This 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.

Students in nursing lab

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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).

Nursing Student Handbook (Revised March, 2024)

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

Clinical Compliance

All students in this program of study are required to meet clinical compliance requirements as directed by the clinical compliance coordinator.  These requirements may include a criminal background check, immunization documentation, drug use screenings, and other standards for on-site clinical training.

Background and drug screenings are not conducted prior to admission.  Consult the admission information book or contact the head of the program with inquiries regarding barrier crimes and drug usage regulations.

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 Virginia Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, Virginia 23233-1463, 804.367.4515.

The associate degree nursing program at Piedmont Virginia Community College at the Main Campus located in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Giuseppe Center in Stanardsville, Virginia is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

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.

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

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.

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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.

Nursing Admissions Information Handbook, Revised May, 2024

Pre-admission Transcript Evaluation Instructions

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

Locations for Each Cohort

Students admitted in the Spring or Fall will attend in-person lectures and labs on the main campus in Albemarle County, space permitting. They may also be required to attend in-person lectures or labs at the Giuseppe Center in Greene County.

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 Nursing Admissions Information Book for information regarding whether your application will be ranked based on attendance.

  • Fall 2024 information session dates coming in mid-August.
  • Pre-register to attend an information session 

Or, watch this Spotlight on the ADN Program at PVCC.

Apply for Admission

Application Instructions

Pre-admission Transcript Evaluation Instructions

Applications are accepted through the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal. Hard copy 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, 2025, Nursing Program opens at 9:00am on Monday, August 26, 2024 and closes at 5:00pm on Friday, October 11, 2024.
  • The application for the Fall, 2025, Nursing program opens at 9:00am on Wednesday, November 13, 2024 and closes at 5:00pm on Thursday, February 13, 2025.

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

Request for Transfer from Another Nursing Program 

(see page 19 of the ADN Admissions Handbook)

Application Instructions

Requests for a transfer to the ADN program from another nursing program are reviewed case-by-case by the Associate Dean of Nursing following the same schedule as new applications deadlines. Transfer students are admitted on a space-available basis, and priority will be given to those who transfer without a failure in a nursing course at another school. To begin your request, sign into the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal and navigate to the module Apply to the Nursing Program. (Opens November 13, 2024)

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 through the readmission form no later than October 11, 2024, for the Spring, 2025, semester and February 13, 2025, for the Fall, 2025, semester.

Request for Readmission Fall 2024 (Opens on the same cycle as new admission applications. See schedule above.)

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.

ATI TEAS Exam Information

Notice of Accreditation

The ADN nursing program at Piedmont Virginia Community College located in Charlottesville, VA is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the ADN nursing program is: continuing accreditation

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program on the ACEN website.

Graduation Requirements

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

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)