As part of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (ConnSCU) system, Three Rivers Community College (TRCC) shares a mission to make excellent higher education and lifelong learning affordable and accessible. TRCC is a midsize commuter college that serves Southeastern Connecticut and eastern regions of the state with programs designed to meet the dynamic needs of our learning community. Located in Norwich, Connecticut, Three Rivers currently has 47 academic degrees and 44 certificate programs. Educational clusters focus on allied health, advanced manufacturing, energy, hospitality, and information technology. The Associate Degree (AD) registered nursing (RN) program is one of six common curriculum nursing programs in Connecticut.
The Connecticut Community Colleges Nursing Program (CT-CCNP) is an innovative associate degree nursing program offered at six Connecticut Community Colleges. The nursing program is a four semester program designed to prepare registered nurses to function in the professional role utilizing current standards of nursing practice. The curriculum is built upon courses from the social and biological sciences, liberal arts, and nursing. These courses provide the foundation for the practice of nursing. Six core values – critical thinking, safe and competent practice, caring, professionalism, communication, and holistic care – provide the framework for organizing the curriculum.
A graduate of the nursing program is awarded an Associate in Science degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The graduate is prepared to function as an entry-level practitioner in health care settings such as: general or specialty hospitals, rehabilitation, extended care facilities, clinics, and practitioner’s offices. All six campuses are approved by the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing with the consent of the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Students are encouraged to continue their education through a BSN, MA / MSN, and or doctoral degree so that they are prepared to be nurses of the future as described in the IOM (Institute of Medicine) report. A seamless articulation pathway has been created for students to facilitate their continued education.