1 Associate Degree Nursing Program Information
2 Dear Prospective Student: I appreciate your interest in the Nursing Program at John Tyler Community College, which offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Nursing for students who plan to become registered nurses. Upon completion of the Nursing Program, you will be eligible to take the National League for Nursing Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Because the nation and the Commonwealth of Virginia are experiencing nursing shortages, there are many employment opportunities for nurses in the community. As a result, enrollment in nursing programs, such as John Tyler s, has increased tremendously. Due to the popularity of our program, enrollment in our Nursing Program is limited and admission is competitive. John Tyler Community College s Nursing Program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. The program is committed to high standards, which is reflected in its admission and progression standards. Once accepted into the program, the AAS in nursing requires four semesters of intensive study. The program is computer-based, so it is imperative that you either have your own computer or have access to a computer. The nursing curriculum is demanding and requires outside time commitments to complete coursework requirements. We understand that many students must continue to work as they seek to advance themselves academically, but please realize that it is very difficult to work full-time while enrolled in the nursing curriculum. It is critical that you take time to make the appropriate lifestyle adjustments to accommodate your educational goals. Nursing literature identifies the following factors that negatively impact a student s success: a) work 20 or more hours per week, b) family responsibilities, and c) retaking prerequisite courses multiple times. It is critical that you carefully follow the admission procedures that are outlined in the enclosed packet to ensure your application will be processed in a timely manner. The enclosed packet provides step-by-step procedures for applying to the program, as well as information sheets on the available Nursing Program options. An application to the College, an appointment with the JTCC Counseling Office for placement testing, submission of all transcripts, and curriculum placement are the required first steps. Sincerely, Deborah Ulmer Deborah Ulmer, PhD, RN Nursing Program Coordinator
3 Nursing Program Fact Sheet John Tyler Community College's Nursing Program prepares individuals to enter the registered nursing profession. John Tyler nursing students learn to deliver quality patient care and to make critical and ethical decisions under pressure. Students may enroll in one of two tracks, both of which award an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Nursing - the traditional day program or the LPN/paramedic to RN transition program. Traditional Day Program The traditional day program offers an intensive classroom and clinical format to teach beginning students the elements of nursing. This track offers all of its classes and most of the clinical activities during the day before 5:00 p.m. Due to faculty and clinical site availability, flexible scheduling may be required, which could include day, evening or a combination of clinical experiences. The program is open to all qualified applicants and can be completed within four semesters once an applicant is accepted. This program does not include classes during the summer semester. LPN/Paramedic to RN Transition Program This is an accelerated track offered to qualified LPNs and paramedics. This track requires four consecutive semesters to complete once an applicant is accepted into the Nursing Program. All classes and clinical activities meet during the weekends on Fridays evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays. The track follows an every other weekend schedule during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer, classes meet for 3 consecutive weekends, are off one weekend, meet for 3 weekends with a weekend off, and meet for a final 3 weekends. Students desiring this program must ensure they have the support of their employers for the summer session as there are strict attendance requirements. The LPN/Paramedic to RN student is subject to the same admission requirements and policies as the traditional day program student. Eligibility for the LPN/Paramedic to RN Transition Program requires the following: (l) an active, unrestricted LPN license in Virginia or state or national certification as a paramedic; (2) completion of all prescribed development courses (if indicated by placement tests) prior to beginning NUR 115 (upon successful completion of NUR 115, three additional credits will be granted to LPNs/Paramedics for prior learning experiences); (3) completion of prerequisites to NUR 115 with a grade of C or higher; and (4) documentation of one year of full-time work experience as an LPN/Paramedic in the last five years.
