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Nursing

Associate of Applied Science

PURPOSE: The Nursing AAS program is designed to prepare diverse individuals to practice evidence-based nursing successfully as a professional member of the interdisciplinary health care team. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply to take the licensing examination (NCLEX-RN®) required to become a Registered Nurse.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: To secure and sustain employment as a professional nurse providing nursing care to individuals, families, communities, and/or populations in a variety of health care settings

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

PROGRAM NOTES: The Virginia 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 convicted of illegal offenses other than minor traffic violations should discuss and clarify these matters with the coordinator of the Nursing AAS program prior to admission for clarification. A background check is required to apply for the NCLEX-RN® licensure exam.

A criminal background check and drug screen are required of all entering students and, depending on the facility, random drug screens may occur.  A student with an unsatisfactory background check and/or drug screening will be unable to progress in the Nursing AAS program.

A student who has an absence greater than 12 months within the Nursing AAS program must meet current admission and curriculum requirements. A student seeking to resume enrollment must meet with the coordinator of the Nursing AAS program prior to reenrollment.

A student accepted to the Nursing AAS program must sign an Assumption of Risk document that serves to provide a general outline of hazards encountered within nursing.  This list includes exposure to infectious, biological, chemical, environmental/mechanical, and psychosocial hazards, as well as loss of personal property.

Non-nursing courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with the approved curriculum sequence.

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.

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.

Student Outcomes for the AAS in Nursing:

A student who completes the AAS in Nursing 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; and
  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.

Application requirements are the following:

  1. Selection of Health Science I CSC (plan code 221-190-01) on the Reynolds admission application.
  2. High School Diploma, Home School Certificate of Completion, or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) completion with official verification on file in Admissions & Records
  3. Completion of all Reynolds Community College admission requirements
  4. Science Requirements: Evidence of completion with a grade of “C” or higher in high school biology or transferable college-level science course
  5. Math Requirements: Evidence of Virginia Placement Test at level 5 or higher, or successful completion of the developmental modules, or meet waiver criteria per the Reynolds Catalog.
  6. Complete the test of English as a Foreign Language (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. TOEFL iBT scores are valid for up to two years.
  7. Submission of official college transcripts to Admissions & Records for consideration of transfer credit for courses required by the Nursing AAS program. All decisions for transfer credit are determined by Admissions & Records. The applicant is solely responsible for reviewing transfer credits posted by Admissions & Records.  
  8. Completion of the Kaplan Test with the following minimum scores: reading--73% or higher; math--75% or higher; science--55% or higher; writing--52% or higher. 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 Test may be repeated once. After the second attempt, a student must wait at least 24 months before reattempting.
  9. Applications are ranked based on Kaplan admission scores.  The required math, reading, and science scores are each weighted 30%; the writing score is weighted 10%.
  10. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.   
  11. Curricular GPA of 2.5 or higher in the eleven (11) credits of general education pre-requisite courses with a grade of "C" or above (BIO 141, ENG 111, SDV 100, and PSY 230).
  12. Mandatory attendance at a Nursing AAS Program Information Session within six (6) months of applying to the Nursing AAS program. Information sessions are scheduled periodically throughout the semester. Dates, times, and location are provided at reynolds.edu/get_started/programs/snah/announcements.aspx.
  13. An accepted student must accept or deny admission electronically, as directed, via the Accepted Student Response Form by the identified date or forfeit their seat.

Admission to the Nursing AAS program is competitive, and only a limited number of applicants will be accepted. Fully qualified applicants will be ranked according to Kaplan Test scoring. Qualified applicants not admitted may reapply for admission.

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 communicate effectively 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 stand for extended periods, push equipment, and move immobile patients; and
  • 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 Subcommittee 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’s 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

$600.00

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:

  • A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
  • A student 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.
  • A student must take identified general education courses either prior to, or concurrent with, nursing courses in the identified semester. A student is eligible to progress to the next semester based on successful completion of the prerequisite and co-requisite courses.
  • A student who fails any two nursing courses or is not successful after two attempts (withdrawal or fail) in the same course may not continue in the Nursing AAS.
  • A student may enroll only in the courses listed in his/her qualified semester. 
  • A student who fails 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 AAS 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 into available seats via a random lottery drawing. 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 2013-2017. 

Year

Program Yearly Pass Rates

 

AAS in Nursing (traditional)

LPN-AAS in Nursing (traditional)

Part-Time LPN-AAS in Nursing

2013

81.00

100

92.00

2014

88.04

NA*

87.50

2015

96.21

75

88

2016

94.74

100

85.71

2017

92.64

93.75

88.88

*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 Road 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

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in Nursing

64

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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.

3A student who withdraws from NSG 106 must also withdraw from NSG 100.
4 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 115 Healthcare Concepts for Transition (5 cr.)

Focuses on role transition from licensed practical nurse to registered professional nurse. Incorporates concepts of nursing practice and conceptual learning to promote health and wellness across the life span. Uses the nursing process to explore care delivery for selected diverse populations with common and predictable illness. Emphasizes the use of clinical judgement in skill acquisition. Prerequisites: BIO 141 and BIO 142; ENG 111; PSY 230; SDV 100; acceptance to the LPN to AAS Nursing transition program. Co-requisites: NSG 200; BIO 150. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 9 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 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 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 and Co-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
Christina Blottner Nursing AAS CBlottner@reynolds.edu 804/523-5015
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
Melanie Sayre Nursing AAS MSayre@reynolds.edu 804/523-5760
Lisa Stone Nursing AAS LStone@reynolds.edu 804/523-5758

 

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 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 Employment (2028): 15,869

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $50,900 - $77,600


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 10% or more in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028) or are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 750 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028).

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 August 15, 2018.