Nursing Program Options
Nurse Aide (NA) Program: provide basic skills such as bathing, dressing, feeding and assisting with moving and positioning patients or residents. CNAs are in high demand and work in hospitals, long term care facilities and home care agencies.
Practical Nursing (PN) Program: this is an exit option students may take after the first year of the 2 year nursing program. Students complete one additional course NUR 169 Transition into Practical Nursing (4 credits) and then are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN (practical nursing state board exam) to become a LPN. This program is a certificate program. LPNs are the entry level position into the nursing profession and work under the direction of a register nurse (RN) or physician. LPNs provide hands on care such as medication administration, wound care, administering feedings via a feeding tube, nasogastric tube insertion and care and bladder cauterizations and care. LPNs can also become IV (Intravenous) certified and start and maintain IVs and administer a limited number of IV medications. Some specific areas LPNs work include long term care facilities, home care agencies and clinics. Some of our rural hospitals also hire LPNs.
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program: is a 4 semester program after completing a set of prerequisite courses. Students graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and are then eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (nursing state board exam) to become a Registered Nurse (RN). RNs are in high demand and are the largest group of health care providers in the United States. RNs have both independent and dependent functions in providing patient care to include patient assessment, implementing doctors’ orders and providing patient education. RNs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, home care agencies, long term care facilities, clinics, public health care agencies and schools. Two year associate degree in nursing beginning in Fall 2015 upon state agencies approval.
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) to Associate Degree Program: LPNs who desire to further their education can enter the second year of a ADN program after completing NUR 189 Transition from LPN to ADN (3 credits) course. After successful completion of the 2nd year these students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (nursing state board exam) to become a Registered Nurse (RN).
Dual Enrollment Programs: NJC’s nursing program has agreements with 3 universities: Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and University of Northern Colorado which allow students who are working on obtaining their associate degree in nursing to be dually enrolled at the chosen university. Students who decide to be dually enrolled would work on obtaining their bachelor’s in nursing while attending NJC. See a nursing advisor for more information.
Northeastern's Nursing Program has a long history of success in producing graduates that excel in the nursing filed. Our nursing programs offer small class sizes to allow individual attention to all nursing students in the classroom, laboratory and clinical setting. Nursing students are given a variety of clinical experiences that allows the student to see the variety of employment options available to a nursing graduate. Clinical sites include:
- Several local hospitals to include the following departments:
Medical Surgical Units
Perioperative Departments: pre-op, operating room and post anesthesia
Intensive Care Units
Therapy departments: Respiratory therapy, Physical therapy, Cardiac Rehab
Infusion therapy departments
Women's Health Department: Birthing Centers
Diagnostic unit: radiology and laboratory
- Several local health care providers’ offices and larger clinics
- Local tele-health clinic
- Home care agencies
- Dialysis agency
- Several different long term care agencies (nursing homes)
- Local preschools and school nurse rotations
In addition all full time faculty are mastered prepared nurse educators with a wide variety of expertise in the nursing field. Nursing students are offered a great deal of support while working on obtaining a nursing degree. The nursing department has a Life Skills Coach who will assist students to manage the demands of nursing school both on an individual basis and in small groups. In addition students are able to get free tutoring several hours every week by our nursing faculty.
Program Approval and Accreditation
NJC is accredited by North Central Association. This institutional accrediting agency evaluates the entire educational organization. In addition NJC’s nursing program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education (ACEN).
ACEN contact information: 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326 (404) 975-5000
NJC nursing programs also participate in the Colorado Nursing Articulation model through which nursing credits are accepted by other Colorado nursing programs.