Program of Study

Associate of Applied Science – Registered Nursing


Nursing Associate of Applied Science

Description: The nursing program at DCC is designed to prepare students for careers as registered nurses. This degree should be chosen by students who wish to work in a variety of occupations where the skills and knowledge of the registered nurse are either required or desirable, including direct patient care, healthcare management and supervision, and health education. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Licensure Examination leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Note: This program has transitioned to the Virginia Community College System common nursing curriculum beginning fall 2018. The revised curriculum has resulted in changes to general education course requirements and changes to the application process and criteria.

Career Opportunities: Opportunities for RNs include as clinicians, supervisors or educators, working in hospitals, clinics, industry, adult homes, day care centers and schools, doctor’s offices, and home health companies. Nurses are in high demand across the U.S.

- Job outlook projected to grow 16% through 2024

- U.S. wages for 2015 average range of $44,000 - 67,499 *Source:

Length: A student can complete this program in 5 semesters.

Admission Requirements: This program is academically rigorous and there are more applicants than available seats. Therefore, admission is on a selective, not first-come, first- served basis. The selection process will focus on the student’s past academic performance and the results of the entrance examination

Prerequisites/Admission Requirements for full admission to the Nursing Program:

  •  HS Diploma, GED, or Home School Equivalency

  •  Minimum GPA 2.5

  •  Demonstrated proficiency in mathematics at MTE 1-5 or its equivalence.

  •  Minimum Nursing Entrance Test Score at 45th national percentile

  •  Successful completion of SDV 100 or 101

  •  ENG 111 successfully completed with a grade of “C�? or better.

  •  PSY 230 successfully completed with a grade of “C�? or better.

  •  NUR 135 successfully completed with a grade of “C�? or better.

  •  BIO 141 successfully completed with a grade of “C�? or better. It is strongly recommended that BIO 142 and BIO 150 be completed prior to beginning the nursing program.

  •  Priority consideration will be given to students who have completed a sequence of preparatory college-level courses with a grade of “B�? or better in three (3) attempts or less.

  •  If accepted into the program, the student will be responsible for obtaining a physical exam, malpractice insurance and a criminal background check, all expenses to be incurred by the student.

  •  Current C.P.R. certification at the American Heart Association BLS provider level.

  •  Certain criminal convictions may prevent licensure as a nurse or certification as a nurse aide in Virginia. Criminal convictions may also prohibit career opportunity in certain health care settings. Students convicted of any felony or any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude/barrier crimes do not qualify for the Nursing Program at DCC. 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. 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.

Readmission Requirements: Students seeking readmission will follow the same procedures outlined above and submit a readmission application. They may contact Cathy Barrett, Program Coordinator for Nursing, at 434.797.8422 or 434.797.8512

Program Outcomes

Students who complete the Associate Degree of Applied Science with a major in Nursing will be expected to:

1. Provide patient-centered care promoting therapeutic relationships, caring behaviors, and self-determination across the lifespan for diverse populations.

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

3. Demonstrate nursing judgment through the use of clinical reasoning, the nursing process, and evidence-based practice in the provision of safe, quality care.

4. 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.

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

6. 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 Requirements: To receive the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing, students must complete 66 Credits with a 2.50 GPA or better. In addition, students must pass all courses with at least a C. Attendance and satisfactory performance in clinical component of each class is mandatory.

*These courses must be completed prior to entry in nursing program.


Course Sequence
Prior to First Semester
NUR 135* Drug Dosage Calculations 2 0 2
BIO 141* Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 4
ENG 111* College Composition i 3 0 3
PSY 230   Developmental Psychology 3 0 3
SDV 100/101 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Total 12 3 13
First Semester (Fall)
BIO 142* Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 4
NSG 100   Introduction to Nursing Concepts 3 3 4
NSG 106 Competencies for Nursing Practice 1 3 2
NSG 130   Professional Concepts 1 0 1
NSG 200   Health Promotion & Assessment 2 3 3
    Total 10 12 14
Second Semester (Spring)
BIO 150 Introductory Microbiology 3 3 4
NSG 152 Health Care Participant 2 3 3
NSG 170   Health/Illness Concepts 4 6 6
Total 9 12 13
Third Semester (Fall )
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3 0 3
NSG 210 Health Care Concepts I 3 6 5
NSG 211 Health Care Concepts I 3 6 5
    Total 9 12 13
Fourth Semester (Spring)
NSG 230   Advanced Professional Nursing Concepts 2 0 2
NSG 252   Complex Health Care Concepts 4 0 4
NSG 270 Nursing Capstone 0 12 4
HUM   Humanities Elective 3 0 3
  Total 9 12 13
Total Minimum Credits for the AAS in Nursing………..66
1. NAS 161 and BIO 231 are approved substitutes for BIO 141.
2. NAS 162 and BIO 232 are approved substitutes for BIO 142.
3. BIO 205 is an approved substitute for BIO 150.
4. MTH 126 is an approved substitute for NUR 135 (until Fall 2019)



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