Nursing Program (156)

Virginia Board of Nursing Education Programs

Nursing GAA with Western Governors University

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Major: Nursing

Length: 5 Semesters

Lead Faculty/Program Head: Dean of Nursing and Allied Health: Ms. Debbie Hartman, RN, MSN

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 for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The program provides a background for maximum transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities.

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

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 required nursing clinical courses.

  1. Admission to Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC).
  2. Graduation from high school with an overall GPA of 2.5 or better satisfactory completion of the GED. Must submit 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 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 requirements must be completed before the student can begin nursing classes.
  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 Kaplan Entrance Exam prior to admission. You will need to get 45th percentile to be considered for the RN program. The exam can be taken once a semester and scores are valid for two years after testing. The test cost is free for PDCCC students. The test is scheduled with the nursing program secretary. Applicants who do not meet the residential qualifications will be considered 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 fall nursing program must be submitted by February 26. Applications for the Licensed Practical Nurse Bridge Program must be submitted by February 26.

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 (pre-RN) 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 program of dual enrollment. 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 program head.

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. After admission to the nursing program, the prospective student is provided with a Nursing Program Physical Examination form that must be completed by a physician or nurse practitioner prior to enrolling in nursing classes.

Once Enrolled: After admission, students must comply with the rules and regulations as outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook and course outlines including maintaining current (yearly) 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, students must write a letter of request to the nursing program head. Students will have day and evening clinical experiences. They 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. Any charges or a cost for drug screening is the responsibility of the student. An estimated cost of the drug screening is $100.00.

Upon admission, all students are required to undergo mandatory drug screening. Students must have a negative drug screen in order to begin clinical nursing courses.

Some health care facilities may not employ individuals who have committed certain criminal acts and may conduct criminal background checks before hiring. Criminal history and background checks for sex offender crimes against minors are required for entrance into some clinical agencies. Students who have positive results from these checks may be prohibited from clinical and may not complete the program (estimated cost $100.00).

Please note: The Virginia State Board of Nursing can deny admission to any 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.

Students will attend minimally 4 days a week – lecture twice a week and skills laboratory or clinicals twice a week. Classes will be scheduled between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. On-campus Skills Labs will run between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Clinical in the hospital may run from 6:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. or from 2:00 P.M. until 10:00 P.M. There are occasionally 12 hour clinical days (one day a week instead of 2).

CNA Option (CNA-RN Bridge Program): Provides an opportunity for the certified nurse aide to enter the nursing program to advance their careers and at the same time recognize the skills and knowledge they have already obtained through their Nurse Aide Program. A transition course is offered (NUR 106) for Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) who has graduated from certain regional Nurse Aide programs within two (2) years. The candidates must meet all criteria for the nursing program, including maintaining a grade of “C” or better in all nursing and general education course requirements.

LPN Options:

LPN-RN Bridge Program: Provides an opportunity for the licensed practical nurse 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, and Psyc 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 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who have graduated from a regional LPN programs.

Advanced Placement: LPNs may apply for advanced placement in the nursing program sequence. Those who apply for this program, must have graduated from an accredited practical nursing program and 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.

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, pre-admission testing or achievement test scores, and selected data from the course instructor in order to determine placement in the nursing program, 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 program progression.

Withdrawal/Readmission: An exit interview with a nursing faculty member or the program head is required of all students who withdraw. Students who withdraw because of academic failure may not re-enroll more than once. Any student wishing to re-enroll in nursing courses must have at least a 2.5 cumulative and curricular grade point averages at PDCCC to be considered. Re-enrollment must occur within one year to maintain nursing course credits.

A student who wishes to re-enter the nursing curriculum must follow the procedure outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook. The student may be required to enroll in and satisfactory complete specific courses before admission. Students will have to demonstrate certain competencies and meet health and clinical requirements to be considered for re-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 re-enrolled. All re-admissions 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 (program)
Graduation Pin – $50
AHA BCLS CPR Certification (good for 2 years) – $144.65
Kaplan Standardized test (over the course of the program) – $600
Criminal Background Check (drug test included)- $100
Application for Licensure Fees – $650
Transportation to Clinical agencies, seminars, etc. as required – varies

Skills Lab Kits – $150

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 Licensee Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Course Schedule

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 may be included.

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.

Sample Schedule

Fall Term
NUR 111 Nursing I1,2 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 I2 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 Nursing2 4
NUR 180 Essentials of Maternal/Newborn Nursing2 4
NUR 137 Principles of Pharmacology II2 1
Total 16

Summer Term
NUR 201 Psychiatric Nursing3 4
BIO 150 Introductory Microbiology 4
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
Total 11

Fall Term
NUR 212 Second Level Nursing II4 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 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