Steps to Admission for Nursing Programs | Virginia Peninsula Community College

Steps to Admission for Nursing Programs

Purpose: The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) RN program in Nursing is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills required for entry-level registered nurses. Students who successfully complete program requirements and attain licensure as registered nurses are prepared to enter the workforce as members of the healthcare team in physician's offices, clinics, hospitals, long term care facilities, and mental health facilities. While designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into the workforce, the program is articulated with select four-year institutions to benefit those seeking baccalaureate-level study in the field.

Purpose: The PN to Professional Nursing Career Studies Certificate Program in Nursing is designed to provide LPN's with a bridge to RN certification. Students will be equipped  with the knowledge and skills required for entry-level registered nurses. Students who successfully complete program requirements and attain licensure as registered nurses are prepared to enter the workforce as members of the healthcare team in physician's offices, clinics, hospitals, long term care facilities, and mental health facilities. While designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into the workforce, the program is articulated with select four-year institutions to benefit those seeking baccalaureate-level study in the field.

Accreditation: The program is fully approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Nursing. The program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (www.acenursing.org).

The Virginia Peninsula Community College Nursing Department currently offers admission options to qualified students at both the Hampton and Historic Triangle Campus.  Admission to the nursing program is a separate process from general admission to the College and requires a separate application.

NURSING PROGRAM STEPS TO APPLICATION

Pre-Requisite Requirements updated, and a new Application Process is being developed. Please monitor this webpage regularly for updates to the Steps to Application through:

www.NursingCAS.org  

 A $60 application fee will be assessed.

FALL APPLICATION PERIOD FOR A.A.S. RN                                                                         SPRING APPLICATION PERIOD FOR A.A.S. RN   

September 1 through September 30 EVERY YEAR                                                                February 1 through March 31 EVERY YEAR

For DAY and EVENING/WEEKEND Classes at the                                                                      For DAY and EVENING/WEEKEND Classes

At the Historic Triangle Campus                                                                                                                   At the Hampton Campus in August   

In Williamsburg in January                                  

  PN TO RN BRIDGE CLASSES

February 1 through February 28 EVERY YEAR

for DAY ONLY classes at the Hampton Campus that begin in May

1. Ensure you are a Virginia Peninsula Community College student with a valid student ID number. Apply on-line at https://www.apply.vccs.edu/applications/vccs/apply.html?application_id=4096 to submit a college application. Placement tests may be required. 

2. Pre-requisite Course Requirements):

  • BIO141 – Anatomy & Physiology I
  • ENG111 – English Composition I (Becoming ENG112 English Composition II, effective date to be announced)
  • HLT230 – Nutrition (Becoming MTH154 (Algebra I, effective date to be announced)
  • PSY230 – Developmental Psychology
  • SDV100 – Student Success Skills (May change to SDV101)
  • BIO142 – Anatomy & Physiology II (for PN-RN bridge applicants ONLY)

For the fall 2022 application period, the original 5 pre-reqs will be accepted (BIO141, ENG111, HLT230, PSY230 and SDV100).

There will be grace period in which all 7 pre-reqs (BIO141, ENG111 or ENG112, HLT230 or MTH154, PSY230, and SDV100) will be accepted in future application cycles to allow for the transition to the new requirements. There will be a firm date when ENG111 and HLT230 will no longer be accepted. New pre-req information and timeline/effective dates will be updated here as information becomes available.

NOTE:  Please remember that ENG111 is a pre-req for ENG112, so you will need to take both ENG classes; but only ENG112 is required for nursing application and will be used in the GPA calculation.

Any science or math pre-req or gen-ed class (BIO141, BIO142, BIO150 and MTH154) will expire after 5 years of completion and will need to be retaken.

