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Columbia State Community College Nursing Admissions Essays

This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

UDC-CC offers the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) Degree and Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate in Applied Science in Nursing (LPN-AASN) Degree. The curriculum reflects high standards of professional practice and incorporates guidelines from practice trends, professional organizations, and accrediting agencies.

The program’s curriculum helps students develop the knowledge base and clinical competencies required to meet the health care needs of patients across the health continuums.  Nurses treat patients of all ages and health statuses – from premature infants to the aged in critical care, acute care, rehabilitation, and home care settings.


The mission of the AASN program is to prepare competent practitioners to meet health related needs of the diverse population of the District of Columbia and society at large. Graduates are trained to practice in a variety of settings and under a variety of conditions (including natural and man-made disasters). The classroom and clinical instruction provided enables graduates to address health needs across the life span. With the skills and knowledge acquired from the program, graduates are able to achieve educational, career mobility and practice advancement.



The vision of the AASN program is to provide a positive and supportive learning environment where students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to become a safe and competent practitioner for direct patient care to meet the diverse health care needs of our community.


Student Learning Outcomes

The AASN program anticipates that the students should meet the following student learning outcomes:

  1. Utilize the nursing process in the provision of safe, patient-centered care;
  2. Formulate clinical decisions using health and information technology;
  3. Collaborate effectively with the interdisciplinary team members in the coordination of care;
  4. Use evidence-based practice in clinical decision making; and,
  5. Adhere to professional, legal, and ethical standards.


AASN Program Outcomes

ACEN-6.2: Performance on Licensure exam: The first-time pass rate will be at least 80% during the same 12-month period.

ACEN-6.3: Program completion: 60% of students in each cohort by program option will graduate within 150% of length of program after enrollment in the first nursing course.

ACEN-6.4: Job placement rates: 90% of the graduates are employed in a position requiring an RN license within 1 year of program completion.



Program of Study

Click here to download program of study.


Accreditation & Credentialing

The Associate in Applied Science Nursing curriculum is designed to provide graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to be eligible to attain licensure as registered nurses upon successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®) and allows graduates to provide nursing care in a variety of settings. The Licensed Practical Nurse Accelerated Curriculum (L.P.N. to A.A.S.N.) is designed for practicing licensed practical nurses to complete the associate degree in one academic year after completing pre-nursing requirements.

The University of the District of Columbia is accredited by the Commission of Higher Education – Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The undergraduate nursing program is approved by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing.   The UDC-CC AASN program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The ACEN website is http://www.acenursing.org, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 | Atlanta, GA 30326, and telephone number is 404.975.5000.

For more information please call:  202.274.5940


Academic Information Admission

The UDC Office of Admissions processes applications to the University and UDC-CC, and upon admission, students identifying Nursing as a major, are assigned to a Student Success Advisor for ongoing advisement.  When accepted into clinical courses students are assigned to a nursing faculty advisor. A separate application is required to enroll in the Professional/Clinical Division (P/CD) of the program. Admission to the fall and spring Clinical Nursing program is competitive.

Information about the degree offerings in the Nursing Program presented at this site supersedes printed documents. The 2015-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Cataloghttp://www.udc.edu/student_life/student_handbook,  Division of Student Affairs’ Student Handbook and Schedule of Classes for each semester; UDC Website www.udc.edu; and current Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook for undergraduate students provide information regarding admission, progression and graduation policies. Nursing Handbooks are provided to all students admitted to the Nursing Program and Nursing students are responsible for using these public documents to enhance their academic experiences and are held accountable for policy adherence.


Admission Application Process

The Office of Admission processes applications to the University. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. Students are not automatically admitted to the Nursing Program by indicating an interest in nursing or declaring nursing as a major. Students must make application to the program and nursing admission is competitive.

