Students in class

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 health care 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 health care 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 is transitioning to a revised common nursing curriculum beginning Fall 2017.  The revised curriculum (1) will be scheduled predominantly in a 16-week format; (2) changes general education course requirements; (3) changes 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 and roadmap available through the Reynolds.edu AAS Nursing program site.
  6. Students accepted into the AAS Nursing program are expected to sign an Assumption of Risk document that serves to provide a general outline to hazards encountered within nursing.  This list includes exposures to infectious, biological, chemical, environmental/mechanical, and psychosocial hazards, as well as loss of personal property.

Student Outcomes for the Nursing AAS Degree:

Students who complete the Nursing AAS degree will be expected 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 lifelong learning.
  5. Manage client care through quality 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.

Admission to the AAS 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. 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 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, or provide an acceptable substitute for this requirement.
  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, or provide an acceptable substitute for this requirement.
  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 5 on the math placement test is required. Please see the information titled Placement Test Waivers in the College Catalog for other waiver criteria.  For the Fall 2017 admission group only, MTH 126 will be accepted for the MTE 5 requirement.
  6. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT).
    • Completion of the TOEFL iBT with a standard score of 84 or above and a minimum speaking score of 26 is required for ALL non-native English speakers.  Completion of ENG 111 does not satisfy this requirement.
    • These scores are based on recommendations from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for the level of English proficiency required to perform entry-level nursing safely and effectively.
    • Any non-native English speakers who do not take the TOEFL iBT and are determined to be unable to understand and speak English at the required proficiency will be dismissed from the nursing program.
    • TOEFL iBT scores are valid for up to two years.
  7. Submission of official college transcripts to Central Admissions and Records for consideration of transfer courses required within the AAS Nursing curriculum.  It is the applicant's responsibility to review transfer courses posted.  Transfer courses must match courses offered at Reynolds and have a grade of "C" or above.
  8. Completion of the Kaplan Nursing Admission Test with a reading score of at least 73 percent, math score of at least 75 percent, a science score of at least 55 percent, and a writing score of at least 52 percent. This application test is free and available through the Reynolds Testing Center.  Testing Center dates and times are provided at reynolds.edu/get_started/programs/snah/announcements.aspx. The Kaplan Nursing Admission Test may be repeated once.  A two-year interval is required once the test has been taken twice.
  9. Applications are 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.
  10. Receipt of a "C" grade or better in general education courses taken at Reynolds that meet the Nursing AAS degree's curriculum requirements.
  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 PSY 230.
  12. Achievement of a curricular GPA of at least 2.5.  This grade point average is based on the identified four (4) prerequisite courses (11 credits).  Repetition of any of the four courses is included in this GPA calculation.
  13. Attend a Registered Nurse Information session within six (6) months of applying to the program. These mandatory information sessions are scheduled periodically throughout the semester. Dates, time, and location are provided at reynolds.edu/get_started/programs/snah/announcements.aspx.
  14. Non-nursing courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with the approved curriculum sequence.
  15. Once admitted, BIO 142, BIO 150, ENG 112, and a humanities/fine arts elective (CST 229 or PHI 101 or PHI 220 or PHI 225 or PHI 227) must be completed prior to or within the identified semester with the co-requisite nursing courses.
  16. 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 health care 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 care.

Application Deadlines for Full-time Day Option:

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

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 Student Affairs Sub-committee will review applications for students seeking transfer of nursing courses. Applicants must demonstrate that a nursing course, with corresponding credits, was completed within the previous 12 months.
  2. Nursing transfer applicants must have a written statement from the dean or director of the nursing program the student is leaving, 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.  Professional conduct and meeting program and course requirements related to dress code, program, and health care orientation are required.

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, conforming to program and health care agency standards.
  3. Student must follow published hospital policies.
  4. Student must meet health, immunity, and immunization 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. Demonstration of professional behavior is expected at all clinical learning experiences.  Faculty will direct a student to leave the learning environment if unacceptable behaviors are observed.
  9. Student must complete a criminal background check and drug screen, which may be repeated during the program of study.  The health care agency may deny a student participation in direct patient care based on results of background and drug screen.
  10. Student must attend the health care agency orientation as scheduled to remain enrolled in a clinical nursing course.
  11. Student must submit required clinical documents with each clinical rotation. A student who does not meet published deadlines for submission forfeits his/her enrollment.
  12. If a student is dismissed by a clinical facility, alternate placement will require disclosure of information related to the dismissal.  The student must consent to disclosure through completion of a FERPA form.

