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Nursing

Associate of Applied Science

PURPOSE: The program in Nursing is designed to provide individuals from diverse backgrounds with a lifelong commitment to learning the nursing skills and knowledge needed to serve as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply for the licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) required to become a Registered Nurse.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Include registered nurse positions in hospitals, extended care facilities, physicians’ offices, and other comparable healthcare facilities and agencies

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission, and program-specific criteria

Program Notes:

  1. The State Board of Nursing has the authority to deny licensure to any applicant who has violated any of the provisions of 54.1-3007 of the Code of Virginia. Any student entering the Nursing program who has committed any illegal offenses other than minor traffic violations should discuss these matters with the coordinator of the Nursing program prior to admission for clarification. A background check is required to apply for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.
  2. A criminal background check and drug screen are required of all entering students and, depending on the facility, random drug screens may occur.
  3. Inability of a student to be placed in a clinical site due to a negative background check or drug screening may result in an inability to progress in the nursing course and removal from the program.
  4. Students who have a break in their enrollment at the college need to meet the currently published admission requirements as well as the courses identified in the current curriculum. Students are recommended to meet with a nursing advisor. A non-break in enrollment is defined as enrollment in at least one course each spring and fall for continuous progression.
  5. The program will be transitioning to a Virginia Community College System common nursing curriculum in Fall 2017.  The revised curriculum (1) will be scheduled predominantly in 16-week format; (2) may result in changes in general education course requirements; (3) may result in changes to the application process and criteria; and (4) may eliminate any summer nursing course offerings. It is critical that prospective students monitor the program’s web page available through the Reynolds.edu site.

Student Outcomes for the Nursing AAS Degree:

Students who complete the Nursing AAS degree will be expected to

  1. Practice within the legal, ethical, and regulatory boundaries of professional nursing, assuming accountability for the quality of nursing care provided to individuals and families.
  2. Demonstrate commitment to excellence by maintaining professional integrity and competency through reflection, self-assessment, self-care, and lifelong learning as a professional nurse, healthcare team member, and citizen.
  3. Advocate for and deliver holistic client-centered nursing care based on principles of the therapeutic relationship.
  4. Apply the nursing process to meet the health needs of diverse individuals, families, and groups across the life span in structured settings.
  5. Minimize client harm and promote safe care through individual performance and system integrity.
  6. Implement sound clinical judgment based on knowledge and science, critical thinking, and evidence-based practice to achieve positive client outcomes.
  7. Design client, family, and community education that incorporates effective teaching and learning principles and promotes positive client outcomes.
  8. Collaborate with the interdisciplinary healthcare team to promote continuity of care and improve client outcomes.
  9. Apply leadership and management principles to provide cost-effective care and promote quality improvement.
  10. Synthesize the use of information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, and support decision-making.

Admission to the Nursing program is competitive, and only a limited number of students will be accepted. Fully-qualified students will be ranked according to Kaplan Nursing Admission Test achievement and a complete application. Due to the high demand for nurses, budget constraints, and faculty shortage, there are a limited number of seats, and the program routinely receives more applications than can be accepted. For this reason, it is imperative that applications be complete, that all procedures be followed, and that applicants prepare themselves academically to be competitive in the review process.

Application requirements are the following:

  1. Submission of official high school transcript, GED, or certificate of completion of home schooling, and college (if applicable) transcripts to Central Admissions and Records.
  2. Completion of one unit of high school biology with a grade of “C” or better; BIO 1 at Reynolds is the high school equivalent course.
  3. Completion of one unit of high school chemistry with a grade of “C” or better; CHM 1 at Reynolds is the high school equivalent course.
  4. Completion of one unit of high school or college algebra with a grade of “C” or better. Applicants who do not have high school algebra with a grade of "C" or above can complete this requirement by passing MTE modules 1 through 6 at Reynolds.
  5. Completion of Reynolds’ English and mathematics placement tests and all required developmental courses based on the test results. MTE 3 on the math placement test is required for enrollment in MTH 126. Please see the information titled Placement Test Waivers in the Admission and Enrollment section of the College Catalog for other waiver criteria.
  6. Receipt of a “C” grade or better in general education courses taken at Reynolds and any college courses transferred from another institution to meet the Nursing AAS degree’s curriculum requirements.
  7. Completion of the Kaplan Nursing Admission Test with a reading score of at least 73 percent, math score of at least 75 percent, science score of at least 50 percent, and a writing score of at least 45 percent. Dates and times are provided at reynolds.edu/get_started/programs/snah/announcements.aspx. The Kaplan Nurse Admission Test may be repeated once.  A two-year interval is required once the test has been taken twice.
  8. Cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  9. Students must participate in an information session within six (6) months of applying to the program. These mandatory information sessions are scheduled periodically throughout the semester. Dates and times are provided at reynolds.edu/get_started/programs/snah/announcements.aspx.
  10. Admission will be ranked based on Kaplan admission scores. The required math score is weighted 30 percent, the reading score is weighted 30 percent, the science score is weighted 30 percent, and the writing score is weighted 10 percent.
  11. Students must have completed 11 credits of general education courses with a grade of “C” or above: BIO 141, ENG 111, SDV 100, and MTH 126.
  12. Students are eligible for progression to the next semester at the conclusion of each course in the program based on successful completion of the prerequisite and co-requisite courses.
  13. Non-nursing courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with the approved curriculum sequence.
  14. Once admitted, PSY 230, BIO 142, ITE 115, SOC 200, and a humanities/fine arts elective must be completed prior to or within the identified semester with the co-requisite nursing courses.
  15. A minimum grade of “C” is required in each course within the program of study. Students receiving less than “C” in a general education course will be unable to continue in the Nursing program until the grade requirement is met.

Qualified applicants who were not admitted may reapply for admission to the Nursing AAS degree.

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: Students entering the Nursing program must possess the following functional skills:

  • Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, read records, manipulate equipment, and visually monitor patients in dim light.
  • Sufficient hearing to communicate with patients and members of a healthcare delivery team, monitor patients using electronic equipment, hear necessary sounds during operation of equipment, and hear a patient whispering.
  • Satisfactory speaking, reading, and writing skills to effectively communicate in English in a timely manner.
  • Sufficient bilateral finger dexterity to manipulate equipment.
  • Ability to lift, stoop, or bend in the delivery of safe nursing care.
  • Satisfactory physical strength and endurance to be on one’s feet for extended periods and to move immobile patients.
  • Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functioning to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment and discretion in performing assigned tasks.

Application Deadlines for Full-time Day Option:

  • Fall start: 3rd Monday in May
  • Spring start: 3rd Monday in September

TRANSFER OPTIONS: Applicants seeking to transfer into the Nursing AAS program are required to meet all admission requirements.

Transfer students from other nursing programs may be accepted on a space available basis.

  1. The Nursing Admission and Transfer Committee will review these applications. Applicants must demonstrate that nursing courses, with corresponding credits, were completed within the previous 12 months.
  2. Nursing transfer applicants must have a written statement indicating that they are in good standing and eligible to return to the previous institution.

EXPECTATIONS: The student is required to complete a sequence of courses and learning experiences provided at the college and selected community agencies, such as acute care (hospitals) or long-term care facilities, clinics, or comparable agencies and facilities. During these experiences, the nursing faculty will observe, monitor, and evaluate the student’s ability to achieve program outcomes through direct patient care.

CLINICAL CONTRACTS: Individual contracts are in effect with each affiliate clinical agency, and these contracts differ in requirements for students. In general, contracts include the following:

  1. Clinical agencies reserve the right to dismiss a student from their agency at any time with due cause. This will be done with advance notice except in an emergency.
  2. Student must wear the proper uniform.
  3. Student must follow published hospital policies.
  4. Student must meet health and immunizations requirements.
  5. Student releases the facility, its agents, and its employees from any liability for any injury or death to self or damage to personal property arising out of the clinical agreement or use of the facility. (Assessment of Risk document is signed and on file once the student is accepted into the program.)
  6. Student is financially responsible for any medical care required while in the clinical setting.
  7. Student must have a current American Heart Association CPR BLS for Health Care Provider Certification.
  8. Student must complete a criminal background check and drug screen, which may be repeated during the program of study.
  9. Student must attend healthcare agency orientation as scheduled to remain enrolled in a clinical nursing course.
  10. Student must submit required clinical documents with each clinical rotation. A student who does not meet published deadlines for submission forfeits his/her enrollment.
  11. If a student is dismissed by a clinical facility, alternate placement may require disclosure of information related to the dismissal.  The student must consent to disclosure.

