2024-25 Virginia Western Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
    May 29, 2024  
2024-25 Virginia Western Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

Nursing, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science

Mission Statement

The mission of the Virginia Western nursing program is to provide affordable, community access to quality nursing education. The Virginia Western nursing program prepares 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.

Statement of Purpose and Vision


The Virginia Western 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.

Shared Beliefs

AAS Nursing Program faculty  are dedicated to improving the health of our community through development of future nurses who are distinguished as safe, competent professionals, dedicated to the highest standards of care. Faculty believe in the potential of adults to learn and master new knowledge. To that end, faculty engage students in classroom, lab, and clinical settings to help students apply and master new knowledge, necessary to prepare them for the nursing profession.  Faculty believe lifelong learning is required of all nurses who have stewardship in the care of our community.  Students are encouraged to acquire a firm educational foundation for practice that continues throughout their careers from novice to expert nurses.

Student Learning Outcomes for the Concept Based Curriculum

Students will be able to:

Client-Centered Care

Provide client centered care promotion therapeutic relationships, caring behaviors, and self-determination across the lifespan for diverse populations. 

Safety/ Risk Reduction

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

Clinical Judgment

Integrate clinical judgment when collaborating with the healthcare team in the management of care for complex clients

Professional Behaviors

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.

Quality Improvement

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

Collaboration/ Communication

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

Pharmacology Principles

Manage the appropriateness, accuracy, and client response to pharmacology principles for clients with complex conditions.

End of Program Outcomes

Virginia Western is committed to the overall excellence of its AAS Nursing program through the following 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 AAS Nursing program will attain a National Council Licensure ExaminationRegistered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) pass rate of 80% on all first-time test-takers during the same 12- month period. 

3. Virginia Western AAS Nursing program will demonstrate a program completion rate of at least 55% following nursing program matriculation (4 semesters). 

4. Virginia Western anticipates that 90% of graduates seeking employment will acquire nursing jobs as RNs within 12 months of graduation

Program Approval

This program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing.

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


The associate nursing program at Virginia Western Community College located in Roanoke, Virginia is accredited by the:

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

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is Initial Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

Admission Requirements: This is a restricted admissions program. Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to credit-level coursework established by the college. Please see the program-specific admission requirements at https://www.virginiawestern.edu/academics/health-professions/nursing. Students are conditionally accepted into the program until all clinical placement requirements are met.

For information on the LPN to Nursing AAS bridge program, please visit https://www.virginiawestern.edu/academics/health-professions/nursing-bridge/

Program Notes: Any first semester NSG course failure results in reapplication to the nursing program. Students are not guaranteed readmission. The admission process is competitive with limited seats. If a student drops NSG 106* , they must also drop NSG 100*  as the student will not be eligible for clinical. Failure from NSG 100*  but passing NSG 106*  requires a student to re-apply to the program. If a student withdraws from NSG 152*  or NSG 170* , they must withdraw from both courses as these courses are co-requisites. If a student withdraws from NSG 252*  or NSG 270* , they must withdraw from both courses as these courses are co-requisites. Failure to pass math competency exams in semesters 1- 4 may require a student to withdraw from the program and be subject to readmission policy.

A math competency exam will be administered during NSG 106* , NSG 170* , NSG 210*  and NSG 252* .

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. 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.

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.

AAS degrees prepare students for direct employment upon completion of the degree. However, many programs may also transfer to four-year institutions. Students interested in transferring should verify program requirements with specific four-year institutions and with the program head for Nursing.

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