Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree: Pre-BSN Specialization

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.
Admission Requirements
In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into this program requires proficiency in English, mathematics and science.  Students whose placement by VPT or other measures indicates a need for further preparation, will be placed in the appropriate developmental courses in English and mathematics.  Students who have already met the admission requirements for the Associate Degree in Nursing program have satisfied these requirements. Students must be advised by a nursing program advisor in order to be placed in the plan. Placement is contingent upon nursing program advisor approval.
Program Requirement
This curriculum will provide the most complete foundation for pursuit of the BSN.  Consult with an advisor at your desired four-year institution to verify.

Curriculum:

  First Semester Lecture Lab Credits
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I 1 3 0 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 2 3 0 3
BIO 101 General Biology I 3 3 4
CHM 111 General Chemistry I 3 3 3 4
SDV 101 Orientation to Health Sciences 4 1 0 1
    16 6 18
  Second Semester      
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3
HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II 5 3 0 3
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3 0 3
BIO 102 General Biology II 3 3 4
PHI 220 Ethics 3 0 3
    15 3 16
  Milestone: General Studies Certificate      
  Third Semester      
ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I 6 3 0 3
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 3 4
BIO 150 Introductory Microbiology 7 3 3 4
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3 0 3
    12 6 14
  Fourth Semester      
REL 230 Religions of the World 8 3 0 3
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3 0 3
BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 3 4
MTH 245 Statistics I 3 0 3
HLT/PED Transfer Elective 9 0 2 1
    12 5 14
  Totals 55 20 62
  Milestone: AA&S Transfer degree      

Total Program Credits: 62 minimum

Other courses used to fulfill this requirement include HIS 111 or HIS 121

Any higher-level MTH course may replace this requirement

CHM 101 may be substituted, but CHM 111 is strongly encouraged.

SDV 100 may be used to fulfill this requirement if taken before being placed in this program plan.

Other courses used to fulfill this requirement include HIS 112 or HIS 122

Courses used to fulfill this requirement: ENG 242, 243, 244, 251, 252, 255, or other courses approved by an academic advisor.

BIO 205 may replace BIO 150.

Courses used to fulfill this requirement: HUM, MUS, ART, PHI, REL, ENG (lit). MUS and ART cannot be skills-based.

HLT 230 is strongly encouraged.