Nursing students are admitted to the clinical nursing courses consistent with the established admission criteria and selection process. Students enrolled in UDC as regular unlicensed nursing students must complete general education requirements; earn a minimum grade of “C” in each course on the program of study; and earn a UDC cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or higher to be eligible to make formal application to the Nursing Program. Application packets for the Nursing Program are distributed by the Nursing and Allied Health Secretary (801 North Capitol Street, NE, Room 811) in August and December and must be returned to the same location by the third Friday in September and the third Friday January deadlines respectively to be logged upon receipt.

Licensed Practical nursing students (L.P.N.’s) and nursing students transferring from other institutions are admitted for fall and spring semesters and the application deadlines are the third Friday in January for fall admission and the third Friday in September for spring admission. Transfer credits must be documented on the UDC transcript to be considered with the nursing application packet. Nursing students are admitted twice a year in the spring and fall semesters. The Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee evaluates all nursing applications. Applications to the nursing program must be complete and submitted by the posted deadline. The APG Committee verifies completion of pre-requisites and all admission requirements. The APG committee assesses students according to criteria and assigns points for grade point average and application components (demographic information, application-essay quality, recommendations, and admission examination performance). Recommendations are forwarded to faculty and the Director of Nursing (DON). Applicants are notified in writing of the decision by the DON regarding admission status. Eligibility criteria for program admission include but are not limited to the following minimum requirements:

  1. Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or greater.
  2. Completion of all pre-requisite courses with a grade of at least a “C.”
  3. Completion of science (Anatomy and Physiology Lecture/Lab and Foundations of Chemistry Lecture/Lab courses within seven years of admission.
  4. Satisfactory professional recommendations (i.e., employer, manager, professor).
  5. National Criminal Background Clearance.
  6. Students may only have one (1) repeat in any science courses.
  7. Completed application and essay received on or before the deadline.
  8. Valid CPR (Healthcare Provider) certification from the American Heart Association.
  9. Successful completion of a standardized admission examination for Generic and LPN.
  10. Mandatory student interview.

Students are informed in writing of their application status. Selected students are given detailed information on requirements for progression. Accepted students must verify completion of the following requirements prior to agency assignments (a component of all nursing practicum courses):

  1. Acknowledge intent to enroll in writing.
  2. Valid UDC Student Picture Identification.
  3. Proof of purchase of professional liability insurance.
  4. Health clearance by University Health Services.
  5. Drug screening if requested.

Students who are denied admission to the nursing program are informed and assisted to explore other career options or may reapply during the next application cycle. Applications of those not admitted are not retained.

Transfer students http://www.udc.edu/admissions/transfer_students from other colleges/universities must be in good academic standing, not on academic probation, not academically or administratively dismissed, and not barred from continuing enrollment in the nursing program(s) at previous institution(s). Students must submit Official transcripts for all colleges (except UDC). Transfer students from other institutions must be enrolled in UDC for at least one semester and an earned 3.0 GPA, and meet all criteria for admission and general education courses to be considered for progression into clinical courses. Science courses can be no older than seven years and credit by examination can be used to validate prior learning for selected courses. Students will be numerically ranked based on the nursing program criteria for advancement into the clinical courses as space permits.


Validation, Articulation and Credit by Examination

The faculty is committed to validating prior education through the Credit by Examination (CBE) process and through the District of Columbia Educational Articulation Competency Model Validation, Courses to facilitate advanced placement and promote smooth articulation through the nursing curricula. LPN Validation Courses (3 Credit Hours for theory and 1 Credit Hour for laboratory) are offered at UDC and Howard University.

LPN students may complete the Credit by Examination process for any of the first year courses and/or may be awarded credits after successful completion of LPN Validation Theory and Laboratory courses according to the District of Columbia Consortium for Nursing Education and Practice (DCCNEP) D.C. Educational Articulation Model. LPN students must make formal application to enroll in the LPN Validation courses by the third Friday in September or the third Friday in January deadline and may enroll in the University as special students for the semester. Completion of the LPN Validation and general education requirement courses does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. LPN students may apply for advance placement to progress to clinical nursing courses after completing all general education requirements in the LPN Program of Study.


