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College Catalog: Health Sciences: Nursing

Program: Nursing
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Plan Code: 156
Length: 69 credits, 5 semesters (program prior to Fall 2018)
64 credits, 4 semesters (program for students entering in Fall 2018)
Lead Faculty: Trudy Kuehn

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 (for students entering prior to Fall 2018)

Upon successful completion of the AAS Nursing Program, the graduate will:

  1. Provide patient-centered care that demonstrates therapeutic relationships, caring behaviors, self determination to diverse populations across the lifespan.
  2. Practice safe nursing care that minimizes risk of harm across systems and client populations.
  3. Demonstrate nursing judgements through use of clinical reasoning, the nursing process, and evidence-based practice in the provision of safe, quality care.
  4. Practice professional behaviors that encompass the legal/ethical framework while incorporating self-reflection, leadership and a commitment to recognize the value of life-long learning.
  5. Manage client care through performance improvement methods, technological resources, and fiscal responsibility to meet client needs and support organizational outcomes while collaborating with interdisciplinary teams.

A new concept-based curriculum for PDCCC’s Nursing program takes effect in Fall 2018.

ADN Student Learning Outcomes and Competencies

Mission of the VCCS Nursing Programs is to provide affordable, community access to quality nursing education. The VCCS nursing programs prepare qualified students to provide safe, competent, entry-level nursing care in 21st century healthcare environments. Students are prepared to meet the ever-increasing complexity of the healthcare needs of the citizens of Virginia.

Philosophy: VCCS nursing faculty ascribe to the core competencies for nursing and nursing education. While firmly based in science and the arts, the essence of nursing is caring and compassionate patient centered care. Ethical standards, respect for individual dignity, and consideration of cultural context are implicit in the practice of patient centered care. The nurse advocates for patients and families in ways that promote self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings. Nursing care is provided in collaboration with the patient, the family and members of the health care team. The nurse displays a spirit of inquiry by examining evidence to improve quality of care, promote safety and improve patient outcomes. Nursing judgment is integral to making competent decisions related to the provision of safe and effective nursing care. Information management essential to nursing care is communicated via a variety of technological and human means.

Student Learning Outcomes with Competencies

1. Provide patient-centered care promoting, therapeutic relationships, caring behaviors, and self-determination across the lifespan for diverse populations.

  1. Manage patient centered care with sensitivity and respect.
  2. Formulate a patient-centered plan of care based on the nursing process.
  3. Deliver care in an organized and efficient manner.
  4. Assess learning needs, develop teaching plans, implement necessary teaching and evaluate effectiveness of teaching to achieve desired outcomes.
  5. Incorporate evidence-based practices and information technology to deliver safe, quality care.
  6. Promote patient self-determination in making health care decisions.
  7. Utilize therapeutic communication skills when interacting with patients and the patient’s support network.
  8. Safely and competently perform all nursing interventions and skills within the healthcare/community setting.
  9. Advocate for diverse individuals, families and communities across the lifespan in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity and ongoing growth as human beings.

2. Practice safe nursing care that minimizes risk of harm across systems and client populations.

  1. Evaluate human factors and safety design principles.
  2. Describe processes used to analyze causes of errors and allocation of responsibility and accountability.
  3. Report errors to members of the health care team and value a culture of safety through reporting of near misses and hazards in patient care.
  4. Utilize safety-enhancing technologies to identify and prevent potential errors in patient care.
  5. Incorporate National Patient Safety goals into the provision of safe patient care.

3. Demonstrate nursing judgment through the use of clinical reasoning, the nursing process, and evidence-based practice in the provision of safe, quality care.

  1. Develop an individualized plan of care based on patient values, clinical expertise and reliable evidence.
  2. Recognize changes in patient status and intervene appropriately.
  3. Apply the nursing process to guide care.
  4. Prioritize patient care accurately using relevant data and best evidence.
  5. Incorporate and value evidence-based practice, evaluate existing practices and seek creative approaches to problem solving.

4. Practice professional behaviors that encompass the legal/ethical framework while incorporating self-reflection, leadership and a commitment to recognize the value of life-long learning.

