The DCC Nursing program does not accept credit s for nursing courses from colleges outside the VCCS.
Admission Requirements: DCC's nursing program is academically rigorous, with more applicants than available seats. Admission is on a selective (not first-come, first-served) basis, focusing on the student's past academic performance and results of the entrance exam.
Requirements for full admission:
- High school diploma, GED, or home school equivalency.
- Students must have a minimum prerequisite curricular GPA of 2.5. If a student has repeated one or more of the prerequisite curricular courses, only the higher grade will be used in the prerequisite curricular GPA calculation.
- Demonstrated proficiency in mathematics at MTE 1-5 or its equivalence
- Minimum nursing entrance test score at 45th national percentile (a minimum overall score of 65.5%).
- Successful completion of SDV 100 or 101
- ENG 111 successfully completed with a grade of C or better
- PSY 230 successfully completed with a grade of C or better
- NUR 135 successfully completed with a grade of C or better
- BIO 141 successfully completed with a grade of C or better. It is strongly recommended that BIO 142 and BIO 150 be completed prior to beginning the nursing program.
- Current C.P.R. certification at the American Heart Association BLS provider level
- Priority consideration will be given to students who have completed a sequence of preparatory college-level courses with a grade of B or better in three (3) attempts or less.
- If accepted into the program, the student will be responsible for obtaining and paying for a physical exam, malpractice insurance, and a criminal background check.
Readmission Process: Students seeking readmission will follow the same procedures and submit a readmission application. Contact Cathy Barrett, Program Coordinator for Nursing, at 434.797.8422 or 8512.
Graduates will be able 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 performance 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.
Program Requirements: Students must complete 66 credits with a 2.0 GPA or better and must pass all courses with at least a C. Attendance and satisfactory performance in clinical portions of each class are mandatory.
Minimum credits: 66
Length: 4 semesters (2 years) once accepted into the program. The Registered Nursing program is full-time.
Registered nurses are in high demand across the country. They may find employment as clinicians, supervisors or educators in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, industry, adult homes, day care centers/schools, doctor's offices, and home health care companies.
Registered Nurse: $59,360 - 73,980
Job growth: 15% from 2016-2026
*Median salary nationwide as of 2016. Source: BLS.gov
Division: Arts, Sciences, & Business
|Prior To First Year||Lecture Hours||Lab Hours||Hours in Class||Credits|
|NUR 1351 Drug Dosage Calculations||2||0||2||2|
|BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I||3||3||6||4|
|ENG 111 College Composition I||3||0||3||3|
|PSY 230 Developmental Psychology||3||0||3||3|
|SDV 100/101 College Success Skills||1||0||1||1|
1 MTH 126 is an approved substitute for NUR 135 until Fall 2019.
|First Semester||Lecture Hours||Lab Hours||Hours in Class||Credits|
|BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II||3||3||6||4|
|NSG 100 Introduction to Nursing Concepts||3||3||6||4|
|NSG 106 Competencies for Nursing Practice||1||3||4||2|
|NSG 130 Professional Concepts||1||0||1||1|
|NSG 200 Health Promotion & Assessment||2||3||5||3|
|Second Semester||Lecture Hours||Lab Hours||Hours in Class||Credits|
|BIO 150 Introductory Microbiology||3||3||6||4|
|NSG 152 Health Care Participant||2||3||5||3|
|NSG 170 Health/Illness Concepts||4||6||10||6|
|Third Semester||Lecture Hours||Lab Hours||Hours in Class||Credits|
|SOC 200 Principles of Sociology||3||0||3||3|
|NSG 210 Health Care Concepts I||3||6||9||5|
|NSG 211 Health Care Concepts II||3||6||9||5|
|Fourth Semester||Lecture Hours||Lab Hours||Hours in Class||Credits|
|NSG 230 Advanced Professional Nursing Concepts||2||0||2||2|
|NSG 252 Complex Health Care Concepts||4||0||4||4|
|NSG 270 Nursing Capstone||0||12||12||4|
|HUM Humanities Elective||3||0||3||3|