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Degree: 
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
Length: 
Five-semester (two-year) program (First semester consists of pre-requisite courses)
Purpose: 

The two-year Associate Degree program is designed to prepare students educationally as contributing members of the health team, rendering direct patient care as beginning practitioners of nursing in a variety of health services facilities. At the successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to make application to the Board of Nursing for their respective state to be considered for eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) leading to licensure as a registered nurse (R.N.). The program is fully approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the Virginia State Board of Nursing. It has received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) [3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, (404) 975-5000)]. This may be used as a resource for program information.

Academic
Graduating
Class/Year


 
Graduate Success on
NCLEX-RN/Licensure
for all First Time Test
Takers:
Timeframe of Jan. 1
thru Dec. 31 of each
calendar year.
Students Completion of WCC
Associate Degree Level Nursing
Program:(Combined-generic and LPN-RN).
Timeframe of August for traditional,
and January for LPN-RN start dates to
graduation dates of May (2 year graduation
cycles).
Graduates
Employment
Rates:
(Combined traditional
and
LPN-RN).
Graduation
employment
rates collected
from
June 1st, thru
December
31st, annually.
2014

82.5% - Traditional

83.33% - LPN-RN

82.69% - Overall

52 graduates 100%
2015 83.33% (combined) 48 graduates 100%
2016 77.14% 1st
time test
takers)
35 graduates 100%
2017 81.4% 43 graduates 100%
2018 To date: 91.66% 60 graduates In progress
Occupational Objectives: 

Employment opportunities for the Registered Nurse include positions in the following:
Hospitals
Nursing Homes
Health Departments
Physicians’ Offices
School Systems
Clinics
Industries
Civil Service
Hospice agencies
Day care centers
Home health care agencies
Entrepreneurial opportunities

Minimum Requirements: (Must be met by February 15–if the class does not fill in February, there may be a second round of admissions in June)

  • High school diploma or equivalent;
  • In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Nursing program requires competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-5 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.;
  • One unit each of high school chemistry and high school biology with a “C” grade or better. If the applicant does not meet the high school prerequisites, he/she may gain proficiency through the college’s developmental courses. The high school requirements may be waived if BIO 141 and BIO 142 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II) are completed with a grade of “C” or better;
  • Score at or above the 45th percentile rank on the ATI/TEAS V, as mandated by the VCCS within the past three years.  Students have unlimited opportunities to obtain a satisfactory score and must wait 30 days before retesting;
  • A 2.5 cumulative GPA of the nursing prerequisite courses must be achieved prior to nursing admission. Prerequisites: BIO 141, ENG 111, PSY 230, SDV 100 (or SDV 101), PHI 220. Additionally, a cumulative 2.0 overall college GPA is required for all students.

In the event there are more applicants who apply in a given year than there are slots available the college will employ selective admission. Please consult the Health Professions Admission Packet for a detailed description of the selective criteria, readmission, and LPN-RN Bridge transition information. The packet is available through the Admissions Office.

Advanced Placement:
The licensed practical nurse (LPN) may receive credit for the first-year nursing courses and enter into the second year of the program providing the following requirements are met:  (LPNs entering the program in the Spring of 2019 will follow the 2018-19 catalog):

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory scores in English and math placement tests or completion of MTE units 1-5 and developmental English at WCC or equivalent college course work
  • One unit each of high school chemistry and high school biology with a “C” grade or better. If you do not meet the high school prerequisites, you may gain proficiency through the college’s developmental courses.  The high school requirements may be waived if BIO 141 and BIO 142 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II) are completed with a grade of “C” or better;
  • A 2.5 cumulative GPA of the nursing prerequisite courses must be achieved prior to nursing admission. Prerequisites: BIO 141, ENG 111, PSY 230, SDV 100 (or SDV 101), PHI 220. Additionally, a cumulative 2.0 overall college GPA is required for all students.
  • Score at or above the national 45th percentile rank on the ATI/TEAS V. Test Scores are good for three years. Students are allowed unlimited attempts at least 30 days apart.
  • Submission of transcripts of the School of Practical Nursing.
  • Submission of copy of current unencumbered valid LPN license. Students who have probationary status, a suspended or revoked LPN license are not eligible to enter the nursing program.
  • Successful completion of BIO 141 and BIO 142 (Anatomy & Physiology I & II) and all other pre-requisite courses.  All pre-requisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or above.  The cumulative GPA for the pre-requisites must be at least 2.5.
  • If more students who meet the above admission requirements apply for admission than there are positions available, students who have completed all co-requisite course work will be considered first.  Students will then be ranked using criteria such as GPA, ATI TEAS Test score, clinical experience, and number of college courses completed.
  • Upon successful completion of NSG 115 LPN Transition the student may enter the second year of the nursing program.
  • The licensed practical nurse who chooses to enter as a freshman nursing student and who is not successful in NSG 100 , NSG 106NSG 130 , NSG 200 , NSG 152 or NSG 170 may not apply to be admitted to NSG 115 LPN Transition.
  • The LPN will be afforded one opportunity to complete NSG 115 LPN Transition. If unsuccessful, the student may request admission to the first semester of the Concept Based Curriculum.
  • If the LPN does not have an unencumbered, valid LPN license by the beginning of fall semester, he/she may not continue in the sequence. The student, however, may request admission into the traditional tract of the nursing program. Students who have probationary status, a suspended or revoked LPN license are not eligible to enter the nursing program.
  • The LPN student must enter the second level nursing classes within three months of successful completion of NSG 115 LPN Transition.

