Degrees and Programs
Currently there is a critical shortage of nurses in our state and the nation, and the job opportunities are excellent. The nursing programs at Northeast Community College are designed to allow you maximum mobility for either the practical or associate degree nursing education.
You'll learn the art and science of nursing through a combination of theory and clinical courses specific to each level of nursing. Clinical coursework is completed in local hospitals, long-term care facilities and community based settings. State-of-the-art simulations create learning experiences that supplement actual clinical time. Innovative, experienced nursing faculty are there to coach you every step of the way.
All students accepted into the program who successfully complete the first two semesters receive a diploma in practical nursing and may opt to take the NCLEX-PN exam for licensure. Based on grade point average, a student may be eligible to complete the last two semesters of the program to receive an associate degree in nursing and take the NCLEX-RN exam. The nursing program may be completed in one, two or multiple years, based on admission criteria. Part-time and full-time options are available. The program plan of study can be customized to meet the individual student’s needs. Enrollment in this program is limited and based on the date of completed requirements for acceptance into this program.
Northeast also offers a program designed for current Licensed Practical Nurses who wish to return to college after a period of years to become registered nurses. After successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam. See our catalog for more information.
The Associate Degree nursing program at Northeast Community College located in Norfolk, NE is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.
The Northeast Community College Practical Nursing Program and the Associate Degree Nursing Program are approved by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing.
Many health care providers require a criminal background check prior to employment. Students will be required to submit to a criminal background check prior to acceptance into the program.
Northeast Community College Nursing Program Outcomes and Success Measures
Program Outcome 1:
NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN pass rates will be at or above 80%.
Program Outcome 2:
Program completion rates will be at or above 60% (percent of students completing within 150% of program length) for the Practical Nursing (PN) and Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs.
|Year||% of PN Students||% of ADN Students|
LPNs practice nursing under the direction of a registered nurse or licensed practitioner. Through such direction and use of the nursing process, they provide nursing activities such as treatments, medications, and basic cares. LPN employment offers great variety from long-term care to hospital care, physician offices to home care, and places in between.
RNs provide and manage care in collaboration with the healthcare team through use of the nursing process. RNs may delegate, direct and assign nursing care to others. RNs provide nursing activities including health education, treatments, medication administration, and basic cares. RN employment offers unlimited variety, with RNs not only found in healthcare settings, but in medication, business, and industry as well.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average salary for an LPN is $35,280 and $53,490 for RNs.