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AAS Degree in Nursing

Associate in Applied Science
Rappahannock Community College

The associate of applied science degree in nursing is designed to prepare students as beginning practitioners in the art and science of nursing, and to deliver direct client care in a variety of health care facilities and settings. At the completion of the nursing program, students will be able to integrate nursing skills, including appropriate ethical values and legal principles, with health teaching to provide safe and effective total client care. Students will also learn to coordinate the care of their clients in a variety of health care settings. At successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) leading to licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in Virginia.

Outcomes

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 healthcare teams fostering mutual respect and shared decision-making to achieve stated outcomes of care.


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Program Overview & Guidance
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Program Web Page
hhttp://rappahannock.catalog.acalog.com/AAS-Nursing
Delivery Mode
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Delivery Mode
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Program Requirements
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Program Requirement Notes

ADN students attend orientation program in summer prior to the fall start of clinical nursing courses. LPN to ADN students: Attend orientation program in spring prior to the summer start of clinical nursing courses. Health Record Requirement: Physical examinations, including immunizations, must be completed prior to the start of clinical nursing courses. Students who are required to perform clinical rotations in cooperating healthcare agencies must be willing and able to conform to all clinical requirements of participating clinical agencies, including but not limited to: criminal background investigation; drug screening; immunizations including seasonal influenza vaccines; Tuberculosis screening; employment verifications; and, successful completion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. (CPR certification must be the American Heart Association Certification for Healthcare Providers). Students are responsible for all costs associated with these requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain current records throughout the program. RCC uses a third party vendor for all screenings and for maintenance of documents. Your instructor will provide you with all details to purchase this service, including deadlines for completion. Maintain a grade of “C” or higher in all courses in the curriculum. Maintain professionalism in both campus and clinical settings, especially in attitude and responsibility. Failure to meet this requirement can result in termination from the program. Students are responsible for purchasing the required clinical uniforms and name tags through the college’s designated supplier. Standardized tests will be taken after each module/semester or other stated interval in the nursing program. The cost of the standardized testing packages is the responsibility of the student. Conviction of a felony, misdemeanor or any offense substantially related to the qualifications, functions and duties of a registered nurse may constitute grounds for not allowing a candidate to take the licensing exam. This decision is made by the State Board of Nursing. For questions regarding this issue, call the Virginia Board of Nursing 804-367-4515. Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screens: A criminal background check and urine drug screen is required of each student, and must be conducted by the college-designated contractor. Information will be provided at orientation. The costs of the background check and the drug screen are the responsibility of the student. Nursing students should be in good standing from all previous healthcare employers. Students may be denied clinical placement based on previous work history and thus, cannot be entered into or possibly complete the nursing program. Nursing students enrolled in clinical nursing courses are required to have malpractice insurance. Students may purchase malpractice insurance from independent providers. Some clinical agencies may require student health insurance for attendance at their facility. All students are not required to meet this criteria unless required by the clinical agency, but are advised to seek appropriate resources to protect your health. Students are responsible for following the clinical policy for safe handling of bio-hazards and utilizing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in the prevention of blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases. Additionally, students are responsible for employing appropriate ergonomics to prevent injury. Students will be responsible for medical costs for any injury received while in a clinical setting, including injuries for which testing is required by clinical agencies. Rappahannock Community College is not responsible for student accidents/incidents which occur in the classroom, clinical or lab setting. RCC does not provide any student health services. The student assumes financial responsibility for accidents/incidents requiring medical attention. RCC does not provide any student health services. The student assumes responsibility for accidents, incidents and/or illnesses that require medical attention. All students will sign an Assumption of Risk form at the beginning of the program that shall remain in force for the duration of the student’s program.

What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and Rappahannock Community College within your first year via College Connect
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What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Associate Transfer Degree Completion At Rappahannock Community College, you can easily continue your education at a four-year institution. Our Guaranteed Admission Agreements enable you to finish your associate degree - then continue your education at many schools in Virginia and beyond. https://www.rappahannock.edu/academics/transfer-information/gaa

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  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: Rappahannock Community College
College Level Information
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Number of Transfer Students
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Where Can This Degree Transfer
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This Section displays degrees most closely related to this program and to which you may be able to transfer. Please check with the individual institutions for detailed advice.
Institution Title Degree Award Name Award Level
Northern Virginia Community CollegeNursing, A.A.S.AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in Lpn To Rn BridgeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
John Tyler Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
John Tyler Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing - Hybrid Distance EducAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Lord Fairfax Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociates of Applied Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Wytheville Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
New River Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences in Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Paul D. Camp Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Nursing AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Western Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Southside Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science with a major in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Germanna Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Germanna Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in Lpn To Rn - NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
New River Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences in EducationAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Blue Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
James Madison UniversityBachelor of Science in Nursing, Major in NursingBachelorBachelor of Science in Nursing4-Year
Danville Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Radford UniversityBSN in NursingBachelorBachelor of Science in Nursing4-Year
Old Dominion UniversityNursing-BSNBachelorBS in Nursing4-Year
Southwest Virginia Community College Associate of Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Eastern Mennonite UniversityBachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSNBachelorBachelor of Science in Nursing4-Year
Eastern Mennonite UniversityBachelor of Science in NursingBachelorBachelor of Science in Nursing4-Year
Thomas Nelson Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Longwood University Nursing-BSNBachelorBachelor of Science in Nursing4-Year
Longwood University RN to BSN BSNBachelorBachelor of Science in Nursing4-Year
Dabney S. Lancaster Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Mountain Empire Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Patrick & Henry Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Arts & Sciences2-Year
University of Mary WashingtonBSNBachelorBSN4-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Science in NursingBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Science in NursingBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityBachelor of Science in NursingBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Germanna Community CollegeAssociate in Arts & Sciences Degree in General Studies - specialization Pre-BSNAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Careers Where This Degree Applies
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O*Net Code Name Description Parent
29-2061.00Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational NursesCare for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
31-1131.00Nursing AssistantsProvide or assist with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. Perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. May include medication administration and other health-related tasks. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.Healthcare Support Occupations
29-1141.01Acute Care NursesProvide advanced nursing care for patients with acute conditions such as heart attacks, respiratory distress syndrome, or shock. May care for pre- and post-operative patients or perform advanced, invasive diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
29-1141.02Advanced Practice Psychiatric NursesAssess, diagnose, and treat individuals and families with mental health or substance use disorders or the potential for such disorders. Apply therapeutic activities, including the prescription of medication, per state regulations, and the administration of psychotherapy.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
29-1141.04Clinical Nurse SpecialistsDirect nursing staff in the provision of patient care in a clinical practice setting, such as a hospital, hospice, clinic, or home. Ensure adherence to established clinical policies, protocols, regulations, and standards.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
29-1141.03Critical Care NursesProvide specialized nursing care for patients in critical or coronary care units.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
25-1072.00Nursing Instructors and Teachers, PostsecondaryDemonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
29-1141.00Registered NursesAssess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations