clients, groups of clients, traditional and non-traditional families, and communities. Nursing requires a multidisciplinary body of knowledge consisting of nursing, biological science, social science, and general education courses.

Faculty believe that clients are entitled to receive competent nursing care. Nurses should be able to utilize the nursing process by employing assessment skills, prioritizing, and recognizing problems that can be reduced or eliminated by nursing interventions. Continuous evaluation and revisions of nursing care is required as health status fluctuates and changes. Nurses use evidenced-based practice to provide safe, patient-centered care. Nurses incorporate a wide body of knowledge into their ability to utilize the nursing process. Nurses work as part of an interdisciplinary team with members of other health care professions in order to meet the client(s) total needs.

Faculty believe that nurses need to offer holistic caring, encourage health promotion activities, manage illness, develop technical nursing skills, develop strong communication skills, serve as a patient advocate, be held professionally accountable, and become critical thinkers. Nurses are expected to abide by American Nurses Association and International Council for Nurses codes of ethics.

Faculty recognize that teaching and learning is a joint process between faculty and students. Students are responsible for their own learning while faculty serve as facilitators, mentors, and role models. Faculty help support student learning in a variety of ways through classroom, clinical, and lab instruction. Faculty also may give individual or group assistance to students outside of traditional settings, advise students, and refer students to other support services. Faculty encourage students to pursue life- long learning and to keep up with changes that rapidly occur in health care today. Faculty believe that nursing education never ends, long after graduation there is always something new to learn.

Faculty strive to develop respectful relationships with their students and appreciate different learning styles. Students are encouraged to mentor other students just as faculty mentor each other. Students engage in some collaborative learning exercises and interactive learning activities. There is an on campus computer lab with learning programs and new simulation experiences occurring in the nursing lab.

Clinical experiences occur in acute, sub acute, and long term care settings, as well as in the community. These are also settings where our graduates are likely to be offered employment.

Registered nurses are accountable for the safety of the care they deliver and for the safe delegation of activities to unlicensed assistive personnel. Nurses must function in accordance with their state Nurse Practice Act.