  1. Display ethical behaviors and confidentiality when caring for patients.
  2. Assume responsibility and accountability for delivering safe patient care.
  3. Deliver nursing care within the legal scope of nursing practice.
  4. Demonstrate a professional demeanor in interactions with patients, families and healthcare providers.
  5. Engage in reflective thinking for the purpose of improving nursing practice.
  6. Value lifelong learning by initiating a plan for ongoing professional development

5. Manage client care through quality improvement processes, informational technology, and fiscal responsibility to meet client needs and support organizational outcomes.

  1. Describe common quality measures encountered in clinical practice.
  2. Apply technology and information management tools to support safe, patient care.
  3. Value fiscal responsibility in the delivery of patient care.

6. Demonstrate principles of collaborative practice within the nursing and interdisciplinary teams fostering mutual respect and shared decision-making to achieve stated outcomes of care.

  1. Recognize the effect nursing and other interdisciplinary team members have upon care processes and outcomes for patients and families within any healthcare setting
  2. Collaborate with members of the healthcare team to provide safe care.
  3. Appreciate different communication styles and cultural differences in team members.
  4. Apply management skills and principles of delegation when working with other members of the health care team.
  5. Identify own strengths and weaknesses to improve individual as well as team performance

Special Accreditation/Approval: This program is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

NCLEX Scores Here

Virginia Board of Nursing post the passage rates for all programs on their web site. The scores can be located at: http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing/nursing_edprogs.htm Scores are also posted on the PDCCC nursing website.

The passage rates for PDCCC Nursing Program for the past 5 years

Year 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
RN Program 80% 86.7% 82.35% 76.8% 77.27%
LPN-RN Bridge Program 90% 87.5% 100% 70% Reflected above for 2017 forward

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 the 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. Students must also have American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 and scores are only valid during the application period; the scores will not carry over into the next application period. The test is scheduled with the Nursing/Allied Health Program’s administrative assistant.
  8. Mandatory attendance at an Information Session, which is offered monthly during the fall and spring semesters.
  9. 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 nursing program must be submitted by February 24. Students must also apply to the college.

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 on-line application, which begins the process
  2. Official transcripts of all secondary school work and all prior college work to include GED scores, if applicable
  3. Copy of any previously earned health care license (LPN, CNA, EMT)
  4. Results of Kaplan Entrance Exam
  5. Three completed reference forms (using the forms provided) from prior instructors or employers
  6. Kaplan score sheet with documentation of 45% in each of the categories.
  7. Documentation of their participation at an Information Session, which are offered monthly in the fall and spring semesters.

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. Interested high school students should consult with their guidance counselor.

In the event that there are more applicants for the Nursing programs than there are slots, a selective admissions process will take effect. Deadline for submitting all required information to be considered for admission is February 24 for the upcoming school year.

The following minimal admission requirements must be met by February 24 in the spring prior to the desired fall admission:

