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  1. Q: If I have a Valid CPR card, will I still need HLT 105?
    A: You must earn one credit of health (HLT) to successfully complete the curriculum. You may elect to enroll in HLT 105 (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) or take another HLT course. If you elect to take a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation course through a source external to the college, it must be a professional level certification (either American Heart Association Healthcare Provider or Red Cross for Professional Rescuers only), and you must present the card on the first day of class. It is important for you to know that the HLT 105 CPR courses at NRCC are only offered during September and/or October during the fall semester. Students choosing to certify via a source external to the college are responsible to maintain the certification in order to attend clinicals.

  2. Q: How do I place my name on the admissions contact list?
    A: Contact the nursing admissions advisor, in the college Admissions Office at (540) 674-3600 ext. 4206.

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  4. Q: Is part-time study possible?
    A: Yes, you can extend the program into a three or four year course of study. A significant number of students elect to do this because of multiple obligations (family, work, etc.) outside of school. You may complete all the non-nursing courses (those with the NUR pre-fix) prior to beginning the nursing courses.

  5. Q: If I am already a LPN, are there opportunities for advanced placement?
    A: The college values all levels of nursing education and is committed to reducing barriers to educational mobility. Therefore, the opportunity for advanced placement is provided for LPNs who desire to earn an associate degree in nursing. Refer to the info for LPN Advancement.

  6. Q: Is the NRCC ADN Program approved and accredited and what is the difference?

    A: The New River Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program is fully approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing making graduates eligible to take the state licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse (RN) and ultimately to gain employment and/or to pursue a higher level nursing degree.

The nursing program does not hold and has never pursued a voluntary national nursing accreditation. The NRCC nursing program meets all mandatory approvals by the Virginia Board of Nursing and NRCC meets all mandatory accreditations. More about NRCC's accreditation. (link to the following https://www.nr.edu/accreditation/ ) The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) provides a one page document detailing the difference between approval vs accreditation. NCSBN link https://www.ncsbn.org/Differences_between_BON_approval_and_accreditation.pdf

Direct any other questions to Lorrie L. Coe-Meade at: lcoe-meade@nr.edu.