Nursing - CTE Program
Nursing Nursing Nursing - CTE Program
Contact: Kyla Newbould, Director of Nursing Education • • 301.846.2607 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Kyla Newbould, Director of Nursing Education
301.846.2607

1Enroll

Complete Selective Admissions Courses


FCC nursing programs have prerequisite courses for all students. New FCC Students should apply to the College by completing all admissions steps, and then complete all prerequisite courses. For more information or assistance, email or call the Admissions Office at 301.629.7896, or stop by the Admissions Office in the Student Center (H-106). Recommended course pathways are listed under the curriculum for each program. 

Pre-Health Professions: Associate Degree in Nursing Information Sheet and Point Scale


Pre-Health Professions: Practical Nursing Certificate Information Sheet and Point Scale

2Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account. Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment. You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.
 

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college-level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

3Test

TEAS

 

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science, and English. The TEAS is used as a part of the admissions process in most Nursing programs across the nation. The minimum qualifying scores to be considered for admission to FCC’s Nursing Program have been determined by a committee of Nursing educators and assessment specialists and supported by peer‐reviewed evidence.

Students who wish to apply for admission to FCC's Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (including Transition-to-RN applicants)  or FCC’s Practical Nursing (LPN) Certificate program must complete the TEAS and earn minimum qualifying TEAS scores before the application deadline for the respective program. If a student does not complete the TEAS and earn qualifying TEAS scores to submit with their application to the Nursing Program, their application will not be evaluated.


TEAS Practice Test

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING THE TEAS

 

WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THE TEAS?

  • Students must register for and take the TEAS prior to their appropriate application deadline. Applicants must complete the TEAS prior to submitting their application to the program, and applicants must earn a score that qualifies their application for consideration by the nursing program (see “SCORE” information below).
  • It is recommended that students take the TEAS 2-to-3 months prior to the application deadline. The TEAS must be completed and qualifying TEAS scores earned prior to the application deadline.

 

WHEN IS THE TEAS OFFERED?

  • Please refer to the ATI website for TEAS testing information, or contact FCC’s Testing Center ([email protected]) or FCC’s Advising Office ([email protected]).
  • Students must complete the TEAS and earn qualifying TEAS scores before the application deadline of February 1st for the daytime cohort of the Associate Degree in Nursing or the Practical Nursing Certificate program, or by the September 15th application deadline for the evening and weekend cohort of the Associate Degree in Nursing Program.
 

WHAT WILL I NEED TO REGISTER FOR THE TEAS?

  • Students will need their FCC ID number, a credit card, internet‐access, and an e‐mail address to complete the online registration.
  • TEAS registration information can be found online the ATI website.  The applicant will need to create an account. It is important to remember the username and password, as it is needed to access the TEAS on test day.

 

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TEAS:

  • Register and pay for the TEAS on the ATI website.
  • On the right, above the log‐in fields, click on the link and follow the instructions to “Create an Account with ATI.”
  • Continue on the website for choosing the institution where the exam will be taken.
  • Drop down menus will appear. Select "Maryland" in the state field and "Frederick" in the city field and click the "NEXT" button.
  • You should then see the upcoming dates the TEAS will be offered here at FCC. Click the "Register" link next to the date on which you wish to take the TEAS.
  • A summary will appear and the applicant can verify the order is correct, then continue and pay for the TEAS appointment with a credit card.
  • When prompted, choose "ADN" for the Associate’s Degree in Nursing or RN program or “PN” for the Practical Nursing Certificate program.  Ignore any other option that may appear.

 

WHERE SHOULD I GO ON MY SCHEDULED TEST DATE?
Review information on the ATI website regarding accessing the TEAS on test day.  Contact FCC’s Testing Center ([email protected]) with any questions.

 

HOW LONG DOES THE TEST TAKE?
Nursing applicants should allow four (4) hours to take the test. Please arrive or log in early, as testing will start promptly at the scheduled times. Nursing applicants will not be allowed to test upon late arrival or login, and will forfeit testing fees. Nursing applicants are able to reschedule by following the Registration Instructions listed above.

 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE TEST?
Review information on the ATI website regarding required and allowable materials for testing.  Contact FCC’s Testing Center ([email protected]) with any questions.

 

HOW MUCH DOES THE TEST COST?
For cost of taking ATI TEAS, see current cost information at www.atitesting.com. Non‐FCC students applying to other programs must pay an additional $30 testing fee. The FCC Testing Center accepts cash, check made payable to FCC, and credit or bank cards.

 

WHAT IF I'VE ALREADY TAKEN THE TEAS AT ANOTHER SCHOOL?

