High school preparation for the nursing program should include algebra, advanced biology, chemistry and data processing. Enrollment in the nursing program is limited by the availability of clinical facilities.
The Nursing A.S. Degree Program at FCC is a selective admissions program
. This pathway is for students who have been accepted into the program only. Students who have not yet been accepted into the program should begin the Pre-Health Professions Pre-Nursing pathway and apply to the Nursing A.S. Degree Program after all selective admissions courses have been completed.
*Students must apply for the Nursing cohort of their choice (day or evening-weekend) after completing the third semester.
Admission to the program is competitive and, generally, priority is given to residents of Frederick County. Applications for admission to the nursing program should be completed by March 31 for the day option (summer/fall admission) or October 31 for the evening/weekend option (January/spring admission).
This includes applying for admission to the College, completion of placement tests, and arranging an interview with the allied health advisor.
The Nursing A.S. Degree Program is seldom completed in fewer than three years by full-time students. Because of prerequisite courses and the demands of clinical experiences and family responsibilities, most students will be enrolled in the program for four years. Students who drop out for any reason may be readmitted on a space available basis and should contact the director of nursing education as soon as possible.
Information about tuition, fees, and completion time may be obtained from the Welcome Center or the allied health advisor. Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may prohibit students from taking the nursing licensure exam. Please see the director of nursing education prior to enrolling as a nursing major to discuss options. Students are required to obtain criminal background checks before starting clinical coursework.
A grade of “C” or better must be earned in all courses in the nursing program.
If the student’s knowledge of biological and chemical principles is deficient, BI 55 (Preparation for Allied Health) will be required.
Available scholarships for this program:
- Tuition Reduction for Non-Resident Nursing Students
- Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant Program
- Parren J. Mitchell Public Service Scholarship – Nursing, FCC Foundation (28)