by Diane VanDyke
The Pottstown Visiting Nurse Association recently recognized Montgomery County Community College as the 2013 Health Care Champion for its Nursing Program Community Outreach, Community Day, and Wellness and Healthy Lifestyles expos.
The College’s Nursing Program demonstrates is strong commitment to serving Montgomery County residents through its ongoing involvement in activities and service projects. During annual Community Day and the Wellness and Healthy Lifestyles expos, nursing students provide an array of educational information, answer questions related to the materials and conduct simple screening tests, such as blood pressure checks.
Throughout the year, nursing students participate in several community fundraising events, including the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walk, the PA Hero Walk for Wounded Warriors, Elmwood Park Zoo Health Promotion Fair and Relay for Life.
Additionally, nursing students host Go Red for Women’s Heart Health activities and Breast Cancer Awareness health promotion events. During the spring 2013 semester, they collaborated with the College’s Veteran’s Club to collect items for homeless veterans.
The Nursing Program was one of the earliest health career programs offered to students and was established in 1968, just two years after the College opened its doors. The first class of 20 graduates completed the Nursing Program in 1972, and theywere awarded Associate in Applied Science degrees.
In 1987, the College applied for and received initial accreditation from the National League for Nursing for the Associate Degree Nursing Program. In 2011, the Nursing Program received full re-accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission of the nursing program until 2019. Today, the College offers students a 70-credit Nursing Program comprised of one semester of prerequisite courses followed by four clinically focused academic semesters.
Starting in 2004 in response to a local and nationwide nursing shortage, the Nursing Program initiated a Continuous Nursing Program (CNP) option, transitioning from a fall and spring admission to a fall, spring and summer admission. In 2008, the CNP option was recognized as a Bellwether Award finalist for its innovative design.
For more information about the Nursing Program at Montgomery County Community College, visit mc3.edu/academics/divisions/health-sciences/nursing.