Award: Career Studies Certificate
Plan Code: 221-156-02
Length: Twenty-six (27) credit hours
Lead Faculty: Lucy Little and Courtney Evans
Gainful Employment Disclosure Information: Please see www.pdc.edu/future-students/gainful-employment/ to access gainful employment information for this program.
Purpose: The Pre-Nursing Career Studies Certificate offers foundational courses from the AAA in nursing curriculum and the nurse aide courses to prepare students for entry into the Nursing Program. Although completion of the certificate does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program, the career studies certificate provides a curriculum that accurately reflects the intentions and goals of the students enrolled. Furthermore, taking the sciences and ENG 111 in advance may enhance students’ application status into the RN program. This option includes most of the courses within the Nursing Curriculum that can be completed prior to Nursing Program admission. At the completion of this certificate program the student is eligible to sit for the Virginia Board of Nursing Nurse Aide Certification Exam.
Occupational Objectives: Nursing Profession
Admission Requirements: Students must meet the general admission requirements established by the College.
Developmental Studies Requirements: Developmental Studies ensure that each student has the proper educational basis to succeed in nursing courses, all students must take placement tests in mathematics, written English, and reading. Students must take any developmental courses recommended in the evaluation of the placement test scores. The only exception is the MTE 5 is the highest math course required. Any recommendations for MTE 5 does not apply to this program.
It is important that any developmental courses requirements are completed as quickly as possible so that the student will be appropriately prepared to pursue this program of study. A review of the catalog requirements at PDCCC for Nursing would be appropriate to both assist and guide a prospective student.
High School Prerequisites: Prerequisites needed prior to nursing program admission include one year each of algebra, chemistry, and general biology, or the equivalent of the high school course in an accredited college or university. These course must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” or “S” as appropriate.
Chemistry: CHM1, CHM 101, or CHM 111
This requirement will be waived if the student has a documented passing grade in any high level CHM course.
Algebra: MTE 5
This requirement will be waived if the student has a documented passing grade in any college transfer level MTH course (numbered 150 or above).
Biology: BIO 101
This requirement will be waived if the student has a documented passing grade any higher level general BIO course.
Required Courses and Credits
|SDV 100 or equivalent||Student Development||1|
|ENG 111||College Composition I||3|
|BIO 141||Human Anatomy and Physiology||4|
|EMT 109/HLT 105||AHA Healthcare Provider CPR||1|
|Total Semester Credits||12|
|ENG 112||College Composition II||3|
|HCT 101*||Health Care Technician I (first 8 wks)||4|
|HCT 102*||Health Care Technician II (second 8 wks)||4|
|BIO 142||Human A & P II||4|
|Total Semester Credits||15|
|Total Program Credits||27|
*Apply to Nurse Aide classes. All fees affiliated with the Nurse Aide courses (HCT 101 and HCT 102) apply.