The Application Deadline for Fall Nursing Admits has been extended through April 30, 2020.
The Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN) is a 60 credit program that spans over 5 semesters 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.
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.
Upon completing the Associate of Science in Nursing Program, the graduate will:
- Provide compassionate nursing care to patients regardless of different values, beliefs, cultures, and lifestyles.
- Demonstrate appropriate verbal, non-verbal, therapeutic, and professional communication skills.
- 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.
- Provide nursing care according to legal, ethical and professional standards.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Provide compassionate nursing care to clients regardless of different values, beliefs, cultures, and lifestyles.
- Demonstrate appropriate verbal, non-verbal, therapeutic, professional, and technological communication skills.
- Facilitate collaboration among all health care team members and the client(s).
- Use knowledge of nursing science and disease processes; critical thinking skills; and evidence-based findings to demonstrate proficiency in planning safe and effective client care.
- Provide nursing care according to legal, ethical, and professional standards while considering the impact of economic, political, social, and demographic forces.
- Demonstrate accountability for professional growth and lifelong learning.
- Demonstrate competency in the nursing process.
- Develop an individualized teaching plan based on assessed needs.
- Manage the care of individual client(s) across healthcare settings.
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) provides Blue Ridge CTC with specialized accreditation ensuring that the Nursing program meets or exceeds standards of quality. Because this program is nationally accredited, the WV Board of Nursing also approved Blue Ridge CTC with full accreditation status.
APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE NURSING PROGRAM
Students may apply to the Nursing program during the fall or spring semester. Click the Nursing Program Application
link for more information including:
- Application Requirements and Deadlines
- Decision Criteria and Process
- Application Checklist
Nursing Program Application
Transfer of Credit Policy
Students may transfer credits earned from other accredited post-secondary institutions towards general education core courses. Transfer credits are reviewed and articulated using official academic transcripts by Blue Ridge CTC's Registrar's Office. Nursing courses from other programs are not eligible for transfer towards the Blue Ridge nursing program.
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.
COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS FOR NURSING MAJORS
Refer to the Nursing Student Handbook for policies related to:
- Completion requirements and progression
- Grading System
- Classroom requirements
- Clinical Requirements
- Professional conduct, and more
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.
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.
Information based on the academic year 2018-19:
NCLEX Pass Rate: 100%
Completion of Program: 75%
Graduates obtaining jobs after graduation: 100%