The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree is a 60-credit program that spans 5 semesters, designed to prepare the graduate to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to enter a career as a beginning practitioner of nursing. It is intended that the courses in nursing will provide 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.
End of Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completing the Associate of Science in Nursing Program, the graduate will:
- Advocate for patients and families from diverse backgrounds when delivering compassionate, equitable care that promotes inclusivity and well-being across the lifespan.
- Apply the nursing process, nursing science, evidence-based knowledge, and clinical expertise when making clinical judgment decisions and managing care.
- Integrate technologies and effective communication practices to support clinical judgment in all areas of professional nursing practice.
- Use quality improvement strategies to effect change in the delivery of safe, effective care toward optimal patient outcomes.
- Assume accountability for personal and professional behaviors that demonstrate the nursing standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct, considering the impact of determinants of health.
- Collaborate with patients, families, and other members of the healthcare team to contribute the nursing perspective in the management and coordination of patient care.
The Associate of Science in Nursing Program of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive located in Martinsburg, WV, is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Licensure By Examination
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 by examination. West Virginia law addresses application criteria for licensure in West Virginia. According to West Virginia Code §30-7-11, the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses has the power to deny the opportunity to procure licensure if the applicant has been convicted of a felony or for any other reason specified within West Virginia Code §30-7-11 (for more information, visit https://code.wvlegislature.gov/30-7-11/ and https://wvrnboard.wv.gov).
Students who are considering an academic program that may allow them to pursue professional licensure in another state or territory are strongly encouraged to check their state’s or territory’s information and contact the appropriate licensing agency to seek information and additional guidance before beginning a program outside of their state. Students should contact the Board of Nursing in the state they would like to be initially licensed for more specific information or may click here to find professional nursing licensure requirements for any state and jurisdiction. Additional disclosures regarding out-of-state licensure can be found on the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Nursing webpage.
Admission to the Nursing Program
The Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Associate of Science in Nursing Program is selective entry and has a number of admission and prerequisite requirements. All admission requirements and procedures, including the application itself, are listed on the Nursing webpage.