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Nursing A.S.N. Effective 2017-2018


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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:

Caring

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

Communication

  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.

Professionalism

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

 

Nursing Student Handbook

 

Nursing Program Accreditation

The Associate of Science in Nursing program at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College maintains full accreditation at the state and national level.

The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nursing

101 Dee Drive, Suite 102 

Charleston, WV 25311-1620 

Phone: (304) 558-3596 or 1-877-743-NURS(6877) 

Fax: (304) 558-3666 

Web Address: www.wvrnboard.wv.gov

Email: rnboard@wv.gov

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020
Email: info@acenursing.org
Web: www.acenursing.org

 

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Nursing Student Progression

Entry Cohort

Number Students Admitted to Program*

Number Students from Cohort who Graduated

Number Students Who Passed NCLEX-RN on first attempt**

Fall 2010

20

12

11

Spring 2011

26

21

21

Fall 2011

20

15

15

Spring 2012

23

19

17

Fall 2012

20

14

12

Spring 2013

22

17

Pending

Fall 2013

30

Pending

Pending

Spring 2014

21

Pending

Pending

Fall 2014

24

Pending

Pending

Spring 2015

22

Pending

Pending

Fall 2015

23

Pending

Pending

Spring 2016

26

Pending

Pending

* not all accepted students begin the program
** graduates may pass on subsequent attempts but are not included in this calculation

 

Graduate Overall Satisfaction with Nursing Program

Graduating Class

Graduating Student Satisfaction

Number Graduates Completing

Alumni Satisfaction

Number Alumni Completing

2008

74%

23

90%

10

2009

79%

29

100%

8

2010

100%

15

90%

11

2011

88%

9

100%

2

December 2012

100%

20

85%

13

December 2013

100%

6

100%

6

May 2014

100%

11

75%

3

December 2014

100%

14

Pending

 

May 2015

89%

18

Pending

 

December 2015

90%

20

pending

 

 

 

 

Employment of Graduates

Graduating Class

Number Alumni Completing

Full Time Employment in Nursing

Part Time Employment in Nursing

2008

11

100%

 

2009

9

100%

 

2010

11

90%

 

2011

2

100%

 

December 2012 & May 2013

15

87%

13%

December 2013 & May 2014

8

63%

25%

 

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE NURSING PROGRAM

Application Deadlines

Applications will be taken for the 2017-2018 academic year for this program.  Refer to the Current Nursing A.S.N. description for details.

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

  • Be a degree seeking student in Healthcare Professions, AAS
  • Have a GPA of 2.0 or better
  • Be eligible to take ENGL 101 and MATH 114 by the semester of application
  • Receive a "C' or better in all required course for the program
  • Achieve a 58.7% or higher on the Test of Essential Academic Skils (TEAS) composite score, and
  • Be enrolled in or complete NURS 111-Introduction to Nursing (2)

Pre-Requisites

TEAS Test

When the nursing application is submitted to the nursing department, students will be given TEAS Test information and a voucher. Students are responsible for paying for this test and must take this voucher to the Blue Ridge CTC cashier to make payment. Once a receipt of payment has been received, students then take the payment receipt to the Testing Coordinator in Room 1400 to schedule the testing date. The TEAS test must be taken before the decision deadline. Students may only take the TEAS Test twice, with a 60 day minimum between tests. A composite score of 58.7 on the TEAS test is required to be eligible for admission.

Decision Criteria and Process

Failure to fully complete the application, provide truthful information, send required documentation, or failure to report ANY felony or misdemeanor conviction, plea of nolo contendere or pending court cases in this application will result in immediate disqualification and/or dismissal from the Nursing Program and any subsequent application may not be considered. Information provided to the Department of Nursing is confidential and is used only for selection purposes.

After application, transcripts will be reviewed by the program director. If an applicant does not meet all the academic pre-requisite courses they will not be considered for admission. Non-eligible students will be notified via the email provided on the application. Admitted students will be notified by mail. Applications for non-admitted applicants are held for one semester. If you are not accepted on the first attempt, you may reapply one more time.

Criteria and scoring for admission decisions are available on the application form. Scores are ranked from highest to lowest, and the top 30 students are offered admission to the nursing program. Students must accept the admission within 14 business days of the mail date or their placement will be offered to the next qualified student. There is no waiting list for admission. Accepted students must attend nursing orientation scheduled before the end of the application semester.  Students not attending orientation will have acceptance revoked and offered to another student.

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 requirement prior to beginning of first semester following acceptance into the program • Submission of yearly PPD results (or chest x-ray, if appropriate) and evidence of CPR certification • Undergo a criminal background check and urine drug screening • Adhere to the policies and procedures in the Nursing Student Handbook and Policy Manuals • Special fees for standardized testing and clinical courses are required in addition to tuition • Obtain physical examination and proof of immunity to communicable diseases.

Progression

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 2.0 cumulative grade point average;
  • Complete all course work 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 clinical and lab clock to credit.  The ratio of internship to credit hours is 5:1 hours is 3:1. A clock hour equals 50 minutes.

Graduation

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.

Eligibility for Licensure

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 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 22% between now and 2018, giving nursing students peace of mind that they can secure jobs in settings including hospitals, clinical practices, nursing homes, home healthcare, or in military service.

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


General Education Core

25

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 - 589.5

35
Total Credit Hours Required 60

PreAdmission Requirements


To be considered for admission into the Nursing A.S.N. Program students must:

  • be a degree seeking student in Healthcare Professions, A.A.S. ,
  • have a GPA of 2.0 or better,
  • receive a "C" or better in all required courses for the program, 
  • achieve a 58.7% or higher on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) composite score, and complete

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