2022-2023 Course Catalog 
    Mar 30, 2023  
2022-2023 Course Catalog

Nursing, (AAS)

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Program Info

Minimum credits: 66
Length: 4 semesters (2 years) once accepted into the program. The Registered Nursing program is full-time.

New cohorts accepted annually in Spring Semester.

Division: Arts, Sciences, & Business
Contact: 434.797.8512
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Plan Code: 156 CIP Code: 51.3801

The DCC Nursing program does not accept credits for nursing courses from colleges outside the VCCS.

Program Description:

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing is designed to prepare students for careers as registered nurses. This degree should be chosen by students who wish to work in a variety of occupations where the skills and knowledge of the registered nurse are either required or desirable, including direct patient care, healthcare management and supervision, and health education. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Licensure Examination leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).

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 latest grade will be used in the prerequisite curricular GPA calculation.
  • Successful completion of the nursing entrance exam with minimum overall score of 70%
  • Successful completion of SDV 100  or SDV 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
  • In addition to NUR 135, students must demonstrate math readiness for the Nursing Program by demonstrating at least one of the following:
    • Evidence of completion of HS Algebra I and Algebra II with a grade of “C” or better within the past five years 
      • OR 
    • Completion of MDE 10 or equivalent 
      • OR 
    • Completion of MTH 154 or higher 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.

*Note: Certain criminal convictions may prevent licensure as a nurse in Virginia and may prohibit employment in certain health care settings. Students convicted of any felony or any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude/barrier crimes do not qualify for DCC Nursing programs. Clinical facilities will not allow such students to complete clinical hours, meaning that students will not be able to meet Virginia Board of Nursing requirements, nor meet the credit requirement for graduation. Any student who has committed illegal offenses other than minor traffic violations should discuss with the program head.

Readmission Process: Students seeking readmission will follow the same procedures and submit a readmission application. Contact Dr. James Emerson, Program Director for Nursing, at 434.797.8422 or 8512.

Program Outcomes Graduates of this program 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.


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.


Danville Community College NCLEX Pass Rates

Year Registered Nurse Licensed Practical Nurse
2014 91.67% 100%
2015 100% 100%
2016 100% 100%
2017 100% 100%
2018 100% 89%
2019 87% 100%

Traditional 84.2%

LPN to RN  100%

Combined  88.8%


Traditional 100%

LPN to RN  50%

Combined  90%




Effective November 1, 2022, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on November 1, 2024.


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400

Atlanta, GA 30326

(404) 975-5000




Course Sequence

Total Credit Hours: 13

Total Credit Hours: 14

Total Credit Hours: 13

Total Credit Hours: 13

Total Credit Hours: 13


1. NAS 161  and BIO 231 are approved substitutes for BIO 141 .
2. NAS 162  and BIO 232 are approved substitutes for BIO 142 .
3. BIO 205  is an approved substitute for BIO 150 .

Advanced Placement Option - LPN to ADN (RN)

The advanced placement option for LPN to ADN (RN) is the same curriculum as the traditional ADN (RN) program. Advanced standing is granted for the LPN license. Students will complete 66 credits total.

This option begins in the spring semester and ends the following year in May. Students will want to make careful arrangements for work and other responsibilities in order to devote the appropriate attention to learning complex material.

Advanced Placement - Licensed Practical Nurses who meet the admission requirements may be eligible for advanced placement. To be considered for advanced placement, an LPN must meet the following criteria listed below:

  • A graduate from a Board of Nursing approved Practical Nursing School.
  • Candidate must have passed the NCLEX-PN licensing exam and hold a current unencumbered Virginia license to practice as a Practical Nurse, and maintain licensure throughout the duration of the program.
  • LPNs must successfully complete all ADN (RN) pre-requisite courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be eligible for admission. Students must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for all college level course work. Failure to maintain the curricular GPA in the pre-requisite courses and a 2.0 cumulative GPA will void any program application and/or program acceptance.
  • LPNs must take the Kaplan entrance exam for Nursing and obtain a minimum overall score of 65.5% overall (45th national percentile). Scores are good for 3 years and students must provide a copy of their score with nursing application.

There are a limited number of seats available and admission to the program is not guaranteed.

Pre-requisite Courses

The following courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or higher before you enter the ADN program:

Total Credit Hours: 17


LPNs in good standing will receive advanced standing for the courses in the first two semesters of the registered nursing sequence (NSG 100 , NSG 106 , NSG 130 , NSG 152 , and NSG 170 ) upon successful completion of the “bridge” spring semester and maintenance of an unencumbered license to practice as an LPN. Additionally, the student will be awarded credit for 150 clinical hours from his/her LPN program. The student will graduate with the same number of credits as the traditional student.

Transition Sequence

Once the student has successfully completed the pre-requisite courses, the student may apply to the Advanced Placement Option-LPN to ADN (RN) program.

Course Sequence

Total Credit Hours: 11

* Students are strongly encouraged to take BIO 150  prior to the spring semester you enter the program.

Remainder of ADN program

After successfully completing the above courses, the student will join the existing traditional students in the last two semesters of the nursing program. These courses include:

Course Sequence

Total Credit Hours: 13

Total Credit Hours: 13

* SOC 200  and Humanities elective may be taken prior to entry in the nursing program.

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