Nursing Track 1: Two Year Plan


The VATNP faculty is committed to End of Program Student Learning Outcomes outlined on the following chart:

Core Component

 VATNP End of Program Student Learning  Outcomes

Professional Behavior

Practice within ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks of nursing and standards of professional nursing practice. Are accountable for their own actions. Delineates and maintains appropriate professional boundaries in the nurse-client relationship.


Establishes and maintains effective communication, both verbal and written, with clients, family, community, and health care providers while maintaining confidentiality. Uses appropriate information technology to support communications in health care.


Uses the nursing process to collect information and contribute to an ongoing, comprehensive data base relevant to a holistic individualized plan of care.

Clinical Decision Making

Uses the nursing process to make effective clinical decisions resulting in finding solutions, individualizing care and assuring the delivery of safe and effective care that moves the client and support person(s) toward positive outcomes.

Caring Interventions

Applies nursing values that exemplify the caring professional nurse. Provides compassionate, nurturing, protective, person centered and competent care based on the synthesis of knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired in the humanities and natural and behavioral sciences. Adapts care to include the person’s values, customs, culture and/or habits.

Teaching and Learning

Uses the nursing process to plan, develop, implement and evaluate health care teaching provided to clients or groups in a variety of settings. Promotes and facilitates informed decision making and positive outcomes. Provides relevant health care instructions to assistive personnel.


Assumes the role of the associate degree nurse while participating within the health care team to deliver holistic care across the life span and in a variety of settings respecting cultural values and beliefs.

Managing Care

Assumes the role of manager of care for diverse groups of clients through effective use of delegation, evolving technology and resources

Program Description

The Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (VATNP) is a three college consortium serving Mountain Empire Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, and Virginia Highlands Community College. The two-year Associate of Applied Science degree curriculum in Nursing is designed to prepare selected students to qualify as contributing members of the health team, rendering direct patient care as beginning practitioners of nursing in a variety of health service facilities. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination leading to licensure as a registered nurse (RN). The VATNP offers an opportunity for recent high school graduates and other eligible adults to complete the nursing degree program after two years of full-time attendance (2 summer sessions and 4 semesters). This is a rigorous and academically challenging program.

Admission Requirements 

Admission to the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program is a selective process. The program is open to applicants who are free of any physical or mental condition that might adversely affect performance as a member of the nursing profession. In addition to the requirements for admission to the college, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. State recognized high school diploma, home school diploma (at least 18 years of age), or GED
  2. Demonstrated competency in science as evidenced by completion of high school biology (with laboratory) and high school chemistry or the college equivalents. Beginning with students entering the program in fall 2018, competency in science may be demonstrated by completion of high school biology (with laboratory) or high school chemistry (with laboratory) or the college equivalents or completion of BIO 141 and BIO 142 with no grade below a “C” prior to application deadline.
  3. Demonstrated competency in mathematics as evidenced by placement out of MTE 1-5 on the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) or equivalency as determined by means and measures identified in the Multiple Measures Placement Policy. For those who do not meet this requirement, all prescribed developmental work must be completed prior to application deadline.
  4. Demonstrated competency in English as evidenced by placement into ENG 111. Placement is determined by means and measures identified in the Multiple Measures Placement Policy. For those who do not meet this requirement, all prescribed developmental work must be completed prior to application deadline.
  5. Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a National Percentile Rank score of 45 or above
  6. A 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for high school courses** or a 2.5 curricular GPA for college coursework.
  7. College students must be in good standing with the most recently attended institution with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  8. Completion of Health Science Program Application for each academic year interested in being considered for the nursing program.
  9. Please note: Beginning Fall 2018, the general education courses required in the nursing curriculum will change. Students will be required to complete SDV 100, ENG 111, ENG 112, PSY 230, ITE 119, BIO 141, BIO 142, BIO 150, and a recommended Humanities elective. Students entering the program in 2018 will follow the 2018-2019 catalog and will no longer be required to complete MTH 126, PSY 231, and PSY 232.


** If the student has completed a minimum of 12 college credits that are included in calculating the curricular GPA (non-developmental courses), the 2.5 high school GPA requirement will be waived.


Nursing program application packets will be accepted in the Admissions office between September 1, 2017 and February 15, 2018. Packets must include high school transcript or GED test scores (if applicable) and ATI TEAS Individual Performance Profile transcript verifying National Percentile Rank score of 45 or above. 

The Admissions office will suspend processing applications if all transcripts are not attached. Once a packet is submitted, additional documentation will not be accepted. Transcripts from other Virginia Community Colleges are not required; however, any Virginia Community Colleges attended must be listed on both the college application and the Health Science Program application.

All prerequisites (science, English and math proficiency) must be met and all documents submitted by the February 15 deadline. Further details of the application process can be found at (click Programs and Degrees, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing, and Health Science Program Admission).

