Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a time limit on the prerequisite coursework?

No, there is not a time frame on prerequisite work. However, you are held accountable for the knowledge from these courses. .

Do I have to complete all of the General Education requirements before applying to the program?

No, but we strongly recommend you have all general education coursework completed prior to beginning your NUR or PNE courses. This is for two reasons: 1) Clinical, lab, and simulation schedules will vary each semester based on availability so it becomes very difficult to arrange traditional courses around clinical times; 2) Taking traditional courses along with NUR courses will create a course overload situation (meaning you will be registered for more than 18 semester hours). An overload requires approval from the Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and will also result in additional fees. 

What if I don’t have all the pre-requisite courses completed? Can I still apply?

Applicants may make application to the program if there are coursework deficiencies. However, to be admissible, applicants must be in progress or have a plan in place to complete the coursework deficiencies by the program's start date in August. There are no substitutions or exceptions for required coursework.

Is there a prerequisite course repeat limit?

Yes. Each nursing pre-requisite course may be attempted three times only.

Is admission to the program competitive?

Yes, admission to the nursing program is competitive. Our Admissions Committee will review each applicant individually but will also compare them based on a points system. While our worksheet is not public, some areas that are weighted include cumulative GPA, Anatomy & Physiology grades,

Do I have to be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) to apply to the program?

No. A CNA license is not required to apply or be admitted to DCC’s nursing program.

How long will it take me to complete your program?

The Registered Nursing program requires 4 semesters of study, students must complete all college requirements for graduation.

The Licensed Practical Nursing program requires 3 semesters of study, students must complete all college requirements for graduation.

What if I already have another degree?

All official transcripts are reviewed by the Program Director or Dean of Arts and Sciences for transfer credit as part of the Admissions process to the college.

When can I apply to your program?

Applications are available in early spring of each year, they are posted on the main website in early spring.

Do you accept students in the fall and the spring?

No. We only accept students in the fall of each year.

Do you accept nursing courses taken at another college or university?

We will accept common curriculum nursing courses from VCCS schools only.

Does DCC offer an LPN-to-RN program?

No. Not at this time.  However, any LPN who wishes to become a Registered Nurse may apply to the program. Prior to entering the program, practicing LPN’s have the option to take the Fundamentals and Health Assessment HESI standardized test and exempt these classes with an acceptable HESI score or they must take the Fundamentals and Health Assessment course during the first semester.

Are courses available evenings, weekends, or online?

Many of the General Education and prerequisite nursing courses required for the nursing degree may be earned in the evening or online. All nursing courses are offered during the day only.

Are nursing courses offered in the summer?

No, not at this time.

Can I study part-time?

General Education and prerequisite nursing courses may be taken on a part-time basis. Class schedules are full-time for accepted nursing students.

Where are your clinical sites located?

Clinical experiences may vary from semester to semester depending upon the courses taught and on clinical site availability. Some of the locations we typically partner with include Danville Regional Medical Center, Roman Eagle Memorial Home, Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute, and several offices in our area.

Can I specialize in a specific area of nursing in your program?

Upon graduation from DCC, students are prepared to be nurse generalists who can work in any number of clinical settings. True specialization will require advanced graduate education and experience. Many times, opportunities for specialization are offered on the job through intensive training programs.

I would like to visit the program and have someone look over my transcripts, what do I need to do?

Contact the Nursing Department at 434-797-8512 or cbarrett@dcc.vccs.edu to schedule an appointment. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed during your appointment but do not constitute or imply acceptance of transfer credit from previous college or university course work. Official transfer credit evaluations are done only by Cathy Barrett (Program Director) or Paul Fox (Dean, Arts & Sciences) as part of the Admissions application process to DCC.

 

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