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Nursing

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Purpose

The JTCC Nursing Program prepares individuals to enter the registered nursing profession and teaches students to deliver quality patient care. At the conclusion of the program, the student will:

  1. Patient-Centered Care Outcome: Provide quality, safe, patient-centered nursing care through evidence-based practice to diverse populations across the lifespan.
  2. Quality Improvement and Safety Outcome: Participate in patient safety through understanding system effectiveness and individual performance.
  3. Clinical Judgment Outcome: Implement effective clinical judgment based on evidence-based nursing practice that promotes the health of patients, families and the community.
  4. Professionalism Outcome: Integrate management principles and legal/ethical standards of care into the professional nursing role.
  5. Informatics and Technology Outcome: Incorporate data, technology and information management systems to communicate, decrease error and support clinical judgment.
  6. Teamwork and Collaboration Outcome: Collaborate effectively with members of the interprofessional team and the patient/family to provide safe, effective and coordinated care.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

  1. High school diploma or equivalent must be documented.
  2. Satisfactory scores on college placement tests in English and mathematics.

General Requirements

  1. Detailed information for interested applicants is located at www.jtcc.edu/nursing.
  2. Students must be able to fulfill all essential functions as outlined in the program materials located on the web site.
  3. All applicants must take a nursing pre-entrance test. Specific details regarding acceptable entrance tests are located on the program website. Test results must be no older than 3 years at the time of application. Students must submit a copy of test results with application.
  4. Math, science and ITE courses have specific time limits.
  5. All accepted students must have current CPR certification through the American Heart Association: BLS Healthcare Provider. Internet courses are not acceptable unless there is a supervised demonstration component.
  6. All accepted students must submit to a criminal background check, drug screening and physical examination with immunizations as indicated. Additional testing may be required. See Nursing Handbook for additional information. Evidence of hepatitis-B vaccination or declination statement must be provided. Results of screenings must be available and evaluated as satisfactory by the dates given each semester. Students who fail to meet this requirement will not be allowed to begin the program.
  7. Applicants must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0 from previous coursework and a curricular GPA of at least 2.5 to be considered for admission. The admission process is competitive and selective. Official transcripts of both high school and college records must be on file in the Admissions and Records office in order for a student to be considered for admission..
  8. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to be eligible to continue in the Nursing Program and may not have more than two attempts at any course. Students cannot remain in the program if they fail two (2) nursing courses. See the Nursing Student Handbook for all program policies and procedures.
  9. Students are responsible for additional expenses mandated by the program and these include, but are not limited to: course materials, uniforms, lab kits, nursing equipment, current computer and electronic tablet, hardware, software and internet. Expenses associated with the acceptance process are the burden of the student including, but not limited to: the criminal background check, drug screening, physical examination, etc.
  10. Students may wish to consider the purchase of accident insurance and personal health insurance due to the inherent risk of exposure to disease. John Tyler Community College does not assume responsibility for accidents/incidents which occur in the clinical setting nor does it provide any student health services. The student assumes financial responsibility for accidents/incidents requiring medical attention.
  11. It is the student’s responsibility to review all program materials, including materials found on the program web page, and to stay current with the with the program requirements, policies and procedures. It is recommended that students read posted materials at least once a semester.
  12. Students must attend a mandatory Information Session within six months of submitting an application. The dates for the session are posted each semester on the program website.
  13. Students have Nursing Program advisors assigned after they have been curriculum placed by the counseling office. Students are strongly encouraged to seek guidance from nursing advisors while preparing for the application process.

Tracks Available

  • Traditional Track: Typical classroom sessions are Monday through Friday during the day. Clinicals may be days, evenings and/or weekends.
  • Hybrid Distance Education Track (HDET): Theory is delivered in a virtual format. Blackboard Collaborate is used for course meetings and office hours. Faculty may require mandatory on-campus activities and/or mandatory Blackboard Collaborate participation. Clinicals may be days, evenings, and/or weekends.

Special Accreditation Status

The Nursing Program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Calculation of Credit Hours: The nursing program follows VCCS and JTCC guidelines for calculating credit hours. Lecture: one clock hour equals one credit hour. Clinical laboratory: three clock hours equal one credit hour. Lecture and laboratory hours assigned to them are shown with course descriptions.

Program Curriculum

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 See Note 5.
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
MTH 158 College Algebra 3  
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3  
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
Total Credits 14  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 See Note 5.
NUR 111 Nursing I 7  
NUR 226 Health Assessment 3  
Total Credits 14  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
NUR 221 Second -Level Nursing Principles and Concepts I 9  
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3  
Total Credits 12  
4th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
NUR 245 Maternal/Newborn Nursing 3  
NUR 246 Parent/Child Nursing 3  
NUR 247 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 3  
HLT 143 Medical Terminology I or HLT 230 Principles of Nutrition and Human Development 3 See Note 5.
Information Technology Elective 1 See Note 2.
Total Credits 13  
5th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
NUR 223 Second-Level Nursing Principles and Concepts III 9  
NUR 254 Dimensions of Professional Nursing 1  
Humanities Elective 3 PHI 220 See Note 1.
Total Credits 13  
Total Credits For Program 66  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. The humanities elective requirement must be satisfied by completing one 3-credit conceptual humanities course that offers breadth of knowledge. Additional humanities electives may be conceputual or applied with a focus on skills, techniques and procedures. See website (http://www.jtcc.edu/humanitieselectives) for a list of approved conceptual and applied humanities electives.
  2. To satisfy the information technology elective requirement, students should plan to take one credit in an ITE computer course offered at the College. (ITE credits cannot be more than five years old.)
  3. A student must have completed BIO 141 and MTH 158 within 10 years prior to acceptance to the Nursing Program.
  4. Part-time students should consult their faculty advisors regarding appropriate course sequences.
  5. HLT 230 and PHI 220 courses may be required by some four-year universities for those pursuing the B.S.N. Students planning to transfer to VCU should take HLT 230. Students should consult their selected four-year university and their nursing faculty advisor for guidance.
  6. Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities – Students should consult their academic advisors and their intended transfer institutions for specific direction in course selection. Required courses for any major at four-year institutions may vary.
  7. Students are eligible to apply to the nursing program while enrolled in or after completion of the first semester prerequisities courses.

Additional Resources

Current Students

Prospective Students

Applicants: To be eligible, you must submit all application documents together as attachments to one, single e-mail. The application and personal statement must be submitted as Word document attachments. The TEAS test and transcript evaluation will be accepted as a PDF or scanned image. Please contact your nursing advisor for clarification as needed.

Apply between July 1, 2015 - September 15, 2015 to start the Nursing Program in January 2016 (Spring 2016 semster).  Apply between Decemeber 1, 2015 - Febarury 15, 2016 to start the Nursing Program in August 2016 (Fall 2016 semester).  

For additional information, contact the Nursing Office: 804-622-8700 (Nursing Education Center).

2015-2016 College Catalog & Student Handbook

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