Program Overview


Upon completion of the nursing program, the graduate will be educationally prepared to provide patient-centered care to individuals across the lifespan with diverse cultures who are experiencing disruptions in biophysical and psychosocial dimensions in a variety of healthcare settings. The graduate will provide care utilizing the National League for Nursing (NLN)Professor and 2 students practice nursing skills on mannequin Association Degree (AD) competencies, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies; and practice within the three roles of the AD nurse. The graduate will be prepared to take the National Council of State Boards for Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a nurse.

Program Mission

The mission of JCC’s nursing program is to educate individuals from the service region to become associate degree nurses for career and/or transfer to baccalaureate programs. Graduates will provide holistic care to clients across the health/illness continuum, with emphasis on care of the adult/geriatric client.
The program prepares students for lifelong learning and intellectual inquiry in order to provide nursing care in an ever changing health care delivery system. The faculty is committed to employ a variety of teaching/learning modalities to assist students in their learning.

Organizing Structure

An organizing structure provides the framework for the delivery of information, and it reflects the philosophy of the individual or organization. The organizing structure of the nursing program is composed of two major themes upon which the curriculum is based.

Students practice nursing care on an infant mannequinThe first theme, nursing process, is the foundation of nursing practice and the vehicle by which individualized client care is provided. Nursing process is viewed as a five-step process: assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Utilizing all of the steps of the nursing process, care is provided to clients with disruptions in human functioning with commonly occurring health problems.

The second theme, functional health patterns, identifies the following eight functional health patterns: activity/exercise; elimination; nutrition/metabolic; protective; psycho/ social/cultural; sensory/perceptual/cognitive; sexuality/reproductive; and sleep/rest.

Program Outcomes

  1. Graduate performance on the NCLEX-RN examination will be equal to or exceed state and national mean for first time writers.
  2. 75 percent or greater of the respondents to the JCC Nursing Graduate Surveys express satisfaction with the program.
  3. 75 percent or greater of the respondents to the JCC Nursing Employer Surveys express satisfaction with the program.
  4. 70 percent or greater of students enrolled in the JCC Nursing Program complete the program with an Associate's Degree in Applied Science Nursing (measured by one and one-half times the program length). 

Student Outcomes: Nursing

  • Utilize the nursing process to provide quality, safe, holistic (biophysical, psychological, socio-culture, spiritual), patient-centered care across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate caring behaviors.
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with patients, families, and members of the healthcare team.3 students practice with nursing tools on an infant mannequin
  • Develop a teaching plan for individuals incorporating teaching learning principles.
  • Manage care incorporating evidence based information to support clinical decision making.
  • Manage care cost effectively.
  • Manage care utilizing principles of prioritization, delegation, and quality improvement.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors.