Nursing Degree Introduction
Approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing, the nursing curriculum prepares graduates to enter the nursing profession as registered nurses (RNs). Employment opportunities for RNs include, but are not limited to, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, home health care, health departments, physicians' offices and the military. Admission to the program is limited and highly competitive. Enrollment is based on grade point average, completion of the program's general education course requirements and standardized entrance test results. Priority enrollment is given to residents of the LFCC service region. Advance placement is available to students who are Certified Nurse Aides (Virginia certification required). A transition option is available for students who are Licensed Practical Nurses (Virginia license required). Students must undergo a criminal background check and drug-screening test and satisfy immunization and health status requirements.
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Four semesters program
Approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing, the nursing curriculum prepares graduates to enter the nursing profession as registered nurse (RN). Admission to the program is limited and highly competitive. The two-year associate of applied science degree program in nursing is designed to prepare selected students to function as contributing members of the health care team, providing direct patient care as beginning practitioners of nursing in a variety of health care environments. Students who successfully complete the curriculum are awarded the associate of applied science degree in nursing and are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) leading to licensure as a registered nurse (RN). The Board of Nursing can deny licensure to any applicant who has filed false information and/or who has committed a felony/misdemeanor. Certain health care facilities may not employ individuals who have committed certain criminal acts and may conduct criminal background checks before hiring potential employees.
The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program is designed to provide a base of general education from which the graduate will grow and develop as a contributing member of society. The curriculum also provides a background for maximum transfer opportunities to baccalaureate programs. The ADN Program is an academically challenging program. The program is open to men and women who provide evidence of interest, motivation and aptitude in the area of health care. Students shall be selected on the basis of established criteria and without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation or disability. Students with disabilities who meet the admission requirements, pass the physical/mental exam and submit the physical examination form signed by their health care provider stating that they are able to perform as student nurses in the clinical setting are eligible for admission. It is the responsibility of the student to meet the physical/mental requirements for state licensure. LFCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation or disability in its programs or activities.
Opportunities for the registered nurse include civil service, clinics, community health services, day-care centers, health departments, home health, hospitals, industry, long-term-care facilities, military service, primary care offices or private duty.
Requirements for admission to the ADN Program are specific and admission is selective and competitive. For specific admission requirements review most recently posted catalog page and advising worksheet. All nursing applicants are encouraged to attend a nursing information session.