Compton College Nursing Program Receives Approval

Group photo of students enrolled in CCCD Nursing Program

The Compton College Nursing Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Previously operating under the El Camino College Nursing Program, the Compton College program will continue to serve students at the Compton campus, now as a separate, fully independent and accredited program. In addition, the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Janet Baghoomian as the new associate dean of nursing, effective April 22.

"There is a growing need to replenish the supply of qualified health care providers needed in the workforce," said Compton College President Keith Curry. "Compton College has strong nursing and biomedical science programs and a new state-of-the-art Allied Health Building complete with a simulation lab. We hope to inspire and educate a new generation of leaders in nursing and other medical professions."

For more than 63 years, Compton College has offered a rigorous curriculum within comprehensive degree and certificate programs designed to prepare registered nurses to meet the health care needs of the community. For the past 13 years, the program was part of the El Camino College Nursing department, a result of a 2006 partnership agreement to provide educational and related support services to Compton Community College District residents, while working toward a fully independent college.

Compton College student nurses are supported by counseling, opportunities to further their education and referrals to jobs in the community. Upon completion of the program, graduates earn an associate degree and are ready to take the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). After passing the exam, graduates are eligible to seek employment as a registered nurse and work in health care fields such as intensive care, pediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics, rehabilitation, oncology, cardiology, and occupational health. Compton College partners with area hospitals and medical centers for clinical rotations and mentoring.

The Compton College Nursing Program currently has a 94.73% pass rate for the first three quarters on the national licensing examination in 2018-2019, which is the highest score since 2006. The majority of program graduates go on to obtain their bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing, in addition to obtaining a job as a registered nurse in the area.

Student nurses learn in a new state-of-the-art facility featuring a simulation lab with high-fidelity mannequins that mimic the human body. This lab in the Allied Health Building that opened in 2016 and provides a classroom/laboratory setting for nursing students to learn the skills necessary to be effective in an actual hospital environment.

Scholarships are also an important part of the program. Federal funding gives Compton College students the opportunity to apply for grants up to $15,000 (based upon unmet need) per year, which enables them to reduce their work schedules, or even quit working to focus on coursework.

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