AAS Nursing (156)

Program: Nursing
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Plan Code: 156
Length: 69 credits, 5 semesters
Lead Faculty: Ann Pinner

Purpose: The nursing major prepares selected students to qualify as practitioners of technical nursing in a variety of health care facilities. After successful completion of the program, students will be eligible for the National Council Licensure Exam Registered Nurse. The program provides a background for maximum transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the AAS Nursing Program, students will be able to:

  1. Use the nursing process and critical thinking to meet multiple health needs for clients across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings.
  2. Integrate nursing theories, research and skills when providing care for groups of clients with multiple physiological and/or psychosocial needs in a caring and compassionate manner.
  3. Communicate therapeutically with individuals, groups and their families and significant others.
  4. Synthesize and communicate relevant data in a comprehensive and concise manner, verbally and in writing and through information technology.
  5. Integrate holistic health teaching into the care of the individual and groups.
  6. Integrate ethical values and legal principles into the delivery of nursing care.
  7. Utilize management skills and concepts to plan and coordinate the care for a culturally diverse group of clients in a variety of settings.
  8. Assume the role of the associate degree nurse as care provider, advocate, teacher and manager.
  9. Assume accountability and responsibility for his/her own actions and education as a contributing and competent member of the health care team, the nursing profession and society.
  10. Successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Special Accreditation/Approval: This program is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

NCLEX Scores Here

The Virginia Board of Nursing post the passage rates for all programs on their web site. If you go to http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing/nursing_edprogs.htm you will find the following:

The Passage Rates For PDCCC Nursing Program For The Past 5 Years

Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
RN Program 73.53% 91.6% 88.8% 80% 86.7%
LPN-RN Program 100% 81.8% 66.6% 90.9% 87.5%

Occupational Objectives: Employment opportunities for the registered nurse include staff positions in hospitals, nursing homes, health departments, physicians’ offices, clinics, day care centers, industry, hospices, mental health facilities, rehabilitation centers, and home health care agencies.

Admission Requirements: Interested students should contact the nursing office for academic advising. The applicant must meet the following requirements for admission into the nursing program.

  1. Admission to Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC).
  2. Graduation from high school with an overall GPA of 2.5 (or better) or satisfactory completion of the GED. Must submit official GED scores with application.
  3. Complete PDCCC placement tests in English, reading, and mathematics. If scores indicate, the applicant will be required to successfully complete developmental courses prior to admission to nursing program.
  4. Complete one unit of algebra, one unit of general biology, and one unit of chemistry with a “C” grade or better. Deficiencies can be made up through approved developmental or college level courses. Developmental course requirements must be completed before the student can begin the nursing program.
  5. A curricular and cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better in all related and general education requirements completed before admission into nursing program courses.
  6. It is required that all applicants take and pass the Kaplan Entrance Exam prior to admission. Applicants must score in the 45th percentile on each component of the test. The test can be taken once a semester, but only twice per year and the scores are valid for only one year. There is not cost associated with this exam. The test is scheduled with the Nursing/Allied Health Programs secretary.
  7. Applicants who do not meet the residential qualifications will be considered based on space availability only if not all available admitted student slots are used.

Admission Procedure: Applications to the nursing program are processed during specified application periods. Applications for the ADN and LPN bridge nursing program must be submitted by February 24, 2017.

Applicants are responsible for making certain that all application materials are on file in the nursing office, including the following documents:

  1. The completed nursing admissions application
  2. Official transcripts of all secondary school work and all prior college work to include GED scores, if applicable
  3. Results of college placement test, and
  4. Results of Kaplan Entrance Exam

Because the nursing program addresses the educational needs of a variety of students with a variety of experiences and prior education, a limited number of entering class positions are designated for prospective high school graduates who also have been enrolled at PDCCC as part of a nursing program approved dual enrollment program. Interested high school sophomores should see their counselors in the spring of their sophomore year. Interested high school juniors should see their counselors in the fall of their junior year. All dually enrolled students interested in the PDCCC nursing program must have their program of study approved in writing by the PDCCC nursing lead faculty member.

The typical physical demands of a registered nurse include the following: full range of motion including handling and lifting patients and/or equipment, manual and finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination. The job generally requires standing and walking for extensive periods. The registered nurse should be able to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds. The job settings may have stressful conditions and/or irregular hours. There is a potential for exposure to communicable diseases. Upon admission to the nursing program, the prospective student is provided with a Nursing/Allied Health Program Physical Examination form that must be completed by a physician or nurse practitioner prior to enrolling in nursing classes.

Upon Admission: After admission, students must comply with the rules and regulations as outlined in the AD Nursing Student Handbook and course outlines including maintaining current (good for 2 years) CPR certification as designated, good academic standing by maintaining cumulative 2.5 GPA, satisfactory clinical performance, satisfactory physical and mental health, documentation of certain immunizations, and suitable demeanor and attendance. In fact, an attendance policy is in effect for both class and clinical experience. Students must pass each curricular nursing course to proceed to the next. Students must pass pharmacology and calculation tests, designated clinical skills testing, and demonstrate clinical competence in nursing courses with clinical components. Any student who receives a final grade lower than “C” in any of the courses in nursing or biology will not be permitted to continue in the nursing courses. In order to resume nursing courses, students must write a letter of request to the nursing lead faculty member. Students will have day and evening clinical experiences. Students are also responsible for additional fees charged for required testing, uniforms, books, criminal history, and sex offender crimes against minor’s background checks, and drug screening. An estimated cost of the background check and drug screening is $126.00 (cost is student responsibility).

