Butler County Community College

Butler, PA 16002
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Butler County Community College (BC3) is located in Butler, Pennsylvania. BC3 was established back in 1965 and it now serves a little under 4000 students. The motto of this school is “the smart place to start”. It has gained a reputation for being an excellent academic option for those who wish to take care of their first few years of college in a cost-effective fashion. Students can earn several certificates and associate’s degrees at BC3. It has been ranked as the number-one community college in Pennsylvania multiple times due to its variety of academic opportunities and affordability. Students can easily transfer their credits from BC3 over to many four-year universities, making it a very good transfer school.

The BC3 nursing program is held in very high regard. This program gives students the opportunity to earn associate’s degrees in nursing. The coursework is designed to be completed in two years and nursing students will learn how to provide individual care as well as how to function as a part of a healthcare team. Students in the BC3 nursing program have traditionally found success on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam at rates slightly above the state and national average. This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and has also been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleFringe Town
Number of Students3,338
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate60%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 5 42
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 88.9%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
07/01/1971 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1994 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates --

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$160/credit
In State Students$260/credit
Out of State Students$360/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $7,200 $11,700 $16,200
ADN 70 $11,200 $18,200 $25,200
BSN 125 $20,000 $32,500 $45,000
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 68% of Butler County Community College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 42% $4,306
Other Federal Grant 7% $405
State Grant & Scholarships 38% $2,336
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 6% $1,250
Federal Student Loans 24% $4,419
Private Loans 2% $5,542


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$3,231
$30,001 to $48,000$4,013
$48,001 to $75,000$6,040
$75,001 to $110,000$8,677
Over $110,000$9,472

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.
Butler County Community College
107 College Drive
Butler, PA 16002

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