Students in class

Nursing

Associate of Applied Science

PURPOSE: The program in Nursing is designed to provide individuals from diverse backgrounds with a lifelong commitment to learning the nursing skills and knowledge needed to serve as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply for the licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) required to become a Registered Nurse.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Include registered nurse positions in hospitals, extended care facilities, physicians’ offices, and other comparable healthcare facilities and agencies

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission and program-specific criteria

PROGRAM NOTES:

  1. The State Board of Nursing has the authority to deny licensure to any applicant who has violated any of the provisions of 54.1-3007 of the Code of Virginia. Any student entering the Nursing program who has committed any illegal offenses other than minor traffic violations should discuss these matters with the coordinator of the Nursing program prior to admission for clarification. A background check is required to apply for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.
  2. A criminal background check and drug screen are required of all entering students and, depending on the facility, random drug screens may occur.
  3. Inability of a student to be placed in a clinical site due to a negative background check or drug screening may result in an inability to progress in the nursing course and removal from the program.
  4. Students who have a break in their enrollment at the college need to meet the currently published admission requirements as well as the courses identified in the current curriculum. Students are recommended to meet with a nursing advisor. A non-break in enrollment is defined as enrollment in at least one course each spring and fall for continuous progression.
  5. The program is transitioning to a revised common nursing curriculum beginning Fall 2017.  The revised curriculum (1) will be scheduled predominantly in a 16-week format; (2) changes general education course requirements; (3) changes the application process and criteria; and (4) may eliminate any summer nursing course offerings. It is critical that prospective students monitor the program’s web page and roadmap available through the Reynolds.edu AAS Nursing program site.
  6. Students accepted into the AAS Nursing program are expected to sign an Assumption of Risk document that serves to provide a general outline to hazards encountered within nursing.  This list includes exposures to infectious, biological, chemical, environmental/mechanical, and psychosocial hazards, as well as loss of personal property.

Student Outcomes for the Nursing AAS Degree:

Students who complete the Nursing AAS degree 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 lifelong 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.

Admission to the AAS Nursing program is competitive, and only a limited number of students will be accepted. Fully-qualified students will be ranked according to Kaplan Nursing Admission Test achievement and a complete application. It is imperative that applications be complete, that all procedures be followed, and that applicants prepare themselves academically to be competitive in the review process. 

Application requirements are the following:

  1. Submission of official high school transcript, GED, or certificate of completion of home schooling transcripts to Central Admissions and Records.
  2. Completion of one unit of high school biology with a grade of “C” or better; BIO 1 at Reynolds is the high school equivalent course, or provide an acceptable substitute for this requirement.
  3. Completion of one unit of high school chemistry with a grade of “C” or better; CHM 1 at Reynolds is the high school equivalent course, or provide an acceptable substitute for this requirement.
  4. Completion of one unit of high school or college algebra with a grade of “C” or better. Applicants who do not have high school algebra with a grade of "C" or above can complete this requirement by passing MTE modules 1 through 6 at Reynolds.
  5. Completion of Reynolds’ English and mathematics placement tests and all required developmental courses based on the test results. MTE 5 on the math placement test is required. Please see the information titled Placement Test Waivers in the College Catalog for other waiver criteria.  For the Fall 2017 admission group only, MTH 126 will be accepted for the MTE 5 requirement.
  6. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT).
    • Completion of the TOEFL iBT with a standard score of 84 or above and a minimum speaking score of 26 is required for ALL non-native English speakers.  Completion of ENG 111 does not satisfy this requirement.
    • These scores are based on recommendations from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for the level of English proficiency required to perform entry-level nursing safely and effectively.
    • Any non-native English speakers who do not take the TOEFL iBT and are determined to be unable to understand and speak English at the required proficiency will be dismissed from the nursing program.
    • TOEFL iBT scores are valid for up to two years.
  7. Submission of official college transcripts to Central Admissions and Records for consideration of transfer courses required within the AAS Nursing curriculum.  It is the applicant's responsibility to review transfer courses posted.  Transfer courses must match courses offered at Reynolds and have a grade of "C" or above.
  8. Completion of the Kaplan Nursing Admission Test with a reading score of at least 73 percent, math score of at least 75 percent, a science score of at least 55 percent, and a writing score of at least 52 percent. This application test is free and available through the Reynolds Testing Center.  Testing Center dates and times are provided at reynolds.edu/get_started/programs/snah/announcements.aspx. The Kaplan Nurse Admission Test may be repeated once.  A two-year interval is required once the test has been taken twice.
  9. Applications are ranked based on Kaplan admission scores. The required math score is weighted 30 percent; the reading score is weighted 30 percent; the science score is weighted 30 percent; and the writing score is weighted 10 percent.
  10. Receipt of a "C" grade or better in general education courses taken at Reynolds that meet the Nursing AAS degree's curriculum requirements.
  11. Students must have completed 11 credits of general education courses with a grade of "C" or above; BIO 141, ENG 111, SDV 100, and PSY 230.
  12. Achievement of a curricular GPA of at least 2.5.  This grade point average is based on the identified four (4) prerequisite courses (11 credits).  Repetition of any of the four courses is included in this GPA calculation.
  13. Attend a Registered Nurse Information session within six (6) months of applying to the program. These mandatory information sessions are scheduled periodically throughout the semester. Dates, time, and location are provided at reynolds.edu/get_started/programs/snah/announcements.aspx.
  14. Non-nursing courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with the approved curriculum sequence.
  15. Once admitted, BIO 142, BIO 150, ENG 112, and a humanities/fine arts elective (CST 229 or PHI 101 or PHI 220 or PHI 225 or PHI 227) must be completed prior to or within the identified semester with the co-requisite nursing courses.
  16. A minimum grade of "C" is required in each course within the program of study. Students receiving less than "C" in a general education course will be unable to continue in the Nursing program until the grade requirement is met.