Contracts for each agency are available in the School of Nursing and Allied Health Office in the Division Office and may be reviewed by students upon request.

FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the regular college tuition and fees, the Nursing program requires the following:

Uniforms, Shoes, and Stethoscope

$340.00

Special Testing

$500.00

Books and Supplies

$1,500.00

Physical (student’s own physician) -- varies depending on health insurance coverage

$500.00

NCLEX-RN Application

$400.00

Background Check (CORI), Drug Screening, and Re-checks

$165.00

These costs are approximate and subject to change. The student should also consider transportation and parking costs for clinical assignments.

NURSING STUDENT HANDBOOK: Please see http://www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/documents/RN-Student-Handbook-2016-17.pdf to view the Nursing Student Handbook.

PROGRESSION THROUGH THE PROGRAM: Reynolds offers this program in affiliation with the healthcare agencies and practitioners in the communities the college serves and relies on its community affiliates to provide clinical education opportunities for its many courses. The rapid changes in healthcare law, standards of practice, technology, content of credentialing examinations, and availability of qualified faculty increasingly necessitate sudden changes in the program’s course content, policies, procedures, and course scheduling.

As a result, the college cannot guarantee every student continuous and uninterrupted clinical and course instruction as outlined in the printed catalog curriculum for this program. Circumstances beyond the control of the college may necessitate the postponement of course offerings or changes in the sequencing and/or location of scheduled courses or clinical assignments. Additionally, the college may have to change the instructor for courses after instruction has started.

If a student is dismissed by a clinical facility, alternate placement may require disclosure of information related to the dismissal.  The student must consent to disclosure.   

CONTINUATION IN THE PROGRAM:

  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
  • Students must achieve a course grade of at least “C” (80) in each nursing course and at least “C” in each non-nursing course to progress through the Nursing AAS degree.
  • The clinical portion of designated nursing courses is evaluated as "Pass/Fail." A student who does not meet the clinical learning outcomes will fail the course.
  • Students may take some general education courses with nursing courses. Students are eligible for progression to the next semester at the conclusion of each course in the program based on successful completion of the prerequisite and co-requisite courses.
  • Students who fail any two nursing courses or are not successful after two attempts (withdraw or fail) in the same course may not continue in the Nursing program.
  • Students may enroll in only one clinical nursing course at a time.
  • Students who fail clinical based on any aspect of professional behavior will not be eligible for re-admission. Application to the Reynolds Practical Nursing program may be at risk.

PROGRESSION STATUS: Reynolds has entered into an implied contract with all accepted Nursing program students via the Reynolds catalog. The catalog indicates that once accepted into the Nursing program a student can complete the program within two years, assuming the student attends four consecutive semesters. (Summer is a session, not a semester.) Continuation in the program is conditional upon those factors identified in the “Progression through the Program” statement.

Progression 1 students are those who have never failed, dropped, withdrawn, or taken a leave of absence for any reason. Progression 1 students may register for any available space in a course for which they are eligible during the assigned registration period.

Progression 2 students are those who have withdrawn, failed, or taken a leave of absence. These students have stopped program progress and will be enrolled based on a random lottery drawing for available seats. Progression 2 students will not participate in the online registration process. The Nursing AAS degree’s Promotion and Graduation Committee will place these students via a random lottery drawing into available seats. Progression 2 students will return to Progression 1 status after successful completion of the course from which they withdrew or failed.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students can also meet this requirement by successfully passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once. Either the course or competency exam must be completed prior to enrollment in Level III courses.

NCLEX-RN Licensure Examination Pass Rates for Reynolds Nursing AAS Graduates: Reynolds Nursing Graduates' pass rates for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination are provided below for 2009 - 2015.