FOR FALL 2022 application, all pre-reqs must be completed with a grade of B or higher. There will be a grace period to allow for this change in grade standard, and a firm date for acceptance of the B grade only will begin in the Spring 2022 application period. It is NOT recommended to repeat any course that was completed with a B or C grade to improve chances of selection.  Instead, please study and prepare for the HESI A2 admissions exam so you perform above the benchmark for application.

A minimum curricular GPA for these pre-req classes must be at least 3.0 to be eligible for application. Any course that posts a P grade will not be included in this curricular GPA calculation.  With program approval, the cumulative GPA may be used for application if a curricular GPA of the 4 pre-req courses cannot be calculated. SDV100 is not included in the curricular GPA.  For fall 2022 application, only grades for BIO141, ENG111, PSY230, and HLT230 will be used to calculate your curricular GPA for nursing application.

3.Submit official college transcripts of previous degree or courses taken to www.NursingCAS.org if seeking award of transfer credit for nursing pre-requisite courses (ENG111, BIO141, PSY230, HLT230, and SDV100). Official transcripts should be sent directly to NursingCAS by your previous college or university using Parchment, Credential Solutions, or National Student Clearinghouse (check with your school to determine the best service to use with NursingCAS).  Please follow the instructions in the portal and enter your course and grade information as well as submitting your official transcripts. Please refer to the Sending Official Transcripts to NursingCAS page for more information.  Please visit thApplicant Help Center for additional information and assistance.  Additionally, review transcript requirements page for extra guidance.

Official transcripts may be mailed from your Registrar’s Office directly to :
            NursingCAS Transcript Processing Center
            PO Box 9201
            Watertown, MA 02471
 
Please provide your registrar with the following items: 
  • NursingCAS Transcript ID form - should be attached to your official transcripts.  If you cannot use this form, make sure the registrar prints "NursingCAS" and your full NursingCAS ID number on the transcript before mailing it.
  • Any school-specific forms required by the Registrar.
  • Any transcript fees required by the Registrar.
  • Your Nursing CAS ID Number.

In rare cases, official transcripts can be sent via email from the Registrar directly. Your Registrar can contact the Customer Service team for more information.

Transcripts are NOT accepted sent via email from applicants.

 
VA Peninsula CC students must also send VPCC official transcripts to www.NursingCAS.org.  Please use Parchment to submit them.
 

Upon acceptance to the program, official college transcripts will also need to be sent to the College for evaluation and award of transfer credit.

 

4. Submit official high school transcript to www.NursingCAS.org. Confirmation of Algebra and Chemistry will be evaluated by NursingCAS, so please request early from your high school. Official high school transcripts should be sent directly to NursingCAS by your high school.

  • A grade of C for one year of high school Chemistry is required by the Board of Nursing. If this course was not completed in high school, it MUST be completed at the college level in CHM101 and completed prior to application.
  • A grade of C for one year of high school Algebra is required by the Board of Nursing. If this course was not completed in high school, it MUST be completed at the college level in MTH154 and completed prior to application.
  • If you attended high school in a foreign country and cannot obtain your transcript, your diploma will be accepted to show completion of secondary education. Please ensure translation if necessary.
  • GED Transcripts are also accepted in lieu of a high school diploma.

5. Contact an Advisor at https://tncc.edu/advising/resources to set up an appointment to ensure all pre-req requirements are complete and that you are eligible to apply. 

6. Attend a virtual information session. Please review Fall 2022 Nursing Information presentation slides [currently being updated; to be posted soon]. Attendance at an information session is no longer required, but strongly recommended. A live review of the new Fall 2022 application requirements and process, a brief overview of the nursing program, and a Q&A session with program head will be held on:

      Fall 2022

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2022 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm – This is the LAST information session of the fall application period. Please use Zoom link  https://vccs.zoom.us/j/87689499755 to join this session.
  • Monday, October 17, 2022 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Please use Zoom link https://vccs.zoom.us/j/89323403718 to join this session.
  • Monday, November 14, 2022 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm - This is the LAST information session of the fall 2022 term. Please use Zoom link https://vccs.zoom.us/j/87341327059 to join this session.