  • TEAS scores that qualify an application for review (see “SCORE” FAQs) and that will be less than two years old at the application deadline are valid and can be submitted with the application to the Nursing Program. Nursing applicants must log into the ATI website and request that a copy of previous scores be sent to the FCC Testing Center. FCC Testing Center contact information is available on the ATI website.  Nursing applicants must upload a copy of their qualifying TEAS scores, which shows scores for all areas of the TEAS, with their online application to FCC’s Nursing Program.
  • Only ATI TEAS scores are accepted for application to FCC’s Nursing Program. 
  • If TEAS scores will be older than 2 years at the application deadline, the TEAS must be taken again and qualifying TEAS scores must be earned for an applicant to be considered for admission.

 

HOW CAN I STUDY FOR THE TEAS?

  • ATI offers a study manual and two practice assessments for the TEAS. These study materials can be found on the ATI website. For information about study materials, click on "ATI Product Solutions" and "Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)."
  • Students may also purchase TEAS study materials from FCC’s Bookstore.
  • Copies of the ATI Official study manual are available on reserve in FCC’s Gladhill Learning Commons (Linganore Hall).   These copies cannot be checked out of the library and students should refrain from marking up the manuals.
  • There are other websites that offer TEAS prep material. (Simply search online for "TEAS test prep" or "TEAS practice questions"), and there are apps than can be downloaded to smartphones.
  • In general, first‐year level classes at FCC should also be good preparation for the TEAS. The Science portion of the TEAS does require some knowledge of general cell biology, basic chemistry, and topics covered in Anatomy & Physiology.

 

HOW OFTEN CAN I TAKE THE TEAS?

  • Students can take the TEAS twice during each application and admissions cycle. There are application and admission cycles in the fall semester and in the spring/summer semester each academic year. Please consult the Nursing Department website for application due dates.. 
  • The TEAS must be paid for each time it is taken. It is possible for a nursing applicant to take the TEAS twice in each testing (admission and application) window, as long as the applicant schedules an appointment for one of the days offered in the beginning of the testing window dates.
  • Students can take the TEAS one time only during any 30‐day period. Students who wish to take the TEAS a second time must wait a minimum of 30 days in between attempts.

 

SCORES
An applicant must submit qualifying TEAS scores with their application to the Nursing Program to be considered for admission.
Minimum qualifying TEAS Score – all scores must be achieved on the same test:


  • Overall score in the proficient range or above (minimum 58.7% overall) and
  • Minimum math score of 69% and
  • Minimum reading score of 69%

 A qualifying TEAS score cannot be older than 2 years at the application deadline.

 

WHAT DO I DO ONCE I HAVE MY TEAS SCORES?

  • When scores meet the minimum qualifying requirements: A copy of the results must be submitted to the FCC Testing Center if taken through another testing location. When taking the TEAS through the FCC Testing Center, students will receive a printed copy of their scores soon after completion of the test. Nursing applicants may request a personal copy of the results. These scores will be verified with ATI once your scores becomes official. If the TEAS was taken somewhere other than FCC, students must request an official copy of their scores from ATI. ATI charges for a transcript request, and this can be paid by credit or bank card. Visit the ATI website and log in. Students need to upload TEAS exam results showing all qualifying scores for all sections of the TEAS with the online Nursing Program application.
  • When scores DO NOT meet the minimum requirements: Nursing applicants will not be considered for admission to any of the three nursing programs. Review materials are available for studying and applicants may retake the TEAS at least 30 days after their previous attempt. Applicant must earn qualifying TEAS scores prior to the application deadline.  .
  • How do I report my score? If the TEAS exam is taken through the Testing Center at FCC, the student will print out 2 copies of the results. One copy is for the student, the other copy is for the Testing Center.  Each applicant must upload a copy of their qualifying TEAS scores with their application to FCC’s Nursing Program regardless of whether they completed the TEAS through FCC’s Testing Center or through another Testing Location. The uploaded TEAS scores must show scores for all sections of the TEAS exam.

 

Math for Medication Safety For Clinical Students

  • Practice Test 
    • On the Blackboard website, click “Community Resources” tab after log in
      • Current FCC students log in with username and password
      • Non-FCC students log in with generic username: nursingstudent1 and password: fcc1234
    • Continue to “Organizational Catalog” and click “Nursing Program”
    • Select “Nursing Program Math for Medication Safety Test for Clinical Students” and click the drop-down box (“˅”) located to the left
    • Click “Enroll”
    • Click “Submit” to complete the self-enrollment, then click “OK”
    • Click “Practice Test” to begin
  • Test Schedule (see below)
  • Free Internet Links for Dosage Calculation Practice (see below)

All clinical nursing students enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester are required to pass the Math for Medication Safety Test with a 95% on or before February 3, 2020. If a student is unable to meet this expectation, the student will be unable to attend clinical and will receive an Unsatisfactory in Professional Behaviors and will meet with the Director of Nursing Education. It is in the student's best interest to take the test as soon as possible (avoid waiting until the last moment).

