In addition to the admission requirements established for New River Community College, entry into the practical nursing program requires that the student:
- Complete an application to the college and application to the Practical Nursing program
- Complete high school or pass the GED examination.
- Be proficient in English, reading (ENG 111 level), and basic mathematics (at the appropriate level). Students who fail to make a satisfactory score on the math, English and reading proficiency test will be required to take appropriate developmental courses.
- Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) by deadline.
- Attend orientation session with nursing faculty.
To contact your nursing admissions advisor.
The Practical Nursing program is operated in cooperation with the Pulaski Community Hospital and other clinical agencies. The first semester consists of classroom instruction. During the second semester, students are scheduled for selected learning experiences in the clinical setting. As a prerequisite to beginning the clinical experience the student must:
- Sign an agreement which holds clinical agencies, the college, the Virginia Community College System, and the State of Virginia harmless for any injury the student may receive, or liability claim the student may incur while engaged in the clinical portion of the practical nursing program. Students are taught and supervised by registered nurses.
- Purchase student professional liability insurance which is available through the college at a reasonable rate, complete student uniform, and watch.
- Have a physical examination and return the signed form to nursing faculty. A positive drug screen will prevent the student from completing the program.
- Be certified in CPR from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association (health care providers course).
- Have a criminal background check; results of which will be reviewed by the clinical agency.
- Be certified in CPR from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association(health care providers course).
The student is also encouraged to obtain a vaccination for the hepatitis virus prior to beginning the clinical experience.
All nursing courses in each semester are prerequisite to the succeeding semester. A student receiving a final grade lower than a "C" in any nursing course (including HLT 130) will be ineligible to progress in the nursing program. Further, satisfactory performance in the clinical area must be achieved. A student who has failed to achieve a "C" or above in each nursing course and achieve a "satisfactory" clinical grade is eligible for readmission dependent on the following criteria:
- Apply in writing to the Coordination of Admission & Records at least one full semester before requested re-admission date.
- Have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the time of application.
In addition to the criteria, readmission will depend upon the availability of a clinical opening. Students will be notified of a decision affecting their re-admission at the end of the semester before requested re-admission date.
Upon completion of the three-semester curriculum listed, the student will be awarded the Certificate of Practical Nursing.