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    Jun 21, 2024  
2022-23 Academic Catalog 
2022-23 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, AAS

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This is a G3 eligible program.  Click here to learn more.

PURPOSE: The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing (AAS) at Laurel Ridge Community College is designed to prepare students to master entry level registered nurse knowledge. Students will integrate the art of nursing skills with the science of health education to provide holistic client care.

Upon satisfactory completion of this program, the student will be eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing examination (NCLEX-RN), for licensure as a registered nurse (RN). Opportunities for the entry level RN include employment in a myriad of health care settings.

TRANSFER GUIDELINES: Transfer opportunities for associate of applied science degrees, if existing, are very specific in nature. Students enrolling in an applied science degree with plans to transfer should explore opportunities with an advisor.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Acceptance into the AAS program is selective and competitive. Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance into the AAS program. Applicants not selected for the program must complete and resubmit a new application packet each year. Applicants for the AAS program are selected one time per academic year.

Students considering the AAS program are required to successfully complete the prerequisites earning a “C” or better in all required prerequisite coursework. Students may be enrolled in any or all prerequisite coursework during the spring semester in which applications are due. Students who qualify for admission will be accepted with the contingency that they complete the prerequisites by the end of the semester with a C or better, and have a minimum GPA as described below.

  • Graduation from high school or satisfactory completion of the certificate of general education development (GED or equivalent); unofficial copy required.
  • Application to Laurel Ridge Community College (if not a student) and the nursing program.
  • Laurel Ridge Community College placement test (if required) and completion of any developmental work that may be identified by the placement test. Must show proficiency in MDE 10  or eligibility for MTH 154 .
  • Curricular GPA of 2.5 or higher based on the specified prerequisite courses (ENG 111 , PSY 230 ,SDV 100  OR SDV 101 , BIO 141 ).
  • Meet certain computer competencies prior to entering the nursing program. Applicants are required to review and sign “Essential Computer Competency Checklist”. Students without the required skill set are encouraged to enroll in ITE 152  CSC 110  or equivalent.  
  • Completion of the required HESI admission assessment exam scoring at or above the 45th percentile in each required component which includes reading comprehension, anatomy and physiology, math, and the composite score.
    • A minimum score of 800 on the HESI critical thinking exam is also included as part of the required HESI admission exam.
    • Two attempts on the HESI admission exam are permitted per application cycle. Students must wait a period of one week between attempts on the HESI admission exam.
    • HESI admission exams are good for two application cycles only. NOTE: Needed entrance exam scores (at or above the 45th percentile) change on a yearly basis; therefore, scores from a previous year must meet or exceed the benchmark for the current year.

Pre-Nursing students are strongly encouraged to attend a nursing information session. Dates, times, and locations are posted on the Laurel Ridge Community College Nursing website.

Upon acceptance to the AAS program the student will be given instructions with regards to the following:

  • Submit a completed medical history and physical examination, including immunizations.
  • Provide proof of Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers by the American Heart Association.
  • Complete a criminal background check and drug screening required of each student. The cost of the background check and the drug screen are the responsibility of the student.
  • Comply with all rules and guidelines of the Laurel Ridge Community College Student Handbook.
  • Sign an agreement which releases all clinical agencies and their employees, Laurel Ridge Community College, The Virginia Community College System and the Commonwealth of Virginia from any liability for any injury or death to the student or damage to his/her property arising out of agreement of use of facilities associated with the nursing program.
  • Nursing students enrolled in NSG courses are required to purchase health insurance from an independent provider.
  • Failure to meet the above requirements will be cause for administrative withdrawal of the student form the nursing program.

Successful completion of the required 67 credits with a minimum grade of “C” in all general education and nursing courses is required for the AAS.

APPROVAL: The Laurel Ridge Community College AAS program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing, the State Board for Community Colleges, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), and the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACSCOC).

ACCREDITATION: The Nursing Program is accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN),
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

NOTE: General education courses may be taken at any time prior to admission in the AAS program; however, general education courses must be completed no later than the semester in which they are outlined in the curriculum below.

Prerequisites Total: 14 Credits


Program Curriculum

Semester Total: 14 Credits

NOTE: Completion of all first semester courses with a grade of “C” or better is required to enroll in second semester NSG courses.

Semester Total: 13 Credits

NOTE: Completion of all second semester and summer courses with a grade of “C” or better is required to enroll in third semester NSG courses.

Semester Total: 13 Credits

NOTE: Completion of all third semester courses with a grade of “C” or better is required to enroll in fourth semester NSG courses.

Semester Total: 13 Credits

Program Total: 67 Credits

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