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2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook 
  
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook

Nursing, Associate of Applied Science


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CIP Code: 51.3801
Length: Minimum 5 Semesters

Purpose

The associate of applied science degree in nursing (ADN) is designed to prepare students as beginning practitioners in the art and science of nursing, and to deliver direct client care in a variety of health care facilities and settings. At the completion of the nursing program, students will be able to integrate nursing skills, including appropriate ethical values and legal principles, with health teaching to provide safe and effective total client care. Students will also learn to coordinate the care of their clients in a variety of health care settings.

At the successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) leading to licensure as a registered nurse (RN).

Occupational Objectives

Registered nurses practice in hospitals, long term care facilities, health departments, medical offices, clinics, school systems and other comparable health care facilities and agencies. Nursing is an in-demand profession that offers excellent salaries, benefits and professional upward mobility.

Admission Requirements

  • 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
  • Competency in mathematics as evidenced by placement out of MTE 1-5 on the Virginia Placement Test (VPT), successful completion of the developmental modules prior to the last application date in the admission cycle, or meeting multiple measure requirements
  • Competency in English as evidenced by eligibility for ENG 111  in the first semester of the program
  • Students will be initially in the Pre-Nursing Career Studies Certificate (CSC) for completion of the first semester curricular requirements
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Curricular GPA of 2.5 or higher in the five courses in the first semester of the program
  • Completion of the Kaplan Nursing School Admissions Test within the last two years of application with a total overall score greater than or equal to 51%. The test may be taken up to two times in an academic year.
  • Attendance at a nursing program advisement session
  • Mandatory advisement by nursing program faculty to verify eligibility for the program
  • Successful completion of all five courses in the first semester of the program with a grade of “C” or higher with grades posted to transcripts preceding the fall admission.
  • Completion and submission of a nursing program application by the designated deadlines for each admission cycle
  • If offered a seat in the nursing program, the student must accept or deny admission by the stated due date. Failure to respond will automatically forfeit the seat in the program.

Guaranteed Admission Eligibility

Students may be admitted to the ADN or the Practical Nursing (PN) certificate program with guaranteed admission by:

  • Completion of all RCC admission requirements including HS transcript or GED on file in A&R
  • Completion of all mathematics, science and English competencies as described above
  • 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 prior to application.
  • Attending a nursing program information session
  • Completion of the Kaplan Nursing School Admissions Test within the last two years of application with a total overall score greater than or equal to 51%. The test may be taken up to two times in an academic year. Scores on this entrance test may be used for program placement to either program at the discretion of the admissions committee
  • Meeting with nursing program advisors to verify eligibility
  • Completion of an application and submission by the deadline for the admission cycle.

NOTE: LPNs are not eligible for guaranteed admission.

Program Requirements

  • ADN students attend orientation program in summer prior to the fall start of clinical nursing courses.
  • LPN to ADN students: Attend orientation program in spring prior to the summer start of clinical nursing courses.
  • Health Record Requirement: Physical examinations, including immunizations, must be completed prior to the start of clinical nursing courses. 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.
  • Maintain a grade of “C” or higher in all courses in the curriculum.
  • Maintain professionalism in both campus and clinical settings, especially in attitude and responsibility. Failure to meet this requirement can result in termination from the program.
  • Students are responsible for purchasing the required clinical uniforms and name tags through the college’s designated supplier.
  • Standardized tests will be taken after each module/semester or other stated interval in the nursing program. The cost of the standardized testing packages is the responsibility of the student.
  • Conviction of a felony, misdemeanor or any offense substantially related to the qualifications, functions and duties of a registered nurse may constitute grounds for not allowing a candidate to take the licensing exam. This decision is made by the State Board of Nursing. For questions regarding this issue, call the Virginia Board of Nursing 804-367-4515.
  • Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screens: A criminal background check and urine drug screen is required of each student, and must be conducted by the college-designated contractor. Information will be provided at orientation. The costs of the background check and the drug screen are the responsibility of the student.
  • Nursing students should be in good standing from all previous healthcare employers. Students may be denied clinical placement based on previous work history and thus, cannot be entered into or possibly complete the nursing program.
  • Nursing students enrolled in clinical nursing courses are required to have malpractice insurance. Students may purchase malpractice insurance from independent providers.
  • Some clinical agencies may require student health insurance for attendance at their facility. All students are not required to meet this criteria unless required by the clinical agency, but are advised to seek appropriate resources to protect your health.
  • Students are responsible for following the clinical policy for safe handling of bio-hazards and utilizing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in the prevention of blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases. Additionally, students are responsible for employing appropriate ergonomics to prevent injury. Students will be responsible for medical costs for any injury received while in a clinical setting, including injuries for which testing is required by clinical agencies. Rappahannock Community College is not responsible for student accidents/incidents which occur in the classroom, clinical or lab setting.
  • RCC does not provide any student health services. The student assumes financial responsibility for accidents/incidents requiring medical attention.
  • RCC does not provide any student health services. The student assumes responsibility for accidents, incidents and/or illnesses that require medical attention. 
  • All students will sign an Assumption of Risk form at the beginning of the program that shall remain in force for the duration of the student’s program. 

