Nursing Schools Almanac Top School 2020This degree is designed to prepare graduates to be contributing members of the health care team, providing direct patient care. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN Examination required for Registered Nurse (RN) licensure.

This is a G3 program.  Students may qualify for free tuition, fees, and books.

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Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Program Information

The two-year associate degree in nursing (ADN) program is designed to prepare graduates to be contributing members of the health care team, providing direct patient care as beginning practitioners of professional nursing in structured care settings. Graduates of the ADN program will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN Examination required for licensure as registered nurses (RN).

All students admitted to the Nursing program are required to be familiar with the contents of the student handbook.

Nursing Program Accreditation 

Pursuant to:  USDOE Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v):
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, phone 404.975.5000) and the Virginia Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, Virginia 23233-1463, 804.367.4515.

Pursuant to United States Department of Education (US DOE) regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the Piedmont Virginia Community College Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program provides the following information for all prospective and current students:

The Piedmont Virginia Community College ADN program meets all Virginia Board of Nursing requirements for pre-licensure nursing education programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  In addition, the Piedmont Virginia Community College ADN program meets all requirements for nationally recognized accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing. 

The Commonwealth of Virginia participates with 32 other states in the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) National Licensing Compact (NLC) to allow nurses licensed in one state to provide nursing care across state lines in other compact states.

The Uniform Licensing Requirements 

Prospective and current students are strongly encouraged to evaluate all state requirements in jurisdictions where they intend to practice nursing. 

States currently in the NLC

Piedmont Virginia Community College has not determined if the ADN program meets the requirements of any other states.

NCLEX Pass Rates:

Year Candidates(#) Passed(#) Passed(%)
2017 76 60 78.95
2018 75 68 90.67
2019 74 67 90.54
2020 66 56 84.85
2021 74 68 91.89
2022 44 36 81.82

Program Completion Rates

"Students Graduated" columns refer specifically to students who successfully completed the program within 100% of the prescribed program length.

Cohort Year Students Admitted (n) Students Graduated (n) Students Graduated (%)
2019 95 69 73%
2020 82 37 45%
Fall 2021 75 Pending Pending
Spring 2022 39 Pending Pending
Fall 2022 71 Pending  Pending 

Occupational Objectives: Employment opportunities for registered nurses include staff positions in hospitals, extended care facilities, physicians’ offices, clinics, and other structured health care settings and is designed to prepare graduates to be contributing members of the health care team.

Admission Requirements

In addition to admission to the college, students must also meet eligibility requirements specific to this program, and only a limited number of students are admitted into a given cohort.  If there are more applicants during a cycle than there are available positions in the cohort, eligible applicants will be ranked according to specific criteria and students are admitted or deferred according to that rank.

Please see the Admissions Information Book below for program requirements, minimum eligibility requirements, applicant ranking criteria, and other important information for prospective students.


Requirements for the program are the same regardless of semester of admission.

Locations for Each Cohort

Students admitted in the Spring will attend in-person lectures and labs at the Giuseppe Center in Greene County.

Students admitted in the Fall will attend in-person lectures and labs on the main campus in Albemarle County.

At this time, students do not have the option of switching between the two locations.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are provided each application cycle for prospective students. The purpose of these sessions is to help students to decide if this program and profession will be right for them, and to walk students through the application and admissions process. Attendees will also be able to ask the faculty questions about the program and the profession.

Attendance at an information session is strongly encouraged for all students. Refer to the current Admissions Information Book for information regarding whether your application will be ranked based on attendance.

The following information sessions are currently scheduled:

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM via Zoom. Join the Session.
  • Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, via PVCC Program Spotlight
    Specific attendance information will be sent to all current PVCC students at a later date

To attend an information session please pre-register.

Apply for Admission

Applications are accepted through the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal. Hardcopy applications and applications received outside of the portal will not be considered for admission. Applying to other health sciences programs has no impact on an applicant’s qualifications for this program. Applications for previous years are not valid for current or future application years.

All applicants must be current PVCC students to begin their health sciences application. If you are not a current PVCC student, please click the “Apply Now” link at the top of this page and complete a VCCS/PVCC application.

  • The application for the Spring, 2024, Nursing Program opens at 9:00 AM on Monday, August 28, 2023 and closes at 5:00 PM on Monday October 13, 2023.
  • The application for the Fall, 2024, Nursing program opens at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 and closes at 5:00 PM on Thursday, February 15, 2024.

Sign into the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal to begin the application.

Request for Transfer

Requests for a transfer to the ADN program are reviewed case-by-case by the Associate Dean of Nursing on the same schedule as new applications. Transfer students are admitted on a space-available basis, and priority will be given to those who transfer without a failure at another school. To begin your request, sign into the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal and navigate to the module Transfer to the Nursing Program.

PVCC is not currently offering an LPN to RN transition program.

Readmission to the Nursing Program

(see page 25 of the Nursing Student Handbook)

Students who withdraw or are dismissed from the ADN program for academic or personal reasons may apply in writing to the Associate Dean of Nursing no later than April 15, 2023 for the Fall, 2023, semester and October 13, 2023 for the Spring, 2024, semester.

Request for Readmission

TEAS Test & Prep

TEAS test study materials and practice tests.

Only currently enrolled PVCC students can access these materials off campus.  Non-PVCC students will need to access these materials from the PVCC network on campus.  Computers are available for use in the Betty Sue Jessup Library to access these materials.

The TEAS test can be taken at any authorized testing center that offers the complete exam, including the PVCC Testing Centers.

Graduation Requirements

The PVCC nursing program does not require students to complete a comprehensive end-of-program exam to be eligible for graduation.

Students entering the Nursing degree program are required to take one Writing Intensive Course (WIC) in order to graduate.  NSG 230 is the designated Writing Intensive Course for the program. Students who are awarded transfer credit for this course from another institution may fulfill the WIC requirement for this degree program by completing another WIC.

Students in all degree programs are required to take at least on Civic Engagement (CE) course to graduate.  NSG 130 is the designated Civic Engagement Course for this program.

Potential Careers

Registered Nurse (RN)