 

Year

Program Yearly Pass Rates

AAS in Nursing (traditional)

LPN- AAS in Nursing (traditional)

Part-Time LPN-AAS in Nursing

2011

95.08

NA*

NA*

2012

96.21

NA*

NA*

2013

81.00

100

92.00

2014

88.04

NA*

87.50

2015 (1/1/15 – 9/30/15)

92.54

66.67

NA*

*NA = No graduates in this category tested that year

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION:

The program is

  • approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, VA 23233-1463, (804) 367-4515, and
  • accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing may be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. 

CURRICULUM:

COURSE TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

Prerequisites for Application

MTH 1261*

Mathematics for Allied Health

3

0

3

ENG 111*

College Composition

3

0

3

SDV 100*

College Success Skills

1

0

1

BIO 141*

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

3

4

TOTAL

10

3

11

Semester 1

BIO 142*

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

3

4

NUR 1112,3

Nursing I

5

9

8

TOTAL

8

12

12

Semester 2

PSY 230*

Developmental Psychology

3

0

3

NUR 226

Health Assessment

2

3

3

NUR 108

Nursing Principles and Concepts I

3

6

5

NUR 245

Maternal/Newborn Nursing

2

6

4

TOTAL

10

15

15

Semester 3

SOC 200*

General Sociology

3

0

3

ITE 115*

Introduction to Computer Concepts and Applications

3

0

3

NUR 109

Nursing Principles and Concepts II

3

9

6

NUR 247

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

2

6

4

TOTAL

11

15

16

Semester 4

__ __4*

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

NUR 246

Parent/Child Nursing

2

6

4

NUR 208

Acute Medical-Surgical Nursing

3

9

6

NUR 254

Dimensions of Professional Nursing

1

0

1

NUR 2985

Seminar and Project: Leadership and Preparation for Practice

1

0

1

TOTAL

10

15

15

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in Nursing

69

* This course is included in the Pre-Nursing Career Studies Certificate.
1 Students are encouraged to pursue a higher-level math to meet this curriculum requirement that will also meet the requirement for a BSN degree.  MTH 146, MTH 163, MTH 166, or MTH 240 can be substituted for MTH 126.  MTH 146 or MTH 240 are the more commonly required courses for a BSN degree.  Math placement levels or prerequisites must be satisfied for enrollment in higher-level math courses.
2 Pre-requisites for BIO 141 for Pre-Nursing CSC students can be met by one of the following:  high school biology and chemistry within the past seven (7) years, or achievement of a score of 45% or higher on the science section of the TEAS Test, or completing BIO 101 with a grade of C or above.
3 CPR certification (American Heart Association, “BLS for the Health Care Provider”) is required prior to NUR 111.
4NUR 111 fulfills the general education personal wellness requirement.
5See the list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) provided in the General Education section of the College Catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design or see faculty advisor.
6 NUR 298 must be taken as a final course in the Nursing program.


Notes: Each semester must be taken in sequence; however, general education courses within a semester must be completed prior to or concurrent with the identified curriculum sequence. Nursing students interested in continuing on to a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) should consult with a Nursing advisor.

 

LPN to Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing

PURPOSE: The LPN to AAS degree in Nursing is designed to provide LPNs the opportunity to earn an AAS degree in Nursing. Upon satisfactory completion of the program outcomes, the graduate will be eligible to make application to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam to become a Registered Nurse.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission, and program-specific criteria.

PROGRAM NOTES:

  1. The State Board of Nursing has the authority to deny licensure to any applicant who has violated any of the provisions of 54.1-3007 of the Code of Virginia. Any student entering the Nursing program who has committed any illegal offenses other than minor traffic violations should discuss these matters with the coordinator of the Nursing program prior to admission for clarification. A background check is required for NCLEX-RN application.
  2. A criminal background check and drug screen are required of all entering students and, depending on the facility, random drug screens may occur.
  3. Inability of a student to be placed in a clinical site due to a negative background check or drug screening may result in an inability to progress in the nursing course and removal from the program.
  4. Students who have a break in their enrollment at the college need to meet the currently published admission requirements as well as the courses identified in the current curriculum. It is recommended that students meet with a nursing advisor. A non-break in enrollment is enrollment in at least one course each spring and fall for continuous progression.
  1. The program will be transitioning to a Virginia Community College System common nursing curriculum in Fall 2017.  The revised curriculum will: (1) be predominantly scheduled in 16 week courses; (2) may result in changes in general education course requirements; (3) may result in changes to the application process and criteria; and (4) may eliminate any summer nursing course offerings. It is critical that prospective students monitor the program’s web page available through the reynolds.edu site.

