Why Nursing?

The program, offered at four college sites, prepares students to apply for the NCLEX-RN examination and to assume an entry-level position as a registered nurse. Program learning experiences prepare graduates for professional nursing practices as defined and delineated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The program consists of courses in liberal arts and selected sciences, as well as nursing.

The CCAC Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares graduates for entry level practice in the current and emerging global healthcare delivery workforce. The program creates a dynamic, diverse, and supportive student-centered environment for learning. The concept-based curriculum, along with the active engagement of the student in the learning process, provides quality preparation for academic, professional and personal success.


Admission to Nursing

Every Nursing & Health Sciences program at CCAC has specific admissions requirements and career accreditation.

For Nursing, there are specific course requirements and academic thresholds that must be met before a potential applicant can be considered for the program. To view all admission requirements, visit our Nursing Admissions page.

Nursing Admissions


The Nursing Application Is Open!


If yes, please continue. If no, please complete the CCAC General application at discover.ccac.edu. Please use this link for the General Application instructions.

Once you have completed CCAC’s General Application and the pre-requisites necessary for Nursing Admissions, you will be ready to complete the Spring 2025 Nursing Application, available beginning on July 1, 2024 with a priority deadline of September 20, 2024.

Access the application here




Number of Programs Offered: 1

Program Type: Associate

Date of Last Review: October 5-8, 2020. The approval decision was rendered March 2021.

Statement on Accreditation

Date of Next Review: Fall 2028

The program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

The Associate nursing program at Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), located in Pittsburgh, PA is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at https://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm.

Regionally accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Middle States Accreditation

In addition to the accreditation by ACEN, CCAC's Nursing program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Last Reaffirmation: 2018
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025-2026

For more information, visit CCAC's institutional page.

Middle States Action Letter June 2017

Middle States Action Letter June 2018

Middle States Action Letter June 2019


Scholarships for Nursing

CCAC offers access to a variety of scholarships specifically for Nursing students through The Pittsburgh Foundation. In addition to these external scholarships, CCAC Foundation scholarships are also available for Nursing students. For more information regarding each of these scholarships, visit our Nursing Scholarships page.

Nursing Scholarships

Nursing Program Student Manual

Information in this Nursing Program Student Manual will be reviewed periodically by the Nursing Faculty. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of policy changes, additions, or deletions. All students enrolled in the Nursing Program are expected to adhere to the policies, procedures, and guidelines in effect for the current semester. This Nursing Program Student Manual and the CCAC Student Handbook should be read carefully as the information they contain is essential for your success at the college.

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What Type of Program Are You Looking For?

Nursing, A.S.

The CCAC Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares graduates for entry level practice in the current and emerging global healthcare delivery workforce. The program creates a dynamic, diverse, and supportive student-centered environment for learning. The concept-based curriculum, along with the active engagement of the student in the learning process, provides quality preparation for academic, professional and personal success.

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CCAC Nursing Program Outcomes

To view the End of Program Student Learning Outcomes, click here.

For data on the NCLEX-RN pass rates, completion rates, and job placement rates, view the tables below. 

Class Year Pass Rate
2022 - 2023 89.21%
2021 - 2022 85.44%
2020 - 2021 88.92%
2019 - 2020 95.41%
2018 - 2019 94.69%
2017 - 2018 95.16%
2016 - 2017 92.03%
2015 - 2016 90.74%
2014 - 2015 88.56%
2013 - 2014 71.97%
2012 - 2013 82.25%

Class Year Completion Rate
2022 - 2023 54.20%
2021 - 2022 52.4%
2020 - 2021 70.79%
2019 - 2020 73.31%
2018 - 2019 72.73%
2017 - 2018 62.30%
2016 - 2017 56.64%
2015 - 2016 59.80%
2013 - 2014 52.54%
2012 - 2013 50.19%
2011 - 2012 79.49%
2010 - 2011 70.79%
2009 - 2010 70.17%

Class Year Placement Rate
2022 - 2023 94%
2021 - 2022 94%
2020 - 2021 90%
2019 - 2020 82.52%
2018 - 2019 90.18%
2017 - 2018 87.73%
2016 - 2017 85.63%
2015 - 2016 70% Fall 2015 Graduates
2014 - 2015 70.1%
2013 - 2014 78.64%
2012 - 2013 73.35%
2011 - 2012 77.88%

Nursing at CCAC Campuses

This campus is conveniently located on Pittsburgh's North Shore. It is easily accessible by public transportation and is close to many of the city attractions such as Heinz Field, PNC Park, the Aviary and the Andy Warhol Museum. Allegheny Campus accepts nursing admissions in the fall and spring semesters.

