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Nursing and Health FAQs

General information

Who can I talk to if I have additional questions about the Nursing Program

You may come in to talk to an advisor in the nursing office, located in room 401 during walk-in advising. These hours are posted on the website. Advisors can provide assistance with course selection, transcript evaluation, or questions about the Nursing Program and admission process.


Nursing program clinical locations

Where are the clinicals located? Can I attend a clinical near where I live?

Clinicals are completed at various hospitals, mental health facilities, long term care facilities, and clinics throughout the service area. Clinicals are typically assigned during the first weeks of the semester. Be aware that traveling some distance may be required depending on where you live. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to clinical sites. Students cannot arrange their own clinicals.


Students with a criminal conviction

I have a criminal conviction on my record. How will this affect me getting into the Nursing Program?

Certain criminal convictions may prevent licensure as a nurse in Virginia, and may also prohibit employment in certain health care settings. Individuals who have been convicted of a felony or of crime(s) involving theft, drug offenses, or physical harm to another individual are prohibited from participating in clinical experiences and therefore are not eligible to attend the Nursing Program. For more information on how criminal convictions may prevent nursing licensure in Virginia, please view the Joint statement of the Department of Health and the Department of Health Professions on Impact of Criminal Convictions on Nursing Licensure or Certification and Employment in Virginia from the Virginia Board of Nursing website.


Nursing programs information

Where can I get information about the Nursing Program or find out what pre-requisites are required?

View our Health Science Pathways

View pre-requisites


Missed Nursing Program application deadline

I missed the deadline to submit my application. Is there anything else I can be doing while I’m waiting to apply to the next session?

If you have not already done so, you may complete any of the non-nursing courses from the nursing curriculum while you are waiting to apply. These courses include SDV 100, ENG 111, ENG 112, PSY 230, SOC 200, BIO 141, BIO 142, BIO 149, and the HUM elective. You may also retake any prerequisite courses to obtain a better grade to make yourself more competitive and increase your chance of being accepted to the Nursing Program.


Taking pre-admission test if I have a previous degree

I have a previous college degree. Do I still have to take the nursing pre-admission Test?

Yes.

All applicants must take a nursing pre-admission test even if they have a previous college degree. There are no exceptions.

Advising

Application deadline for currently enrolled students

I am currently enrolled in a pre-requisite course but it will not be finished until after the program application deadline. Can I still turn in my checklist and be accepted to the program on a provisional basis if I provide proof from the teacher that I’m doing well in the course?

No.

You may not submit a pre-admission checklist until all pre-requisites are completed and a final grade is posted. If you submit a checklist while you are still enrolled in a pre-requisite course, it will be returned to you unprocessed. There are no exceptions to this requirement.


Taking courses at another school

I took an English/math/computer course at another school. Do I still have to take the English or math placement test or the Computer Competency test?

If you have a previous English, math, or computer course, you will need to submit official transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office for evaluation to find out if these courses will transfer to Germanna, and if English/math placement testing or the computer competency test can be waived.


Required hours for completion of Nursing Program

How many hours are required to attend the Nursing Program at Germanna?

The days and times for the nursing lectures, labs, and clinicals vary from semester to semester so there is no set schedule for the Nursing Program. The following list is a sample outline of the hours required for the core nursing courses. Please note this guideline does not include study time which may be significantly more time depending on your own abilities.

NUR 110- 8 week course

Lecture: 1 day/week for 4 hrs
Lab: 2 day/week for 6 hrs

NUR 150 full-semester course

Lecture: 1 day/week for 3 hrs or online sections may be available

NUR 180 half-semester course NUR 201 half-semester course

Lecture: 1 day/week for 4 hrs lecture: 1 day/week for 4 hrs
Lab: 1 day/week for 2 hrs clinical: 1 day/week for 8 hrs
Clinical: 1 day/week for 8 hrs

NUR 221 full-semester course

Lecture: 1 day/week for 4 hrs
Lab: 1 day/week for 2 hrs for half the semester
Clinical: 1 day/week for 13 hrs or 2 days/week for 6 1⁄2 hrs each day

NUR 222 full-semester course

Lecture: 1 day/week for 4 hrs
Lab: 1 day/week for 2 hrs for half the semester
Clinical: 1 day/week for 13 hrs or 2 days/week for 6 1⁄2 hrs each day

NUR 254 full-semester course NUR 255 full-semester course

Lecture: 1 day/week for 1 hr or online 1 day/week for 3 hrs or online


Took SDV 100 or another SDV course. Do I still have to take SDV 101?