4 Nursing Program Application Procedures Revised requirements are effective beginning with the March 2008 application period for fall 2008 semester admission. Admission into the Nursing Program begins with application to the College, an appointment with the Office of Counseling for placement testing, the submission of transcripts, and curriculum placement. (These are requirements and will not be waived.) After these steps are complete, prenursing students will be assigned a nursing faculty advisor who will assist as needed. The Nursing Program also offers program information sessions to provide additional details to students. Students intending to apply to the JTCC Nursing Program are required to attend an information session. Please Note: Acceptance to John Tyler Community College does not constitute acceptance to the Nursing Program. Nursing Program Requirements In addition to the College s general admission requirements, applicants to the Nursing Program must meet the following: 1. Be admitted to the College, have completed placement testing, have submitted transcripts, and be curriculum placed. 2. Attend a required Nursing Program General Information Session. Attendance is taken at these sessions and records of attendance are maintained and cross-checked with applications. 3. Be 18 years of age or older. 4. Take all required developmental English and mathematics courses prior to admission. 5. Have completed high school or college algebra, biology and chemistry with a grade of C or better. Students, who do not meet these requirements, must take Math 03, Biology 101, Chemistry 101 prior to admission. If, for some extreme reason, you are unable to provide a high school transcript, you may be deemed a high school graduate; however, without documentation of satisfactorily passing High School algebra, chemistry and biology, you will be required to satisfy these requirements as if they had never been previously taken. 6. Have completed all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C and the grade has been posted. Students cannot apply to the program if they are in the process of taking one of the following courses: BIO 141 (must be taken within 10 years of application), ENG 111, MTH 120 (must be taken within 10 years of application), PSY 230, and SDV 100. A student receiving a grade of D or F in any of the prerequisite and co-requisite courses will be ineligible for admission to the Nursing Program. 7. Have a general GPA of 2.0 and a minimum curricular GPA of 2.5. (Note: If the student has taken any of the corequisites [courses which may be completed after application to the Nursing
5 Program], these grades will be considered in determining the curricular GPA. These courses include: BIO 142 (must be taken within 10 years of application), SOC 200, HLT/PE elective, humanities elective, and ITE elective (must be taken within 5 years of application). 8. Complete a nursing entrance test (NET, NLN-RN, ATI or HESI) and achieve at least a minimum score in the 45 th composite percentile. This test may be taken at any time prior to application to the Nursing Program. Information regarding testing dates is on the JTCC website calendar. The NET is offered through JTCC. You must register in person at the Nursing Program facility located at 1051 Johnston-Willis Drive, Richmond. To prepare for the exam, you are encouraged to purchase the Study Review Guide for the NET, HOBET and HELP from the College bookstore. a. The following individuals are exempt from taking a nursing entrance test: LPNs who have a valid, unrestricted Virginia LPN license; paramedics who hold a state or national paramedic certification; and individuals who hold a baccalaureate or higher degree. b. The nursing entrance test can be taken more than once to achieve satisfactory scores. The results are good for 3 years. c. Students are responsible for keeping copies of their test results. The Nursing Program does not keep test scores on file. d. Students having difficulty with this test should consider taking English 208 and Math Meet the following functional ability requirements: Gross Motor Skills Move within confined spaces Sit and maintain balance Stand and maintain balance Reach above shoulders (e.g., IV poles) Reach below waist (e.g., plug electrical appliance into wall outlets) Fine Motor Skills Pick up objects with hands Grasp small objects with hands (e.g., IV tubing, pencil) Write with pen or pencil Key/type (e.g., use a computer) Pinch/pick or otherwise work with fingers (e.g., manipulate a syringe) Twist (e.g., turn objects/knobs using hands) Squeeze with finger (e.g., eye dropper) Physical Endurance Stand (e.g., at client side during surgical or therapeutic procedure) Sustain repetitive movements (e.g., CPR) Maintain physical tolerance (e.g., work entire shift) Physical Strength Push and pull 25 pounds (e.g., position clients) Support 25 pounds of weight (e.g., ambulate client) Lift 25 pounds (e.g., pick up a child, transfer client) Move light objects weighing up to 10 pounds (e.g., IV poles) Move heavy objects weighing from 11 to 50 pounds Defend self against combative client Carry equipment/supplies Use upper body strength (e.g., perform CPR, physically restrain a client) Squeeze with hands (e.g., operate fire extinguisher) Mobility Twist, bend
