The two-year Associate in Applied Science degree curriculum in Nursing is designed to prepare selected students to qualify as contributing members of the healthcare team, rendering direct patient care as beginning practitioners of nursing in a variety of health service facilities. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination leading to licensure as a registered nurse (RN).

It is also designed to provide a base of general education from which the individual student will grow and develop as a person, worker, and citizen of the community. Students who successfully complete the curriculum are awarded the Associate in Applied Science degree with a major in Nursing.

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Graduate Learning Outcomes

Student outcomes for the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree are guided by the Mission, Vision and Values of the Nursing Department and are expanded on in the supporting key courses. Students completing the AAS degree are expected to be able to incorporate competencies that encompass human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity and the spirit of inquiry as defined by the NLN Competencies for Graduates of Associate

Degree Programs (National League for Nursing, 2010).

I. Human Flourishing

  • Utilize therapeutic nursing communication skills to advocate for patients and families promoting patient centered care.
  • Collaborate within nursing and inter-professional teams to deliver and monitor care for individuals, families, and groups integrating ethnicity, spirituality, and sociocultural influences across the life span.
  •  Implement health teaching for patients and families that promotes self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth.

II. Nursing Judgment

  • Use cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills in providing cost-sensitive quality care for patients across the life span.
  • Practice nursing in a safe, legal, and ethical manner based on values and principles from natural and social sciences, humanities, and nursing theory across the life span.

III. Professional Identity

  • Implement the roles of nursing that reflect best practice, integrity, responsibility, and evolving identity with a commitment to life-long learning.
  • Assume accountability and responsibility for one’s own actions as an integral member of the collaborative health care team.

IV. Spirit of Inquiry

  • Incorporate evidence based practice, critical thinking and the nursing process in the provision of safe patient care in a comprehensive and concise manner verbally, in writing, and through the use of information technology.
  • Participate in quality improvement activities.

To insure graduates are successful in achieving these program outcomes, the faculty incorporate the *National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s current NCLEX-RN Test Plan.

*www.NCSBN.org for NCLEX-RN Test Plan and Licensure.


The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 and approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center, 9960 Maryland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233-1463, (804) 367-4515.

Nursing Performance Standards

Students admitted to the Germanna Community College nursing program can be expected to complete course requirements that prepare students to perform essential job functions as a registered professional nurse. Those functions or skills that are deemed essential to the profession must be performed with or without accommodations. Any student who thinks he/she does not possess one or more of these functions should contact the Special Needs Counselor in the Office of Student Development Services. Provisions for accommodations will be made in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Occupational Objectives

Employment opportunities for the Registered Nurse include staff positions in hospitals, home health care, extended care facilities, health departments, physicians’ offices, clinics, day care centers, as well as civil service, military service, and community health services.

Admission Requirements for All Nursing Applicants:

  • Applicants must have official high school transcripts validating completion of high school or official documentation of GED on file in the Office of Admissions and Records. Applicants must have official college transcripts on file in the Office of Admissions and Records.
  • One unit of high school biology with lab, one unit of high school chemistry with lab, and one unit of high school algebra or equivalents with a minimum grade of “C” within five years prior to applying to the nursing program. Equivalents include college BIO 101, CHM 125, and MTE 1, 2, 3, and 4 completed prior to applying to the nursing program.
  • Demonstration of successful challenge of Germanna computer competency test (IC3) prior to applying to the nursing program or college computer literacy skills course completed within five years prior to applying to the nursing program.
  • Completion of placement tests with scores showing readiness for college-level reading, writing, and math courses. Applicants with previous college courses may be exempt from the placement tests.
  • Pre-admission nursing tests of essential academic skills taken at Germanna are required. Scores on the preadmission nursing tests are expected to be at least at the 45th program percentile in all four areas (Math, Science, English and Reading) for admission to the nursing program. Preadmission nursing test scores are accepted if completed within three years prior to applying to the nursing program. Applicant is responsible for cost of preadmission nursing tests. Advanced Standing (LPN to RN) applicants are exempt from preadmission nursing tests if prerequisites of biology, chemistry, and algebra or equivalents have been completed with a minimum grade of “C” within five years prior to applying to the nursing program.
  • A 2.5 cumulative average in academic work is required.
  • The application process includes receipt of a completed College application, official transcripts of all secondary and postsecondary courses attempted or completed, and a completed request for transcript analyses form by the Office of Admissions and Records. Applicants are to submit the completed Nursing Program application, transcripts, and a copy of their preadmission nursing test scores to the Nursing Office or via the online portal. Applicants must subscribe to an on-line criminal history report. Evidence of a criminal history report must be submitted for review with the nursing application. Applicants are responsible for fees associated with this report. Applicants who have committed a felony/misdemeanor may not be offered admission. A Board of Nursing may deny any application for licensure if the applicant has committed a felony/misdemeanor under laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia or of the United States.
  • Applicants must have signed student/advisor worksheets on file in the Nursing Office prior to applying to the nursing program. Copies of the worksheet may be downloaded from http://www.germanna.edu/nursing-health-technologies/
  • Requirements for admission into the nursing program are specific and admission is selective and competitive.
  • The number of credits completed in the Allied Healthcare Preparation Career Study Certificate (Pre-nursing) or its equivalent will be noted in the application process.
  • Residents of Germanna’s service region (Caroline, Culpeper, King George, Madison, Orange, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and the City of Fredericksburg) will be offered priority consideration for offers of admission.
  • Applicants with GPAs higher than 2.5 will receive priority consideration for offers of admission.
  • Applicants are expected to have earned “C” or better in all courses in the Allied Health Care Preparation Career Study Certificate or equivalent courses. Nursing students must earn at least “C” in the NUR major courses to remain in the program. The minimum passing grade is 80 (C) in the nursing program.

Applications for the AAS nursing program are due by April 1 and November 1. Applications for advanced standing of LPNs into the AAS nursing program are due by April 1 and November 1. Applicants’ transcripts and nursing pre-admission test scores will be evaluated and ranked according to the requirements and priorities noted above. Final decisions regarding admission are made by a Nursing Admissions Committee. Nursing Faculty, Nursing Department Chairs, the Dean of Nursing and Health Technologies, the Registrar, a counselor, a Disabilities Counselor and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council comprise this committee.

The number of qualified applicants offered admission to the nursing program is contingent upon the space available in the classrooms and nursing laboratories, the program’s access to sufficient clinical spaces in the region’s healthcare settings in order to meet the program’s learning outcomes, and the number of qualified nursing faculty to teach the students in classrooms, labs, and clinical settings.

An applicant seeking readmission into the nursing program after having left the NUR major courses for either academic or personal reasons may apply for readmission at the April 1 or November 1 due dates.

A readmission applicant who has been admitted to the nursing program a total of two times and fails to complete the program following the second offer of admission will not be readmitted to the program unless extenuating circumstances can be demonstrated by the applicant and which are deemed valid by the Nursing Program Admission Committee. The offer of admission to a qualified readmission applicant will be contingent upon space available in the classrooms and nursing laboratories, the program’s access to sufficient clinical spaces to meet the program’s learning outcomes in the region’s healthcare settings, and the number of qualified nursing faculty to teach the students in classrooms, labs, and clinical settings.

A transferring nursing student applicant must be currently enrolled in an approved associate degree nursing program or equivalent whose graduates are candidates for licensure. A transferring nursing student must have already successfully completed laboratory and clinical nursing major course(s) and meet the GCC requirements for admission to the nursing program. Transferring nursing students must present copies of the completed nurse major courses’ unit outlines to the Dean of Nursing and Health Technologies or designee prior to applying for transfer. Decisions on admission offers to transferring applicants will be determined by the Nursing Program Admissions Committee following official transcript analysis, review of completed nursing course outlines, and space and faculty availability. A transferring student must demonstrate expected level proficiencies by testing. The transferring applicant may have to repeat courses.

