Associate in Science in Nursing

The Gateway Community College Associate in Nursing Degree Program is approved by the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing with the consent of the Commissioner of the ConnecticutDepartment of Public Health and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Kindly address all concerns via email to:

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The Gateway Community College Nursing Program was placed on conditional status by the CT State Board of Examiners for Nursing on May 20, 2016 related to the April 30, 2015 – May 1, 2016 NCLEX first time pass rate of 79.12%, which is below the state required minimum of 80%. The program is fully accredited and in good standing with the national accrediting body, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).


The Nursing program at Gateway Community College is one of several in the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program (CT-CCNP), an innovative associate degree program of study offered at six Connecticut Community Colleges. The common nursing programming offers a four-semester curriculum designed to prepare registered nurses to function in the professional role utilizing current standards of nursing practice. In addition, students within the program have the same admission and policy standards, which allows for greater student flexibility.
The Nursing program is a four-semester program which, upon successful completion, awards an Associate in Science Degree. Sixty-eight credits are required for graduation. 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 the nursing 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). Graduates can apply for licensure through the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The graduate is prepared to function as an entry-level practitioner in health care settings such as general or specialty hospitals, extended care facilities, doctors' offices, and clinics.
Approval and Accreditation
All programs 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 are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; P: 404-975-5000,
The Role of the Associate Degree Graduate within the Scope of Nursing Practice
The Nursing Program will provide the graduate with the knowledge and technical skills to practice in a safe, effective and competent manner within the legal and ethical framework for an entry-level Registered Nurse. The scope of practice for the Associate Degree graduate is to provide and manage care for a diverse group of individuals, families and communities in collaboration with members of the health care team consistent with the CT-CCNP core values.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
The graduate will:
  • Integrate the principles of the natural, physical, social, biological and behavioral sciences, and nursing theory to provide holistic care to individuals, families and groups across the wellness-illness continuum.
  • Integrate nursing process and critical thinking skills for decision making in nursing practice.
  • Provide safe and competent care to individuals, families and groups utilizing evidence-based practice, quantitative reasoning and technological proficiency.
  • Integrate effective communication skills through professional interactions with individuals, families, groups and the health care team.
  • Create an environment where therapeutic interventions reflect a respect for human dignity.
  • Collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary health team.
  • Integrate accountability and responsibility for practice within the legal and ethical standards of the nursing profession.
  • Function in the professional role utilizing current standards of nursing practice.
General Information:
Gateway Community College offers evening classes with day and evening clinical experiences at a variety of healthcare institutions in the greater New Haven area and throughout the State of Connecticut. A brand new, state of the art nursing skills lab provides students with the opportunity for skills practice and simulated learned activates. 
For more information contact Mary Beth Banks, Enrollment Services Assistant at (203) 285-2388 or

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Student Nurse Association
Our Student Nurse Association provides an avenue for pre-nursing and nursing students to give each other support during this demanding program. If you would like more information, click here.

Men in Nursing Scholarship Established
As part of GCC’s continuing efforts to foster greater gender diversity in the nursing profession, the Gateway Community College Foundation is offering a $500 scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year for a male nursing student accepted into GCC’s nursing program.

Applicants must also prove a need for financial support, have a minimum 2.7 GPA and meet additional criteria. The scholarship was established by Sam Osei, R.N., a 2006 graduate of GCC’s nursing program, to advance the college’s Gateway Men Embrace Nursing (G-MEN) initiative.




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