Progression, Academic Standing and Course Performance Grading

The nursing program uses the University’s grading system but has its own grading scale.
The Nursing grading scale is used in all nursing courses. A grade of “C’ or better is required in all courses listed on the Program of Study. The following grades are used in all nursing courses to indicate the students’ level of achievement:

A (93-100) Excellent
B (85-92) Good
C (77-84) Satisfactory
D (69-74) Unsatisfactory (not passing)
F (Below 68) Unsatisfactory (not passing)



Students may register for nursing courses during the early registration period based on their status at the time of registration for continuing students. Students inappropriately registered or ineligible for nursing courses will be required to withdraw. Incomplete grade(s) in nursing courses must be removed before progressing to another nursing course. Pre and/or co-requisites must be completed for each nursing course prior to progression. Nursing students are eligible for progression if they achieve of a grade of “C” or better in all required courses listed on the Program of Study, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or better, and demonstrate academic integrity. Students with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) below 2.8 and grades of less than “C” in required courses will not be retained in nursing. Only one nursing course may be repeated during a student’s progression through the nursing program. Students whose transcripts show two grades below “C”, either D or F in nursing courses will not be retained in the program. Other reasons for dismissal include any incident where continuing in nursing would be detrimental to the health of the student or to others, verified academic dishonesty, code of conduct violations and unethical practices in classroom or clinical settings. While a student may be dismissed from the nursing program, she/he may not be dismissed from the University and can be assisted with identifying another major.



Students in good academic standing, who have not been enrolled for one or more semesters in the Nursing Program, must submit a letter of intention by the third Friday in January for consideration for the following fall term and by the third Friday in September for the following spring term in order to be screened for eligibility to register for nursing courses. Students who withdraw from the Nursing Program and apply for readmission at a later date, including those students who have earned a “C” grade in nursing courses during a previous enrollment, may be asked to repeat some or all of the nursing courses previously completed and/or demonstrate clinical competence, especially if the time period between withdrawal and readmission is one year or longer and/or the program of study has changed. Readmission of nursing students is contingent upon recommendations of the APG committee and space availability. If a student is readmitted, he/she will be readmitted under the current program of study.


Nursing Course (Class and Clinical) Performance Requirements

Students are expected to function as accountable, responsible and self-directed individuals. The course syllabi provide course details and serve as the student-faculty contracts for the course. The course syllabi and modules identify objectives, teaching methods-learning activities, and evaluation criteria to guide students. Course schedules provide testing details, content and/or assignments.

  • Classroom attendance is expected and academic integrity is required. Absenteeism jeopardizes academic success. A breach in academic integrity will result in dismissal from the nursing program.
  • Clinical and Laboratory attendance in nursing is mandatory. All planned learning experiences, whether on-campus or off-campus, are required to meet course objectives. Students are responsible for purchasing and maintaining uniforms and uniform accessories.
  • Health clearance through the University Health Services is required annually and is a pre-requisite to clinical placement in accord with the healthcare agency policies and D.C. laws.
  • CPR Certification (American Heart Association Healthcare Providers Card Only) must be maintained by all students enrolled in nursing courses
  •  Health problems and/or pregnancy, which would interfere with the student’s ability to meet program objectives, will be considered on an individual basis. Student with health problems and/or pregnancy must have written permission from their physician and sign a student release form prior to clinical laboratory and classroom experiences. Specific agency health policies must be observed.  Students are required to sign a Student Release Form. This form includes the following statement:
    • I hereby release the Nursing Program and the University of the District of Columbia Community College from responsibility for any injury or illness to me (or if I am pregnant, my unborn fetus) while attending hospital or other clinical settings.  I understand that risks do exist for me (and if pregnant, my unborn fetus) while practicing nursing in the hospital or other clinical settings and I do assume any and all risks involved.