The Math for Medication Safety Test is a proctored online format. Only approved nursing calculators can be used during the test. Blank paper will be provided. If a student is unsuccessful on the first attempt, the online program will provide feedback for any missed questions. Clinical nursing students that did not receive a 95% or better on the first proctored attempt, will complete the practice test again for remediation, using their own Blackboard log in (do not use the generic account) In order to proceed with the second attempt, the student will obtain a score of 100% on the practice test, and email John Tuskan to indicate the remediation has occurred. The Testing Center will then be notified that you can take the 2nd attempt. There will no longer be a need to print and have the remediation signed by the nursing office. After two unsuccessful attempts, the student must complete a remediation packet. Students needing remediation should email John Tuskan for further information. Failure to succeed on the third attempt will result in the student's withdrawal from the program. Readmission to the program in a future semester is on a space available basis.

To prepare for this format, a practice test is available for your review. It is extremely important that you visit this site PRIOR to taking the Math for Medication Safety Test to gain familiarity with the format. 

There will be 20 dosage calculation problems on each test. Content review should include:
 

  1. Conversion between units of measure (metric and household)
  2. IV flow rates and infusion times (including international time)
  3. Interpreting drug labels and calculating dosage from the label information
  4. Reconstitution of drugs from a powder including calculation of dose
  5. Weight based dosage calculation

Any questions or concerns, please contact John Tuskan.

 

 

Downloads and Links
Free Internet Links for Dosage Calculation Practice

DosageHelp.com

Test and Calc

Students can review content pertaining to the Math for Medication Safety test prior to attempting the test. A review of dosage calculations is available free on the intranet at the above sites. In addition, students should be able to calculate infusion times in hours/minutes and answer questions in international/military time.

4See Advisor


Nursing RN & LPN (preclinicals)
Counseling & Advising office
301.846.2471;
located in Linganore Hall (L106F)
Email Advising


Nursing RN & LPN (clinical students only)
301.846.2607

5Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Enrollment Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules, and update your personal information.

6Pay

*Nursing Program Financial Information, Fees and Expenses

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

7Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

8Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Disability Access Services, Veteran and Military Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Practical Nursing Certificate The Practical Nursing (PN) certificate requires 48 credit hours and is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, the graduate is eligible to take the PN licensure exam. Graduates are prepared to give competent, safe nursing care to clients in a variety of settings.

The licensed practical nurse (LPN) works in a team relationship with the registered nurse or physician in providing care based on knowledge, judgment, and skill and on principles of the biological, physiological, behavioral, and sociological sciences.

The clinical portion of the practical nursing curriculum is completed in one year but because of prerequisite courses, demands of clinical experiences, and personal responsibilities, the entire curriculum will take at least two years.
Archived Curriculum Pathways

2020-2021 Curriculum Pathway​
2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

Gainful Employment - Practical Nursing
Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.

 

* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Nursing A.S. Degree - Day Option The Nursing A.S. Degree Program prepares students to give competent, safe nursing care to clients in hospitals, nursing homes and other comparable health agencies under the supervision of more experienced practitioners. With experience and further preparation, students should be able to assume increasing responsibility in nursing. The program prepares students to take the examination for registered nurse licensure.

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 February 1 for the day option (fall admission) or September 15 for the evening/weekend option (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)

Archived Curriculum Pathways

2020-2021 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Day Cohort Curriculum Pathway
2017-2018 Day Cohort Curriculum Pathway
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Nursing A.S. Degree - Evening & Weekend Option The Nursing A.S. Degree Program prepares students to give competent, safe nursing care to clients in hospitals, nursing homes and other comparable health agencies under the supervision of more experienced practitioners. With experience and further preparation, students should be able to assume increasing responsibility in nursing. The program prepares students to take the examination for registered nurse licensure.

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.  Detailed application instructions are located under the Enroll Tab. 
*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 February 1 for the day option (fall admission) or September 15 for the evening/weekend option (spring admission). This includes applying for admission to the College, completion of placement tests, and arranging an interview with the allied health advisor.

The associate degree nursing 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)

Archived Curriculum Pathways

2020-2021 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Curriculum  Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Evening/Weekend Cohort Curriculum Pathway
2017-2018 Evening/Weekend Cohort Curriculum Pathway
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
FCC classes will be delivered primarily online to maintain public safety. Face to face instruction and student interactions will only be conducted when it is necessary, required, and feasible to do so in a safe environment. Learn More about Course Formats

General Education Core Course List

For related non-credit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) programs, see CNA Certified Nursing Assistant, Dental Assisting & Dental Radiography , or Patient Care Technician. Please note that these courses are not affiliated with FCC credit or certificate programs. While CEWD courses do not provide academic credits, participants experience affordable, flexible, and rewarding programs. Select CEWD courses offer industry-recognized training for licensure and career certification at the state and national level.
Pre-Health Professions AS (area of concentration in A&S) to BSN Transfer Pathway 2020-2021

To find more information about how credits may transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.

 

Frederick Community College has articulation agreements with the following institutions, allowing students a seamless transfer experience. Students who plan to transfer should speak with an advisor or program manager from their chosen transfer institution before selecting elective courses.






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