Qualified applicants who were not admitted may reapply for admission to the Nursing AAS degree.

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: Students entering the Nursing program must possess the following functional skills:

  • Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, read records, manipulate equipment, and visually monitor patients in dim light.
  • Sufficient hearing to communicate with patients and members of a healthcare delivery team, monitor patients using electronic equipment, hear necessary sounds during operation of equipment, and hear a patient whispering.
  • Satisfactory speaking, reading, and writing skills to effectively communicate in English in a timely manner.
  • Sufficient bilateral finger dexterity to manipulate equipment.
  • Ability to lift, stoop, or bend in the delivery of safe nursing care.
  • Satisfactory physical strength and endurance to be on one’s feet for extended periods and to move immobile patients.
  • Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functioning to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment and discretion in performing assigned care.

Application Deadlines for Full-time Day Option:

  • Fall start: 3rd Monday in May
  • Spring start: 3rd Monday in August

TRANSFER OPTIONS: Applicants seeking to transfer into the Nursing AAS program are required to meet all admission requirements.  Transfer students from other nursing programs may be accepted on a space available basis.

  1. The Nursing Student Affairs Sub-committee will review applications for students seeking transfer of nursing courses. Applicants must demonstrate that a nursing course, with corresponding credits, was completed within the previous 12 months.
  2. Nursing transfer applicants must have a written statement from the dean or director of the nursing program the student is leaving, indicating that they are in good standing and eligible to return to the previous institution.

EXPECTATIONS: The student is required to complete a sequence of courses and learning experiences provided at the college and selected community agencies, such as acute care (hospitals) or long-term care facilities, clinics, or comparable agencies and facilities. During these experiences, the nursing faculty will observe, monitor, and evaluate the student’s ability to achieve program outcomes through direct patient care.  Professional conduct and meeting program and course requirements related to dress code, program, and healthcare orientation are required.

CLINICAL CONTRACTS: Individual contracts are in effect with each affiliate clinical agency, and these contracts differ in requirements for students. In general, contracts include the following:

