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

Credit Hours


Required Courses

  • ENG 111: College Composition I - 3 credits
  • BIO 141: Human Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 credits
  • SDV 100 - College Success Skills - 1 credits
  • PSY 230: Developmental Psychology - 3 credits
  • SOC 200: Principles of Sociology - 3 credits
  • BIO 142: Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 credits
  • BIO 150: Introduction to Microbiology - 4 credits
  • ENG 112: College Composition II - 3 credits
  • PHI 220: Ethics or PHI 227: Biomedical Ethics - 3 credits
  • NSG 100: Introduction to Nursing Concepts - 4 credits
  • NSG 106: Competencies for Nursing Practice - 2 credits
  • NSG 130: Professional Nursing Concepts - 1 credits
  • NSG 152: Health Care Participant - 3 credits
  • NSG 170: Health/Illness Concepts - 6 credits
  • NSG 200: Health Promotion and Assessment - 3 credits
  • NSG 210: Health Care Concepts I - 5 credits
  • NSG 211: Health Care Concepts II - 5 credits
  • NSG 230: Advanced Professional Nursing Concepts - 2 credits
  • NSG 252: Complex Health Care Concepts - 4 credits
  • NSG 270: Nursing Capstone - 4 credits

Admissions Requirements

In addition to admission to the College, there are specific admission requirements for this program. These requirements may change on an annual basis, and students can find the most up-to-date information in the 2021 Cohort Nursing Program Information booklet. Hard copies may be found in the Admissions and Advising Center and in the Health and Life Sciences Division office.

Applications for the 2021 cohort are no longer being accepted.  This page will be updated when next year’s application has been scheduled to open.

The Nursing Program at PVCC will treat P+ as a C+ (2.5) grade when determining GPA/points for competitive admissions decisions.
        *Students are encouraged to ask for letter grades if planning to apply to the Nursing program at PVCC.

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


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 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 (ULRs) are found at:

States currently in the NLC are found at:  Prospective and current students are strongly encouraged to evaluate all state requirements in jurisdictions where they intend to practice nursing.  A list of all state requirements is found at:

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(%)
2016 78 67 85.90
2017 76 60 78.95
2018 75 68 90.67
2019 74 67 90.54
2020 66 56 84.85

Program Completion Rates

"Students Graduated" columns refer specifically to students who successfully completed the program within 150% of the prescribed program length.

Cohort Year Students Admitted (n) Students Graduated (n) Students Graduated (%)
2016 96 67 70%
2017 92 66 72%
2018 100 70 70%
2019 101 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.

Graduation Requirement: Students entering the Nursing degree program are required to take one Writing Intensive Course (WIC) in order to graduate. The PVCC nursing program does not require students to complete a comprehensive end-of-program exam to be eligible for graduation.

Students who are awarded transfer credit for this course from another institution may fulfill the Writing Intensive Course (WIC) requirement for this degree program by completing another Writing Intensive Course (WIC).

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