Out-of-region applicants will only be considered for openings in the nursing program after all qualified in-region applicants are considered. To be considered in-region, an applicant must be domiciled within the service region for 12 months prior to the program application deadline.

Opportunities for Employment

Employment opportunities for the Registered Nurse include, but are not limited to, staff positions in hospitals, nursing homes, health departments, physician’s offices, clinics, home health agencies, day care centers, public schools, and civil service. According to 2015-2016 graduate surveys, nearly 100% of graduates were employed within one year of graduation.

State Approval and Accreditation

The program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing, (Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, VA 23233-1463, (804) 367-4515, website: ) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000, website: ). 

Transfer of Nursing Credit

Students seeking to transfer credit from nursing programs at other institutions will be considered on an individual basis. Students must meet the admission requirements identified by the college and the VATNP. The student may be asked to provide course descriptions, documentation of completed direct patient care clinical time, course syllabi, achievement or progressive testing scores, demonstration of competency in critical nursing skills, and selected data from the course instructor or program director in order to determine placement in the nursing program. Consideration will be subject to availability of space. Since there frequently are differences among nursing programs, students wishing to transfer should be aware that there may be an interruption in program progression. Applicants must be in good standing at their previous college with a “C” average or better and must provide documentation of eligibility to return to that nursing program. Nursing courses which are being transferred must have been completed within three (3) years prior to admission to the nursing program.

Program Requirements

Prior to enrollment in any NUR course, the student must provide the following documentation. (For more information see the VATNP website at

  • Required Student Forms
  • Annual Student Statement of Health form
  • Student Information, Physical and Immunization forms. The VATNP physical examination form must be completed by a medical practitioner, MD, PA or CNP.
  • Immunizations include Tetanus, Mumps-Measles-Rubella (MMR), Varicella, and Hepatitis B
  • Current testing for tuberculosis, either Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test (TB Tine Test is not accepted) or chest X-ray must be provided
  • Documentation of ability to perform physical demands required in direct patient care activities.
  • Purchase a background check, drug screen, and Medical Document Package from CastleBranch
  • Clearance of criminal background check and drug testing
  • Proof of CPR certification, American Heart Association, “Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers” completed during the summer (May 15-August 15) prior to enrollment in nursing courses and maintained throughout the program

The cost of these requirements is the responsibility of the student.

Special Notes

  • The State Board of Nursing has the authority to deny license to any applicant who has violated any of the provisions of 54.1-3007 of the Code of Virginia. Most healthcare organizations are prohibited from hiring persons who have been convicted of certain criminal acts (For a list of crimes under this category refer to the Virginia Board of Nursing webpage under the heading, Licensure/Applicants: Article 90-55, click on the link “Joint statement of the Department of Health and the Department of Health Professions on Impact of Criminal Convictions on Nursing Licensure or Certification and Employment in Virginia, revised November 2015”).  Students with convictions or positive drug tests may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not be able to complete the program requirements.
  • Additional annual immunization requirements: Flu immunizations are required by most healthcare agencies and are usually available in fall semester.


Physical Demands

Program activities include duties that frequently require squatting, bending, kneeling, reaching, and stair climbing; lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds; frequent pushing and pulling up to 200 pounds with assistance; occasional lifting up to 200 pounds with assistance and occasional carrying up to 51-74 pounds. Duties also require constant use of acute sense of sight, hearing, touch, and speech. Environmental conditions include procedures that involve handling blood and body fluids using universal precautions.

Course Requirements

The student is required to complete the sequence of courses as outlined by the curriculum pathway. Learning experiences are provided at the college and selected community agencies such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, physicians’ offices and comparable facilities. The nursing faculty will observe and evaluate the student’s suitability for nursing and direct patient care.

Students must complete all courses listed in the first year of the curriculum before being allowed to enter the second year. Most previous general education college credits will be accepted regardless of completion date; however, anatomy and physiology and the computer technology requirements will not be accepted if completed more than 10 years prior to admission to the nursing program. MTH 126 must be completed within five (5) years of admission to the nursing program. CPR certification must be maintained throughout the program. 

Exceptions due to unusual circumstances must be approved by the Dean of the program.

Please note: BIO 141 and 142 time limits will be eliminated for students entering the program in fall 2018.

A student must have a “C” or above in theory plus “satisfactory” in clinical performance in all nursing courses to remain in the program. A grade of “C” or above in any related requirements is a prerequisite for continuing in the nursing program. The nursing program faculty reserves the right to recommend, through appropriate channels, the withdrawal of any student who does not exhibit suitable demeanor/attendance.

Program Progression

Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required courses and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to remain eligible for continued enrollment in the nursing program. In addition, during the NUR 105 course, a Comprehensive Drug Calculation Exam (CDCE) will be administered to verify skills. Students must achieve at least 90 percent of maximum score on the CDCE with no more than three attempts in order to achieve a passing grade in the course.

Any student who earns a final grade lower than a “C” in a required course (either general education or nursing courses) must repeat the course and earn a final grade of “C” or better before taking the next course in the sequence.

