Academics :: School of Health Professions

Nursing (RN) - Associate of Applied Science Degree

Mission Statement

The VWCC Associate Degree Nursing Program mission is to prepare professionally educated nurses who are safe, competent, compassionate health care providers able to meet the changing health care needs of patients, families, and communities.

Statement of Purpose

This curriculum is designed to prepare selected students to qualify as contributing members of the health team implementing direct patient care as beginning practitioners in a variety of health service facilities.  At the successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) leading to the designation of registered nurse.

Program Outcomes

  1. Virginia Western Community College Associate of Applied Science program will attain a National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) pass rate of 80% on the first attempt.
  2. Virginia Western Community College Associate of Applied Science program will demonstrate a program completion rate of at least 65% within three years of each student’s admission date.
  3. Virginia Western Community College Associate of Applied Science program will facilitate 80% of graduate satisfaction in clinical preparedness as evidence by program surveys.
  4. Virginia Western Community College Associate of Applied Science program will elicit 85% employer satisfaction as evidenced by new graduate employer survey.
  5. Virginia Western Community College Associate of Applied Science program anticipates that 90% of graduates seeking employment will acquire nursing jobs within six months of application submissions.

5-Year NCLEX-RN Pass Rates:
2010 - 85%
2011 - 96.2%
2012 - 95.24%
2013 - 76%
2014 - 77.55%

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Engage in practices that provide safe and holistic nursing care throughout the lifespan grounded in science and the nursing process. (Safety)
  2. Apply nursing judgment to ensure the delivery of patient-centered care and promotion of health for patients within a family and community environment. (Patient-Centered Care)
  3. Demonstrate the use of critical thinking skills while utilizing the nursing process to provide care to patients throughout the lifespan. (Critical Thinking)
  4. Collaborate effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary healthcare teams to foster open communication, respect, and shared decision making to ensure safe, quality patient care. (Teamwork)
  5. Demonstrate the use of the best current evidence to guide clinical decision making to provide safe care for patients and families across the lifespan. (Evidence-Based Practice)
  6. Integrate information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, and support decision making in the practice of nursing care. (Informatics)
  7. Utilize concepts related to culture, ethnicity, and spirituality in the delivery of patient care. (Culture)

Contact Information

Health Professions Information Office

If you are interested in applying to the VWCC Nursing program, we encourage you to explore the information links on this page to learn more about the process.  Once your application and transcripts have been reviewed, our office can provide academic guidance to help prepare students for possible entry into this program.  If you need further assistance, you may contact our office. 

540-857-7307
CSHP 339

School of Health Professions

540-857-6019
CSHP 214C

Program Head

Melaine Moore, PhD/MSN/RN
Assistant Dean, Nursing

A.S.N. - Bluefield State College, 1987
B.A. - Bluefield State College, 1992
M.S.N. - Bellarmine University, 2003
Ph.D./Nursing - West Haven University, 2007

This program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Virginia Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center, 9960 Maryland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, VA, 23233-1463.

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