6 Stand Stoop/squat Move quickly (e.g., response to an emergency) Climb (e.g., ladders/stools/stairs) Walk Hearing Hear normal speaking level sounds (e.g., person-to-person report) Hear faint voices Hear faint body sounds (e.g., blood pressure sounds, assess placement of tubes) Hear in situations when not able to see lips (e.g., when masks are used) Hear auditory alarms (e.g., monitors, fire alarms, call bells) Visual See objects up to 20 inches away (e.g., information on a computer screen, skin conditions) See objects up to 20 feet away (e.g.. client in a room) See objects more than 20 feet away (e.g., client at end of hall) Use depth perception Use peripheral vision Distinguish color (e.g., color codes on supplies, charts, bed) Distinguish color intensity (e.g., flushed skin, skin paleness) Reading Read and understand written documents in English (e.g., policies, protocols) Smell Detect odors from client (e.g., foul smelling drainage, alcohol breath) Detect smoke Detect gases or noxious smells Arithmetic Competence Read and understand columns of writing (e.g., flow sheet, charts) Read digital displays Read graphic printouts (e.g., EKG) Calibrate equipment Convert numbers to and/or from the Metric System Read graphs (e.g., vital sign sheets) Tell time Measure time (e.g., count duration of contractions, etc.) Count rates (e.g., drips/minute, pulse) Use measuring tools (e.g., thermometer) Read measurement marks (e.g., measurement tapes, scales, etc.) Add, subtract, multiply, and/or divide whole numbers Compute fractions (e.g., medication dosages) Use a calculator Write numbers in records Emotional Stability Establish therapeutic boundaries Provide client with emotional support Adapt to changing environment/stress Deal with the unexpected (e.g., client going bad, crisis) Focus attention on task, including in distracting/chaotic environment Monitor own emotions Perform multiple responsibilities concurrently Handle strong emotions (e.g., grief) Analytical Thinking Transfer knowledge from one situation to another Process information
7 Evaluate outcomes Problem solve Prioritize tasks Use long-term memory Use short-term memory Critical Thinking Identify cause-effect relationships Plan/control activities for others Synthesize knowledge and skills Sequence information Interpersonal Skills Negotiate interpersonal conflict Respect differences in clients Establish rapport with clients Establish rapport with coworkers Communication skills Teach (e.g., client/family about health care) Explain procedures Give oral reports in English (e.g., report on client s condition to others) Interact with others (e.g., health care workers) Speak on the telephone Influence people Direct activities of others in English Convey information through writing in English (e.g., progress notes) 10. Agencies require specific immunizations and criminal background checks. The State Board of Nursing has the authority to deny licensure of any applicant who has a felony conviction. Any student desiring admission to the nursing program, who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, should be advised that a criminal background check will be conducted, if accepted into the program. Should the background check disclose a conviction; the student will not be permitted into the program and the next available person will fill that admission slot. Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Policy states, "The colleges reserve the right to evaluate special cases and to refuse admission to applicants if such refusal is considered to be in the best interest of a college." Application and Admission When all of the above requirements have been met, a student may apply for admission to the JTCC Nursing Program. Completed applications are to be mailed to: JTCC Nursing Program, 800 Charter Colony Parkway, Midlothian, VA or hand-delivered to the Nursing Program facility located at 1051 Johnston-Willis Parkway, Richmond, VA. Make sure that you complete the application for the JTCC Nursing Program, not the Commonwealth Nursing Program. Applications are accepted twice a year (March and September) during posted time frames. No late applications will be accepted. Dates will be published on the web site, as well as throughout the nursing program, counseling and division offices.
8 Admission to the Nursing Program is competitive and only a limited number of students will be accepted. Fully-qualified students will be ranked according to curricular GPA, Nursing Entrance Test achievement and their completed application. Due to the high demand for nurses, budget constraints, and faculty shortage, there are a limited number of seats, and the program routinely receives more applications than can be accepted. For this reason, it is imperative that applications be complete, that all procedures are followed, and that applicants prepare themselves academically to be competitive in the review process. There are no exceptions or deviations from these requirements. Students who are fully qualified, but not accepted due to seat limitations, must reapply during the next application process. There is no waiting list, and unaccepted applications are not saved. Students are encouraged to make a copy of their application prior to submission. Please note that the Nursing Program does not save NET scores, and you are responsible for keeping those records. They cannot be supplied from the Nursing Program files. Transferring from Another Nursing Program The John Tyler Community College nursing program is not accepting transfer nursing students into the program at this time.
