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Nursing (RN) - FAQ

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>> Is the program accredited?

Virginia Western's nursing program is fully approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing, making graduates eligible to take the state licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to gain employment and/or transfer to other nursing programs. More about Virginia Western's accreditations.

The nursing program does not hold the voluntary National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accreditation. The Virginia Western nursing program meets all the mandatory accreditations and approvals.

>> How do I obtain licensure as a registered nurse?

You must successfully complete an approved nursing education program and pass a licensure exam (NCLEX-RN), which is administered by the National Council of the State Board of Nursing. You must apply to the regulatory board of the state in which you plan to practice. The general requirements include personal, character, and criminal background information. Application for the licensure examination will be provided toward the end of the fourth semester in nursing.

>> What are the admission guidelines to the program?

The following are the prerequisites for fall 2018 consideration:

  • Algebra I – completed with a grade of "C" or better by the end of the Spring 2018 semester (high school or equivalent MTE units 1 - 5)
  • Biology (high school or college) – completed with a grade of "C" or better by the end of Spring 2018 semester
  • Chemistry (high school or college) – completed with a grade of "C" or better by the end of Spring 2018 semester (must have a lab)
  • BIO 141 – college Human Anatomy/Physiology I (or equivalent) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better by the end of Spring 2018 (must include lab component and be less than 5 years prior)
  • ENG 111 - must be completed by the end of Spring 2018 with a "C" or better
  • PSY 230 - must be completed by the end of Spring 2018 with a "C" or better
  • SDV 100 - must be completed by the end of Spring 2018 with a "C" or better
  • SDV 101 - must be completed by the end of Spring 2018 with a "C" or better

The prerequisite GPA must be 2.50 or higher. This will be calculated based on the grades for BIO141, ENG111, PSY230, SDV100, and SDV101. Each course must be completed with a "C" or higher by the end of the spring semester (2018).

The cumulative GPA must be 2.0 or higher at the most recent college (12 credits hours) or school attended full-time at the end of fall 2017.

Note: A high school senior will only be considered if they can meet all the same prerequisites and minimum GPAs as other applicants. A couple of high schools in the region may offer BIO 141 for Dual Enrollment credit. (A high school Anatomy/Physiology course will not meet the BIO 141 requirement.)

>> Is admission to the program very competitive? How is admission determined?

Approximately 80-90 new students will be admitted each year to the fall Nursing program. In 2017, there were 125 qualified applicants considered. Program admission decisions are based on the results of the nursing entrance examination (Kaplan scores must be in the 45th percentile in all categories to be considered) and GPA. Entrance exam details are announced by mail in March (just prior to the exam being administered).

>> Who makes the admission decisions? When are the results given to the applicants?

Admission decisions are made by a Nursing Admissions Committee. Admission decisions are mailed to the applicants as soon as possible, usually by mid-May.

>> Is there a waiting list? Can the program be taken on a part-time basis?

There is not a waiting list. All applicants who meet the deadline and are minimally qualified are considered for the program. The core NUR courses are 10-13 credits per semester, and you will need to be able to take any support course work you still need to fulfill general requirements (if not completed prior to). Lectures and assigned skills labs are held during daytime hours only. You should expect clinical experiences to be some 6 hours (day) and a majority to be 12 hours (day/evening). The NUR courses must be completed in sequence. Trying to work while in the program is discouraged.

>> Does VWCC offer a transition or bridge program for LPNs?

Yes. The deadline to apply is November 10th each year for the following summer. The bridge takes 1 year to complete (summer, fall, and spring semester). If you are an LPN and interested in knowing more, please go to the LPN to Nursing AAS Transition webpage.

>> Can I be a registered nurse if I am a convicted felon?

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 RN-NCLEX 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.

>> What process do I follow if I want to apply for a future year?

If you are interested in taking classes to prepare for future entry into the program but you are unsure when you will be eligible, please submit the 2018 Nursing application form with the appropriate transcripts. This will allow us to help you plan and suggest proper courses to begin your studies. The advisor will also evaluate your transcripts for transfer credit and can discuss your "VPT" placement test results.

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Lauren Hayward
Director of Nursing

A.A.S. in Nursing - Northern Virginia Community College, 1999
B.S. in Nursing - George Mason University, 2010
M.S. in Adult Learning & Human Development - Virginia Tech, 2012
M.S. in Nursing - Western Governor's University, 2016
CNE, Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing, June 2017

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