Award: Associate of Applied Science

The two-year Associate in Applied Science degree curriculum in Nursing is designed to prepare selected students to qualify as contributing members of the healthcare team, rendering direct patient care as beginning practitioners of nursing in a variety of health service facilities. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination leading to licensure as a registered nurse (RN).

Effective July 27, 2020, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on July, 2022.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000

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.

July 1, 2020: Pursuant to United States Department of Education (US DOE) regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the Danville Community College Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program provides the following information for all prospective and current students: 
The Danville Community College ADN program meets all Virginia Board of Nursing requirements for pre-licensure nursing education programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia.   
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. Click here to see the Uniform Licensing Requirements (ULRs)
Click here to see states currently in the NLC. Prospective and current students are strongly encouraged to evaluate all state requirements in jurisdictions where they intend to practice nursing. Click here to see a list of all state requirements
Danville Community College 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.

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Requirements for full admission:

  1. High school diploma, GED, or home school equivalency.
  2. 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.
  3. Demonstrated proficiency in mathematics at MTE 1-5 or its equivalence
  4. Successful completion of the Nursing Entrance exam with minimum overall score of 70%.
  5. Successful completion of SDV 100 or 101
  6. ENG 111 successfully completed with a grade of C or better
  7. PSY 230 successfully completed with a grade of C or better
  8. NUR 135 successfully completed with a grade of C or better
  9. 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.
  10. Current C.P.R. certification at the American Heart Association BLS provider level
  11. 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.
  12. If accepted into the program, the student will be responsible for obtaining and paying for a physical exam, malpractice insurance, a criminal background check, and drug screen.

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 434.797.8512.

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.

Program Information

Minimum credits: 66

Length: 4 semesters (2 years) once accepted into the program. The Registered Nursing program is full-time.

Career opportunities: 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: Median pay: $71,730 Job growth: 15% from 2016-2026
  • *Median salary nationwide as of 2018. Source:

Division: Arts, Sciences, & Business

Contact: 434.797.8512

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

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

Course Sequence

  Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
Prior to first year
NUR 135 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
Total 12 3 15 13
First Semester
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
Total 10 12 22 14
Second Semester
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
Total 9 12 21 13
Third Semester
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
Total 9 12 21 13
Fourth Semester
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
Total 9 12 21 1

*BIO 150 may be taken in the summer between first and second year of nursing program



Cathy Barrett

Associate Professor of Nursing