A transferring nursing student must present a letter of recommendation from the administrator of the program from which the student wishes to transfer. Application deadlines for transferring applicants are April 1 or November 1.

The offer of admission to a qualified transferring applicant will be contingent upon space available in the classrooms and nursing laboratories, the program’s access to sufficient clinical spaces to meet the program’s learning outcomes in the region’s healthcare settings, and the number of qualified nursing faculty to teach the students in classrooms, labs, and clinical settings.

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available qualified faculty and the amount of enrollment space available in the program, some applicants may not be accepted even if the minimum requirements for admission are met.

Program Information

Prospective applicants without previous college courses completed should contact the Welcome Center/ Counseling Office to begin taking pre-nursing courses. Prospective applicants who have already met with a counselor and registered for the first semester of classes at Germanna may then contact the nursing office to meet with a nursing advisor for subsequent semesters.

A current working knowledge of the principles of biology, math, chemistry, and computer literacy is expected for success in human anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, and in all nursing courses. Math, science, and computer literacy prerequisite courses must have been successfully completed within the previous five years. Deficiencies may be corrected through appropriate courses at Germanna prior to admission to the program.

Students will be responsible for transportation to and from the College and health agencies utilized for clinical experiences.

Information on scholarships and financial assistance is available in the Financial Aid Office.

Prior to the onset of the first clinical nursing course, the nursing student must provide documentation of:

  • Certification of American Heart Association cardiopulmonary resuscitation for healthcare professionals.
  • Tetanus Vaccine
  • Rubella/mumps/rubeolla/varicella vaccines or titer/Seasonal flu vaccine
  • Hepatitis B vaccines or waiver.
  • PPD or Chest X-ray.
  • Current professional liability insurance as nursing student
  • Urine drug screen
  • Other mandatory clinical facility requirements including professional responsibilities and patient confidentiality.
  • Personal Health insurance.
  • Physical and Dental Examinations- Students must submit a Physical exam and Dental exam.

When a student progresses from one semester of nursing major courses into another semester of nursing major courses, the student is accountable for providing documentation of completed Hepatitis B series vaccination, current CPR certification, liability insurance, health insurance and PPD skin test result.

A transferring or readmitted student must submit current copies of all credentials using Certified Background Check. In addition, a transferring or readmitted student must complete a new drug screen within 6 months of application submission.

Associate Degree Nursing Curriculum:

Total Minimum Credits 69
Degree RequirementsCoursesCredits
Student DevelopmentSDV 100 or any approved SDV course1
EnglishENG 111-1126
HumanitiesAny course from ART, ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or Foreign Language (Any student desiring to take Literature must have taken ENG 112.) History and speech classes do not meet the humanities elective requirement3
Social SciencesPSY 230, SOC 2006
Lab SciencesBIO 141-1428
ScienceBIO 1491
Major requirements(s) in sequenceNUR 100, 111, 112, 135, 216, 217, 226, 245, and 25441
General PharmacologyHLT 2503

Suggested Scheduling:

Applicants may complete the general education course requirements prior to applying for admission into the first AAS nursing major laboratory course, NUR 111.

Semester 1

SDV 1001
NUR 1118
NUR 1001
NUR 2262
NUR 1351
BIO 1491
BIO 1414
Total Credits18

Semester 2

NUR 1128
BIO 1424
ENG 1113
PSY 2303
Total Credits18

Semester 3

NUR 2168
NUR 2453
HLT 250*3
ENG 1123
Total Credits17

Semester 4

NUR 2178
NUR 2542
SOC 2003
HUM Elective3
Total Credits16

*Nursing program course may be taken in other semesters. Placement is determined by clinical and faculty availability.

Students graduating from this program will be required to participate in a general education outcomes assessment during their last semester.