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This campus is located in suburban Monroeville from the Parkway East, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and Routes 22E. PAT transit also serves the school.

Boyce offers day and evening courses. All of the nursing courses at the Boyce Campus are Web-enhanced. Boyce Campus accepts nursing admissions in the fall and spring semesters.

Example clinical sites include: Allegheny Valley Hospital, UPMC Magee Women's Hospital, Forbes Hospital, UPMC Shadyside Hospital, UPMC St. Margaret's, Excela Westmoreland, LifeCare Hospitals, and Veteran's Administration Hospital. 

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Located in the North Hills on Rt. 19 near Camp Horne Rd. in an all-inclusive campus building. North offers day and web-enhanced courses and accepts nursing admissions in the fall semester only.

Example of clinical sites for clinical experience include: UPMC Passavant & Passavant Cranberry, UPMC Mercy, Children's Hospital, and UPMC Magee Hospital.

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Located in West Mifflin, near Century III Mall on Rt. 885, South is accessible by PAT public transportation also. South offers day and evening courses and accepts nursing admission in the fall semester only. Some courses are web-enhanced.

Examples of clinical sites include: Jefferson Regional Medical Center,UPMC McKeesport, UPMC Mercy, St. Clair Hospital, Mon Valley Hospital, Children's Hospital, and Children's Institute.

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Nursing Graduate Information

You will receive a detailed letter and packet of information by mid to late March for May graduates and late October/November for December graduates. This will explain the process for application for your RN Licensure Exam and Temporary Practice Permit.

This is how it works:

  • If you haven't applied for graduation, go to your Registration office to complete your application. The Registration office will hold these applications until final grades are posted.
  • Final grades are posted for the semester.
  • The Registration departments will evaluate all graduation applications and post degrees on our student system for those applicants meeting all the graduation criteria. Nursing students are not the only students graduating. This process involves students graduating from all disciplines. It takes at least 4 to 6 weeks from the date final grades are posted.
  • The Dean of Nursing's office will be notified when all nursing students who have applied and met the criteria have been certified.
  • The information is sent to the State Board of Nursing electronically. It is about a 2 to 3 day process.
  • You can apply for a TPP early; however, the state Board will put your application in a pending file until they receive the information we supply electronically.
  • Once we give them this information, they will process your application(s) for Exam/TPP.

Please be patient: We do everything possible to expedite this process.

Please refer to the State Board of Nursing's Letter to the Student the State Board of Nursing for more information regarding the NCLEX procedure.


Preceptor Orientation and CEU

Interested in becoming an instructor in Nursing and earning Continuing Education Units? Unsure where to begin? Consider signing up for the NUR 250 Leadership and Management Concepts training course below!

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Nursing Essential Functions

In order to meet the program competencies, and for successful completion of the objectives for each nursing course, a student
must be able to:

  • Move freely to observe and assess patients and perform emergency patient care; this includes having full manual dexterity of the upper extremities, including neck and shoulders, and unrestricted movement of both lower extremities, back, and hips in order to assist in all aspects of patient care, and the ability to touch the floor to remove environmental hazards (i.e. patient hygiene, application of restraints, and nursing procedures such as urinary bladder catheterization and parenteral injections);
  • Lift and/or support at least 50 pounds in order to reposition, transfer, and ambulate patients safely;
  • Demonstrate tactile ability sufficient to assess a patient's pulses, as well as changes in a patient's physiological status (i.e. changes in skin temperature, edema, etc.)

*If a student should present with any physical limitation, each case will be reviewed on an individual basis. Reasonable accommodations will be made if possible. 

  • Visually observe changes in a patient's status, as well as unsafe environmental condition. Visual Acuity must possess a.) near clarity of vision at 20 inches or less and b.) far clarity of vision at 20 feet or more;
  • Hear sounds of spoken verbal communication, as well as sounds that indicate changes in the patient's physiological condition (i.e. breath sounds, blood pressure, apical pulse.); Speak to focal clients and members of the health team utilizing effective verbal communication skills;
  • Smell odors that indicate changes in physiological status of the patient, or unsafe environmental conditions;
  • Read and cognitively comprehend written course materials, patient care documents, and health care institution policies and procedures;
  • Write utilizing a legible and concise documentation style which is readable and in the English language;
  • Calculate accurately in order to administer correct medication dosages, count a pulse, count respirations, and determine intake and output;
  • Demonstrate cognitive learning in relation to new procedures through clinical application;
  • Interpret physician orders accurately through verbal and written communication, and carry through with appropriate psychomotor clinical application. 

Contact Information

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