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Nursing AAS

The template below is for students declaring a major for the catalog year 2018-19. The Advising Sheet Archive contains printable advising sheets for the catalog years 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19. Students already with a declared major should view their advising report in SIS for appropriate course selection.

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Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

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Students who complete the Associate Degree of Applied Science with a major in Nursing will be expected to:

  1. Provide patient centered care promoting therapeutic relationships, caring behaviors, and self-determination across the lifespan for diverse populations.
  2. Practice safe nursing care that minimizes risk of harm across systems and client populations.
  3. Demonstrate nursing judgment through the use of clinical reasoning, the nursing process, and evidence-based practice in the provision of safe, quality care.
  4. Practice professional behaviors that encompass the legal/ethical framework while incorporating self-reflection, leadership and a commitment to recognize the value of life-long learning.
  5. Manage client care through quality improvement processes, information technology, and fiscal responsibility to meet client needs and support organizational outcomes.
  6. Demonstrate principles of collaborative practice within the nursing and interdisciplinary teams fostering mutual respect and shared decision-making to achieve stated outcomes of 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.
  3. Competitive access programs, such as Nursing, are not offered to non-immigrant students due to limited seats in the program each year. Prospects interested in Nursing or other health-related fields should discuss other degree options with an advisor.

General Requirements

  1. Detailed information for interested applicants is located at
  2. Students must be able to fulfill all essential functional abilities as outlined in the program materials located in the Nursing Student Handbook.
  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. Science courses must have been taken within the past ten years from the time of the nursing application submission to be considered for meeting the pre-requisite or transfer course requirements.
  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 Student 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 pre-requisite 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 program requirements, policies and procedures. It is recommended that students read posted materials at least once a semester.
  12. Students must view the mandatory Online Information session or attend a face-to-face General Information session no greater than six months prior to submitting an application and document the date viewed/attended on the application.
  13. Students have faculty advisors assigned after they have been curriculum placed by the Advising office. Students are strongly encouraged to seek guidance from advisors while preparing for the application process.

Tracks Available

  • Traditional Track:  The theory portion of most traditional courses are delivered in the on-campus classroom environment facilitated by faculty. There are also additional online requirements.
  • Hybrid Distance Education Track (HDET):  The theory portion of each course is delivered via online format facilitated by faculty. There are also additional online requirements.
  • Clinical for both tracks: The clinical components/experiences for each course are face-to-face and are dependent on the availability of clinical faculty and the availability of clinical sites/locations. These clinical components/experiences may be held during day, evening, weekday, or weekend hours, and possibly night shifts.

Special Accreditation Status

The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. ACEN can be contacted by Phone: (404) 975-5000, by Email: or Web: The registered nursing program is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center, 9960 Maryland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233-1463, (804) 367-4515.

printer iconPrintable Advising Sheet

Required Courses CR. Pre-requisite Courses Approved Course Substitutions
Pre-Requisite Courses      
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1    
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 See Placement Requirements  
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3 See Placement Requirements
MTH 155 or MTH 157
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 See Note 2  
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3    
First Semester      
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 BIO 141  
NSG 100 Intro to Nursing Concepts 4 See Note 6  
NSG 106 Competencies for Nursing Practice 2 See Note 6  
NSG 130 Professional Concepts 1 See Note 6  
NSG 200 Health Promotion & Assessment 3 See Note 6  
Second Semester      
BIO 150 Microbiology 4 See Note 3  
NSG 152 Health Care Recipient 3 See Note 6  
NSG 170 Health Illness Concepts 6 See Note 6  
Third Semester      
ENG 112 Composition II 3 ENG 111
See Note 3
HLT 230
See Note 4
NSG 210 Health Care Concepts I 5 See Note 6  
NSG 211 Health Care Concepts II 5 See Note 6  
Fourth Semester      
NSG 230 Advanced Professional Nursing Concepts 2 See Note 6  
NSG 252 Complex Health Care Concepts 4 See Note 6  
NSG 270 Nursing Capstone 4 See Note 6  
Humanities Elective (choose 1):
ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I
ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 220 Ethics
ENG 251 Survey of World Literature I
ENG 252 Survey of World Literature II
3 See Note 5  
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 67    


  1. Students are eligible to apply to the nursing program while enrolled in or after completion of the first semester prerequisites courses.

  2. A student must have completed BIO 141 within 10 years prior to acceptance into the Nursing Program.

  3. BIO 150 must be taken concurrently or prior to the second semester and ENG 112 or HLT 230 must be taken concurrently or prior to the third semester.

  4. Students planning to transfer to VCU should take HLT 230.

  5. The Humanities Elective must be taken prior to or concurrently with fourth semester.

  6. The nursing courses are sequential and must be taken in the semester listed.

Spring Application Period

January 15 - March 1 (for consideration for admission to the nursing program in August).

Summer/Fall Application Period

June 15 - August 10 (for consideration for admission to the nursing program in January).

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 will be accepted as a PDF or scanned image. Please contact your nursing advisor for clarification as needed.

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

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Nursing Education Center: 804-622-8700

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