Northampton County Area Community College

Bethlehem, PA 18020
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Northampton County Area Community College (NCC) is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This public community college was established back in 1967. This is a rather large school with around 34,000 students enrolled at the current time. Students are able to pursue a number of different academic programs at this college and can earn associate’s degrees, diplomas, and certificates. NCC is also well known for being one of the most affordable colleges in all of Pennsylvania. It is a popular transfer school due to this as well. Many students start their college educations at this school before transferring the credits over to four-year universities.

The NCC nursing program allows students to pursue becoming either licensed practical nurses (LPN) or registered nurses (RN). Both the practical nursing program and the associate’s degree nursing program will be comprised of general education courses, nursing courses, and clinical experiences. Students will learn all of the best nursing theories on top of developing top-tier practical skills. All graduates of the nursing program will be prepared to take the proper NCLEX licensure exam for their field of study. The nursing program at NCC has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students9,921
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate59%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 4 48
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 3 40
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 91.7%
  • NCLEX-RN: 98.1%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
07/01/1970 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
12/01/1972 - Current
Nursing (PNUR) - Practical nursing programs
12/01/1979 - 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$141/credit
In State Students$308/credit
Out of State Students$454/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 $6,345 $13,860 $20,430
ADN 70 $9,870 $21,560 $31,780
BSN 125 $17,625 $38,500 $56,750
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, 76% of Northampton County Area 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 55% $4,342
Other Federal Grant 15% $364
State Grant & Scholarships 44% $2,326
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 5% $1,672
Federal Student Loans 35% $5,514
Private Loans 2% $8,530


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$6,947
$30,001 to $48,000$7,493
$48,001 to $75,000$10,542
$75,001 to $110,000$13,043
Over $110,000$13,727

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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: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.
Northampton County Area Community College
3835 Green Pond Rd
Bethlehem, PA 18020

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