CATALOG: Associate of Applied Science Degree: Nursing

Length: Minimum 5 Semesters

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 healthcare settings.

At the successful completion of the program, stu­dents will be eligible to apply 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 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
  • All five courses in the first semester of the program must be completed successfully 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.

Link to: Advanced Placement Option-LPN to ADN

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 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 804-367-4515.
  • 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, but you are advised to seek appropriate resources to protect your health.
  • 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 accidents/incidents which occur in the classroom, clinical or lab setting. RCC does not provide any student health services.  The student assumes responsibility for accidents, incidents and/or illnesses that require medical attention. 
  • Some clinical agencies require student health insurance for attendance at their facilities.  Students are advised to have health insurance coverage.

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.
  • 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).

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.

Student Estimated Costs

Item Cost
Tuition and Fees (67 credits X $160.65*) $10,763.30
Uniforms and Shoes $400
Books $1,500
Achievement Tests (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 $14,821.55+

* Tuition and Fees are subject to change.



First Semester: Prerequisites *
Course# Course Title Lecture Lab Credit
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 3
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 3 4
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3 0 3
HLT 230 Principles of Nutrition & Human Development 3 0 3
SDV 101 Orientation to Health Sciences 1 1 0 1
  Semester Totals 13 3 14
MILESTONE: Students eligible for admission to the ADN Nursing Sequence
Second Semester: Begin NSG sequence
Course# Course Title Lecture Lab Credit
BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 3 4
NSG 100 Introduction to Nursing Concepts 3 3 4
NSG 106 Competencies for Nursing Practice 0 6 2
NSG 130 Professional Nursing Concepts 1 0 1
NSG 200 Health Promotion and Assessment 2 3 3
  Semester Totals 9 15 14
Third Semester
Course# Course Title Lecture Lab Credit
BIO 150 Introductory Microbiology 2 3 3 4
NSG 152 Health Care Participant 2 3 3
NSG 170 Health/Illness Concepts 4 6 6
  Semester Totals 9 12 13
Fourth Semester
Course# Course Title Lecture Lab Credit
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3
NSG 210 Health Care Concepts I 3 6 5
NSG 211 Health Care Concepts II 3 6 5
  Semester Totals 9 12 13
Fifth Semester
Course# Course Title Lecture Lab Credit
NSG 230 Advanced Professional Nursing Concepts 2 0 2
NSG 252 Complex Health Concepts 4 0 4
NSG 270 Nursing Capstone 0 12 4
PHI 220 Ethics3 3 0 3
  Semester Totals 9 12 13
  Program Totals 49 54 67
MILESTONE: Graduates eligible to apply for NCLEX-RN testing and advance to licensure as Registered Nurses
* 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.
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.

Last modified on 09-05-2019