Information Sessions for the spring 2023 term will begin in January and a new schedule will be posted in December.

7. Request one reference from a Biology or Health faculty member (full-time or adjunct) from any higher education institution (preferred). A professional reference may be submitted as an alternate if a BIO or HLT instructor reference cannot be obtained. Please email your reference provider (using the instructor's @vpcc.edu address) to ask they complete the reference section of your NursingCAS application when they receive an emailed link from NursingCAS. A separate reference form is no longer required.

8. A resume for your work experience may also be included in your NursingCAS application. Please complete the EXPERIENCE portion of the NursingCAS application to include your work history, any medical or allied health experience you may have, as well as any military service. There is no need to upload a copy of your resume to NursingCAS.

PLEASE APPLY EARLY SO YOU HAVE TIME

TO STUDY AND PREPARE

FOR THE HESI A2 ADMISSIONS EXAM

9. HESI A2 Admissions Testing – Please email psahhs@vpcc.edu to schedule your test and include your Student ID# and phone number.  You will receive an email reply to confirm your test date and time with instructions for creating an account, registering and exam payment.  Please review HESI A2 information at: [HESI A2 Admissions Assessment]. Your HESI score/report must be entered/uploaded to NursingCAS before your application can be submitted.

Create your username and password for your Evolve/HESI A2 account. Instruction for creating your account is provided in [HESI A2 Create Student Evolve Account]. Please visit the test website at https://evolve.elsevier.com for additional information for your account.  You will need to purchase or register for "HESI Registration/HESI Assessment" for $0 and enter promo code 08155 to set up your account.  Please review this information in the [HESI MBS Payment Directions].  
Please bring your log-in info (username and password) with you on test day.  The test proctor will not be able to get you logged into the test if you forget it or do not have it.  A photo ID is also required; please bring your driver's license, military ID or student ID with you.

The exam costs $58, ($54 exam fee + $4 eCommerce payment processing fee) payable directly to Evolve using eCommerce.  Once your student account is created, please follow these payment instructions:  [HESI A2 eCommerce Payment Instructions] and [Students - How to Pay for an Exam]The test ID number needed for payment will be provided in the email you receive for confirmation of your HESI A2 test date.  Your payment confirmation/receipt will be required on test day, so be sure to bring it with you to campus.

The exam costs $58, ($54 exam fee + $4 eCommerce payment processing fee) payable directly to Evolve using eCommerce. Please follow these instructions:  [HESI A2 eCommerce Payment Instructions]. Your payment confirmation/receipt will be required on test day, so be sure to bring it with you to campus.

Fall 2022 HESI A2 Testing Schedule

      RN Degree Program (Day & Evening programs)

  • Friday, September 23 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Hampton III Building, Room 734 A/B
  • Friday, September 30 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Hampton III Building, Room 734 A/B

   PN-RN Bridge (Summer 2023 Day Only)

  • Not available at this time.

HESI A2 exam scheduling is set up in your on-line application at www.NursingCAS.org

HESI A2 is a 4-hour general knowledge exam that tests reading comprehension, grammar, math, and science (including biology, anatomy & physiology, chemistry -- physics is not part of this exam).  The test will begin at 10 am; late arrivals will not be admitted.

To log into the exam on test day, please review these instructions. [HESI A2 How to Log into Exam].  

If you have previously taken the HESI A2 exam elsewhere, unfortunately, those results are not accepted by the nursing program. This exam must be taken through Virginia Peninsula Community College.

Scores are valid for two application cycles and can be re-used. The most recent score is counted, not the highest score. If you tested in Fall 2021, you will need to test again. If you have TEAS scores from a previous application cycle, you will need to test again as the admissions testing requirement has changed to HESI A2.

