Dec 11, 2018  
2018-19 Virginia Western Academic Catalog 
2018-19 Virginia Western Academic Catalog

Nursing, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science

Mission Statement

The AAS Nursing Program prepares professionally educated nurses who are safe, competent, compassionate health care providers who work collaboratively within interdisciplinary teams. Graduates are encouraged to maintain the highest standards of honesty, fairness, and ethical conduct. The program prepares graduates to meet changing healthcare needs of patients, families, and communities within complex healthcare environments.

Statement of Purpose and Vision

The curriculum is designed to assist students to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes that form the basis of safe clinical practice through patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence based practice, quality improvement, and safety (QSEN, 2014). Successful program completion qualifies students to apply for licensure as a registered nurse. The program prepares graduates with a basis to further their professional education.

End of Program Outcomes

 Virginia Western is committed to the overall excellence of its AASN program through the follow end-of-program outcomes:

  1. Kaplan Testing and Clinical Evaluation methodologies will demonstrate that Virginia Western AAS Nursing students have achieved each end of program student learning outcome (EPSLO).
  2. Virginia Western Community College Associate of Applied Science program will attain a National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) pass rate of 80% on the first attempt.
  3. Virginia Western Community College Associate of Applied Science program will demonstrate a program completion rate of at least 65% within one and one-half times of program length following nursing program matriculation.
  4. Virginia Western Community College Associate of Applied Science program anticipates that 90% of graduates seeking employment will acquire nursing jobs within six months of graduation.

Admission Procedures

  1. The nursing program accepts new students each fall. While applications are accepted at any time, to be eligible for Admission the application packet must be completed no later than March 1 of the Admission year.  Early application is encouraged for advising purposes.  All application materials must be submitted to the attention of the School of Health Professions Advisor. The applicant is responsible for making certain that the following have been submitted in addition to the college application: Nursing Application Form (available on web page), official transcripts showing completion of a high school diploma or records  showing completion of GED with scores, official transcripts from all colleges attended (transcripts from VWCC or other Virginia community colleges are not required).  In addition, after the March 1 deadline, qualified applicants will be required to complete the Kaplan Entrance Test
  2. Applicants should be aware that meeting the curriculum standards does not guarantee program admission.  In May, all qualified applicants will receive a letter to notify them of their status with the program.

New or Updated Admission Criteria:

  1. Submission of completed nursing application by posted deadline (March 1 annually)
  2. 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA of college courses established at end of Fall semester based on at least 12 credit hours of college credit or High School GPA if 12 credit hours not completed by end of Fall semester.
  3. 2.5 minimum prerequisite GPA based on the following courses:  BIO 141, ENG 111, PSY 230, SDV 101.  Minimum grade of C is required in all prerequisite courses. Completion of all prerequisite courses by end of Spring semester prior to beginning the program. 
  4. High School Graduate/ GED/ Certificate of Home Schooling
  5. Grade C or better in High School Algebra, Biology, Chemistry
  6. Age 18 by start of program (August)
  7. Competency in mathematics as placement out of MTE 1-5 on the Virginia Placement Test or successful completion of the developmental modules or waived by placement guidelines (Multiple Measures)
  8. Competency in English as evidenced by eligibility for ENG 111 and course completion
  9. 45th percentile in all Kaplan categories (math, reading, writing, science, and critical thinking) on admission testing to be completed March-April prior to beginning the program as scheduled.
  10. Completion of all clinical/ health requirements for placement at clinical agencies to include but not limited to:  Physical exam, immunity record by vaccination history/ positive titers, negative urine drug screen, back ground check without positive findings or as accepted by the clinical agency, health insurance, current American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR, signed statement of risk. Information regarding these items will be given at a mandatory new student orientation that will be scheduled between May and June annually.

For information on the LPN to Nursing AAS bridge program, please visit

Although this program is not designed for transfer, agreements with specific institutions may exist. Contact the Nursing program head as listed on program webpage.

Total Minimum Credits for Degree: 65

1 The two credit SDV 108   will satisfy the SDV 101  requirement. SDV 108  is for developmental English students.

Must be completed within five years of beginning the program.

* This course has a requisite.

Program Notes: This program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing.

Board of Nursing Perimeter Center 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463

This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA  30326

Clinical agencies require that students have periodic background checks and drug screenings completed at the student’s expense before beginning clinical rotations in the agency. A positive background check may include fingerprinting and drug screening and may deny a nursing student access to clinical agencies. Clinical facilities have the right to use a different background check than Virginia Western Community College that could affect a student’s ability to participate in clinical experiences. Inability to participate in clinical rotations will disqualify the student from completing the nursing program.

Conviction of a felony, misdemeanor or any offense substantially related to the qualifications, functions and duties of a registered nurse may constitute grounds for not allowing a candidate to take the licensing exam. This decision is made by the State Board of Nursing. For questions regarding this issue, call The Virginia Board of Nursing (804) 367-4515.

Although this program is not designed for transfer, articulation agreements with four year institutions may be available. Contact the Virginia Western program head for details.

All Students must maintain a grade of “C” or better in all program required courses to remain in the program.

Students accepted into the A.A.S. Nursing Program will receive a program handbook during their mandatory orientation prior to beginning the program.

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