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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)


The JTCC Nursing Program prepares individuals to enter the registered nursing profession and teaches students to deliver quality patient care. At the conclusion of the program, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate the use of nursing process.
  2. Apply nursing skills to patients' needs.
  3. Communicate therapeutically.
  4. Synthesize and communicate relevant data.
  5. Integrate teaching in the care of patients regardless of setting.
  6. Apply ethical values and legal practices in nursing.
  7. Utilize management skills to coordinate cost-effective care.
  8. Assume the role of associate degree nurse at an entry level in the profession.
  9. Assume accountability and responsibility for own actions as a contributing member of the healthcare team.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

  1. High school diploma or equivalent must be documented.
  2. Satisfactory scores on college placement tests in English and mathematics.

General Requirements

  1. Students must be able to fulfill all essential functions as outlined in the program materials located on the web site.
  2. All applicants must take a nursing entrance test and pass the the test at the required percentile for that test. Specific details regarding acceptable entrance tests are located on the program website at Please note, however, the tests are not interchangeable.  Each test has a specific score that is acceptable to the program and associated details with which the applicant must comply in order for the admission application to be deemed acceptable. Test results must be no older than 3 years at the time of application.
  3. Math, science and ITE courses have specific time limits.
  4. All accepted students must have current CPR certification through the American Heart Association: BLS Healthcare Provider. Internet courses are not acceptable unless there is a supervised demonstration component.
  5. All accepted students must submit to a criminal background check, drug screening, physical examination and dental examination. Evidence of hepatitis-B vaccination or statement that the student declines the vaccination must be provided.
  6. Applicants must have a curricular GPA of at least 2.5 to be considered for admission. However, this is competitive admissions process.
  7. All transcripts must be on file in the Admissions and Records office in order for a student to be considered for admission.
  8. Students must earn a minimum of a 2.0 GPA to be eligible to continue in the Nursing Program and may not have more than two attempts at any course. See the student handbook located at for all program policies and procedures.
  9. Students are responsible for additional expenses mandated by the program and these include, but are not limited to: course materials, uniforms, lab kits, nursing equipment, current computer, hardware, software and internet. Expenses associated with the acceptance process are the burden of the student including, but not limited to: the criminal background check, drug screening, physical examination, etc.
  10. Students may wish to consider the purchase of accident insurance and personal health insurance due to the inherent risk of exposure to disease. John Tyler Community College does not assume responsibility for accidents/incidents which occur in the clinical setting nor does it provide any student health services. The student assumes financial responsibility for accidents/incidents requiring medical attention.
  11. It is the student’s responsibility to review all program materials, including the Nursing Program web site at, and to stay current with the with the program requirements, policies and procedures.
  12. Students have Nursing Program advisors assigned after they have been curriculum placed by the counseling office.

Tracks Available

  • Traditional Track: Typical classroom sessions are Monday through Friday during the day. Clinicals may be days, evenings and/or weekends.
  • Hybrid Distance Education Track (HDEP): Theory is delivered in a virtual format. Blackboard Collaborate is used for course meetings and office hours. Faculty may require mandatory on-campus activities and/or mandatory Blackboard Collaborate participation. Clinicals may be days, evenings, and/or weekends.

Special Accreditation Status

The Nursing Program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Calculation of Credit Hours: The nursing program follows VCCS and JTCC guidelines for calculating credit hours. Lecture: one clock hour equals one credit hour. Clinical laboratory: three clock hours equal one credit hour. Lecture and laboratory hours assigned to them are shown with course descriptions.

Program Curriculum

The curriculum listed below is correct for 2014-2015. The curriculum listed in the 2014-2015 published JTCC Catalog has not yet been approved by the Board of Nursing. Please see your advisor for additional information.

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 BIO 231 See Note 5.
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
MTH 158 College Algebra 3  
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3  
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
Total Credits 14  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 BIO 232
NUR 111 Nursing I 7  
NUR 226 Health Assessment 3  
Total Credits 14  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
NUR 221 Second -Level Nursing Principles and Concepts I 9  
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3  
Total Credits 12  
4th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
NUR 245 Maternal/Newborn Nursing 3  
NUR 246 Parent/Child Nursing 3  
NUR 247 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 3  
HLT 143 Medical Terminology I or HLT 230 Principles of Nutrition and Human Development 3 See Note 5.
Information Technology Elective 1  
Total Credits 13  
5th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
NUR 223 Second-Level Nursing Principles and Concepts III 9  
NUR 254 Dimensions of Professional Nursing 1 NUR 255
Humanities Elective 3 PHI 220 See Note 5.
Total Credits 13  
Total Credits For Program 66  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. The humanities elective requirement must be satisfied by completing one 3-credit conceptual humanities course that offers breadth of knowledge. Additional humanities electives may be conceputual or applied with a focus on skills, techniques and procedures. See website ( for a list of approved conceptual and applied humanities electives.
  2. To satisfy the information technology elective requirement, students should plan to take one credit in an ITE computer course offered at the College. (ITE credits cannot be more than five years old.)
  3. A student must have completed BIO 141 and MTH 158 within 10 years prior to acceptance to the Nursing Program.
  4. Part-time students should consult their faculty advisors regarding appropriate course sequences.
  5. BIO 231, BIO 232, HLT 230 and PHI 220 courses may be required by some four-year universities for those pursuing the B.S.N. Students should consult their selected four-year university and their nursing faculty advisor for guidance.
  6. Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities – Students should consult their academic advisors and their intended transfer institutions for specific direction in course selection. Required courses for any major at four-year institutions may vary.

Additional Resources

Current Students

Prospective Students

For additional information, contact the Nursing Office: 804-622-8700 (Nursing Education Center).

2014-2015 College Catalog & Student Handbook

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