Program: Nursing (156)
Award: Associate of Applied Science

The Nursing Program (156) participates in a selective admissions process.

The Paul D. Camp Community College’s ADN program meets all Virginia Board of Nursing requirements for pre-licensure nursing education programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  In addition, the Paul D. Camp Community College’s ADN program meets all requirements for nationally recognized accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing.  

The Commonwealth of Virginia participates with 32 other states in the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) National Licensing Compact (NLC) to allow nurses licensed in one state to provide nursing care across state lines in other compact states.  The Uniform Licensing Requirements (ULRs) are found at:

States currently in the NLC are found at:  Prospective and current students are strongly encouraged to evaluate all state requirements in jurisdictions where they intend to practice nursing.  A list of all state requirements is found at:

Paul D. Camp Community College has not determined if this program meets the requirements for licensure or certification in all states.  For more information about enrollment of out-of-state students in distance education (online) programs and courses, and enrollment in programs leading to licensure or certification required for employment, please review Camp’s Distance Education information.

This statement serves to meet the USDOE regulation until further notice.  

Program Purpose:

This degree prepares 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.

What will I learn?

Students successfully completing this program will be able to…

  • Provide patient centered care promoting therapeutic relationships, caring behaviors, and self-determination across the lifespan for diverse populations.
  • Practice safe nursing care that minimizes risk of harm across systems and client populations.
  • Demonstrate nursing judgment through the use of clinical reasoning, the nursing process, and evidence-based practice in the provision of safe, quality care.
  • 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.
  • Manage client care through quality improvement processes, information technology, and fiscal responsibility to meet client needs and support organizational outcomes.
  • Demonstrate principles of collaborative practice within the nursing and interdisciplinary teams fostering mutual respect and shared decision-making to achieve stated outcomes of care.

How long will I need to be in college?

Once admitted into the program, students attending Camp full-time can complete this associate degree in two years. 

What job or career can I get with this degree?

Upon completion of the AAS degree graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required to be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam Registered Nurse, which is a requirement to become a registered nurse.  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.

What is the job outlook for graduates from this program?

As of the second quarter of 2023, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for Registered Nurses was 15,668.  There is projected annual demand/need for 849 new entrants into this occupation (Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Registered Nurse, January 2024).

How much can I earn with this degree?

Below are the 2023 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.


Entry Level



Registered Nurse




(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, January 2024)

Want to know more?  Check out the program map and program requirements in the College Catalog.