Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)

The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in Maryland offers the Practical Nursing (LPN) certificate, the LPN to RN Bridge program, the Associate Degree in Nursing program, and the RN to BSN program. Schools Scholarships Student Support

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In 1957, The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), a public institution, was founded.

Academic Nursing Programs

Practical Nursing (LPN)

The PN program is designed for students who would like to finish a practical nursing certificate in 12-months. The program consists of 3, 15-week semesters with breaks of 1.5 to 2 weeks between semesters.

The PN program is located on campus at CCBC Dundalk and offers two admission tracks, Transfer and Career.

Track1 Transfer Track - The Transfer track is available to students who successfully complete the PN and want direct admission into the RN program.

Track 2 Career Track - The Career track is designed for students who want to go directly into their career as a Licensed Practical Nurse. The prerequisites will be required if later the student would like to start the RN program.

After completing the PN program successfully, graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). The PN program takes one year to complete, or three semesters.

LPN to RN Bridge

The LPN to RN Transition course (LPN Bridge) is designed for students who want a traditional 12-week face-to-face fall program at the Dundalk campus. After successfully completing the LPN program, students are able to go through the LPN bridge program courses and be admitted into the RN traditional day program. Students will enter the program at the beginning of the second year of the RN program. LPNs do not have to wait. LPNS are guaranteed admission into the day program at the Essex and Catonsville campuses. The LPN Bridge course is held as a day time program in the fall semester on the Dundalk Campus.

Admission Criteria (not all inclusive)

  • ATI TEAS pre-admission test by application deadline with satisfactory score
  • Current Maryland LPN License
  • Clinical Experience/Recommendation Form documenting at least 6 months of employment as an LPN
  • College math course that meets the general education requirement
  • Required general education courses by the end of the Spring semester
  • Minimum 2.50 GPA on the prerequisite, general education and program required courses
  • Overall CCBC GPA of at least 2.00

Paramedic to RN Bridge

The Paramedic to ADN Advanced Placement option is designed for licensed paramedics who would like to become RNs. General education course requirements must be met before entering the RN program. After the first semester of nursing courses, the Paramedic to ADN Transition course is offered during the Summer. Paramedics must achieve a grade of "C" or better in this course to receive academic credit for second and third level medical-surgical courses.

Registered Nursing (ADN)

The Associate Degree Nursing program curriculum offers theoretical and clinical laboratory study courses relating to nursing that will enable students to learn to work as members of a healthcare team. After completing the nursing program successfully, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).

Program Options

  • RN day program - offered on the Catonsville and Essex Campuses; starts fall and Spring semesters
  • RN evening-weekend program - offered on the Essex campus for students working day jobs;starts only in the fall semester
  • RN online/hybrid program - offered on the Catonsville Campus beginning in the fall semester; didactic content online only, campus labs/seminars are face-to-face format
  • RN Associate's to Bachelor's (ATB) program - available on Catonsville and Essex campuses
  • LPN to RN Transition program and the Paramedic to RN Transition program

Registered Nursing Associate's Degree to Bachelor's Degree (ATB)

The ATB option is a dual degree, selective enrollment option that requires application to the CCBC Associate of Science Nursing program with a separate application to an ATB university partner. The ATB Option partnering offers an opportunity to start coursework for the B.S. degree at one of four participating universities while enrolled in the A.S. Degree Nursing program. This option helps save time for completing the B.S. degree to approximately two to three additional terms following completion of the A.S. degree.

Admission Criteria (not all inclusive)

  • Complete all the RN program prerequisites, additional ATB program prerequisites and general education required courses prior to starting the nursing courses
  • Basic computer skills
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Overall CCBC GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Satisfactory score on the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

NCLEX Pass Rates

RN (2018) - 89.69%

LPN (2017) - 100%

Accreditation and Approval

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited the Associate Degree Nursing-Registered Nursing program at CCBC.

The Community College of Baltimore County is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The Maryland Board of Nursing approved the nursing programs.

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