Nursing, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science

  • Information about the nursing program and the application process can be found here. Admission to the Nursing program is competitive.  

IP Code: 51.3801Nova Code: 1560 

Offered through MEC

 

Purpose: The program is designed to prepare students to participate as contributing members of the healthcare team, rendering direct care to patients in a variety of healthcare facilities and agencies. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®) leading to state licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and are qualified to assume registered nurse positions in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, physicians' offices, HMOs, and other community-based settings.

NOVA  has adopted the VCCS Common Nursing Curriculum which was fully approved by VBON and ACEN in Spring of 2017. The nursing program is a 5-semester program: first semester students take the pre-requisite course work to prepare the student for applying to the program and for the study of the nursing courses. Then there are 4 semesters of nursing course work (LEVELS 1-4).

Information about the nursing program and the application process can be found online. Admission to the Nursing program is competitive.

Transfer Information: Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program; however, NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.

Admission Requirements 

  • Be admitted to NOVA.
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Comply with all general admission requirements for Allied Health and Nursing Programs listed for the Medical Education programs section.
  • Complete an online Nursing information session.
  • Meet the specific requirements for admission to the Nursing Program. The program admission process is competitive. To be considered for admission, applicants must
  • Hold a high school diploma or General Educational Development Test certification (GED®).
  • Have completed one unit of high school-level algebra and two units of science (1 unit of biology and 1 unit of chemistry) with a grade of 'C' or higher.
  • Qualify for MTH 154 through acceptable scores on the College math placement test. This requirement must be met prior to the student sitting for the Nursing Pre-Admission Test.
  • Complete PSY 230 with a 'C' or higher.
  • Complete BIO 141 with a 'C' or higher.
  • Complete ENG 111 with a grade of 'C' or higher.
  • Complete SDV 101 Orientation to Healthcare or SDV elective with a grade of 'C' or higher. (grades for these courses must be posted prior to applying)
  • Have minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Successfully complete and achieve satisfactory scores on the Nursing Pre-Admission Test. Students must take all 4 sections of the ATI-TEAS tests®: Reading, Math, Science and English. See the Nursing Division website for score requirements.
  • Successfully complete the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR course prior to registering for the first nursing course.

  • Submit a completed health examination/physical form signed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner with all required immunizations prior to beginning the Nursing Program.
  • Special Notation for Admission: The state of Virginia may prohibit anyone from sitting for the Nursing Licensing Examination who has been convicted of a felony or of crimes(s) involving theft, drug offenses or physical harm to another, or misdemeanors as designated by VBON, therefore NOVA will not consider persons convicted of the above offenses for admission to the NOVA Nursing program.

    Special Program Requirements: Once enrolled in the Nursing program all students must maintain a grade of 'C' (80% or higher) in all nursing courses to continue in the program. This includes lecture, nursing lab and clinical components. In addition, students must achieve a 'C' or higher in all general education courses. 

    Accreditation & Approval Status: The NOVA Nursing Curriculum is fully approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing (VBON) Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, Virginia 23233 and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326. Telephone 404-975-5020. View NCLEX-RN pass rates for the last five years go to online.

    Licensure Requirements: The Virginia Board of Nursing reserves the right to deny licensure to any candidate who has been found guilty of a misdemeanor or felony.

    LPN to RN Transition: The NUR 115 LPN Transition and NUR 116 Selected Nursing Concepts: Skills courses will no longer be offered.

    Readmission: Students who leave the Nursing program and wish to be re-admitted must meet the current Catalog's requirements for admission. Any developmental studies that were prescribed at the time the student left the program must have been satisfactorily completed. Students wishing to be readmitted to NOVA's nursing program will be required to seek approval of the Dean or their designee. Readmission is competitive and based on space availability.

    Transfer from Other Institutions: Nursing credits earned at other institutions are reviewed by the Dean or their designee to determine if the courses in question apply to the curriculum and/or if substitutions may be made within the curriculum. Students who transfer to NOVA with prior nursing courses may be required to demonstrate skills competencies.

    Nursing Program (Common Curriculum Program)

    Classes are taken on campus and via a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (anytime) online activities including in-person nursing laboratory and clinical practice. Nursing courses must be taken in the order outlined below.

    Course Curriculum

    Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

    Two Years Credits
    Prerequisites
    1BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
    Open Elective 3
    ENG 111 College Composition I 3
    PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3
    SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline) 1
    Total 14
    1st Semester
    1BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
    NSG 100 Introduction to Nursing Concepts 4
    NSG 106 Competencies for Nursing Practice 2
    NSG 130 Professional Nursing Concepts 1
    NSG 200 Health Promotion and Assessment 3
    Total 14
    2nd Semester
    BIO 150 Introductory Microbiology 4
    NSG 152 Health Care Participant 3
    NSG 170 Health/Illness Concepts 6
    Total 13
    3rd Semester
    2CST 229 Intercultural Communication 3
    NSG 210 Health Care Concepts I 5
    NSG 211 Health Care Concepts II 5
    Total 13
    4th Semester
    NSG 230 Advanced Professional Nursing Concepts 2
    NSG 252 Complex Health Care Concepts 4
    NSG 270 Nursing Capstone 4
    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
    Total 13
    Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 67
    Two Years Credits
    Prerequisites
    1BIO
    141
    4
    Open Elective
    3
    ENG
    111
    3
    PSY
    230
    3
    Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
    SDV
    101
    1
    Total 14
    1st Semester
    1BIO
    142
    4
    NSG
    100
    4
    NSG
    106
    2
    NSG
    130
    1
    NSG
    200
    3
    Total 14
    2nd Semester
    BIO
    150
    4
    NSG
    152
    3
    NSG
    170
    6
    Total 13
    3rd Semester
    2CST
    229
    3
    NSG
    210
    5
    NSG
    211
    5
    Total 13
    4th Semester
    NSG
    230
    2
    NSG
    252
    4
    NSG
    270
    4
    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
    3
    Total 13
    Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 67

    1 Students may use one of the following course sequences to meet the BIO 141/BIO 142/BIO 150 requirement: BIO 141, BIO 142, and BIO 205, or BIO 231, BIO 232, and BIO 150, or BIO 231, BIO 232, and BIO 205.

    2  Students may select from CST 110, CST 115 or CST 126.

     

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