2019-2020 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jan 22, 2022  
2019-2020 College Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, AAS

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PURPOSE: 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.


  1. Students may need to complete placement tests in English and mathematics. Visit http://www.jtcc.edu/placement for all course placement options.


  1. Detailed information for interested applicants is located here.
  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 the required entrance test 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 of program start date to be considered for meeting prerequisite 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 Handbook for additional information. Evidence of hepatitis-B and influenza 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 remain in 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 all 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 three (3) 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 access. 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/attend the mandatory Information Session within six months of submitting an application and document the date viewed or 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.


  • 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 on-campus 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. Students must meet the requirements of the clinical agencies.

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: info@acenursing.org or Web: http://www.acenursing.org. 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.


Spring Application Period

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

Summer/Fall Application Period

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

Required Courses

Second Semester – NSG courses are sequential and must be taken in the semester listed

Third Semester – NSG courses are sequential and must be taken in the semester listed

Fourth Semester – NSG courses are sequential and must be taken in the semester listed

Total Minimum Credits to Complete: 67


Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.

Students are eligible to apply to the nursing program while enrolled in or after completion of the first semester prerequisite courses: SDV 101/100, ENG 111, MTH 154 or MTH 155 or MTH 161 or MTH 245, PSY 230 and BIO 141 (within 10 years prior to acceptance into the Nursing Program).

Transfer credit cannot be awarded for courses over 10 years old in Natural or Physical Sciences (BIO 141, BIO 142, BIO 150) for students in the Nursing Program.

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.

Students planning to transfer to VCU should take HLT 230  instead of ENG 112.

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

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


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