Nursing, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Medical Education (Springfield)

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.

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
1,2BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
3 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
1,2BIO 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
4CST 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
5 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Total 13
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 67
Two Years Credits
Prerequisites
1,2BIO
141
4
Open Elective
3
3
ENG
111
3
PSY
230
3
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
1
Total 14
1st Semester
1,2BIO
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
4CST
229
3
NSG
210
5
NSG
211
5
Total 13
4th Semester
NSG
230
2
NSG
252
4
NSG
270
4
5
3
Total 13
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 67

The accelerated online/hybrid curriculum is the same as the traditional track but has no summer break.

1 Students entering in academic years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 only, may substitute NAS 161 and NAS 162 to meet the BIO 141, BIO 142 requirements. Students who have taken the NAS sequence will be required to take BIO 150.

2 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.

3 Suggested courses include: ENG 112, HLT 250, MTH 154.

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

5 See humanities/fine arts courses are listed under Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives.

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