  1. Clinical agencies reserve the right to dismiss a student from their agency at any time with due cause. This will be done with advance notice except in an emergency.
  2. Student must wear the proper uniform, conforming to program and healthcare agency standards.
  3. Student must follow published hospital policies.
  4. Student must meet health, immunity, and immunization requirements.
  5. Student releases the facility, its agents, and its employees from any liability for any injury or death to self or damage to personal property arising out of the clinical agreement or use of the facility. (Assessment of Risk document is signed and on file once the student is accepted into the program.)
  6. Student is financially responsible for any medical care required while in the clinical setting.
  7. Student must have a current American Heart Association CPR BLS for Health Care Provider Certification.
  8. Demonstration of professional behavior is expected at all clinical learning experiences.  Faculty will direct a student to leave the learning environment if unacceptable behaviors are observed.
  9. Student must complete a criminal background check and drug screen, which may be repeated during the program of study.  The healthcare agency may deny a student participation in direct patient care based on results of background and drug screen.
  10. Student must attend the healthcare agency orientation as scheduled to remain enrolled in a clinical nursing course.
  11. Student must submit required clinical documents with each clinical rotation. A student who does not meet published deadlines for submission forfeits his/her enrollment.
  12. If a student is dismissed by a clinical facility, alternate placement will require disclosure of information related to the dismissal.  The student must consent to disclosure through completion of a FERPA form.

Contracts for each agency are available in the School of Nursing and Allied Health Office in the Division Office and may be reviewed by students upon request.

FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the regular college tuition and fees, the Nursing program requires the following:

Uniforms, Shoes, and Stethoscope

$350.00

Special Testing across the Curriculum

$500.00

Books and Supplies

$1,500.00

Physical Exam -- Proof of Immunity, Immunizations, TB Testing (student’s own physician) -- varies depending on health insurance coverage

$500.00

NCLEX-RN Application (licensure exam and initial RN license)

$400.00

Castlebranch® Document Manager® Background Check, Drug Screening, and Re-checks

$225.00

These costs are approximate and subject to change. The student should also consider transportation and parking costs for clinical assignments.

NURSING STUDENT HANDBOOK: Please see http://www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/documents/RN-Student-Handbook.pdf to view the Nursing Student Handbook.

PROGRESSION THROUGH THE PROGRAM: Reynolds offers this program in affiliation with the healthcare agencies and practitioners in the communities the college serves and relies on its community affiliates to provide clinical education opportunities for its many courses. The rapid changes in healthcare law, standards of practice, technology, content of credentialing examinations, and availability of qualified faculty increasingly necessitate sudden changes in the program’s course content, policies, procedures, and course scheduling.


As a result, the college cannot guarantee every student continuous and uninterrupted clinical and course instruction as outlined in the printed catalog curriculum for this program. Circumstances beyond the control of the college may necessitate the postponement of course offerings or changes in the sequencing and/or location of scheduled courses or clinical assignments. Additionally, the college may have to change the instructor for courses after instruction has started.

If a student is dismissed by a clinical facility, alternate placement may require disclosure of information related to the dismissal.  The student must consent to disclosure.   

CONTINUATION IN THE PROGRAM:

  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
  • Students must achieve a course grade of at least “C” (80) in each nursing course and at least “C” in each non-nursing course to progress through the Nursing AAS degree.
  • The clinical portion of designated nursing courses is evaluated as "Pass/Fail." A student who does not meet the clinical learning outcomes will fail the course.
  • Students may take some general education courses with nursing courses. Students are eligible for progression to the next semester at the conclusion of each course in the program based on successful completion of the prerequisite and co-requisite courses.
  • Students who fail any two nursing courses or are not successful after two attempts (withdraw or fail) in the same course may not continue in the Nursing program.
  • Students may enroll in only one clinical nursing course at a time.
  • Students who fail clinical based on any aspect of professional behavior will not be eligible for re-admission. Application to the Reynolds Practical Nursing program may be at risk.

PROGRESSION STATUS: Reynolds has entered into an implied contract with all accepted Nursing program students via the Reynolds catalog. The catalog indicates that once accepted into the Nursing program a student can complete the program within two years, assuming the student attends four consecutive semesters. (Summer is a session, not a semester.) Continuation in the program is conditional upon those factors identified in the “Progression through the Program” statement.

Progression 1 students are those who have never failed, dropped, withdrawn, or taken a leave of absence for any reason. Progression 1 students may register for any available space in a course for which they are eligible during the assigned registration period.

Progression 2 students are those who have withdrawn, failed, or taken a leave of absence. These students have stopped program progress and will be enrolled based on a random lottery drawing for available seats. Progression 2 students will not participate in the online registration process. The Nursing AAS degree’s Promotion and Graduation Committee will place these students via a random lottery drawing into available seats. Progression 2 students will return to Progression 1 status after successful completion of the course from which they withdrew or failed.