9 Accepted Students Requirements Students accepted into the Nursing Program will receive a packet of information that includes program requirements, criminal background check information, drug screen testing information and medical and dental examination forms that must be completed before the first day of class. The first semester course coordinator will schedule an informational session that will outline procedures, provide information, and answer frequently asked questions, which will make entry into the program less stressful. Some of the requirements include: 1. CPR certification for health care professionals prior to the first clinical day of NUR 111/NUR A complete medical and dental examination and an immunizations form by the first day of NUR 111/NUR Documentation of completion of the Hepatitis-B vaccination series (or be in the process of completing it) prior to or on the first day of NUR 111/ NUR 115 class. Students who do not wish to receive the Hepatitis-B vaccination must sign a declination statement. 4. Be free of any mental or physical disabilities or chemical dependency which could interfere with your ability to practice nursing. Our affiliated clinical agencies require that students submit to a urine drug screening. In addition, the Virginia Board of Nursing may choose to deny licensure to any applicant who has mental or physical disabilities or chemical dependency conditions that could interfere with current ability to practice nursing. 5. Be free of a criminal record. Our affiliated clinical agencies require that students undergo a criminal background check and reserve the right to deny students with criminal records from completing clinicals at their site. In addition, the Virginia Board of Nursing may choose to deny licensure to any applicant who has ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor. Estimated Program Costs Four semester tuition and fees (subject to change)* $4, Uniforms and shoes Books, Nurse-Pak, and supplies 1, Curriculum testing Medical and dental exams Drug screening Criminal background check NCLEX-RN exam fee Travel to clinical sites & parking Variable *Tuition and fees are established by the Virginia Community College System and are subject to change.
10 Financial Aid For information on financial aid, please stop by the John Tyler Community College Office of Financial Aid. Scholarships There are many scholarships available for nursing students. These resources can be reviewed on the College s web site at To qualify for scholarships, students must: Submit one complete scholarship package prior to the appropriate deadline. Possess a 2.5 minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA). Be enrolled or planning to enroll in a certificate and/or degree program at John Tyler (students must be officially enrolled in a certificate or degree program before scholarship funds will be disbursed). Have in-state tuition status. Have a completed, current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at the College on or before the scholarship deadline. Please visit for more information and an application. Program Completion Students must graduate within five years of entering NUR111/NUR115. Spaces in both nursing courses and clinical sites are limited. It is strongly recommended, therefore, that students arrange their priorities and responsibilities so that they may successfully progress through the Nursing Program, as scheduled. The opportunity to repeat courses is very limited. Students are considered for admission to nursing courses based upon the following priorities: Priority 1. Priority 2. Priority 3. Priority 4. Once admitted to the Nursing Program, due course students are guaranteed a slot in the subsequent course. Due course students are defined as those who complete course requirements with a minimum grade of C and advance to the next nursing course in a consecutive pattern. Students who have had a break in sequence, have met all requirements, and are now ready to resume their education are considered due course. Examples of these circumstances are students who had been granted an incomplete, did not register for a course due to medical or other reasons, and who are within the one year time limit for continuing in the course sequence. Students who withdrew from a course during the authorized withdrawal period will be readmitted according to space availability. Students who failed the course and desire to repeat it will be readmitted according to space availability. If there are more students than space, ranking will be according to GPA.
11 Program Learning Objectives Basic Nursing Program Curriculum At the conclusion of the Nursing Program, students will be able to: 1. Use the nursing process to meet multiple health needs for groups of adults and children in a variety of health care settings. 2. Integrate nursing skills when providing care for groups of clients with multiple physiological and/or psychosocial needs. 3. Communicate therapeutically with individuals, families and groups. 4. Synthesize and communicate relevant data in a comprehensive and concise manner, including oral, written, and electronic modes. 5. Integrate health teaching into total client care. 6. Integrate ethical values and legal principles into the delivery of nursing care. 7. Utilize management skills and concepts to plan and coordinate the care for a group of clients in a variety of health care settings. 8. Assume the role of the associate degree nurse as a member of the health care team. 9. Assume accountability and responsibility for his/her own actions as a contributing member of the health care team, the nursing profession and society.
