The Monroe College Certificate in Practical Nursing program is a three-semester course of study. The program is based on a framework of Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) core competencies, which provides the structure for the development of the curriculum. Each nursing course is developed within this framework and forms the basis for nursing care. Components of the nursing process, communication, standards of care and ethics are incorporated into all areas of the program. Additionally, students learn principles of communication and how to establish therapeutic interpersonal relationships. Nursing courses involve classroom instruction as well as laboratory simulation and clinical experiences. Upon completion of the program the student is awarded and Certificate in Nursing and is eligible to take the NCLEX–PN.
The Monroe College Associate's in Applied Science (A.A.S) Degree is a program for Licensed Practical Nurses to earn their A.A.S in 3 semesters. The curriculum has been developed in accordance with the philosophy and goals of the college and provides the students the education needed as a registered nurse. Nursing courses involve classroom instruction as well as laboratory skills simulation and clinical experiences. Upon completion of the program the student is awarded an A.A.S. in Nursing and is eligible to take the NCLEX–RN.
Monroe offers nursing students two options to achieve their Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing that qualifies the graduate to obtain their license as a registered nurse.
Track options for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing:
- Progressive Track - Also referred to as the 1+1+1 program, the Progressive Track allows students who are seeking a change in career and have limited or no college credits to earn a practical nursing certificate in the first year, an associate degree in registered nursing in the second year, and a bachelor’s degree in the third year.
- Professional Track - In order to enroll in our Professional Track, the student must be a licensed Registered Nurse. This track allows Registered Nurses to advance in the nursing profession by earning their bachelor's degree.