NCLEX-RN Licensure Examination Pass Rates for Reynolds Nursing AAS Graduates: Reynolds Nursing Graduates' pass rates for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination are provided below for 2011-2015. 

Year

Program Yearly Pass Rates

 

AAS in Nursing (traditional)

LPN-AAS in Nursing (traditional)

Part-Time LPN-AAS in Nursing

2011

95.08

NA*

NA*

2012

96.21

NA*

NA*

2013

81.00

100

92.00

2014

88.04

NA*

87.50

2015

96.21

75

88

*NA = No graduates in this category tested that year

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION:

The program is

  • approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, VA 23233-1463, (804) 367-4515, and
  • accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing may be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. 

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

Prerequisites for Application

PSY 230

Developmental Psychology

3

0

3

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

BIO 1411

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

3

4

TOTAL

10

3

11

Semester 1

BIO 142

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

3

4

NSG 1002

Introduction to Nursing Concepts

3

3

4

NSG 106

Competencies for Nursing Practice

1

3

2

NSG 130 Professional Nursing Concepts 1 0 1
NSG 200 Health Promotion and Assessment 2 3 3

TOTAL

10

12

14

Semester 2

BIO 150

Introductory Microbiology

3

3

4

NSG 152

Health Care Participant

2

3

3

NSG 170

Health/Illness Concepts

4

6

6

TOTAL

9

12

13

Semester 3

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

NSG 210

Health Care Concepts I

3

6

5

NSG 211

Health Care Concepts II

3

6

5

TOTAL

9

12

13

Semester 4

_____3

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (CST 229 or PHI 101 or PHI 220 or PHI 225 or PHI 227)

3

0

3

NSG 252

Complex Health Concepts

4

0

4

NSG 230

Advanced Professional Nursing Concepts

2

0

2

NSG 270

Nursing Capstone

0

12

4

TOTAL

9

12

13

PROGRAM TOTALS

48

51

64-68

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in Nursing

64-68

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1 Prerequisites for BIO 141: Grade of "C"/passing score in high school biology and chemistry or BIO 1 and CHM 1 within past seven (7) years, TEAS science sub-score of 75%, or BIO 101.
2 American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers CPR required to participate in clinical.
3 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective--CST 229 or PHI 101 or PHI 220 or PHI 225 or PHI 227.

 

Name Program Email Phone
Nursing Office Nursing AAS Faculty are on call for students with more than 30 hours and/or accepted into program. 523-5375

Common Job Titles1: Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services; Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; Advanced Practice Nurse Psychotherapist (APN Psychotherapist); Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse; Associate Chief Nurse; Associate Director of Nursing; Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, Diabetes; Burn Center Nurse; Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Registered Nurse; Cardiology Clinical Nurse Specialist; Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinical Nurse Specialist; Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist; Catheterization Laboratory Senior Manager (Cath Lab Senior Manager); Charge Nurse; Charge Nurse, Cardiac Interventional Care; Clinical Educator; Clinical Nurse Educator; Clinical Nurse Specialist; Clinical Staff Educator; Coordinator of the Psychiatric Liaison Service; Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist; Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN); Critical Care Unit Manager; Deputy Director of Clinical Specialty Services; Director of Nursing (DON); Emergency Department Clinical Nurse Specialist; Emergency Department RN (Emergency Department Registered Nurse); ICU Staff Nurse (Intensive Care Unit Staff Nurse); Intensive Care Unit Clinical Nurse Specialist; Intensive Care Unit Nurse; Nurse Clinician; Nurse Manager; Nursing Director; Oncology RN (Oncology Registered Nurse); Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN); Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist; Preceptor; Progressive Care Unit Registered Nurse; Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist; Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse (PMH Nurse); Public Health Nurse (PHN); Registered Nurse (RN); Registered Nurse Supervisor (RN Supervisor); School Nurse; Staff Nurse; Staff Nurse, ICU Resource Team (Staff Nurse, Intensive Care Unit Resource Team); Staff RN (Staff Registered Nurse)


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 14,733

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $46,800 - $73,300


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 14% or more over the period of 2016-2026), are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 500 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2016-2026), or are new and emerging occupations in high growth industries.

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on February 08, 2017.