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

$350.00

Special Testing across the Curriculum

$500.00

Books and Supplies

$1,500.00

Physical Exam -- Proof of Immunity, Immunizations, TB Testing (student’s own physician) -- varies depending on health insurance coverage

$500.00

NCLEX-RN Application (licensure exam and initial RN license)

$400.00

Castlebranch® Document Manager® Background Check, Drug Screening, and Re-checks

$225.00

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.pdf to view the Nursing Student Handbook.

PROGRESSION THROUGH THE PROGRAM: Reynolds offers this program in affiliation with the health care 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 health care 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.

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 2011-2015. 

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

96.21

75

88

2016

94.74

100

85.71

*NA = No graduates in this category tested that year

Nursing AAS Completion Data:  This program completion data represents a student's progression through the curriculum, based on up to six (6) semesters within the full-time Nursing AAS curriculum, or 10 semesters within the part-time LPN to Nursing AAS curriculum (150% of the published curriculum timeline).

  • Class that started Spring 2014 and graduated on or before December 2016:  72.5%
  • Class that started Fall 2014 and graduated on or before May 2017: 58.9%

Nursing AAS Employment Data:  Employment data is dependent upon graduate responses to program contact.  It represents reported employment six to nine (6-9) months after graduation.  Data timeline:  January 1 to December 31.

  • 2016:  90%

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. 

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

Prerequisites for Application

PSY 230

Developmental Psychology

3

0

3

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

BIO 1411

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

3

4

TOTAL

10

3

11

Semester 1

BIO 142

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

3

4

NSG 1002

Introduction to Nursing Concepts

3

3

4

NSG 106

Competencies for Nursing Practice

1

3

2

NSG 130 Professional Nursing Concepts 1 0 1
NSG 200 Health Promotion and Assessment 2 3 3

TOTAL

10

12

14

Semester 2

BIO 150

Introductory Microbiology

3

3

4

NSG 152

Health Care Participant

2

3

3

NSG 170

Health/Illness Concepts

4

6

6

TOTAL

9

12

13

Semester 3

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

NSG 210

Health Care Concepts I

3

6

5

NSG 211

Health Care Concepts II

3

6

5

TOTAL

9

12

13

Semester 4

_____3

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (CST 229 or PHI 101 or PHI 220 or PHI 225 or PHI 227)

3

0

3

NSG 252

Complex Health Concepts

4

0

4

NSG 230

Advanced Professional Nursing Concepts

2

0

2

NSG 270

Nursing Capstone

0

12

4

TOTAL

9

12

13

PROGRAM TOTALS

48

51

64-68

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in Nursing

64-68

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1 Prerequisites for BIO 141: Grade of "C"/passing score in high school biology and chemistry or BIO 1 and CHM 1 within past seven (7) years, TEAS science sub-score of 75%, or BIO 101.
2 American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers CPR required to participate in clinical.
3 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective--CST 229 or PHI 101 or PHI 220 or PHI 225 or PHI 227.

 

NURSING - NSG

NSG 100 Introduction to Nursing Concepts 4 cr.

Introduces concepts of nursing practice and conceptual learning. Focuses on basic nursing concepts with an emphasis on safe nursing practice and the development of the nursing process. Provides supervised learning experiences in college nursing laboratories, clinical/community settings, and/or simulated environments.Prerequisites: BIO 141 or BIO 231 or NAS 161; ENG 111, PSY 230, SDV 100, CPR � American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers, acceptance to the Nursing AAS program, and evidence of completion of Nursing AAS program required documents.Co-requisites: BIO 142 or BIO 232 or NAS 162; NSG 106, NSG 130, and NSG 200.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

NSG 106 Competencies for Nursing Practice 2 cr.

Focuses on the application of concepts through clinical skill development. Emphasizes the use of clinical judgment in skill acquisition. Includes principles of safety, evidence-based practice, informatics and math computational skills. Prepares students to demonstrate competency in specific skills and drug dosage calculation including the integration of skills in the care of clients in simulated settings. Provides supervised learning experiences in college nursing laboratories, clinical/community settings, and/or simulated environments.Prerequisites: BIO 141 or BIO 231 or NAS 161; ENG 111, PSY 230, SDV 100, MTE 1-5, CPR -- American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers, acceptance to the Nursing AAS program, and evidence of completion of Nursing AAS program required documents.Co-requisites: BIO 142 or BIO 232 or NAS 162; NSG 100, NSG 130, and NSG 200.Lecture 1 hour.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 4 hours per week.