12 Required Courses and Curriculum Sequence (Non-nursing courses may be taken in any sequence. Corequisite courses may be taken prior to starting the Nursing Program) 1st Semester SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 credit ENG 111 College Composition I 3 credits MTH 120 Introduction to Mathematics 3 credits PSY230 Developmental Psychology 3 credits BIO 141 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits (must have been completed within the last 10 years) Semester Total 14 credits 2nd Semester BIO 142 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits (must have been completed within the last 10 years) NUR 111 Nursing I* 8 credits NUR 135 Drug Dosage Calculations 1 credit (pre-course) NUR 226 Health Assessment 3 credits Semester total 16 credits 3rd Semester HUM EEE Humanities Elective 3 credits SOC 200 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits NUR 221 Nursing Principles & Concepts I 9 credits Semester total 15 credits 4th Semester ITE EEE Computer Elective 1 credit (must have been completed within the last 5 years) PE/HLTEEE Health or PE Elective 2 credits NUR 245 Maternal/Newborn Nursing 3 credits NUR 246 Parent/Child Nursing 3 credits NUR 247 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing 3 credits Semester total 12 credits 5th Semester NUR 223 Nursing Principles and Concepts III 9 credits NUR 254 Dimensions of Professional Nursing 2 credits Semester total 11 credits Program Total 68 credits * Students in the LPN/paramedic to RN transition program will take NUR Transition into Nursing (5 cr.) instead of NUR Nursing I (8 cr.). Three (3) additional credits will be awarded for prior experience. Curriculum Notes Students must be accepted into the Nursing Program before taking NUR classes. BIO 142, HUM elective, SOC 200, ITE and PE/HLT electives are courses that can be taken with or before the nursing courses. BIO 142 must be taken with or before NUR 111. HUM elective and SOC 200 must be taken with or before NUR 221. ITE and PE/HLT electives must be taken with or before NUR 245, NUR 246 and NUR 247. NUR 226 must be taken with NUR 111 and NUR 135, and if necessary, may be repeated with NUR 221, but must be completed before NUR 245, NUR 246 and 247.
13 John Tyler Community College Nursing Program Application for Initial Enrollment (Please Print) Date: EMPLID: Name: Address: Phone Number: Home ( ) Work ( ) Address: Please consider my application for admission into the John Tyler Community College Nursing Program For Semester Year Program (check only one) Day Program LPN/Paramedic to RN Transition Program Student Signature Date: Comments Applicants please note: Students must have completed an application for admission to John Tyler Community College, have had an appointment with Counseling, completed placement testing, turned in all transcripts for review, and have been curriculum placed to apply for admission to the Nursing Program. Completed applications will be reviewed and prioritized according to curricular GPA (Grade Point Averages). There are no exceptions or deviations from this policy.
14 Student Checklist for Complete Portfolio Transcripts. Must have been turned in to Counseling during initial appointment. Be curriculum placed in Pre-Allied Health by Counseling. Prerequisite courses (high school or college). Algebra Grade Biology Grade Chemistry/Microbiology Grade Nursing pre-admission test scores. Copy and attach. This is not a requirement for LPNs and paramedics or for students with a BS or higher degree. Please attach a copy of your documentation (license or degree). License(s), Certifications. Copy and attach. If you are applying for the LPN/paramedic to RN program, a copy of your current licensure is a part of the application. List, copy front and back, and attach. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or above. Curricular GPA 2.5 or above (all grades must be C or above). COURSE DATE GRADE RECEIVED GRADE POINTS** NO. OF CREDITS** TOTAL GRADE POINTS** Ex: BIO 141 1/1/07 A BIO 141* 4 ENG 111* 3 MTH 120* 3 PSY 230* 3 SDV 100* N/A N/A N/A BIO 142** 4 HLT/PED ELE** 2 HUM ELE** 3 IST ELE** 1 SOC 200** 3 FINAL TOTAL (Grade received equals grade points (A=4, B=3, C=2) multiplied by number of credits equals total grade points. Final total of grade points divided by total number of credits equals your curricular GPA) Total for Curriculum = Curriculum GPA *Required prerequisite courses for day and weekend program. **Co-requisites, if completed, follow the same rules as prerequisites.
15 Nursing Department Checklist for Complete Portfolio for use by Nursing Admissions Committee Name: Empl ID GPA Eligible Ineligible Reason for Ineligibility: Missing a prerequisite course Cumulative GPA below 2.0 Curricular GPA below 2.5 Grade in a prerequisite/co-requisite course below C Nursing pre-admission tests scores not satisfactory Not curriculum placed Notes: Reviewer: Second Reviewer: Date: Date: Admission determination: Accepted for admission Eligible but not accepted for admission Ineligible Date letter of notification sent:
16 John Tyler Community College Nursing Program Application for Readmission (Please Print) Date: EMPLID: Name: Address: Phone Number: Home ( ) Work ( ) Address: Please consider my application for readmission into the John Tyler Community College Nursing Program NUR 226 NUR 223 NUR 245 NUR 246 NUR 247 NUR 223 NUR 254 Semester Year Program (Check only one) Traditional Day Program LPN/Paramedic to RN Transition Program Student Signature Date: Comments Applicants please note: Space in nursing courses is limited. Your readmission will be on a space available basis according to priorities defined by policy.