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Nursing A.S.N.

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Program Overview

The Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN) is designed to prepare the graduate to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nurses and to enter a career as a beginning practitioner of nursing. It is intended that the courses in nursing will provide the students with an awareness of the value and dignity of people and a view of the patient as an integrated, unique individual requiring nursing knowledge and skill.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Associate of Science in Nursing Program is to enhance the health status of the region by educating professional nurses for entry into practice as caring and competent nurse generalists.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the Associate of Science in Nursing Program, the graduate will:


  1. Provide compassionate nursing care to patients regardless of different values, beliefs, culture, and lifestyles.


  1. Demonstrate appropriate verbal, non-verbal, therapeutic, and professional communication skills.

Clinical Judgment

  1. Utilize the nursing process to apply knowledge of nursing science and disease processes; critical thinking skills, and evidence-based findings to demonstrate proficiency in planning safe and effective patient care.


  1. Provide nursing care according to legal, ethical and professional standards.

State Accreditation

West Virginia RN Board

90 MacCorkle Avenue, SW • Suite 203 • Charleston, WV 25303 • PHONE: (304) 744-0900 • FAX: (304) 744-0600

National Accreditation

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

3343 Peachtree Rd NE • Suite 850 • Atlanta, GA 30326 • (404) 975-5000

Fax (404) 975 - 5020 • Email info@acenursing.org • www.acenursing.org



To be considered for admission into the Nursing ASN Program students must:



Steps to register for the TEAs Test:

  1. Go to www.blueridgectc.edu homepage;
  2. Click on “Current Students” at the top of the page;
  3. Click on “Register for an Exam” on the left side of the page;
  4. Follow instructions to pay for and sign up for the TEAS test;
  5. All tests are given in the testing center on the first floor;
  6. After testing and receiving the required grade of 63.3% overall composite score, the registrar will open up NURS 111 for you to register for the course.

Students may only take the TEAS Test twice a year with a 30-day minimum between tests. A composite score of 63.3% on the TEAS test is required to be eligible for admission.

Core Performance Standards

Because the Nursing Program seeks to provide a safe environment for nursing students and their patients, students will be required to demonstrate physical and emotional fitness to meet the essential requirements of the nursing program. Such essential requirements include freedom from communicable disease, the ability to perform certain physical tasks, and suitable emotional fitness. Any appraisal measures used to determine such physical and emotional fitness will be in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, so as not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of handicap.

The essential requirements of the nursing program, with examples of activities required of students during their nursing education, are listed in the Essential Requirements of Nursing Programs document. This document is based on The Americans with Disabilities Act: Implications for Nursing Education. Southern Regional Education Board (March 1993), www.sreb.org.

Special Requirements for Nursing Majors

  • Submission of completed health data required prior to the beginning of the first semester following acceptance into the program.
  • Submission of yearly PPD results (or chest x-ray, if appropriate).
  • Evidence of CPR certification.
  • Undergo a criminal background check and drug screening.
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures in the Nursing Student Handbook and Policy Manuals as well as ethical standards set forth in the American Nurses Association’s “Code of Ethics for Nurses” and the National Student Nurses Association’s  Code of Ethics: Part II, Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct and Interpretive Statements.”
  • Special fees for standardized testing and clinical courses are required in addition to tuition.
  • Obtain physical examination and proof of immunity to communicable diseases.


In order to progress and graduate, the student enrolled in the ASN program must:

  • Receive a C or better in all courses required for the nursing program.
  • Maintain a minimum of 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
  • Complete all coursework within three years of admission into the program.

Ratio Clock to Credit Hour

The ratio of theory clock hour to credit hour is 1:1. The ratio of lab clock hour to credit hour is 1:2. The ratio of clinical clock hour to credit hour is 1:3. The ratio of internship clock hour to credit hour is 1:5. A clock hour equals 50 minutes.


Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to any state Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN examination. Each state has individual requirements of applicants for licensure for examination.  The nursing law of West Virginia addresses criteria for application for licensure. The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses has the power to deny the opportunity to procure licenses through testing if the applicant has willfully committed a felony under the laws of West Virginia.

Career Options

Our growing population yields a high demand for skilled nurses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that career opportunities for nurses are expected to grow, giving nursing students peace of mind that they may secure jobs in settings including hospitals, clinical practices, nursing homes, home healthcare, or in military service.

Reportable Statistics

Information based on the academic year 2018-19:

NCLEX Pass Rate: 100%

Completion of Program: 75%

Graduates obtaining jobs after graduation: 100%

Curriculum for an Associate of Science in Nursing Degree (ASN)

General Education Core


Nursing Core

Laboratory Credits to Clock Hours - 1:2

Clinical Credits to Clock Hours (Instructor Led) - 1:3

Preceptorship/Capstone (Agency Dependent) - 1:5

Total Clinical Clock Hours - 525

Total Credit Hours Required


This major requires 60 credits over five semesters.

Suggested Course Progression

Pre-admit semester courses must be completed before starting the Nursing Program and must be enrolled or in progress before an application is submitted.  General education classes may be taken before the suggested semester but must be completed by the semester listed in order to progress forward in the Nursing Program.  However, nursing (NURS) class must be taken in the order and semester listed below.

Program Disclaimer

This curriculum includes a list of courses required for this program of studies for this calendar year.  Your Academic Plan can be found on DegreeWorks once you become a degree-seeking student. 

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