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Nursing (RN) - AAS

This curriculum is designed to prepare selected students to qualify as contributing members of the health team implementing direct patient care as beginning practitioners in a variety of health service facilities.  At the successful completion of the program, students will be academically prepared to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) leading to the designation of registered nurse.

What Registered Nurses Do

If you are interested in applying to the VWCC Nursing program, we encourage you to explore the information linked in the left menu to learn more about the process.  Once your application and transcripts have been reviewed, our office can provide academic guidance to help prepare students for possible entry into this program.  If you need further assistance, you may contact our office. 

Curriculum Transition

NOTE: The AAS Nursing Program is transitioning to a revised common nursing curriculum beginning Fall 2018 semester. The revised curriculum will be scheduled predominantly in a 16 week format; changes general education course requirements; and changes the application process and criteria. It is critical that prospective students monitor the program's web page for the most up to date information and seek academic advising through Ms. Pam Woody, Advisor for Health Professions at . Application requirements are updated for 2018 on the Apply Now page. The Fall 2018 course offerings are viewable by clicking the Course Listings (Fall 2018) link. An updated 2018 student handbook will be available to all newly accepted students for Fall 2018 during orientation.

Mission Statement

The AAS Nursing Program prepares professionally educated nurses who are safe, competent, compassionate health care providers who work collaboratively within interdisciplinary teams. Graduates are encouraged to maintain the highest standards of honesty, fairness, and ethical conduct. The program prepares graduates to meet changing healthcare needs of patients, families, and communities within complex healthcare environments.

Statement of Purpose and Vision

The curriculum is designed to assist students to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes that form the basis of safe clinical practice through patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence based practice, quality improvement, and safety (QSEN, 2014). Successful program completion qualifies students to apply for licensure as a registered nurse. The program prepares graduates with a basis to further their professional education.

End of Program Outcomes

Virginia Western is committed to the overall excellence of its AAS Nursing program through the follow end-of-program outcomes:

  1. Virginia Western Community College Associate of Applied Science program will attain a National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) pass rate of 80% on the first attempt.
  2. Virginia Western Community College Associate of Applied Science program will demonstrate a program completion rate of at least 65% within one and one-half times of program length following nursing program matriculation.
  3. Virginia Western Community College Associate of Applied Science program anticipates that 90% of graduates seeking employment will acquire nursing jobs within six months of graduation.
5-Year NCLEX-RN Pass Rates
  • 2012 - 95.24%
  • 2013 - 76%
  • 2014 - 77.55%
  • 2015 - 87.71%
  • 2016 - 95.24%

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Engage in practices that provide safe and holistic nursing care throughout the lifespan grounded in science and the nursing process. (Safety)
  2. Apply nursing judgment to ensure the delivery of patient-centered care and promotion of health for patients within a family and community environment. (Patient-Centered Care)
  3. Demonstrate the use of critical thinking skills while utilizing the nursing process to provide care to patients throughout the lifespan. (Critical Thinking)
  4. Collaborate effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary healthcare teams to foster open communication, respect, and shared decision making to ensure safe, quality patient care. (Teamwork)
  5. Demonstrate the use of the best current evidence to guide clinical decision making to provide safe care for patients and families across the lifespan. (Evidence-Based Practice)
  6. Integrate information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, and support decision making in the practice of nursing care. (Informatics)
  7. Utilize concepts related to culture, ethnicity, and spirituality in the delivery of patient care. (Culture)

Program Approval

This program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Virginia Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center, 9960 Maryland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, VA, 23233-1463.

Advising/Info Office

Location: Fralin Center HP339
Phone: 540-857-7306
Fax: 540-857-6640

Mailing address:
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

Program Head

Lauren Hayward
Director of Nursing

A.A.S. in Nursing - Northern Virginia Community College, 1999
B.S. in Nursing - George Mason University, 2010
M.S. in Adult Learning & Human Development - Virginia Tech, 2012
M.S. in Nursing - Western Governor's University, 2016
CNE, Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing, June 2017

College Catalog

School of Health Professions

Carole S. Graham, Dean
Administration & business contacts
Location: Fralin Center HP214C
Phone: 540-857-6717