Nursing, A.S.

Overview

Are you passionate about helping people and communities achieve their highest possible level of health and wellness in a variety of settings? Then, you’re an ideal candidate for an education and career in nursing. We’d like to talk to you.

The scope of practice for the associate degree nursing graduate is to provide and manage care for a diverse group of individuals, families and communities in collaboration with members of the heath care team. Nursing practice integrates the art and science of nursing with theoretical principles from the natural, social, behavioral biological and physical sciences.

TRCC will prepare you to become a registered nurse through a four semester program of study. Critical thinking, safe and competent practice, caring, professionalism, communication, and holistic care are the core values that provide the curricular framework.

You will learn the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse, which include:

  • planning and provision of care
  • patient advocacy
  • communication
  • health teaching and coaching
  • managing human, physical, financial and technological resources in a variety of health care environments.

You will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviors to practice safely, effectively and with competence as an entry-level registered nurse.

Three Rivers Community College Nursing A.S. program is nationally accredited by the ACEN (Accreditation Commision for Education in Nursing, Inc.). In 2015, the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program, which includes the TRCC Nursing Program, passed the Connecticut State Board of Nursing 5 Year Self-Study.

TRCC Nursing Student Outcomes

Our Nursing program is highly competitive. Its outstanding results are credited to the great relationships developed between students and faculty. Graduates’ scores on the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) are consistently above the national average, with a three year average of over 93%. And, our graduates report a 100% job placement on the last three graduate surveys. See Nursing Student Outcomes for pass rate data.

Special Opportunities

Three Rivers Community College fully participates in the Connecticut Nursing Articulation Model for the educational advancement of all nurses. Licensed Practical Nurses may take the Connecticut League for Nursing/Charter Oak State College Bridge Course upon acceptance and enter as far along as the third semester of the program. Upon acceptance into the CT-CCNP at Three Rivers Community College, all LPN candidates are individually assessed by our Admissions Department and by specialized nursing advisors to determine appropriate placement in the program.

Career Options

Practice as a Registered Nurse at:
Hospitals
Clinics
Rehabilitation Centers
Home Care settings
Surgical Centers
Insurance Companies
Public Health
Hospice
Education Settings (School Nurse)

Easy Transfer Options

Central Connecticut State University
Fairfield University
Goodwin College
Quinnipiac University
Sacred Heart University
Southern Connecticut State University
St. Vincent’s College
University of Bridgeport
University of Hartford
University of Saint Joseph
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
Western Connecticut State University

For more information on Connecticut Community College Nursing Program agreements with Connecticut universities, visit here.

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Faculty

See below for a list of all full-time Department Faculty. Please note that not all listed faculty may teach courses related to this specific degree or certificate program.

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Cynthia L Arpin

B.S., M.S.N., University of Hartford; RNNursing and Allied Health Assistant Professor of Nursing
Office: C220 (860) 215-9465
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Teri L Ashton

B.S.N., Central Connecticut State University; M.S.N., University of Hartford, CNENursing and Allied Health Professor of Nursing
Office: C228 (860) 215-9405

Patricia M Colonghi

A.S., Middlesex Community College; B.S., Charter Oak State College; M.S.N., University of HartfordNursing and Allied Health Assistant Professor of Nursing
Office: C246 (860) 215-9477

Carol Emmerthal

B.S.N., University of Connecticut; M.S.N, University of PhoenixNursing and Allied Health Assistant Professor of Nursing
C242 (860) 215-9510

Joan K Graham

B.S.N., Holy Family University; M.S.N, Drexel University; CNENursing and Allied Health Professor of Nursing
Office: C222 (860) 215-9431

Sarah D Korpak

Nursing and Allied Health Assistant Professor of Nursing
Office: C-260 (860) 215-9442

Anne M Lamondy

B.S.N., St. Joseph College; M.S.N., Medical College of Pennsylvania, Hahnemann University; APRNNursing and Allied Health Professor of Nursing
Office: C212 (860) 215-9447

Ann L McNamara

B.S., M.S., University of Connecticut; Registered DieticianNursing and Allied Health Department Professor of Science
Office: C166 (860) 215-9454
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Edith Ouellet

R.N., Saint Francis Hospital School of Nursing; B.S.N., Central Connecticut State University; M.S.N., University of HartfordNursing and Allied Health Department Director of Nursing & Allied Health
Office: C245 (860) 215-9460

MaryAnn Perez-Brescia

A.S., Greater Hartford Community College; B.S.N., M.S.N., University of HartfordNursing and Allied Health Assistant Professor of Nursing
Office: C226 (860) 215-9438
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Krista M Prendergast

B.S.N., University of Connecticut; M.S.N., University of Rhode Island; RN; CNENursing and Allied Health Assistant Professor of Nursing
Office: C266 (860) 215-9423
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Lillian Rafeldt

B.S., State University of New York; M.A. New York University; RN; CNENursing and Allied Health Professor of Nursing
Office: C230 (860) 215-9463
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Suzanne E Turner

B.S.N., University of Rhode Island; M.S.N., St. Joseph’s College, MaineNursing and Allied Health Department Nursing Lab Coordinator
Office: A210 (860) 215-9482

Helen Zakewicz

B.S.N., University of Connecticut; M.S.N., University of Illinois; RNNursing and Allied Health Assistant Professor of Nursing
C262 (860) 215-9483
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Heidi Zenie

A.S., Mitchell College; B.S., Northeastern University; M.S., West Virginia UniversityNursing and Allied Health Department Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Health and Leisure Management
Office: C102 (860) 215-9485
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Jillian Zupan

B.S.N., Southern Connecticut State University; M.S.N, University of Hartford; RNNursing and Allied Health Department Assistant Professor of Nursing
Office: C244 (860) 215-9419

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Edith Ouellet
860-215-9460