  • Student must complete a Paul D. Camp Community College General Student Application. This application is available at the PDCCC website. Application must be received by February 24.
  • Student must provide, in their application packet, in a sealed envelope, an official transcript of any college work previously attempted and/or completed by February 24. The student must ALSO provide to PDCCC an official high school transcript or copy of the student’s GED by February 24. Students currently enrolled in high school at the time of application for admission should forward to PDCCC a copy of their high school transcript through the fall semester of the senior year. Transcripts should be sent as early as possible so that previous course work can be evaluated to determine the need for developmental courses prior to applying for admission to the Nursing programs.
  • Competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-5 for ADN and MTE 1-3 for PN as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE and/or ENF units or equivalent.
  • Student must have completed one high school Biology with a lab with a minimum grade of “C”, or the student must have successfully completed one unit of developmental or college-level Biology.
  • Student must have completed one high school Chemistry with a lab with a minimum grade of a “C”, or the student must have successfully completed one unit of developmental or college-level Chemistry.
  • Student must have completed one high school Algebra class with a minimum grade of “C”, or the student must have successfully completed MTE 1-3 for PN and MTE 1-5 for ADN.
  • Student must have completed American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider CPR with a minimum grade of “C”.
  • All Developmental coursework must be completed prior to the February 24 admission deadline.
  • The student must have an overall minimum GPA of 2.5 for all college or high school work attempted. If the student has completed > 12 semester credit hours of college-level work, the college GPA will be used in calculating the student’s admissions score. If the student has completed <12 semester credit hours of college-level work, the high school GPA will be used in calculating the student’s admissions score. Because grades for courses taken during the spring semester of the application process will not be available during the student’s application assessment, all GPA calculations will be based on work completed through the fall semester preceding the February 24 deadline. Points will be awarded for some co-requisites completed and will be the basis of the GPA. Science course (BIO 141) will be awarded additional points for grades of “A” or “B”.
  • Student must take a pre-admissions screening test through PDCCC. The student must contact Ms. Griffin via email cgriffin@pdc.edu or call 757-569-6731 to sign up to take the Kaplan Entrance Exam for Nursing. This is a web-based test with no fees involved. The Kaplan Entrance Exam will assess the student’s competency in high school level reading, high school level grammar, high school level Math through Algebra I, and high school level general sciences. Tests may be taken at alternate sites (Suffolk and Franklin), however, the student must make arrangements and schedule the test through the Ms. Griffin. Further information on the testing is available online under the Nursing and Allied Health tab. All potential nursing students must score 45% on each of the categories. 10% of this grade will be added to the points system for admission. Students will only be allowed to take the Kaplan exam twice per year, once in the fall and once in the spring semester, prior to the February 24 deadline. There are no exceptions.
    • The student must complete an online application for the nursing programs. There are 3 applications. If the student is interested in the RN program, then the student must complete the ADN application. If the student is interested in the PN program, then the student must complete the PN application. If the student wants preference in the ADN program, but will accept a spot in the PN program, then the student must complete the single application for both (ADN & PN) programs by February 22nd.
    • The programs accepts 30 ADN students.

Students will be notified by approximately April 1st of their selection status. Students who are accepted for admission must notify PDCCC’s Nursing Office of their intention to accept or decline the offered slot by the deadline listed on their admission letter. Failure to do so will result in the loss of that slot to an alternate.

Students who are not accepted into the program must re-submit the entire package and complete the Kaplan Entrance Exam to reapply for a future year. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a Nursing Advisor to discuss ways improve their admission ability.

Students who fail to submit any of the required material to the PDCCC Nursing Office by the February 24 deadline will not be considered for admission for the following admission semester. There will be no exceptions. The PDCCC’s Nursing programs will establish only one admission deadline, as there are frequently many more applicants than available slots. After the student submits their application, a file will be started. However, the applicant/student must submit the completed packet to the Nursing Office before the February 24 deadline at which time you will receive a receipt showing your packet is complete. All packets must be hand delivered to ensure the packets are complete, Monday-Thursday from 8:30-3:00pm and Friday from 8:30-2:00pm. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Physical Demands: 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, hand and 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 into the program, students must comply with the rules and regulations as outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook.

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. See Barrier Crimes located on the website. Students who have positive results from these checks may be prohibited from clinical and will not be able 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. Please see Barrier Crimes located on the website.

Students may be required to minimally attend 4 days a week – lecture twice a week and skills laboratory or clinical twice a week. Classes are scheduled between 8:00AM and 5:00PM. On-campus Skills Labs are scheduled between 8:00AM and 4:00PM. Clinical times vary and may be nine or twelve hour shifts and can be day, evening, or night, depending on the sites availability.

Transfer of Previous Nursing Credits: Students seeking to transfer credits received from nursing courses at other institutions will be considered on an individual basis by the Program Dean. 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. Students must schedule an appointment with the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health (dhartman@pdc.edu). Students who have failed two attempts in a nursing program will not be permitted to enroll in PDCCC’s ADN program.