Criminal history and background checks for sex offender crimes against minors are required for entrance into some clinical agencies. Students must have a negative background check and drug screen in order to begin clinical nursing courses. Some health care facilities may not employ individuals who have committed certain criminal acts. Students who have positive results from these checks may be prohibited from clinical and may not complete the program.

Please note: The Virginia State Board of Nursing can deny admission to any license or certification examination and refuse to issue a license or certificate to any applicant who has filed false credentials, falsely represented facts on an application for licensure, or has been convicted of any felony or any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to RN Options:

LPN-RN Bridge Program: Provides an opportunity for the LPN to enter the nursing program to advance their careers and at the same time recognize the skills and knowledge they have already obtained through the Practical Nurse Program. Those who apply for this program must have graduated from an accredited practical nursing program within five (5) years and have completed BIO 141-142, ENG 111, STD 100, CST 100, and PSY 201. The applicant must currently hold an unrestricted license in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, the candidate must meet all criteria for the nursing program, including maintaining a grade of “C” or better in all nursing and general education course requirements. A transition course (NUR 115) is offered for LPNs admitted to the program.

Transfer of Previous Nursing Credits: Students seeking to transfer credit received from nursing courses at other institutions will be considered on an individual basis by the nursing faculty. The student may be asked to provide course descriptions, course syllabi, preadmission testing or achievement test scores, and selected data from the course instructor in order to determine placement in the nursing program, this option is subject to space availability. Since there are frequently differences among nursing programs, students desiring to transfer should be aware that there might be an interruption in their program progression depending on placement in the PDCCC Nursing Program.

Withdrawal/Readmission: An exit interview with a nursing faculty member or the lead faculty member is required of all students who withdraw. Students who withdraw because of academic failure may not enroll more than once. Any student wishing to enroll in nursing courses must have at least a 2.5 cumulative and curricular grade point averages at PDCCC to be considered. Readmission must occur within one year to main¬tain nursing course credits. A student who wishes to enter the nursing curriculum must follow the proce¬dure outlined in the ADN Student Handbook. The student may be required to enroll in and satisfactory complete specific courses before admission. Students will also have to demonstrate certain competencies and meet health and clinical requirements to be considered for enrollment.

The nursing faculty will consider each student’s application for readmission and the decision to readmit will be based on additional data, prior performance in the nursing program, and space availability. Students who fail a nursing course or withdraw for any reason from the nursing program may be readmitted to the nursing program only once. Students who have failed two nursing courses will not be permitted to enroll in the program. All readmissions are at the discretion of nursing faculty.

Financial Requirements: In addition to the usual college tuition and fees, this program requires the following estimated expenses:

Uniforms $200
Health/Physical Examination varies
Books $3,000
Graduation Pin (cost depends on price of gold or silver) $50
AHA BCLS CPR Certification (good for 2 years)) $144.65
Kaplan Standardized test (over the course of the program) $600
Criminal Background Check (Includes drug test) $126
Skills Lab Kit $150
Nursing Student Association $70
Application for Licensure Fees $190
Transportation to Clinical agencies, seminars, etc. as required varies

In an effort to reduce student fees, students are required to have an electronic device that they can load eBooks onto. The preference for nursing textbooks will be eBooks as opposed to the textbook.

Curriculum Requirements: In addition to formal lectures, laboratory exercises, selected clinical, and community experiences will be scheduled during day and evening shifts depending on availability of facilities. Field trips at additional cost to the student may be included as a course requirement.

Clinical nursing students must successfully pass standardized content specific test at various points in the curriculum in order to progress in the program. Students who are unsuccessful will be counseled and guided in required remediation. Upon successful completion of remediation requirements and passing appropriate level standardized testing, a student may progress to the next clinical course. The student must complete all general education and related courses either before or concurrent with nursing program requirements. To remain in the program, a student must have a “C” or above in all nursing courses and general education courses required for the degree.

Sample Schedule

Fall Term
NUR 111 Nursing I 1, 2 8
BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENG 111 College Composition 3
SVD 100 College Success Skills 1
NUR 136 Principles of Pharmacology I 2 2
Total 18
Spring Term
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology I 3
NUR 170 Essentials of Medical/Surgical Nursing 2 4
NUR 180 Essentials of Maternal/Newborn Nursing 2 4
NUR 137 Principles of Pharmacology II 2 1
Total 16
Summer Term
NUR 201 Psychiatric Nursing 3 4
*NUR 115 LPN Transition 7
BIO 150 Introductory Microbiology 4
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
Total 18
Fall Term
NUR 212 Second Level Nursing II 4 8
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3
HUM Elective 3
Total 14
Spring Term
NUR 246 Parent Child Nursing 4
NUR 202 Medical Surgical Nursing I 4
NUR 254 Dimensions of Professional Nursing 2
Total 10
Minimum Total Credits 69

1. CNA Bridge students should take NUR 106 (5 credits) instead of NUR 111. Upon successful completion, CNA students will be awarded credit for NUR 105 (3 credits).
2. LPN Bridge students should take NUR 115 (7 credits) instead of NUR 111, NUR 170, NUR 136, NUR 180 and NUR 137. Upon completion, LPN students will be awarded credit for these classes.
3. LPN students take NUR 203 in place of NUR 201
4. LPN students take NUR 211 in place of NUR 212
* LPN Bridge students should take NUR 115 (7 credits) instead of NUR 111, NUR 170, NUR 136, NUR 180 and NUR 137. Upon completion, LPN students will be awarded credit for these classes.