Reynolds offers part-time evening/weekend and full-time LPN to AAS in Nursing degree options.

  • The full-time option is offered during the day and typically admits students in the spring and fall if a sufficient qualified applicant pool is identified. This option is designed for students who do not have to work full-time and can be completed in two academic years (four semesters).
  • The part-time evening/weekend option anticipates an admission cycle each spring. The evening/weekend option is structured for a student to progress sequentially over 29 months. This option was established to facilitate the student who has family and employment obligations and seeks a student commitment of approximately 10 to 14 hours per week of class and clinical experiences.

Student Outcomes for Nursing AAS Degree (LPN to AAS in Nursing):

Students who complete the Nursing AAS degree will be expected to:

  1. Practice within the legal, ethical, and regulatory boundaries of professional nursing, assuming accountability for the quality of nursing care provided to individuals and families.
  2. Demonstrate commitment to excellence by maintaining professional integrity and competency through reflection, self-assessment, self-care, and lifelong learning as a professional nurse, healthcare team member, and citizen.
  3. Advocate for and deliver holistic client-centered nursing care based on principles of the therapeutic relationship.
  4. Apply the nursing process to meet the health needs of diverse individuals, families, and groups across the life span in structured settings.
  5. Minimize client harm and promote safe care through individual performance and system integrity.
  6. Implement sound clinical judgment based on knowledge and science, critical thinking, and evidence-based practice to achieve positive client outcomes.
  7. Design client, family, and community education that incorporates effective teaching and learning principles and promotes positive client outcomes.
  8. Collaborate with the interdisciplinary healthcare team to promote continuity of care and improve client outcomes.
  9. Apply leadership and management principles to provide cost-effective care and promote quality improvement.
  10. Synthesize the use of information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, and support decision-making.

Application requirements are the following:

  1. Submission of official high school transcript, GED, or certificate of completion of home schooling, and college (if applicable) transcripts to Central Admissions and Records.
  2. Completion of one unit of high school biology with a grade of “C” or better; BIO 1 at Reynolds is the high school equivalent course.
  3. Completion of one unit of high school chemistry with a grade of “C” or better; CHM 1 at Reynolds is the high school equivalent course.
  4. Completion of one unit of high school or college algebra with a grade of “C” or better. Applicants who do not have high school algebra with a grade of “C” or better can complete this requirement by passing MTE modules 1 through 6 at Reynolds.
  5. Completion of Reynolds’ English and mathematics placement tests and all required developmental courses based on the test results. MTE 3 on the math placement test is required for MTH 126. Please see the information titled Placement Test Waivers in the Admission and Enrollment section of the College Catalog for other waiver criteria.
  6. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses. Students receiving less than “C” in a general education course will be unable to continue in the Nursing program until the grade requirement is met.
  7. Completion of the Kaplan Nursing Admission Test with a reading score of at least 73 percent, math score of at least 75 percent, science score of at least 50 percent, and a writing score of at least 45 percent. The Kaplan Nurse Admission Test may be repeated once.  A two-year interval is required once the test has been taken twice.
  8. Cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  9. Unencumbered/unrestricted license as a Practical Nurse in the state of Virginia. This status must be maintained throughout the student’s enrollment in the program.
  10. Students must participate in an information session within six (6) months of applying to the program. These mandatory information sessions are scheduled periodically throughout the semester. Dates and times are provided at reynolds.edu/get_started/programs/snah/announcements.aspx.
  11. Admission will be ranked on Kaplan admission scores. The required math, reading, and science scores are each weighted 30 percent.  The writing score is weighted 10 percent.
  12. Students must have completed 11 credits of general education courses with a grade of "C" or above: BIO 141, ENG 111, SDV 100, and MTH 126.
  13. Students are eligible for progression to the next semester at the conclusion of each course in the program based on successful completion of the prerequisite and co-requisite courses.
  14. Non-nursing courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with the approved curriculum sequence.
  15. Once admitted, PSY 230, BIO 142, ITE 115, SOC 200, and a humanities/fine arts elective must be completed prior to or within the identified semester with the co-requisite nursing courses.

