Length: 68 Credits
Purpose: The two-year Associate in Applied Science Health Technology Nursing degree curriculum is a competitive entry program designed for accepted students to learn the essential knowledge and skills of the nursing discipline to render patient care as entry level practitioners of nursing in a variety of health care settings.
Employment Objective: Program graduates who subsequently obtain licensure as a Registered Nurse may be employed in a variety of health care settings including but not limited to acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community and public health centers, skilled care facilities, home health agencies, long-term care facilities, outpatient care facilities, schools, military, and other comparable agencies.
Potential Certification: Upon satisfactory completion of the curriculum, graduates will be eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse through the state licensing board. A student who resides outside of Virginia and plans to apply for licensure as a registered nurse subsequent to completion of this education program must comply with the licensure requirements mandated by the student’s state of residence.
Program Learning Outcomes: Students who complete the Nursing AAS degree will be expected 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; and
- demonstrate principles of collaborative practice within the nursing and interdisciplinary teams fostering mutual respect and shared decision-making to achieve stated outcomes of care.
Program Accreditation and Approvals: The AAS Nursing program is:
- approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463, (804) 367-4515; and
- accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing may be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326, (404) 975-5000.
NCLEX RN First Time Licensure Pass Rates for PHCC, State and National for the last 5 years:
Admission Procedure: Interested students must apply and be accepted as a student to the college. In addition, the nursing program will offer two application periods per year during specified and advertised application periods. Nursing applications will only be accepted and processed during the advertised application periods. Each nursing applicant must include and submit all required documents specified in the application to the Nursing and Health Science office at the designated time. Admission testing will be offered to students meeting the pre-application and pre-requisite requirements. Priority admission will be given to students who score at or above the 50th percentile rank.
Board of Nursing: The Virginia State Board of Nursing has the authority to deny licensure to any applicant who has violated any of the provisions of 54.1-3007 of the Code of Virginia.
Drug Testing and Criminal Background Screening: As a part of program admission, all students who are offered a seat in the nursing program must undergo mandatory drug screening and criminal background checks. The drug screen and/or the background check may be repeated during the program of study. The cost of the drug screen and background check are the responsibility of the student. Clinical agencies may deny a student participation in direct patient care based on the results of drug screen and/or background. Inability to participate in direct care at any clinical site will result in automatic program dismissal.
Granting Admission: If admission must be limited because the number of qualified applicants exceeds available program space, admission to the program will be given to applicants who score above the 50th percentile ranking starting with the highest rank score and are also residents of the college service area. Curricular GPA will be used if there are still more qualified applicants than seats available for residents of the service region. If open seats are still available applicants who scored at the 50th percentile rank or above who live outside the college service area will be offered admission starting with the higher percentile ranking, until all seats are filled. If two applicants from outside the service region have the same percentile ranking, yet only one seat remains then the curricular and cumulative GPA will also be used to determine placement. Applicants who are not accepted may reapply at the next advertised application period.
The nursing program addresses the educational needs of students with a variety of experience and prior education, a limited number or entering class positions may be designated for experienced Licensed Practical Nurses who graduated from an approved program or for prospective high school graduates who also have been enrolled at PHCC and meet all the required admission requirements. Interested high school students should meet with their counselors prior to planning their junior and senior year courses to ensure they are enrolled in all required courses. High school seniors who wish to apply to the program during their senior year must meet all of the outlined admission requirements. Dual enrollment course GPA and high school GPA will be utilized in the admission process.
Admission Requirements: All applicants must meet the following requirements for admission to the required clinical courses (NSG 100 , NSG 106 , NSG 130 , NSG 200 , NSG 115 , NSG 170 , NSG 210 , NSG 211 , NSG 252 , NSG 230 , and NSG 270 )
STEP ONE: PRE-APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
- Be accepted as a student to the college.
- Submit an official high school transcript, GED, or certificates of completion of home schooling transcripts to the Nursing office.
- Submit official college transcripts from colleges other than Patrick Henry Community College. College transcripts must be provided in order to determine GPA based on transfer courses from other colleges.
- Complete the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) if indicated. Successfully pass any developmental course deficiencies indicated by results of VPT or multiple measures placement. Students must demonstrate no developmental English requirements, and have the equivalent high school Algebra competency evidenced by no deficiencies in math modules 1-5. Deficiencies must be completed prior to submitting program application.
- Students must provide proof of two high school college preparatory sciences, including Biology and Chemistry, both with a grade of “C” or higher. Deficiencies must be completed prior to submitting program application.
- Students must attend a Nursing Program Information Session prior to application submission (**NEW REQUIREMENT for ALL students beginning with the Fall 2020 application cycle.)
- Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
STEP TWO: PRE-REQUISITE SEMESTER
At the completion of STEP ONE, students will need to complete the following actions during the semester they submit the program application:
- At the time of program application, all students (including high school seniors) must be enrolled or have previously completed the following courses with a grade of “C” or higher: BIO 141 ; ENG 111 ; SDV 100 ; CST 110 ; and PSY 230 ;
- Applicants must maintain a 2.5 curricular GPA in the pre-requisite courses and earn a grade of “C” or higher in the pre-requisite courses listed in STEP TWO, #1. Failure to maintain the curricular GPA and/or pass the designated pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C”or higher; and/or maintain an overall 2.0; will void any program application and program acceptance.
