Associate of Applied Science in Nursing


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The program in Nursing equips the student with the knowledge and skills needed to begin professional practice in the care, counseling, and education of healthcare consumers in a variety of settings.

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Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensing Exam-Registered Nurse). The SVCC Nursing Program assists in providing a competent entry-level Registered Nursing workforce for health care centers and providers in Southside Virginia.



SVCC Applied Associate of Science in Nursing Program's Organizing Framework

The organizing framework for the AAS Nursing Program encompasses five core values: Patient-Centered Care, Professional Identity, Nursing Judgment, Collaboration, and Safe and Effective Care.

Patient-Centered Care

Advocate for the patient and families as a source of control and full partner in providing care. By seeking learning opportunities with patients who represent all aspects of human diversity across the lifespan a nurse will be better able to demonstrate caring behaviors to a diverse population. Caring behaviors are nurturing, protective, patient-centered, and compassionate. In order to demonstrate caring behaviors and actions a nurse must understand and integrate the knowledge and understanding of natural and behavioral sciences, nursing theory, research, and past nursing experiences.

Professional Identity

Conduct oneself in a way that reflects integrity, responsibility, and ethical practice. Truly understand what it means to be a nurse and what nursing means to patients, families and communities. Actively participating in professional organizations elevates the profession of nursing by instilling pride and self-fulfillment found in being a nurse.

Nursing Judgment

Making effective judgment in practice by utilizing current evidence to assist with clinical decisions. Clinical decision making encompasses the performance of accurate assessments and the use of multiple methods to access information, and the analysis and integration of knowledge and information to provide positive outcomes for the patient, family, and community.


Function effectively within nursing and the inter-professional teams. Foster open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care. Utilize collaboration to innovatively think about nursing practice. Challenge the status quo and offer new insight to improve the quality of care for patients, families and communities.

Safe and Effective Care

Recognize the role nursing plays in the system of care and understand the process that affect outcomes for patients, families, and communities. Understand the role nurses have to continuously test and improve the quality and safety of care. Incorporate technology and standardized procedures that support safety and quality. Reporting of errors and near misses is integral to the practice of providing safe and effective care. Utilize patient teaching and learning processes to promote health and reduce health risks. These teaching and learning processes are implemented in collaboration with the patient, family, and other members of the health care team. Teaching promotes health education, informed decision-making, and promotes the patient and family to become active participants in safeguarding care.

In Virginia, a State License is required for this profession. More information may be obtained here or from the Virginia Department of Health Professions; Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, Virginia 23233-1463 Phone: (804) 367-4515.


 1. The program's 3-year mean for the NCLEX-RN will be at or above the national mean for the same 3-year period.

 2. Sixty-five percent of the nursing students will complete the program within three years of entrance.

 3. Eighty percent of new graduates will express satisfaction with the nursing program six months post-graduation.

 4. Eighty percent of employers will express satisfaction with the nursing program graduates.

 5. Eighty percent of new graduates will be employed within six months after graduation.