Qualified applicants who were not admitted may reapply for admission to the Nursing AAS degree program.

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: Students entering the LPN to AAS degree in Nursing must possess the following functional skills:

  • Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, read records, manipulate equipment, and visually monitor patients in dim light.
  • Sufficient hearing to communicate with patients and members of a healthcare delivery team, monitor patients using electronic equipment, hear necessary sounds during operation of equipment, and hear a patient whispering.
  • Satisfactory speaking, reading, and writing skills to effectively communicate in English in a timely manner.
  • Sufficient bilateral finger dexterity to manipulate equipment.
  • Ability to lift, stoop, or bend in the delivery of safe nursing care.
  • Satisfactory physical strength and endurance to be on one’s feet for extended periods and to move immobile patients.
  • Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functioning to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment and discretion in performing assigned tasks.

Application Deadlines for LPN to AAS in Nursing:

Note: If applying to more than one program, a separate application is required.

Full-time Day

  • Fall start: 3rd Monday in May
  • Spring start: 3rd Monday in September

Part-time Evening and Weekend

  • Spring start: 3rd Monday in September

EXPECTATIONS: The student is required to complete a sequence of courses and learning experiences provided at the college and selected community agencies, such as acute care (hospitals), rehabilitation or long-term care facilities, clinics, or comparable agencies and facilities. During these experiences, the Nursing faculty will observe, monitor, and evaluate the student’s ability to achieve program outcomes through direct patient care experiences.

CLINICAL CONTRACTS: Individual contracts are in effect with each affiliate clinical agency, and these contracts differ in requirements for students. In general, contracts include the following:

  • Clinical agencies reserve the right to dismiss a student from their agency at any time with due cause. This will be done with advance notice except in an emergency.
  • Student must wear the proper uniform.
  • Student must follow published hospital policies.
  • Student must meet health and immunizations requirements.
  • Student releases the facility, its agents, and its employees from any liability for any injury or death to self or damage to personal property arising out of the clinical agreement or use of the facility. (Assessment of Risk document is signed and on file once accepted into the program.)
  • Student is financially responsible for any medical care required while in the clinical setting.
  • Student must have a current American Heart Association CPR BLS for Health Care Provider Certification.
  • Student must complete a criminal background check and drug screen which may be repeated during the program of study.
  • Student must attend healthcare agency orientation as scheduled to remain enrolled in a clinical nursing course.
  • Student must submit required clinical documents with each clinical rotation. A student who does not meet published deadlines for submission forfeits his/her enrollment.
  • If a student is dismissed by a clinical facility, alternate placement may require disclosure of information related to the dismissal.  The student must consent to disclosure.

Contracts for each agency are available in the School of Nursing and Allied Health Office in the Division Office and may be reviewed by students upon request.


FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the regular college tuition and fees, the Nursing program requires the following:

Uniforms, Shoes, and Stethoscope

$340.00

Special Testing

$500.00

Books and Supplies

$1,500.00

Physical (student’s own physician) -- varies depending on health insurance coverage

$500.00

NCLEX-RN Application

$400.00

Background Check (CORI), Drug Screening, and Re-checks

$165.00

These costs are approximate and subject to change. The student should also consider transportation and parking costs for clinical assignments.

PROGRESSION THROUGH THE PROGRAM: Reynolds offers this program in affiliation with the healthcare agencies and practitioners in the communities the college serves and relies on its community affiliates to provide clinical education opportunities for its many courses. The rapid changes in healthcare law, standards of practice, technology, content of credentialing examinations, and availability of qualified faculty increasingly necessitate sudden changes in the program’s course content, policies, procedures, and course scheduling.