Program Progression

  • The student must complete all support courses either preceding or concurrently with the appropriate nursing course, as indicated in the curriculum plan. All courses in the nursing sequence must be completed successfully each semester to progress. Specific clinical courses must be taken with the corresponding didactic course as listed in the course sequence.
  • The student is required to complete a sequence of course and learning experiences provided at the college and selected community agencies. The nursing faculty will observe and evaluate the student’s performance in nursing and with direct patient care in the clinical sites.
  • The student must maintain at least an 80% competency level in all courses in the nursing sequence to progress to the next semester. The student will earn at least a grade of “C” in all general education courses in order to progress to the next semester.
  • A student must obtain permission from the program head to continue in the nursing program under the following conditions: 1) receiving a grade below “C” in any general education course, or 2) withdrawal from any curricular courses, including those courses in the nursing sequence. In accordance with VCCS policy, a student cannot enroll in the same course more than twice without administrative approval. Additional policies for the program are listed in the Nursing Student Handbook. The handbook is given to all entry-level nursing students, and is available online via Canvas to admitted students.
  • Clinical agencies reserve the right to deny access to or dismiss a student from their agency at any time with due cause.
  • The student releases the hospital, its agents, and its employees from any liability for any injury or death to himself or damage to his property arising out of the clinical agreement or use of hospital’s facilities.

Graduation Requirements

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing follows the guidelines of the RCC graduation requirements. Students in the final nursing semester are responsible for completing an application to the Virginia Board of Nursing and the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Accreditation and USDOE Standards

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The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing, located at Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). Contact the ACEN (formerly NLNAC) at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326.

USDOE Standards 
Pursuant to United States Department of Education (US DOE) regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the Rappahannock Community College Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program provides the following information for all prospective and current students:

The Rappahannock Community College ADN program meets all Virginia Board of Nursing requirements for pre-licensure nursing education programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  In addition, the  Rappahannock Community College ADN program meets all requirements for nationally recognized accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing.  

The Commonwealth of Virginia participates with 32 other states in the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) National Licensing Compact (NLC) to allow nurses licensed in one state to provide nursing care across state lines in other compact states. The Uniform Licensing Requirements (ULRs) are found here.    .

States currently in the NLC are found at:  https://www.ncsbn.org/nlcmemberstates.pdf.  Prospective and current students are strongly encouraged to evaluate all state requirements in jurisdictions where they intend to practice nursing.  A list of all state requirements is found at:  https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm

Rappahannock Community College has not determined if the ADN program meets all of the requirements of any other states.  The preliminary evaluation of state requirements is found in the attached table.    

This statement serves to meet the USDOE regulation until further notice.  

Student Estimated Costs

Item Estimate Cost
Tuition and Fees (67 credits X $160.65*) $10,763.55
Uniforms and Shoes $400
Books and ancillary support programs $1,750
Integrated & Summative Achievement Testing (Kaplan) $550
Clinical Supplies $400
Malpractice Insurance $58
Criminal Background Checks/Drug Screens/Document Tracker $150
Medical $500
Graduation and Licensure $500
Travel to Clinical Agencies Variable
Total Estimated Costs $15,071.55+

* Tuition and Fees are subject to change. Costs are estimates only.

