Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing
Approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing, the nursing curriculum prepares graduates to enter the nursing profession as registered nurses (RNs). Employment opportunities for RNs include, but are not limited to, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, home health care, health departments, physicians’ offices and the military. Admission to the program is limited and highly competitive. Enrollment is based on grade point average, completion of the program’s general education course requirements and standardized entrance test results. Priority enrollment is given to residents of the LFCC service region. An advanced placement option is available for students who are Licensed Practical Nurses (Virginia license required). Students must undergo a criminal background check and drug-screening test and satisfy immunization and health status requirements.
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Four semesters program
The two-year associate of applied science degree program in nursing is designed to prepare selected students to function as contributing members of the health care team, providing direct patient care as beginning practitioners of nursing in a variety of health care environments. Students who successfully complete the curriculum are awarded the associate of applied science degree in nursing and are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) leading to licensure as a registered nurse (RN). The Board of Nursing can deny licensure to any applicant who has filed false information and/or who has committed a felony/misdemeanor. Certain health care facilities may not employ individuals who have committed certain criminal acts and may conduct criminal background checks before hiring potential employees.
The Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (AAS Nursing) Program is designed to provide a base of general education from which the graduate will grow and develop as a contributing member of society. The curriculum also provides a background for maximum transfer opportunities to baccalaureate programs. The AAS Nursing Program is an academically challenging program. The program is open to men and women who provide evidence of interest, motivation and aptitude in the area of health care. Students shall be selected on the basis of established criteria and without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation or disability. Students with disabilities who meet the admission requirements, pass the physical/mental exam and submit the physical examination form signed by their health care provider stating that they are able to perform as student nurses in the clinical setting are eligible for admission. It is the responsibility of the student to meet the physical/mental requirements for state licensure. LFCC Nondiscrimination Statement.
Registered nurse employed in civil service, clinics, community health services, day-care centers, health departments, home health, hospitals, industry, long-term-care facilities, military service, primary care offices or private duty
Requirements for admissions to the AAS Nursing Program are specific and admission is selective and competitive. All admission requirements must be completed in order to be considered in the selection process. In all cases, the recommendation of the selection committee is the final determinant for admission to the nursing program. Nursing program admission criteria are under review at the time of catalog publication. Current information may be obtained from the Division of Science and Health Professions.
- Application to Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC)
- Take Placement tests for Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. You must satisfy the reading and writing requirements to be eligible to take Program courses. You must show competency in MTE 1-6.
- Graduation from high school or satisfactory completion of the certificate of general educational development (GED); official copy required. Biology, chemistry, and algebra required with a grade of C or better (may be substituted with an entry-level course in each subject)
- Evidence of computer competency.
- Completion of HESI A2 Exam (Only available in January and February for initial testing, March for retake testing)
- Completion of Nursing Program application with all required transcripts.
- Minimum grade point average of 2.5.
Failure to meet requirements will be cause for administrative withdrawal of the student from the AAS Nursing Program.
- Upon admission to the program
- Physical history and examination. All applicants must be free of any physical and/or mental condition which might adversely affect their performance as nurses.
- Completion of all required immunizations
- Current Certification in CPR (American Heart Association Health Care Provider Course)
- Completion of criminal background search, fingerprinting and drug screen as required and to the satisfaction of affiliating clinical agencies
- Completion of 69 credits with a minimum grade of C in all general education and nursing courses including a required preceptorship during NUR 222
- Transportation to and from the College and agencies used for clinical experiences
- All fees charged for required testing, liability insurance, uniforms, books and criminal background search/drug screen/psychological screening
- Strict adherence to attendance and performance policies for classroom and clinical courses