Grievance/Complaint and Appeal Procedures

Students have rights and responsibilities to express concerns regarding faculty-student matters and perceived problems. Students are encouraged to follow the chain of command and seek assistance from faculty members and academic advisors to resolve issues at the lowest level of authority. If the matter cannot be resolved at the level of occurrence, the student is to use the established Grievances Policy. Grade appeals that cannot be resolved at the departmental level go to the Community College Academic Appeals Committee. Complaints of discriminationhttp://www.udc.edu/docs/equal_opportunity/Discrimination_Harassment_Policy.pdf can be filed with the UDC Office of Human Resources to address affirmative action, equal employment opportunities, disability-handicap-limitation accommodations, racial harassment, and sexual harassment.


Code of Conduct and Ethics

Nursing students are expected to follow the National Student Nurses’ Association Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct, American Nurses’ Association Code of Ethics, and UDC Code of Student Conduct. Students at UDC assume the obligation to maintain standards of academic integrity. Violation of academic obligations includes: unethical practices and acts of academic dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, falsification, and the facilitation of such acts. Academic integrity is expected and required for retention in the nursing program. Violations of the Contract of Civility and Respect Code of Student Conduct will result in dismissal from the nursing program.


Graduation Requirements for Associate in Applied Science in Nursing


Degree Requirements:

  1. The Associate Degree requires a minimum of 67-68 semester hours, 15 of which must be in residence.
  2. Completion of appropriate College-Wide requirements. (Refer to University Catalog).
  3. Completion of all courses on the program of study with a minimum grade of “C.”
  4. A 2.8 grade point average must be maintained.

AASN – Completion of the Program of Study including the course NURS-232C Complex Concepts of Adults II Simulation Lab. Students will be required to pass a comprehensive standardized exit exam at the level with a score predicted of passing the NCLEX-RN at the first sitting. In addition, by the end of the AASN courses, students are required to complete a minimum of 10,000 NCLEX-RN style questions.


Disability Statement

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) the Nursing Program at the University of the District of Columbia makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodations for all individuals with a disabilityhttp://cc.udc.edu/about_ccdc/office_of_counseling_disability_services_ocds. The program does not discriminate against applicants because of gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnic background, political affiliation, or disability.



Nursing students are assigned to faculty advisors according to the first letter of the students’ last names or status (LPN, transfer students from another nursing programs, or RN). New students (Freshman Level or Transfer) admitted to the University who indicate an interest in nursing should report to the Student Success Center (http://cc.udc.edu/student_success_center)  for advisement. Students must be accepted as nursing majors or have permission to register for AASN. Continuing students who are nursing majors enrolled in clinical nursing courses are to see their assigned advisor during the early registration period each semester for academic counseling. Students are encouraged to make appointments with their faculty advisor for academic counseling at least once per semester prior to the registration periods, to facilitate optimal progression through the program.


Nursing Faculty Advisors





Dr. Susie CatoRoom 812202-274-5914DIRECTOR OF NURSING
Dr. Stella AkpuakaRoom 613202-274-6284B, E, J, L, N, O,
Prof. Stella AyikaRoom 419202-274-6939F, G, K, I, S, U, Y
Prof. Andrea DoctorRoom 612202-274-5293H, M, P, R, T, V
Prof. Vonda RogersRoom 419202-274-5907A, C, D, Q, W, X, Z


This school is very helpful on gathering your credits and has a beautiful on going campus, especially in the Spring. They are always editing the campus to make it more peaceful, joyful, and make you feel like you belong. The classes are small, which I love, it gives you a more "hands on" approach with your professor. Instead of you emailing your teacher and waiting for 3 days to get feedback because the class is so big, you can just simply walk up to your professor after class and ask questions. Now don't get me wrong, not all the professor are great, but the ones that I had are awesome. However, I recommend going to ratemyprofessor.com this website helps you pick the professors that seem right to your liking. Even if they are rated with a 2.2. You as a student might like the challenge or even you don't and you steer clear from that certain class. Overall I really like this school and if it was a 4 year University I would definitely stay and continue my studies here.

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