NSG 130 Professional Nursing Concepts 1 cr.

Introduces the role of the professional nurse and fundamental concepts in professional development. Focuses on professional identity, legal/ethical issues and contemporary trends in professional nursing.Prerequisites: BIO 141 or BIO 231 or NAS 161; ENG 111, PSY 230, SDV 100, MTE 1-5, CPR - American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers, acceptance to the Nursing AAS program, and evidence of completion of Nursing AAS program required documents.Co-requisites: BIO 142 or BIO 232 or NAS 162; NSG 100, NSG 106, and NSG 200.Lecture 1 hour per week.

NSG 152 Health Care Participant 3 cr.

Focuses on the health and wellness of the health care participant defined as individuals and families in a variety of communities throughout the lifespan. Covers concepts that focus on client attributes and preferences regarding healthcare. Emphasizes population-focused care. Provides supervised learning experiences in college nursing laboratories, clinical/community settings, and/or cooperating agencies, and/or simulated environments.Prerequisites: BIO 142 or BIO 232 or NAS 162; NSG 100, NSG 106, NSG 130, and NSG 200; grades of C or above in Semester 1 courses.Co-requisites: BIO 150 or BIO 205, and NSG 170.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

NSG 170 Health/Illness Concepts 6 cr.

Focuses on the nursing care of individuals and/or families throughout the lifespan with an emphasis on health and illness concepts. Includes concepts of nursing care for the antepartum client and clients with common and predictable illnesses. Provides supervised learning experiences in college nursing laboratories, clinical/community settings, and/or simulated environments.Prerequisites: BIO 142 or BIO 232 or NAS 162; NSG 100, NSG 106, NSG 130, and NSG 200; grades of C or above in Semester 1 courses.Co-requisites: BIO 150 or BIO 205, and NSG 152.Lecture 4 hours.Laboratory 6 hours.Total 10 hours per week.

NSG 200 Health Promotion and Assessment 3 cr.

Introduces assessment and health promotion for the individual and family. Includes assessment of infants, children, adults, geriatric clients and pregnant females. Emphasizes health history and the acquisition of physical assessment skills with underlying concepts of development, communication, and health promotion. Prepares students to demonstrate competency in the assessment of clients across the lifespan. Provides supervised learning experiences in college nursing laboratories, clinical/community settings, and/or simulated environments.Prerequisites: BIO 141 or BIO 231 or NAS 161; ENG 111, PSY 230, SDV 100, MTE 1-5, CPR � American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers, acceptance to the AAS Nursing AAS program, and evidence of completion of Nursing AAS program required documents.Co-requisites: BIO 142 or BIO 232 or NAS 162; NSG 100, NSG 106, and NSG 130.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

NSG 210 Health Care Concepts I 5 cr.

Focuses on care of clients across the lifespan in multiple settings including concepts related to physiological health alterations and reproduction. Emphasizes the nursing process in the development of clinical judgment for clients with multiple needs. Provides supervised learning experiences in college nursing laboratories, clinical/community settings, and/or simulated environments. Part 1 of 2.Prerequisites: BIO 150 or BIO 205, NSG 152, and NSG 170; grades of C or above in Semester 2 courses.Co-requisites: ENG 112 and NSG 211.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 6 hours.Total 9 hours per week.

NSG 211 Health Care Concepts II 5 cr.

Focuses on care of clients across the lifespan in multiple settings including concepts related to psychological and physiological health alterations. Emphasizes the nursing process in the development of clinical judgment for clients with multiple needs. Provides supervised learning experiences in college nursing laboratories, clinical/community settings, and/or simulated environments. Part 2 of 2.Prerequisites: BIO 150 or BIO 205, NSG 152, and NSG 170; grades of C or above in Semester 2 courses.Co-requisites: ENG 112 and NSG 210.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 6 hours.Total 9 hours per week.

NSG 230 Advanced Professional Nursing Concepts 2 cr.

Develops the role of the professional nurse in the healthcare environment in preparation for practice as a registered nurse. Introduces leadership and management concepts and focuses on the integration of professional behaviors in a variety of healthcare settings.Prerequisites: ENG 112, NSG 210, and NSG 211 with grades of C or above.Co-requisites: CST 229 or PHI 101 or PHI 220 or PHI 225 or PHI 227; NSG 252, and NSG 270.Lecture 2 hours.Total 2 hours per week.

