Health Science with a Specialization in Practical Nursing


Are you motivated to find a career that will allow you to make a greater contribution to society? Do you want a profession that provides for continued growth and opportunity for change? Do you find health topics fascinating and have compassion for individuals attempting to overcome injury or illness? If you answered "yes" to all of these questions, then nursing may be for you. DCC awards an Associate of Applied Science with a Health Science in Practical Nursing Specialization. This degree is designed to prepare students for careers as practical nurses. This degree provides additional general educational courses for the student interested in furthering their career in nursing, health education, and community health.

Certain criminal convictions may prevent licensure as a nurse or certification as a nurse aide in Virginia.  Criminal convictions may also prohibit employment in certain health care settings.

Students convicted on any felony do not qualify for the nursing program at DCC.  Students convicted of any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude/barrier crimes do not qualify for the nursing program at DCC.  Any clinical facility has the right to refuse a student clinical placement in their facility based on prior criminal, drug or employment history.  It is strongly advised that any such student contact the program head for clarification.  The clinical facilities will not allow students to complete clinical hours and students will not be able to meet the Virginia Board of Nursing requirements of direct clinical hours, nor meet the credit requirement for graduation.  Students must produce a satisfactory criminal background check to the standards of ALL clinical agencies used by the college for experiential/clinical learning upon enrolling in the nursing program.  Any charges or costs to secure the evaluation will be the responsibility of the student.

Any student entering the program who has committed illegal offenses other than minor traffic violations should discuss these matters with the program head for clarification.


Admission Selection Policy for Practical Nursing

Program Outcomes

Curriculum Map

For more information consult the College Catalog.

First Year - Fall Semester

NUR 100 Introduction to Nursing and Health 2
MTH 126 Math for Allied Health 3
BIO 141 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
PNE 173 Pharmacology for PN 2
PNE 161 Nursing in Health Changes 6

Spring Semester

PNE 162 Nursing in Health Changes II 10
PNE 174 Applied Pharmacology 2
BIO 142 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
PNE 135 Maternal Child 5

Second Year - Fall Semester

HLT 141 Terminology 2
PNE 163 Nursing in Health Changes III 9
PNE 145 Trends 1
PNE 158 Mental Health & Psych Nursing 1
  Approved Elective 3

Spring Semester

HUM EEE Humanities Elective 3
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3
  HLT 130 Nutrition and Diet Therapy OR
HLT 230 Principles of Nutrition & Human
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
Total Credit Hours for AAS - Specialty in Practical Nursing 65-66

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