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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
Students who complete the Associate Degree of Applied Science with a major in Nursing will be expected to:

1. Provide patient centered care promoting therapeutic relationships, caring behaviors, and self-determination across the lifespan for diverse populations.
2. Practice safe nursing care that minimizes risk of harm across systems and client populations.
3. Demonstrate nursing judgment through the 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 quality improvement processes, information technology, and fiscal responsibility to meet client needs and support organizational outcomes.
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.

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: https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Boards/Nursing/PublicResources/EducationPrograms/ Scores are also posted on the PDCCC nursing website.

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

Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
RN Program 86.7% 82.35% 76.8% 77.27% 78.57%
LPN-RN Bridge Program 87.5% 100% 70% Reflected above for 2017 forward 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.


Admissions Procedures for Paul D. Camp’s Nursing Programs

THE NURSING PROGRAM PARTICIPATES IN A SELECTIVE ADMISSIONS PROCESS.

ADN/ PN Program: DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ADMISSION IS the second Wednesday in May for the upcoming school year.

The following MINIMAL ADMISSION REQUIRMENTS for the ADN and PN Programs must be met by May 3rd in the spring prior of the desired fall admission for ADN and summer admission for PN.

Student must complete a Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) General Student Application. This application is available at the PDCCC website. Complete application packets must be submitted in person prior to the second Wednesday in May for the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Practical Nurse (PN) programs.

ADN/ PN Program: The last date to take the HESI Entrance Exam is the first Friday in May.

Students must hand deliver their complete application packet, in a sealed envelope: (do not turn in these documents separately, as the documents will not be accepted!)

  1. Official transcript of any and all college/university work that is outside of PDCC, even if the college is part of the VCCS system, previously attempted and/or completed by February 22nd for ADN and PN programs
  2. The student must ALSO provide to PDCCC an official high school transcript or copy of the student’s GED by the second Wednesday in May for ADN and PN programs
  3. College Placement Tests within the last 3 years: Competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-5 for ADN and Advanced Placement Program 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 Healthcare Provider CPR with a minimum grade of “C”.

ALL Developmental coursework must be completed prior to the second Wednesday in May admission deadline for ADN and PN programs.

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 second Wednesday in May deadline. Points will be awarded for co-requisites completed and will be the basis of the GPA.

Students must take a pre-admissions screening test through PDCCC. The student must contact the Administrative Assistant for the Nursing and Allied Health Department, Mrs. Griffin at cgriffin@pdc.edu. to sign up to take the HESI Entrance Exam for Nursing. This is a web-based test; the test will be: ~$53.50. The HESI Entrance Exam will assess the student’s competency in high school level reading, high school level grammar, and high school level Math up through Algebra I, and high school level general sciences. Tests may be taken at the Suffolk and Franklin campuses, however, the student MUST make arrangements and schedule the test through the Administrative Assistant. Further information on the testing is available online under the Nursing and Allied Health tab. All potential nursing students must score within the 45th percentile nationally, which means that the potential nursing student would need to score 70 in each category: English, Math and Science for the fall 2018/spring 2019 HESI Entrance Exam schedule; the scoring system may change slightly from year to year. 10% of this grade will be added to the points system for admission.

The student must complete an online application for the nursing programs. ;”>There are 3 applications; these applications will open September 1. Please pay close attention to this section! If the student is interested in the ADN 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 the second Wednesday in May.

If the student’s complete application packet is received and meets the required application requirements by the second Wednesday in May then their packets will be considered for the nursing programs. The ADN program applicants will be evaluated based on: Pre-Reqs: HS level Algebra or MTT 1-5; Biology, chemistry, Healthcare Provider CPR through AHA and (must have an overall GPA of 2.5, prior to being considered for the program). The PN program applicants will be evaluated based on Pre-reqs: HS Level Algebra or MTT 1-3, biology, Chemistry and Healthcare Provider CPR through AHA and must have an overall GPA of 2.5 prior to being considered for the program). The top-scoring applicants will be offered admission into the available program of choice. PDCCC’s nursing programs will accept up to 30 students into each traditional program each year. Priority will be given to students within the PDCCC’s service area. (Southampton County, Isle of Wight County, Franklin, Suffolk and Courtland)

Only those ADN and PN applicants who hand delivered (will be provided a date stamped receipt) their complete application packets will be notified via their official school (VCCS) email account in May. If an applicant is accepted for admission into one of the programs, the applicant must notify PDCCC’s Nursing Office of their intention to accept or decline the offered position by the deadline listed on their admission letter. Failure to do so will result in the loss of the position to the next qualified applicant.

If a student is not accepted or declines admission for the current application period, a student seeking admission in the following year must resubmit the entire package and follow the entire procedure over, which includes; submitting the entire application package (including transcripts), attending the mandatory information session, and completing the HESI Entrance Exam. Applicants that are not accepted should schedule an appointment with their nursing advisor to discuss ways to improve their admission potential for the next application year.

Students who fail to submit any of the required material to the PDCCC Nursing Office by the May 15th deadline for ADN and PN Programs will NOT be considered for admission for the following admission semester. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS. The PDCCC’s nursing programs will establish ONE admission deadline for the ADN and PN programs, as there are frequently more applicants than available slots. After the student submits their complete application packet, a file will be started. However, the applicant must hand deliver the completed packet to the Nursing Office before the second Wednesday in May deadline for ADN and PN programs. The applicant will receive a receipt showing your packet is complete. Do not submit a packet under the door or in the department mail box and do not mail your complete application packet.


Your complete application packet MUST include following:

  1. A hard copy of your Nursing Program application: ADN, PN or BOTH ADN and PN
  2. Official transcripts from
    1. High school, or GED
    2. College/University/Trade School
      1. We do not require an official PDCCC transcript; however, the department requires official transcripts from another VCCS school
  3. Passing HESI Entrance Exam Results for the Current Year for ADN/PN Program), passing scores are 70% in each category: English Composite, Science: Biology and Chemistry and Math.
    1. Note: ADN/PN Applicants; you can retake your HESI Entrance Exam in the spring 2019 semester; you cannot take the HESI Entrance Exam more than 2x within an application period; you cannot take your HESI Entrance Exam more than 1x a semester. Your test dates have to be at least 6 weeks apart.
  4. Current, Healthcare Provider CPR Certification through the American Heart Association
  5. Verification that you attended one of the mandatory advising/information sessions

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
HESI 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.

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