The following is a list of technical abilities and skills applicants for admission should possess:

  • Critical Thinking: Critical thinking ability sufficient
  • Interpersonal: Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds
  • Communication: Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form
  • Mobility: Sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces
  • Motor Skills: Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe care
  • Hearing Acuity: Ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs
  • Visual: Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care
  • Tactile: Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment

All applicants should be advised that the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Nursing Statutes and Regulations (54.1-3007) state the following:

Regarding refusal, revocation, or suspension, censure or probation. The Board may refuse to admit a candidate to any examination, refuse to issue a license or certificate to any applicant and may suspend any license or certificate for a stated period or indefinitely, or revoke any license or censure or reprimand any licensee or certificate holder or place him on probation for such time as it may designate for any of the following causes:

  1. Fraud or deceit in procuring or attempting to procure a license;
  2. Unprofessional conduct;
  3. Willful or repeated violation of any of the provisions of this chapter;
  4. Conviction or any felony or any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
  5. Practicing in a manner contrary to the standards of ethics or in such a manner as to make his practice a danger to the health and welfare of patients or to the public; Use of alcohol or drugs to the extent that such use renders him unsafe to practice, or any mental or physical illness rendering him unsafe to practice;
  6. The denial, revocation, suspension or restriction of a license or certificate to practice in another state, the District of Columbia or a United States possession or territory; or
  7. Abuse, negligent practice, or misappropriation of a patient’s or resident’s property.

Any student receiving a final grade lower than a “C” in any course in the Nursing curriculum will be ineligible to continue in the program and will need to contact the program head for readmission requirements.

The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.  All first semester pre-requisite courses must be met prior to progressing as a fall admit into the NSG prefix courses.

First Year
First Semester (PreRequisites/Spring)
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 4
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3 0 3
SDV 101 Orientation to a Discipline (Nursing) 1 0 1
Or SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
PHI 220 Ethics 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 11 3 15
Second Year
First Nursing Course Semester (Fall)
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 4
NSG 100 Introduction to Nursing Concepts 3 3 4
NSG 106 Competencies for Nursing Practice 1 3 2
NSG 130 Professional Nursing Concepts 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 8 9 11
Second Nursing Course Semester (Spring)
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BIO 150 Introductory Microbiology 3 3 4
NSG 152 Healthcare Participant 2 3 3
NSG 170 Health/Illness Concepts 4 6 6
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 9 12 13
Third Year
Third Nursing Course Semester (Fall)
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
MTH 155 Statistical Reasoning 3 0 3
NSG 210 Healthcare Concepts I 3 6 5
NUS 211 Healthcare Concepts II 3 6 5
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 9 12 13
Fourth Nursing Course Semester (Spring)
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3
NSG 230 Advanced Professional Nursing Concepts 2 0 2
NSG 252 Complex Healthcare Concepts 4 0 4
NSG 270

The Nursing Program curriculum is subject to change due to state and accreditation requirements. See program head for current requirements.

Progression Through the Program:

  1. Selected learning experiences will be provided in various health agencies. These include hospitals, extended care facilities, clinics, community health agencies, and health departments. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the college and the agencies utilized for clinical experiences.
  2. A grade of “C” in the nursing curriculum is necessary to progress through the program.
  3. A “Satisfactory” on all critical clinical objectives is required prior to progression to the next course. See Clinical Competence policy.
  4. A current clinical eligibility form must be submitted prior to the deadline established for the next semester.
  5. Clinical facilities may necessitate additional requirements.

Readmission Requirements:
As stated above, a student receiving a final grade lower than “C” or a “W” in any course in the Nursing curriculum will be ineligible to continue in the Nursing program. Contact the program head for readmission requirements.

Nursing Capstone 0 12 4
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 9 12 13
Notes:

 

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