Nursing, R.N., A.A.S.

The Nursing Program at Butler County Community College is a two-year academically-based program that prepares the graduate to provide and manage direct care to individual clients and their families; and to function as an effective member of the health care team.

Students in BC3's registered nursing associate degree program take blood pressure of a simulated patient

The graduate is also educated to be a contributing member of the discipline of nursing, committed to professional growth, continuous learning, and self-development. The program prepares the graduate for employment as a registered professional nurse in a variety of community-based health care settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other comparable agencies. The program is fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

The Associate Degree RN program at Butler County Community College at the Butler Campus located in Butler Pennsylvania and the Associate Degree RN program at the Brockway Instructional Site in Brockway, PA is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation.

The graduation rates for the Nursing Program for the previous three years of 2020, 2021, and 2022 were 68.18%, 68.8% and 67%, for an average graduation rate of 67.99%.

Graduates are required to pass a licensing examination in order to practice as a Registered Nurse. The licensing examination National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) passing rates for 2020, 2021 and 2022 were 87.3%, 89.1%  and 81.25% respectively, for an average passing rate of 85.88%.

Graduates who obtained any form of Registered Nurse employment with six months of licensure are considered to be employed. Based on the number of responses to the graduate surveys, the employment rate was 86.36% in 2022.

Program Competencies

The student/graduate will be able to:

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