Withdrawal/Readmission: An exit interview with a nursing faculty member or the Dean is required of all students who withdraw. In addition the student must complete a withdrawal form. 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 maintain nursing course credits. A student who wishes to 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 also have to demonstrate certain competencies and meet health and clinical requirements to be considered for enrollment. Students will be required to meet the requirements of the current ADN curriculum.

The Dean and 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 attempts in the nursing program will not be permitted to enroll within five years. All readmissions are at the discretion of Program Dean and 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 (Does not include the cost of immunizations, may vary by practitioner/insurance.) $75-$100
Books $3,000
Graduation Pin (cost depends on price of gold or silver)* (Mandatory) $50
American Heart association Healthcare Provider CPR Certification (good for 2 years) $148
Kaplan Standardized test (over the course of the program) $600
Criminal Background Check & drug test (May vary depending on name changes and how many states of residence) $133.50
Skills Lab Kit $150
Nursing Student Association $70
Application for Licensure Fees $190
Pearson Vue Fee $200

In an effort to reduce student fees, students are required to have an electronic device that they can load eBooks. 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, evening, and weekend shifts depending on availability of facilities. Field trips at additional cost to the student may be included as a course requirement.

Notice to Students Entering the ADN Program in Fall 2017

The ADN program (Registered Nursing Program) at Paul D Camp Community College, along with the 18 other nursing programs in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) are moving to a statewide concept based curriculum in the Fall of 2018. Your cohort that entered in Fall 2017 will be the last cohort to obtain a nursing degree at PDCCC under the old medical model curriculum. The impact that this may have on students who entered the program in Fall 2017 is that any failure of the current curriculum classes will lead to the student having to enter the new curriculum and potentially will add additional semesters his or her your schooling. In order to meet the requirements of the new curriculum students may have to take earlier level courses to obtain the content necessary for graduation. Also required for the new curriculum are additional co-requisites that students would be required to obtain if they are not successful in the current curriculum. Any questions should be directed to the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health or your Academic Advisor.

Nursing Program (156)
Required Courses and Credits
Sample Schedule
For Cohorts Entering Prior to Fall 2018
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 Semester Credits 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 Semester Credits 16
Summer Term
NUR 201 Psychiatric Nursing 3 4
BIO 150 Introductory Microbiology 4
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
Total Semester Credits 18
Fall Term
NUR 212 Second Level Nursing II 4 8
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3
PHI 220 Ethics 3
Total Semester Credits 14
Spring Term
NUR 246 Parent Child Nursing 4
NUR 202 Medical Surgical Nursing I 4
NUR 254 Dimensions of Professional Nursing 2
Total Semester Credits 10
Total Required Credits 69

Nursing Program (156)
Required Courses and Credits
Sample Schedule
Sample Schedule For Cohorts Entering Fall 2018 and After
Course Course Credit hours
BIO 141 BIO 141 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENG 111 ENG 111 Composition I 3
PSY 230 PSYCH 230 Developmental Psychology 3
SDV 100 or 101 SDV 100 or 101 1
Total Semester Credits 11
Semester 1 Fall First year
BIO 142 BIO 142 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
NSG 100 NSG 100 Introduction to Nursing Concepts 4
NSG 106 NSG 106 Competencies for Nursing Practice 2
NSG 130 NSG 130 Professional Nursing Concepts 1
NSG 200 NSG 200 Health Promotion and Assessment 3
Total Semester Credits 14
Semester 2 Spring first year
BIO 150 BIO 150 Microbiology 4
NSG 152 NSG 152 Health Care Participant 3
NSG 170 NSG 170 Health/Illness Concepts 6
Total Semester Credits 13
Semester 3 fall second year
ENG 112 Elective English 112 3
NSG 210 NSG 210 Health Care Concepts I 5
NSG 211 NSG 211 Health Care Concepts II 5
Total Semester Credits 13
Semester 4 spring second year
NSG 230 NSG 230 Advanced Professional Nursing Concepts 2
NSG 252 NUR 252 Complex Health Concepts 4
NSG 270 NSG 270 Nursing Capstone 4
PHI 220 Humanities Elective PHI 220 3
Total Semester Credits 13
Total Required Credits 64