NSG 252 Complex Health Concepts 4 cr.

Focuses on nursing care of diverse individuals and families integrating complex health concepts. Emphasizes clinical judgment, patient-centered care and collaboration.Prerequisites: ENG 112, NSG 210, and NSG 211 with grades of C or above.Co-requisites: CST 229 or PHI 101 or PHI 220 or PHI 225 or PHI 227; NSG 230, and NSG 270.Lecture 4 hours per week.

NSG 270 Nursing Capstone 4 cr.

Provides students with the opportunity to comprehensively apply and integrate learned concepts from previous nursing courses into a capstone experience. Emphasizes the mastery of patient-centered care, safety, nursing judgment, professional behaviors, informatics, quality improvement, and collaboration in the achievement of optimal outcomes of care. Provides supervised learning experiences in faculty and/or preceptor-guided college nursing laboratories, clinical/community settings, and/or simulated environments.Prerequisites: ENG 112, NSG 210, and NSG 211 with grades of C or above.Co-requisites: CST 229 or PHI 101 or PHI 220 or PHI 225 or PHI 227; NSG 230, and NSG 252.Laboratory 12 hours per week

NURSING - NUR

NUR 108 Nursing Principles and Concepts 5 cr.

Introduces principles of nursing, health and wellness concepts, and the nursing process. Identifies nursing strategies to meet the multidimensional needs of individuals. Includes math computational skills, basic computer instruction related to the delivery of nursing care, introduction to the profession of nursing, nursing process, and documentation; and basic needs related to integumentary system, teaching/learning, stress, psychosocial, safety, nourishment, elimination, oxygenation, circulation, rest, comfort, sensory, fluid and electrolyte, and mobility needs in adult clients. Also includes care of the peri-operative (pre-, intra-, and post-operative) client. Provides supervised learning experience in college nursing laboratories and/or cooperating agencies.Prerequisites: NUR 111/115, BIO 141, BIO 142, SDV 100, ENG 111, MTH 126.Prerequisites or co-requisites: PSY 230.Co-requisites: NUR 226, NUR 245.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 6 hours.Total 9 hours per week.

NUR 109 Nursing Principles and Concepts II 6 cr.

Focuses on nursing care of individuals and/or families experiencing alterations in health. Includes math computational skills and basic computer instruction related to the delivery of nursing care and immunological, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, oncological, and diabetic disorders, and pre- and post-operative care in adult and pediatric clients. The student is introduced to the nursing management of the chronically ill adult client with health care needs in the areas of oxygenation, perfusion, metabolism, mobility, immunity, and end-of-life care. Provides supervised learning experiences in college nursing laboratories and/or cooperating agencies.Prerequisites: NUR 111/115, NUR 108, NUR 245, NUR 226, ENG 111, MTH 126, BIO 141, BIO 142, SDV 100, PSY 230.Prerequisites or Co-requisites: ITE 115, SOC 200.Co-requisite: NUR 247.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 9 hours.Total 12 hours per week.

NUR 115 LPN Transition 3 cr.

Introduces the role of the registered nurse through concepts and skill development in the discipline of professional nursing. Serves as a bridge for licensed practical nurses and is based upon individualized articulation agreements, mobility exams, or other assessment criteria as they relate to local programs and service areas. Includes math computational skills and basic computer instruction related to the delivery of nursing care. This course contrasts the role of the registered nurse to the practicing LPN and focuses on concepts of safety, legal and ethical nursing practice, and the theoretical foundations for nursing care. Role development is facilitated through classroom learning activities and self-learning activities.Prerequisites: Acceptance into the LPN to AAS in Nursing program, current and unrestricted license as an LPN in Virginia, completion of background and drug screening, current CPR with American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider, and grade of C or above in the following courses: SDV 100, BIO 141, ENG 111, MTH 126.Co-requisites: BIO 142 and NUR 226.Lecture 3 hours per week.

NUR 135 Drug Dosage Calculations 2 cr.

Focuses on apothecary, metric, and household conversion in medication dosage calculation for adult and pediatric clients. Provides a practical approach to learning to calculate and prepare medications and solutions. Includes calculating intravenous flow rates.Prerequisite: Placement test recommendation for MTH 120 or satisfactory completion of MTE 3 or equivalent.Lecture 2 hours per week.

NUR 208 Acute Medical-Surgical Nursing 6 cr.