As a result, the college cannot guarantee every student continuous and uninterrupted clinical and course instruction as outlined in the printed catalog curriculum for this program. Circumstances beyond the control of the college may necessitate the postponement of course offerings or changes in the sequencing and/or location of scheduled courses or clinical assignments. Additionally, the college may have to change the instructor for courses after instruction has started.

CONTINUATION IN THE PROGRAM:

  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
  • Students must achieve a course grade of at least “C” (80) in each nursing course and at least “C” in each non-nursing course to progress through the Nursing AAS degree.
  • The clinical portion of designated nursing courses is evaluated as “Pass/Fail.” A student who does not meet the clinical learning outcomes will fail the course.
  • Students may take some general education courses with nursing courses. Students are eligible for progression to the next semester at the conclusion of each course in the program based on successful completion of the prerequisite and co-requisite courses.
  • Students who fail any two nursing courses or are not successful after two attempts (withdraw or fail) in the same course may not continue in the Nursing program.
  • Students may enroll in only one clinical nursing course at a time.
  • Students who fail clinical based on any aspect of professional behavior will not be eligible for re-admission. Application to the Reynolds Practical Nursing program may be at risk.

PROGRESSION STATUS: Reynolds has entered into an implied contract with all accepted Nursing program students via the Reynolds catalog. The catalog indicates that once accepted into the Nursing program a student can complete the program within two years, assuming the student attends four consecutive semesters. (Summer is a session, not a semester.) Continuation in the program is conditional upon those factors identified in the “Progression through the Program” statement.

Progression 1 students are those who have never failed, dropped, withdrawn, or taken a leave of absence for any reason. Progression 1 students may register for any available space in a course for which they are eligible during the assigned registration period.

Progression 2 students are those who have withdrawn, failed, or taken a leave of absence. These students have stopped program progress and will be enrolled based on a random lottery drawing for available seats. Progression 2 students will not participate in the online registration process. The Nursing AAS degree’s Promotion and Graduation Committee will place these students via a random lottery drawing into available seats. Progression 2 students will return to Progression 1 status after successful completion of the course from which they withdrew or failed.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students can also meet this requirement by successfully passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once. Either the course or competency exam must be completed prior to enrollment in Level III courses.

NCLEX-RN Licensure Examination Pass Rates for Reynolds Nursing AAS Graduates: Reynolds Nursing Graduates' pass rates for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination are provided below for 2009 - 2015.

 

Year

Program Yearly Pass Rates

AAS in Nursing (traditional)

LPN- AAS in Nursing (traditional)

Part-Time LPN-AAS in Nursing

2011

95.08

NA*

NA*

2012

96.21

NA*

NA*

2013

81.00

100

92.00

2014

88.04

NA*

87.50

2015 (1/1/15 – 9/30/15)

92.54

66.67

NA*

*NA = No graduates in this category tested that year

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION: The program is

  • approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, VA 23233-1463, (804) 367-4515; and
  • accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing may be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

CURRICULUM:

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

Prerequisites for Application

MTH 1261*

Mathematics for Allied Health

3

0

3

ENG 111*

College Composition

3

0

3

SDV 100*

College Success Skills

1

0

1

BIO 141*

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

3

4

TOTAL

10

3

11

Semester 1

BIO 142*

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

3

4

NUR 1152

LPN in Transition

3

0

3

NUR 226

Health Assessment

2

3

3

TOTAL

8

6

10

Semester 2

PSY 230*

Developmental Psychology

3

0

3

NUR 108

Nursing Principles and Concepts I

3

6

5

NUR 245

Maternal/Newborn Nursing

2

6

4

TOTAL

8

12

12

Semester 3

SOC 200*

General Sociology

3

0

3

ITE 1153*

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

NUR 109

Nursing Principles and Concepts II

3

9

6

NUR 247

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

2

6

4

TOTAL

11

15

16

Semester 4

___ ___4*

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

NUR 2465

Parent/Child Nursing

2

6

4

NUR 208

Acute Medical-Surgical Nursing

3

9

6

NUR 254

Dimensions of Professional Nursing

1

0

1

NUR 2986

Seminar and Project: Leadership and Preparation for Practice

1

0

1

TOTAL

10

15

15

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in Nursing 

694

* This course is included in the Pre-Nursing Career Studies Certificate.
Students are encouraged to pursue a higher-level math to meet this curriculum requirement that will also meet the requirement for a BSN degree.  MTH 146, MTH 163, MTH 166, OR MTH 240 can be substituted for MTH 126.  MTH 146 or MTH 240 are the more commonly required courses for a BSN degree.  Math placement levels or prerequisites must be satisfied for enrollment in higher-level math courses.
2 Pre-requisites for BIO 141 for Pre-Nursing CSC students can be met by one of the following:  high school biology and chemistry within the past seven (7) years, or achievement of a score of 45% or higher on the science section of the TEAS Test, or completing BIO 101 with a grade of C or above.
3 CPR certification (American Heart Association, BLS for the Health Care Provider) is required prior to NUR 115.
4 Students having an unrestricted license as an LPN in Virginia will receive five (5) credits by able for NUR 111.
5 CSC 155 can be taken to meet this requirement.
6 See the list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) provided in the General Education section of the College Catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.
7 NUR 246 must be taken after successful completion of NUR 247.
8 NUR 298 must be taken as a final course in the Nursing program.

CURRICULUM SEQUENCE: The part-time curriculum sequence is presented in the table below.
CURRICULUM:

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

Prerequisites for Application

MTH 1261*

Mathematics for Allied Health

3

0

3

ENG 111*

College Composition

3

0

3

SDV 100*

College Success Skills

1

0

1

BIO 141*

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

3

4

TOTAL

10

3

11


PART-TIME CURRICULUM SEQUENCE ONCE ACCEPTED:

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

Semester 1 (Fall)

BIO 142*

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

3

4

NUR 1152

LPN in Transition

3

0

3

NUR 226

Health Assessment

2

3

3

TOTAL

8

6

10

Summer Session

PSY 230*

Developmental Psychology

3

0

3

NUR 245

Maternal/Newborn Nursing

2

6

4

TOTAL

5

6

7

Semester 2 (Fall)

NUR 108

Nursing Principles and Concepts I

3

6

5

SOC 200*

General Sociology

3

0

3

TOTAL

6

6

8

Semester 3

ITE 1153*

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

NUR 109

Nursing Principles and Concepts II

3

9

6

TOTAL

6

9

9

Summer Session

NUR 247

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

2

6

4

___ ___4*

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

5

6

7

Semester 4 (Fall)

NUR 2465

Parent/Child Nursing

2

6

4

NUR 254

Dimensions of Professional Nursing

1

0

1

TOTAL

3

6

5

Semester 5 (Spring)

NUR 208

Acute Medical-Surgical Nursing

3

9

6

NUR 2986

Seminar and Project: Leadership and Preparation for Practice

1

0

1

TOTAL

4

9

7

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in Nursing 

694

02.02.16
* This course is included in the Pre-Nursing Career Studies Certificate.
1 Students are encouraged to pursue a higher-level math to meet this curriculum requirement that will also meet the requirement for a BSN degree.  MTH 146, MTH 163, MTH 166, or MTH 240 can be substituted for MTH 126.  MTH 146 or MTH 240 are the more commonly required courses for a BSN degree.  Math placement levels or prerequisites must be satisfied for enrollment in higher-level math courses.
2  Pre-requisites for BIO 141 for Pre-Nursing CSC students can be met by one of the following:  high school biology and chemistry within the past seven (7) years, or achievement of a score of 45% or higher on the science section of the TEAS Test, or completing BIO 101 with a grade of C or above.
3 CPR certification (American Heart Association, “BLS for the Health Care Provider”) is required prior to NUR 115.
4 Students having an unrestricted license as an LPN in Virginia will receive five (5) credits by able for NUR 111
5 CSC 155 can be taken to meet this requirement.
6 See the list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) provided in the General Education section of the College Catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.