A student must obtain permission from the Dean of VATNP to continue in the Nursing Program under the following conditions:

  • Repeating a course with a grade below “C”;
  • Withdrawal from a nursing course;
  • Cumulative GPA below 2.0.

Reapplication/Readmission Process

Students who are not successful in the first semester nursing course (NUR 108) must reapply to the nursing program. A new nursing program application packet must be submitted prior to the application deadline.

A student who wishes to reenter the nursing curriculum at any other level (e.g., NUR 105, 109, 114, 136, 137, 201, 205, 208, 226, 236, 237, 245 or 254) must write a letter to the program dean requesting readmission in the semester prior to the semester of enrollment. Re-enrollment must occur no later than three years from successful completion of NUR 108 or the student will have to repeat all nursing courses. The student may be required to enroll in and satisfactorily complete specific courses before readmission. Additional data may be required. Each student’s application for readmission will be considered by the nursing faculty and the decision to readmit will be based on additional data, prior performance in the nursing program, and space availability. Based on the course(s) that must be repeated, the student who is readmitted may be required to complete a skills competency course or demonstrate competency in critical nursing skills before progressing to the next level.

A student who has 2 academic failures or withdrawals in separate semesters will be ineligible for reenrollment in the program. Such a student may not be readmitted if the cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0, including all courses attempted other than nursing.

According to the VCCS Policy 5.7.4, “A student will normally be limited to two enrollments in the same credit course.” Any exception to this policy must be approved by the program dean and the vice president of instruction and student services.

Financial Requirements

In addition to the usual college tuition and fees, the nursing program requires: uniforms with accessories, textbooks, progressive testing and remediation program, physical exam, immunizations, Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test or chest x-ray, a background check, drug screen, and Medical Document Package, and CPR certification.

Students are also responsible for transportation to and from the college and health agencies used for clinical experience.

Clinical Contracts

The VATNP has contracts with clinical agencies for both student and patient safety. If students cannot comply with these contractual requirements, they will not be able to participate in clinical activities and will be asked to withdraw from the program. General guidelines follow:

  • Clinical agencies reserve the right to dismiss a student from their agency at any time with due cause.
  • Published policies of the clinical agency must be followed. Each student must successfully complete an orientation program prior to participating in activities at any clinical facility.
  • Clinical facilities require that all students have documentation of ability to perform the physical demands required in direct patient care activities.
  • Immunizations must be current.
  • Student releases clinical agencies, its agents and employees from any liability for any injury or death to him/herself or damage to his/her property arising out of agreement or use of the clinical agency’s facilities.
  • Proof of HIPAA and CPR Certification must be provided.
  • Clinical facilities require a criminal background check and drug screen clearance as a condition for student placement.
  • Proper uniform must be worn when participating in clinical activities.

For Further Information, Contact: 

Deborah Clarkston Phillips-Taylor Hall Office 136 276.523.2400 ext. 222
Donna Cluesman Phillips-Taylor Hall Office 131 276.523.2400 ext. 300
Jada Oakes Phillips-Taylor Hall Office 133 276.523.2400 ext. 275
Amanda Robbins Phillips-Taylor Hall Office 135 276.523.2400 ext. 425
Deborah Wright Phillips-Taylor Hall Office 132 276.523.2400 ext. 457




  • Note: Nursing (RN) curriculum program will change effective Summer/Fall 2018. If you plan to apply to the nursing (RN) program for Summer/Fall 2018, please see your advisor. 

Nursing Track 1: Two-Year Plan (156)


Course # Course Title Credit
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
MTH 126 Math for Allied Health 2
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
ITE  119 Information Literacy 3
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
NUR 105 Nursing Skills 2
NUR 108 Nursing  Principles & Concepts I 5
Option: After successful completion of NUR 108 (which includes 45 direct patient care hours), students are eligible to challenge the Certified Nurse Aide Exam
NUR 136 Principles of Pharmacology I 1
NUR 226 Health Assessment 2
BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
ENG 112 College Composition II  3
NUR 109 Nursing  Principles & Concepts II 5
NUR 137 Principles of Pharmacology II 1
NUR 114 Geriatric Nursing 3
NUR 201 Psychiatric Nursing 3
NUR 205 Intro to Second Level Nursing 5
NUR 236 Principles of Pharmacology III 1
PSY 232 Life Span Human Development I  3
    Humanities Elective 3
NUR 208 Acute Medical-Surgical Nursing 6
NUR 237 Principles of Pharmacology IV 1
NUR 245 Maternal/Newborn Nursing 3
NUR 254 Dimensions of Professional Nursing 2
PSY 232 Life Span of Human Development II 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 69

1Humanities electives include: ART 101,102; CST 130,151,152; ENG 241,242,243,244,251,252; HUM 100,201,202; MUS 121, 122; PHI 101, 220,225,226,227; REL 200,210,231,232.