Focuses on the use of nursing process to provide care to individuals and families with acute medical or surgical problems or to prevent such problems. Includes math computational skills and basic computer instruction related to the delivery of nursing care. Provides supervised learning experiences in cooperating agencies.Prerequisites: NUR 111/115, SDV 100, BIO 141, BIO 142, ENG 111, MTH 126, PSY 230, NUR 108, NUR 226, NUR 245, SOC 200, ITE 115, NUR 247, and NUR 109.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: humanities/fine arts elective.Co-requisites: NUR 246; NUR 254 or 298. (NUR 298 must be taken concurrently with last clinical nursing course.)Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 9 hours.Total 12 hours per week.

NUR 226 Health Assessment 3 cr.

Introduces the systematic approach to obtaining a health history and performing a physical assessment. Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enact the assessment phase of the nursing process and formulate a client database as the foundation of the care planning process. Enables students to demonstrate client interview skills and physical examination techniques during the course.Prerequisites: NUR 111, BIO 141, BIO 142, SDV 100, ENG 111, MTH 126.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: PSY 230.Co-requisites: NUR 108, NUR 245, NUR 115.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

NUR 245 Maternal/Newborn Nursing 4 cr.

Develops nursing skills in caring for families in the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods.Prerequisites: NUR 111/115, BIO 141, BIO 142, SDV 100, ENG 111, MTH 126.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: PSY 230.Co-requisites: NUR 226, NUR 108.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 6 hours.Total 8 hours per week.

NUR 246 Parent/Child Nursing 4 cr.

Develops nursing skills in caring for both well and ill children in a variety of settings. Emphasizes theories of growth and development and the family as a unit.Prerequisites: NUR 111/115, BIO 141, BIO 142, ENG 111, MTH 126, SDV 100, PSY 230, SOC 200, ITE 115, NUR 108, NUR 245, NUR 226, NUR 247, NUR 109.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Humanities/fine arts elective.Co-requisites: NUR 254 or NUR 298 (NUR 298 must be taken with the last clinical nursing course in the curriculum), and NUR 208.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 6 hours.Total 8 hours per week.

NUR 247 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing 4 cr.

Develops nursing skills in caring for individuals, families, and/or groups with mental health needs. Explores various treatment models, diagnostic categories, and rehabilitative measures.Prerequisites: NUR 111/115, BIO 141, BIO 142, SDV 100, ENG 111, MTH 126, PSY 230, NUR 108, NUR 245, NUR 226.Prerequisites or Co-requisites: SOC 200, ITE 115.Co-requisite: NUR 109.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 6 hours.Total 8 hours per week.

NUR 25 Nursing Assistant (Personal Care Assistant) 3 cr.

Teaches fundamental principles of patient care with laboratory experience in foods and fluids; elimination; moving patients; morning, afternoon, and evening care; care of hospital equipment; means of providing special comforts and safety; admission and discharge procedures; infection control; home management; and simple first aid. Prerequisites andCo-requisites: 18 years of age or older; competency in MTE 1 or higher as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests or by completing MTE 1; competencies in reading and writing as demonstrated by placement in ENG 111 or placement in co-requisites ENG 111 and ENF 3 or completion of ENF 2; physically able to lift and move clients, hear audible alarms and sounds, auscultate certain physical parameters, such as blood pressure, and heart and lung sounds; and interact effectively with clients/families and health care team members.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 4 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

NUR 254 Dimensions of Professional Nursing 1 cr.

Explores the roles of the professional nurse. Emphasizes nursing organizations, legal and ethical implications, and addresses trends in management and organizational skills. Explores group dynamics, relationships, conflicts, and leadership styles.Prerequisites: Successful completion of SDV 100, BIO 141, BIO 142, ENG 111, MTH 126, PSY 230, SOC 200, ITE 115, NUR 111/115, NUR 226, NUR 108, NUR 109, NUR 247.Prerequisite or co-requisite: Approved Humanities/Fine Arts elective.Co-requisite: NUR 246 or NUR 208.Lecture 1 hour per week.

NUR 26 Nursing Assistant (Aide) Advanced 3 cr.

Focuses on theory and provides laboratory experiences in asepsis, sterile techniques, tube feedings, and other skills required by nursing assistants in health care agencies.Prerequisites: CNA certification for at least three (3) years; recommendation from a licensed nursing professional (LPN or RN); evidence of no restrictions on CNA certification by the Virginia Board of Nursing for the last five (5) years; recommendation for advanced certification from an LPN or RN who has supervised the applicant in providing direct patient care for at least six (6) months within the past year; American Heart Associate CPR BLS for the Health Care Professional certification; ability to pass a background check and drug screen; and ability to meet functional health and immunization requirements.Co-requisite: NUR 31.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

NUR 298 Seminar and Project in Nursing 1 cr.

Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field. In addition, this course presents intensive correlation of major professional nursing subject areas reflecting the entry-level practitioner environment and the transition from student to professional nurse practitioner.Prerequisites: Successful completion of SDV 100, BIO 141, BIO 142, ENG 111, MTH 126, PSY 230, SOC 200, ITE 115, NUR 111/115, NUR 108, NUR 226, NUR 245, NUR 109, NUR 247, NUR 254, and either NUR 246 or NUR 208 with grade of C or above in each course.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Approved humanities/fine arts elective.Co-requisite: Either NUR 246 or NUR 208. This course must be taken concurrently with the last course in the curriculum.Lecture 1 hour per week.

NUR 31 Advanced Skills For Nurse Aides 3 cr.

Teaches advanced level skills for Certified Nurse Aides, including basic IV therapy, EKG, and catheterization.Prerequisites: CNA certification for at least three (3) years; recommendation from a licensed nursing professional (LPN or RN); evidence of no restrictions on CNA Certification by the Virginia Board of Nursing for the last five (5) years; recommendation for advanced certification from a licensed nurse who has supervised the applicant in providing direct patient care for at least six (6) months within the past year; American Heart Associate CPR BLS for the Health Care Professional certification; ability to pass a background check and drug screen; and ability to meet functional health and immunization requirements.Co-requisites: NUR 26; a student must successfully complete both NUR 26 and NUR 31 to be eligible for Advanced Nurse Aide certification.Lecture 1 hour.Laboratory 6 hours.Total 7 hours per week.


Name Program Email Phone
Nursing Advisor Nursing AAS NoneAvailable@reynold.edu 804/523-5375
Christina Blottner Nursing AAS CBlottner@reynolds.edu 804/523-5015
Jamie Cosby Nursing AAS JCosby@reynolds.edu 804/523-5389
Catherine Moore Nursing AAS CMoore@reynolds.edu 804/523-5759
Jillian Newbauer Nursing AAS JNewbauer@reynolds.edu 804/523-5159
Carolyn Parrish Nursing AAS CParrish@reynolds.edu 804/523-5626
Melinda Ripley Nursing AAS MRipley@reynolds.edu 804/523-5762
Lisa Stone Nursing AAS LStone@reynolds.edu 804/523-5758
Hilda Taylor Nursing AAS HTaylor@reynolds.edu 804/523-5160
Rebecca Thompson Nursing AAS RThompson@reynolds.edu 804/523-5536
Carol Wright Nursing AAS CWright@reynolds.edu 804/523-5931

 

Common Job Titles1: Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services; Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; Advanced Practice Nurse Psychotherapist (APN Psychotherapist); Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse; Associate Chief Nurse; Associate Director of Nursing; Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, Diabetes; Burn Center Nurse; Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Registered Nurse; Cardiology Clinical Nurse Specialist; Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinical Nurse Specialist; Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist; Catheterization Laboratory Senior Manager (Cath Lab Senior Manager); Charge Nurse; Charge Nurse, Cardiac Interventional Care; Clinical Educator; Clinical Nurse Educator; Clinical Nurse Specialist; Clinical Staff Educator; Coordinator of the Psychiatric Liaison Service; Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist; Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN); Critical Care Unit Manager; Deputy Director of Clinical Specialty Services; Director of Nursing (DON); Emergency Department Clinical Nurse Specialist; Emergency Department RN (Emergency Department Registered Nurse); ICU Staff Nurse (Intensive Care Unit Staff Nurse); Intensive Care Unit Clinical Nurse Specialist; Intensive Care Unit Nurse; Nurse Clinician; Nurse Manager; Nursing Director; Oncology RN (Oncology Registered Nurse); Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN); Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist; Preceptor; Progressive Care Unit Registered Nurse; Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist; Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse (PMH Nurse); Public Health Nurse (PHN); Registered Nurse (RN); Registered Nurse Supervisor (RN Supervisor); School Nurse; Staff Nurse; Staff Nurse, ICU Resource Team (Staff Nurse, Intensive Care Unit Resource Team); Staff RN (Staff Registered Nurse)


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 14,733

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $46,800 - $73,300


Bright OutlookBright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 14% or more over the period of 2016-2026), are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 500 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2016-2026), or are new and emerging occupations in high growth industries.

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on February 08, 2017.