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The associate of applied science degree in nursing 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.

Program Information

Program Requirements:

  • Attend orientation program in summer prior to the fall start of clinical nursing courses.
  • Health Record Requirement: Physical examinations, including immunizations, must be completed prior to the start of fall clinical nursing courses. The required medical forms will be provided at orientation. Applicants must be free of any physical or mental condition that might adversely affect their acceptance or performance as nurses. More detailed information is provided in the Student Nursing Handbook.
  • CPR Certification (American Heart Association, “BLS for the Healthcare Provider”) is required of all students prior to entry into NUR 111. Information, including a schedule of CPR classes, will be provided at nursing program orientation.
  • 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.
  • BIO 141 & 142 are accepted if completed within 7 years of application.
  • 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 semester/module in nursing, and the cost will be 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 804-3674515.
  • 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 must be in good standing from all previous healthcare employers.  Students may be denied clinical placement based on previous work history and thus, may not 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.
  • Students are responsible for following the clinical policy for safe handling of biohazards 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 injuries in a clinical or lab setting.
  • The College does not assume responsibility for accidents/incidents which occur in clinicals; nor does it provide any student health services. The student assumes financial responsibility for accidents/incidents requiring medical attention.

Program Progression:

  • The student must complete all support courses either preceding or concurrently with the appropriate nursing course, as indicated in the curriculum plan.
  • 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.
  • 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” or 2) withdrawal from a nursing course. In accordance with VCCS policy, a student may not 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 Blackboard 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.

Please view the program application and additional information.

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 for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN).

The Associate Degree in Nursing program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. The Associate Degree in Nursing Program at RCC 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.


Students admitted to the program will complete the general educational curricular requirements, including those listed below:

  • Graduated from high school or completed a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) at the time of application.
    Successfully completed one unit of high school BIO, high school CHM, or college equivalent (BIO 101; CHM 101; CHM 111) with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Completed all applicable developmental courses if indicated as a result of placement testing: MTT modules 1-3 completed and eligible to take MTH 126; and ENF 3 completed and eligible to take ENG 111.
  • Completed the ATI TEAS Nursing Entrance Test within the past 3 years and scored at the 45th National Percentile Rank or higher.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Complete and submit an application to the nursing program by the designated time in the spring preceding the fall start of the program.
  • Licensed Practical Nurses who meet program admission requirements will indicate their status on the common program application form, indicating “LPN to ADN transition.”

Guaranteed Admission Status:
Students may be admitted to the ADN program with guaranteed admission by completing the Career Studies Certificate, Pre-Nursing in its entirety by the end of the application period with no less that a “C” in any course, with no repeated courses and a cumulative curricular GPA of 3.0. Grades must be posted on your transcripts. No student is eligible for guaranteed admission if any curricular courses are missing or incomplete.

Note: LPNs are not eligible for guaranteed admission.

Students applying via guaranteed admission must also have completed the following:

  • High School diploma or GED
  • All VPT placement testing and developmental course work as described above
  • Have met with a nursing faculty advisor to determine appropriateness of guaranteed admission and to choose the appropriate nursing program
  • Met all of the deadlines for completion and submission of the nursing program application(s).

Application Materials:

First Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
MTH 126 Math for Allied Health 2 0 2
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 3 4
NUR 111 Nursing I 4 9 7
NUR 226 Health Assessment 2 3 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Semester Total 12 15 17
Second Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 3 4
NUR 150 Community Based Nursing 3 0 3
NUR 112 Nursing II 4 9 7
Semester Total 13 12 17
Third Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3 0 3
Semester Total 3 0 3
Fourth Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
NUR 211 Second Level Nursing 5 9 8
NUR 245 Maternal Newborn 2 3 3
NUR 247 Psychiatric / Mental Health 2 3 3
HLT Health/Physical Education1 1 0 1
Semester Total 10 15 15
Fifth Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
NUR 212 Second Level Nursing II 4 9 7
NUR 246 Parent / Child Nursing 2 3 3
NUR 254 Dimensions of Professional Nursing 2 0 2
HUM Humanities Elective2 3 0 3
Semester Total 11 12 15

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in Nursing:

  • Lecture: 49
  • Lab: 54
  • Total Credits: 67

Recommended classes are:
1 HLT 230 Nutrition
2 HUM Electives: ART, HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, ENG (Lit)

Tuition and Fees (67 credits X $144.19*) $9,660.73
Uniforms and Shoes $400
Books $1,500
Achievement Tests (Kaplan) $550
Malpractice Insurance $58
Criminal Background Checks/Drug Screens/Document Tracker $120
Medical $500
Travel to Clinical Agencies $500
Graduation and Licensure Variable
Total Estimated Costs $13,548.73+

* Tuition and Fees are subject to change.


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).

Registered nurses practice in hospitals, long-term care facilities, Health Departments, medical offices, clinics, School Systems and other comparable health care facilities and agencies.


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