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ASSOCIATE DEGREE: Applied Sciences

Our Applied Science Degrees will help launch you into the path of a rewarding career. Complete in 4 semesters.

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).

Catalog page: Nursing Degree

Program page: Nursing

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Certificates are designed to give you specific jobs skills in a short period of time. Credits earned in certificate programs may count toward associate degree requirements.

CIP Code: 51.0904
Length: 13 Credits

Purpose

To produce competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who can serve the community with basic life support care via the Virginia Emergency Medical Services (EMS) infrastructure. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for National Registry testing resulting in National Registry certification as well as certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Employment opportunities for EMTs are available with ambulance services, fire and rescue services, hospitals, local, state, and federal government agencies, and humanitarian relief organizations.

Catalog page: EMT

Program page: EMT

CIP Code: 51.0904
Length: 2 Semesters

Purpose

The purpose of this program is to provide specific advanced life support skills in the next level of training within the Virginia EMS infrastructure. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for National Registry testing, resulting in National Registry certification as well as certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Employment opportunities for EMTs are available with ambulance services, fire and rescue services, hospitals, local, state, and federal government agencies, and humanitarian relief organizations.

Catalog page: Advanced EMT

Program page: AEMT

CIP Code: 51.0904

Length: 2 semesters

To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Catalog page: Paramedic I

Program page: Paramedic I

CIP Code: 51.0904

Length: 2 semesters

Paramedic II is the second component of the Paramedic program. Entry into the second year requires successful completion of all Paramedic I CSC courses and clinical experiences. Upon completion of the Paramedic II curriculum, the learner will be eligible for National Registry testing.

Catalog page: Paramedic II

Program page: Paramedic II

CAREER STUDIES CERTIFICATE

Career Studies Certificates are designed to give you specific jobs skills in a short period of time. Credits earned in certificate programs may count toward associate degree requirements. Completed in 1-2 semesters.

CIP Code: 51.3902
Length: 9 Credits

Purpose

To prepare persons for full-time employment as nursing assistants. This short-term program is intended to give graduates full proficiency in the skills required to assist with nursing care in nursing homes, hospitals, and supervised home care situations.

Catalog page: Nurse Aide CSS

Program page: Nurse Aide Career Studies Certificate

CIP Code: 51.1009
Length: 16 or 17 credits

Purpose

To prepare students to work as entry-level phlebotomists. Program graduates are eligible to sit for the national phlebotomy certification exam through the American Society for Clinical Pathology or other credentialing agencies. If program graduates choose not to pursue national certification, they may still be employed as entry-level phlebotomists.

Catalog page: Phlebotomy

Program page: Phlebotomy

CIP Code: 51.1004
Length: 2 Semesters

Purpose

The purpose of the Career Studies Certificate (CSC) in Health Sciences with a Pre-Medical Laboratory Technology specialization is to prepare students for a competitive application to the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Medical Laboratory Technology in association with Reynolds Community College with a majority of general education courses completed. A second purpose is to provide an occupational credential as a phlebotomist for employment while pursuing advanced education.

Catalog page: Pre-Medical Lab Tech.

Program page: Pre-Med Lab Tech

CIP Code: 51.1105
Length: 2 Semesters

Purpose

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.

Catalog page: Pre-Nursing CSS

Program page:  Pre-Nursing

CIP Code: 51.1105
Length: 24 credits

Purpose

The purpose of the Pre-Practical Nursing Career Studies Certificate (CSC) is to provide an articulated pathway into the Practical Nursing Program for high school students dual-enrolled in courses in the CSC, as well as for matriculating college students who desire competitive entry into the Practical Nursing Program. Successful candidates will have completed the major general education course requirements for the Practical Nursing Program, including the Nurse Aide curriculum.  These courses will prepare the student to successfully complete the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Test. 

Catalog page: Pre-Practical Nursing

Program page: Pre-Practical Nursing

Pre BSN

ASSOCIATE DEGREE: Arts & Sciences

Designed to give you all the classes needed to transfer successfully to the college of your choice. RCC has partnerships with approximately 40four-year schools in Virginia, guaranteeing that if you maintain proper grades, you will be accepted. Complete in 4 semesters.

CIP Code: 24.0101
Length: 4 Semesters

Purpose

The Associate of Arts and Sciences Transfer Degree: Health-STEM Specialization is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree in preparation for matriculation into health fields that require education beyond the baccalaureate, such as medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and physical therapy. Students are encouraged to investigate Guaranteed Admission Agreements (GAAs) available for many colleges and universities in Virginia. Interested students should discuss GAAs with their academic advisor, contact the admission office of their selected college, and review the college’s transfer guide.

Catalog page: Health-STEM Transfer Degree

CIP Code: 24.0101
Length: 4 Semesters

Purpose

The Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree: Pre-BSN Specialization is designed for 1) students who plan to pursue either traditional pre-licensure baccalaureate in nursing programs; 2) students who have graduated from RCC, another VCCS nursing program, or a private nursing program and who are pursuing post-licensure completion of the baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN); and, 3) currently enrolled students in the ADN program at RCC who want to complete requirements for the BSN as they complete their pre-licensure education.

Catalog page: Pre-BSN Degree

Program page: Pre-BSN

CERTIFICATE

Certificates are awarded to students who complete one of the approved non-degree curricula (less than two years in length).

CIP Code: 51.3901
Length: 3 Semesters (one year)

Purpose

The purpose of the Practical Nursing Certificate (PN) curriculum is to prepare students to provide safe and effective nursing care for clients with common health problems as defined by the role of the practical nurse, as well as to collaborate effectively with all members of the healthcare team. Graduates will provide clinically competent, contemporary care that meets the needs of individuals across the lifespan, families, and communities. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, the graduate will be eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-PN® examination leading to licensure as a practical nurse.

Catalog page: Practical Nursing Certificate

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