No. You do not have to take SDV 101 if you have already completed another SDV or STD course.


Working full time during Nursing Program

Can I work full-time and still attend the Nursing Program?

The majority of students who attempt to work full-time jobs while completing the Nursing Program significantly reduce their chances of being successful. The nursing division recommends that students work no more than 20 hours per week and even less. The Nursing Program is intensive and requires a lot of time and effort to complete so students are strongly encouraged to arrange flexible work hours and circumstances before attempting the Nursing Program.

Lectures, labs, and clinicals have varying hours including evenings and weekends. You cannot have a regular 9 – 5 full-time job and complete the Nursing Program.

Admissions

Applying to the Nursing Programs

How do I apply to the Nursing Programs?

All prospective students must complete and submit a pre-admission checklist to the nursing office to have the required pre-requisites verified by an advisor.


Steps to submitting your nursing application

View application deadlines

Submission requirements are noted in each program portal.


Physicals, Castlebranch background checks, and drug screenings

How do I get my physical, background check and drug screening for the Nursing Program?

All students are required to obtain a physical, background check and drug screening before they may attend clinicals for the Nursing Program. Students may download the physical form and instructions on how to order the background check and drug screen from the Nursing Division website. Please note that these requirements must be completed no sooner than 6 months before entering the Nursing Program.

Additional information about these requirements is communicated to students once they have been officially admitted into the Nursing Program.


Estimated expenses for Nnursing Program

How much does it cost to attend the Nursing Program?

The following is a list of the estimated expenses for the program but additional expenses may apply.

  • Tuition: per credit hour. See class schedule for current tuition
  • Uniform & shoes $150
  • Liability insurance $30/ year
  • Stethoscope approximately $30
  • Nursing texts $800 – $1,000
  • Lab supplies $50
  • Background check & drug screening $85
  • Testing & licensing applications $725 (includes HESI curriculum testing, NCLEX, licensing fees)

Pre-requisites after having Bachelor/Masters/Associate Degree

I already have a Bachelor/Masters/Associate degree. How can I find out what pre-requisites or courses from the curriculum may be met by my prior degree?

If you have a previous degree or have courses from another school, you will need to submit official transcripts to Admissions and Records for evaluation to find out if these courses will transfer to Germanna or if English or math placement testing can be waived.

You will also need to download and complete the request for evaluation of transcript form and submit it to Admissions and Records to request that your transcripts be evaluated.

Transcript evaluation can take 6-8 weeks to complete so submit your transcripts as early as possible.

Official transcripts should be submitted to: Admissions and Records


Pre-requisites after having Bachelor/Masters/Associate Degree

I already have a Bachelor/Masters/Associate degree. How can I find out what pre-requisites or courses from the curriculum may be met by my prior degree?

If you have a previous degree or have courses from another school, you will need to submit official transcripts to Admissions and Records for evaluation to find out if these courses will transfer to Germanna or if English or math placement testing can be waived.

You will also need to download and complete the request for evaluation of transcript form and submit it to Admissions and Records to request that your transcripts be evaluated.

Transcript evaluation can take 6-8 weeks to complete so submit your transcripts as early as possible and should be submitted to Admissions.


Submitting checklist while enrolled in pre-requisite course

Can I submit my checklist even though I’m still enrolled in a pre-requisite course?

No.

You may not submit a pre-admission checklist until all pre-requisites are completed and a final grade is posted. If you submit a checklist while you are still enrolled in a pre-requisite course, it will be returned to you unprocessed. There are no exceptions to this requirement.


Already having college credits

Do I still have to submit my high school transcript if I already have college credits or a previous degree?

Yes.

All nursing applicants must submit their high school transcript even if they have college credits or a previous degree so that the high school requirements listed on the pre-admission checklist can be verified.


Financial aid and pre-requisites

I need to be in a curricular program to receive financial aid but I am still working on the pre-requisites. How can I receive financial aid?

Financial aid is available to prospective students interested in our Nursing and Health Technologies programs.

 

 

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