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2021-2022 Catalog/Student Handbook 
2021-2022 Catalog/Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, AAS

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(Christanna Campus, John H. Daniel Campus, and Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston)

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Length: Sixty-seven credit hour program

Purpose: The Nursing program prepares students with knowledge and skills for entry level nursing. Students awarded this degree may take the licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) for Registered Nurse.

Program Student Learning Outcomes: Students who complete the Associate Degree of Applied Science with a major in Nursing will be expected to:
Provide patient centered care promoting therapeutic relationships, caring behaviors, and self-determination across the lifespan for diverse populations.
Practice safe nursing care that minimizes risk of harm across systems and client populations.
Demonstrate nursing judgment through the use of clinical reasoning, the nursing process, and evidence-based practice in the provision of safe, quality care.
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.
Manage client care through quality improvement processes, information technology, and fiscal responsibility to meet client needs and support organizational outcomes.
Demonstrate principles of collaborative practice within the nursing and interdisciplinary teams fostering mutual respect and shared decision-making to achieve stated outcomes of care.

Employment Possibilities

Include beginning staff nurse positions in hospitals, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, clinics, and other comparable health care facilities and agencies.

Special Accreditation and Approval

The Virginia Board of Nursing and the State Council for Higher Education have approved and/or accredited the development, implementation, and continuation of this program. The program has been granted accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326. 404-975-5000

In Virginia, a State License is required for this profession. More information may be obtained from the Virginia Department of Health Professions; Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463 Phone: (804) 367-4515.

Nursing Program Notes Requirements for Application Admission to the program is a separate process from general college admission and is selective.

For detailed information on the Nursing Program admission process and requirements, please visit our SVCC Nursing Webpages:

Main SVCC Nursing Webpage: https://southside.edu/nursing

Associate Degree in Nursing Program Webpage: https://southside.edu/associate-applied-science-nursing-rn

Pursuant to United States Department of Education (US DOE) regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the (Insert your college name here) Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program provides the following information for all prospective and current students:


The Southside Virginia Community College ADN program meets all Virginia Board of Nursing requirements for pre-licensure nursing education programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  In addition, the SVCC ADN program meets all requirements for nationally recognized accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing.  

The Commonwealth of Virginia participates with 32 other states in the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) National Licensing Compact (NLC) to allow nurses licensed in one state to provide nursing care across state lines in other compact states.  The Uniform Licensing Requirements (ULRs) are found at:https://www.ncsbn.org/NLC_ULRs.pdf.


States currently in the NLC are found at:  https://www.ncsbn.org/nlcmemberstates.pdf.  Prospective and current students are strongly encouraged to evaluate all state requirements in jurisdictions where they intend to practice nursing.  A list of all state requirements is found at:  https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm.


SVCC has not determined if the ADN program meets the requirements of any other states.


This statement serves to meet the USDOE regulation until further notice.

Nursing Program Special Requirements

Nursing Program Policies related to grades and degree requirements, pre-requisite courses and course sequencing, background check and urine drug screens, medical and physical requirements, and students with disabilities can be found on our website at https://southside.edu/associate-applied-science-nursing-rn.

Required Courses

First Semester

Pre-Requisite Semester

Total Credits: 14

Total Credits: 14

Third Semester

Total Credits: 13

Total Credits: 15

Fifth Semester

Total Credits: 13

Total Credits for Degree: 67

1BIO 150  or BIO 205 may be taken in the summer prior to the fourth semester.
2Humanities EEE may include any 200 level MUS/ART/PHI/REL courses or any 200 level ENG course. Recommend PHI 227 .

This program takes two and a half years to complete.
All NSG prefix courses listed above must be taken in the order shown.
Note: All of the general education courses may be taken prior to admission to the nursing program.

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