First Semester: Prerequisites


Prerequisite courses are included in the first semester as a basis for ranking applicants for admission to the nursing sequence in the second semester. All courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or higher. These courses are included in the total credit amount for award of the AAS degree in Nursing.

First Semester Total Credits: 14


Milestone: Students Eligible for Admission to the ADN Nursing Sequence


Second Semester Total Credits: 14


Third Semester Total Credits: 13


Fourth Semester Total Credits: 13


Fifth Semester Total Credits: 13


Milestone: Graduates Eligible to Apply for NCLEX-RN Testing and Advance to Licensure as Registered Nurses


Total Minimum Credits: 67


1 SDV 100  may be substituted if taken at other institutions or before the student entered any Health Science program plan at RCC.
2 BIO 205  may be substituted.
3 PHI 220  is strongly encouraged. ART, HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, ENG (Lit) may be substituted. Skills based courses are not acceptable.

Advanced Placement Option-LPN to ADN Transition Program


The Advanced Placement Option-LPN to ADN Transition Program is open to Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who possess an unencumbered license to practice practical nursing in the Commonwealth. This option allows for advanced placement into the 4th semester of the ADN nursing program for all eligible and qualified applicants who successfully complete all of the prerequisite and corequisite courses listed below. Recent graduates of any Practical Nursing program who are admitted to this option must be licensed as a Practical Nurse by the end of the summer term in which they are admitted. Failure to achieve licensure will result in withdrawal from the transition program.

This option begins in the summer and ends the following May. Students will want to make careful arrangements for work and other responsibilities in order to devote the appropriate attention to learning complex material.

Admission to the program is not guaranteed. Campus locations are also not guaranteed. All potential students must:

  • have a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) completion with verification on file in Admissions and Records (A&R)
  • complete of all RCC admission requirements
  • demonstrate 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
  • demonstrate competency in mathematics as evidenced by placement out of MTE 1-5 on the Virginia Placement Test (VPT), successful completion of the developmental modules prior to the last application date in the admission cycle, or meeting multiple measure requirements
  • demonstrate competency in English as evidenced by eligibility for ENG 111 in the first semester of the program
  • be placed in the Pre-Nursing Career Studies Certificate (CSC) for completion of the first semester curricular requirements or the Pre-BSN AA&S with nursing faculty approval
  • attend information session
  • apply during the application period
  • be advised by a nursing faculty member prior to application
  • submit all official transcripts to Admissions and Records
  • completion of the Kaplan Nursing School Admissions Test within the last two years of application with a total overall score greater than or equal to 51%. The test may be taken up to two times in one academic year.
  • have a curricular GPA (see the six courses below) of 2.5 or higher
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all college-level work.attend the mandatory orientation session in spring prior to the start of the summer term.
  • If offered a seat in the nursing program, the student must accept or deny admission by the stated due date. Students who fail to respond will forfeit their seats in the program.
  • LPNs are NOT eligible for Guaranteed Admission to the ADN program.

Prerequisite Courses


The following six (6) courses must be successfully completed with a grade of C or higher and a curricular GPA of 2.5 before you enter the summer semester to begin the ADN Transition program:

Transition Sequence


Once the student has successfully completed the prerequisite courses, the student may apply to the Advanced Placement Option-LPN to ADN program. Students will enter in the summer semester. Courses required in the summer semester are:

Remainder of the ADN program


After successfully completing the above courses, the student will join the existing traditional students in the last two semesters of the nursing program. These courses include:
Fall Semester Total Credits: 13

Spring Semester Total Credts: 13

Total Minimum Credits: 67


LPNs in good standing will receive advanced standing for the courses in the first two semesters of the nursing sequence (NSG 100 NSG 106 NSG 130 NSG 152 , and NSG 170 ) upon successful completion of the summer semester and maintenance of an unencumbered license to practice as a LPN. The student will graduate with the same number of credits as the traditional student. Students who enter the Advanced Placement Transition program immediately after completing a PN program must be licensed by the beginning of the fall term or they will not be allowed to continue until they do pass the licensure examination.

3 PHI 220  is strongly encouraged. ART, HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, ENG (Lit) may be substituted. Skills based courses are not acceptable.

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