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Award Levels

Credit Hours Required

Time to Completion

Level I - Practical Nursing Certificate


1.5 Years

Level II - Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)


1 Year*

Total Program - Associate of Applied Science (AAS)


2.5 Years **

* Prior LPN Licensure required

** 1 Year for students entering the program with LPN licensure

Mary Grimes School of Nursing


The Nursing degree prepares the student to sit for the NCLEX-PN and RN exams. Following successful completion of the appropriate NCLEX exam, the graduate is able to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (after the first three semesters of the program) and as a Registered Nurse (after completing the second year of the program to earn the AAS degree). 

The first and second levels of the Nursing program are offered on both of our main campuses, located in Chanute and Ottawa, Kansas. Application to NCCC must be made prior to application to the Nursing program. Students successfully completing the first level receive a LPN certificate and sit for the LPN board exam. 

Students successfully passing the LPN board exam will gain LPN licensure and have the option to continue their education as Level II students. Level II courses are offered in Chanute or Ottawa and in a hybrid format. Students who successfully complete second level courses receive an Associate of Applied Science degree, making them eligible to sit for the RN board exam. 

Admission requirements for the Nursing program are described in the Nursing Admission section of the College Catalog. First steps include:


1. Attending a mandatory informational meeting.

2. Apply to NCCC.

3. Reviewing the Student to-Do List.




Interested in this program?


Contact an Advisor!


Kelly Hamm

Administrative Assistant

(620)432-0350, or (800)729-6222, Ext 254 (KS only)



Melodie Millken

Administrative Assistant

(785)248-2827, or (888)466-2688, ext. 314 (KS only)


LPN to RN Completion

The LPN to RN Completion Program is designed for the Licensed Practical Nurse who is returning to college in order to transition into the role of the Registered Nurse.  The Introduction to Associate Degree Nursing course is offered in the hybrid format in the summer, which requires limited visits to the Ottawa campus.  Students who successfully complete this course are transitioned into Level II courses (Associate Degree level).  Level II courses are offered in Chanute or Ottawa and in a hybrid format.
First steps for entry into this program include:

1. Attending a mandatory informational meeting.
2. Applying to NCCC.
3. Reviewing the Bridge To-Do List. 


Program Path Recommended Sequence of Courses

Prerequisite Courses (Semester I)
Credit Hours

BIOL 257

Human Anatomy and Physiology


BIOL 258

Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab


PSYC 155

General Psychology


ENGL 101

English Composition I





(Fall) Semester II

NURS 113

Nursing Assessment


NURS 114

Patient-Centered Care Level I


NURS 116

Practicum I


PSYC 263

Developmental Psychology





(Spring)  Semester III

NURS 122

Pharmacology for Nursing


NURS 124

Patient-Centered Care II


NURS 127

Professional Nursing Concepts Level I


NURS 126

Practicum II





                      Total PN Level I Credits (includes prerequisites)    



LPNs from another institution bridging into RN Level II must complete:

NURS 201

Intro to Professional Nursing


(Fall) Semester IV    

NURS 230



NURS 234

Patient-Centered Care III


NURS 236

Practicum III


BIOL 271



BIOL 272

Microbiology Lab





(Spring) Semester V



NURS 244

Patient-Centered Care IV


NURS 247

Professional Nursing Concepts Level II


NURS 246

Practicum IV


ENGL 289

English Composition II


CSIS 100/105

Computer Literacy 





Total ADN Level II Credits  


Associate of Applied Science Degree Program Credits  


 Courses marked with this symbol are approved by the Kansas Board of Regents for guaranteed transfer among all Kansas public postsecondary institutions. Additional courses may be eligible for transfer. Please visit the NCCC Registrar to learn more.  Visit Kansas Board of Regents Transfer and Articulation website for additional information.

Program Outcomes
The graduate with the Associate Degree in Nursing will:
1.    Integrate caring behaviors in practicing the art and science of nursing within a diverse population.
2.    Implement professional standards and scope of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks. 
3.    Collaborate with clients and members of the inter-professional health care team to optimize client outcomes.
4.    Formulate safe and effective clinical judgments guided by the nursing process, clinical reasoning, and evidence-based practice.
5.    Provide leadership in the management of care to meet client needs using available resources and current technology.
6.    Generate teaching and learning processes to promote and maintain health and to reduce risks for a global population.
7.    Demonstrate effective communication methods to manage client needs and to interact with other health care team members.