CIP Code: 51.1105
Length: 2 Semesters
The purpose of the Pre-Nursing Career Studies Certificate (CSC) is to prepare students for competitive admission or guaranteed admission to the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program or the Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate program with the majority of general education courses completed. All courses in the first semester of this CSC earn curricular credits needed for ranking of applicants. A second purpose is to provide an occupational credential as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) for employment allowing students admitted to the nursing programs to be employed in health care settings. Students are eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam leading to certification as a nurse aide in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- High School graduate or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) completion with verification on file in Admissions and Records (A&R)
- Completion of all RCC admission requirements
- Competency in science knowledge as evidenced by completion of high school (HS) biology (BIO) and chemistry (CHM) or the college equivalents; in certain circumstances, students who have successfully completed BIO 141 and BIO 142 or its equivalents with a grade of “C” or higher may have this requirement waived
- For ADN applicants: competency in mathematics as evidenced by placement out of MTE 1-5 on the Virginia Placement Test (VPT), multiple measures equivalency, or successful completion of the developmental modules prior to the last application date in the admission cycle. Students may request evaluation of other measures to satisfy this requirement.
- For PN applicants: competency in mathematics as evidenced by placement out of MTE 1-3 on the Virginia Placement Test (VPT), multiple measures equivalency, or successful completion of the developmental modules prior to the last application date in the admission cycle. Students may request evaluation of other measures to satisfy this requirement.
- Competency in English as evidenced by eligibility for ENG 111 in the first semester of the program
- Successful completion of the first five courses in the CSC allows the student eligibility to apply to either nursing program.
Guaranteed Admission Eligibility
Students may complete both semesters of the Pre-Nursing CSC and become eligible for guaranteed admission to either the ADN or PN programs. The following requirements must be met:
- Completion of all RCC enrollment requirements including HS transcript or GED on file in A&R
- Completion of all mathematics, science and English competencies as described above
- Placement in the Pre-Nursing CSC program plan
- Successful completion of all courses in the two-semester Pre-Nursing CSC with no grade less than a “C” in any course, no repeated courses and a curricular GPA of 3.0
- Minimum competency of 80% in the NUR 27 and NUR 29 courses
- Attendance at a nursing program information session
- Completion of the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Test within 2 years of application (Kaplan scores may be used to advise students to enter one program or the other)
See ADN or PN programs for minimum levels of competency on this test.
- Meeting with nursing program advisors to verify eligibility
- Completion of an application and submission by the deadline for the admission cycle.
Admission to Pre-Nursing CSC does not guarantee admission to the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program or the Certificate Program in Practical Nursing (PN) except under guaranteed admission provisions stated above. All students must be placed in the Pre-Nursing program plan if they are to advance to the ADN program.
Certified Nurse Aides are employed in long-term care facilities, acute care facilities, home health, clinics and physician offices, among others.
Students who are required to perform clinical rotations in cooperating healthcare agencies must be willing and able to conform to all clinical requirements of participating clinical agencies, including but not limited to: criminal background investigation; drug screening; immunizations including seasonal influenza vaccines; Tuberculosis screening; employment verifications; and, successful completion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. (CPR certification must be the American Heart Association Certification for HealthCare Providers). Students are responsible for all costs associated with these requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain current records throughout the program. RCC uses a third party vendor, for all screenings and for maintenance of documents. Your instructor will provide you with all details to purchase this service, including deadlines for completion.
Students who intend to apply to the ADN program under general admission criteria must complete the first semester of the Pre-Nursing CSC with a curricular GPA of 2.5. Grades less than a “C” in any curricular courses will not be accepted for progression to either nursing program. However, students may still be awarded the Career Studies Certificate if the student earns a “D” in a curricular course other than NUR 27 and NUR 29 . Completion of NUR 27 and NUR 29 must be accomplished at the 80% competency level.