STEP THREE: APPLICATION PROCESS
- Applicant may submit a program application at posted application times when student has met STEP ONE Pre-application requirements, and STEP TWO: Prerequisite Semester is in progress or complete.
- Applicants must submit all required documentation with the nursing application during the posted application week or the application will be void. Late applications will not be accepted.
- Qualified applicants will be invited via written communication from the Nursing Program Director to take the designated nursing admission test, such as Kaplan, HESI, TEAS, or equivalent. Qualified applicants may only test once per application cycle. Kaplan admission scores from previous applicant testing periods may be used in lieu of retesting, if the scores are no more than one year old. If the student tests during the current application cycle the current test score will be used to determine admission status.
- Admission will follow the admission procedure detailed above.
- Students who are not accepted to the Nursing Program may apply at the next posted application time.
Readmission Requirements: Any student wishing to re-enroll in the nursing clinical courses must follow the outlined readmission process in the Nursing Student Handbook. Students who fail a nursing course, or withdraw failing, or withdraw for non-academic reasons may be readmitted to the nursing program only once. All re-admissions are at the discretion of the nursing faculty committee. A grade of “C” or higher is required in all courses of the Associate of Applied Science Nursing Degree. A student who does not earn the required grade(s) will be subject to nursing program dismissal. A student may be required to enroll in and satisfactorily complete specific courses for readmission. Additional data may be required. The nursing faculty committee will consider each student’s request for readmission and the decision to readmit will be based on additional data, prior program performance, and space availability.
Advanced Placement – Licensed Practical Nurses that meet the admission requirements may be eligible for advanced placement. To be considered for advanced placement, an LPN must meet the following listed below:
- A graduate from a Board of Nursing approved Practical Nursing School.
- Candidate must have passed the NCLEX-PN licensing exam and hold a current unencumbered Virginia license to practice as a Practical Nurse, and maintain licensure throughout the duration of the program.
- Candidate must have met Step ONE and STEP TWO of the Admission Requirements, and also be enrolled in BIO 142 at the time of program application, as this is a pre-requisite course to one of the nursing courses for which LPN’s will receive advanced credit.
- Upon meeting the above (numbers 1-3) submit a nursing application during the posted Transition Application periods.
- LPN’s who are accepted and receive advanced placement will be required to take NSG 115 (4 credits); NSG 200 (3 credits) and BIO 205 (4 credits) during the first semester of clinical courses. Successful students will then complete the last two semesters of the RN program.
- Students must complete all program and general education courses with a grade of “C” or higher.
Physical Requirement – The minimal functional requirements for all entering nursing students include:
- sufficient eye-hand coordination and manual and finger dexterity to provide direct patient care and to manipulate and operate equipment in the delivery of patient care;
- sufficient ability to fully observe patients/patient conditions and provide patient care, read medical records, and observe and manipulate equipment, including in dimly lit environments;
- sufficient hearing to communicate with patients and healthcare team members, including ability to detect and interpret sounds when operating equipment and gathering data;
- satisfactory communication skills, to include competence in reading, writing and speaking in English, in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings;
- ability to perform patient care activities that require full range of motion including handling, lifting, or moving patients and/or equipment;
- ability to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds;
- ability to successfully perform all required duties and responsibilities in classroom, laboratory and clinical settings in stressful situations or conditions; and
- ability to participate in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings during irregular hours (day/evening/night shifts, weekends, more than 8 hours at a time).
Financial Requirements – In addition to the usual college tuition and fees, the nursing program requires additional expenses. Approximate costs include:
- Uniforms $130-$160
- Physical examinations and required immunizations $150- $350
- Electronic books and resources $2000
- Kaplan/NCLEX Review $600
- Drug screen $38 minimum
- Criminal background $48 minimum
- Application for licensure and criminal background $430
- AHA LBS CPR certification $157
- Digital Reading Device $125
- Graduation Pin- cost depends on price of gold or silver
Transfer Options: Students interested in program transfer must meet all admission requirements of the program and may be accepted on a space available basis. The following additional requirements will be used for transfer consideration:
- Transfer applicant is currently accepted and enrolled in an approved associate degree nursing program or equivalent whose graduates are candidates for licensure;
- Nursing student transfer applicants must have successfully completed (grade of “C” or higher) didactic, clinical laboratory and clinical nursing major courses within the previous 12 months; and
- Nursing student transfer applicants must submit a written statement from the dean or director of the nursing program from which the student is leaving, that indicates the student is in good standing and eligible to return to complete the program of nursing at the current college.
Curriculum Requirements: In addition to didactic, laboratory experiences, selected clinical experiences within driving distance of the college will be scheduled during day, evening, and/or weekend times, depending on availability of facilities.
Clinical nursing students are required to complete end of semester cumulative examinations and those scores will be counted as a percentage of the final course grade. Students must pass the general education and nursing laboratory and clinical courses with a grade of “C” or higher to continue in the program. Pre-requisite and co-requisite course enrollment must be adhered to during completion of the nursing program. Grading guidelines and the nursing program grading scale are specifically addressed in the course syllabi, and Nursing Student Handbook issued upon program acceptance. Clinical/field/preceptor experiences require access to contracted clinical agencies.