Please purchase the HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review (5th Edition) that includes content review and sample test questions at https://evolve.elsevier.com/cs/product/9780323582261?role=student.  Please visit local libraries, etc. for other remediation materials. More information for practice tests and remediation materials will be added here as new information becomes available. 

Please prepare for this high-stakes exam early by taking a practice test to assess the areas in which you are weakest and then focus your studying in those areas. Set a timer to practice taking a timed test.

Please monitor this webpage for new HESI A2 test information and requirements.  

10. Complete the on-line application for the program you wish to apply (RN Degree Program or PN-RN Bridge classes) at www.NursingCAS.org  BEFORE 11:59pm on September 30. An application fee of $60 is required upon application submission. 

For the RN degree program, applications will be ranked for Day and Evening/Weekend selection based on the cohort you select:

  • If you also select DAYS and EITHER, your application will be considered for both days and evening/weekends. This implies you prefer DAYS but allows your application to be considered for the Evening/Weekend program if you are not selected for DAYS. 
  • The same holds true if you select EVENING/WEEKEND and EITHER.
  • If you select EITHER only, this means you have no preference and can be placed in either DAY or EVENING/WEEKEND cohorts depending on your ranking.

The PN-RN Bridge application (February application only) is for a 2-course, day-only summer session that is not Financial Aid eligible and will be paid out of pocket. Upon completion of these 2 classes, applicants are eligible to join RN degree students in the 3rd semester and will receive advanced standing credit for 1st and 2nd semester courses. Submit PN transcript and PN license copy with your application.

Please be prepared to:

  • Request/submit official college transcripts for evaluation of award of transfer credit for nursing pre-req classes (BIO141, ENG111, HLT230, PSY230 and SDV100).
  • Request/submit official high school transcripts.
  • PN-RN Bridge applicants must also submit official transcripts for PN Education and a copy of their PN license.
  • Complete the Experience section of the application for your employment, medical experience, or military service.
  • Notify your reference provider that NursingCAS will email them with a link to provide your reference. The old reference form is no longer required.
  • Schedule your HESI A2 exam.

PLEASE MONITOR THIS WEBSITE REGULARLY FOR UPDATES AND NEW INFORMATION ON ALL THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS.

THANK YOU FOR APPLYING TO VIRGINIA PENINSULA COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S

NURSING PROGRAM!!!

ACCEPTANCE/DECISION LETTERS WILL BE SENT ELECTRONICALLY TO STUDENT EMAIL ACCOUNTS BY THE MIDDLE OF OCTOBER FOR THE RN DEGREE PROGRAM.

ALL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE WRITTEN NOTIFICATION.

 

Acceptance

All students who apply to the nursing program will be notified of their admission status by email. Students applying to the Hampton Campus will be notified by May 1st. Students applying to the Historic Triangle Campus will be notified by November 1st. There are two types of acceptance: conditional and alternate.

Conditional Acceptance

In order to comply with clinical agency requirements, the Virginia Peninsula Nursing Program mandates the following admission requirements:

  • Attendance at a mandatory orientation session.
  • Pre-entrance medical examination with required laboratory tests and immunization records.  If the medical exam indicates a finding which would prohibit a student from attending clinical, the student cannot successfully meet the course requirements and will not be able to continue in the nursing program.
  • Validation of successful completion of the American Heart Association’s Healthcare Provider CPR course.  Students are responsible for the cost of the CPR course.
  • Criminal background check and drug testing. If the criminal background check or drug screen indicates a finding which prohibits a student from attending a clinical agency, the student cannot successfully meet the course requirements and will not be able to continue in the nursing program. Students are responsible for the cost of the background check and drug testing.

In addition, clinical agencies may implement criminal background checks or random urinary drug screenings. Nursing students, if selected by the agency, may be included in this testing. These policies are the procedures of the clinical agencies, not the college.

Alternate Status

Alternates have met the admission requirements but the number of applications that were received exceeded the number of students that could be accepted.  Normally, the nursing program has students who decline admission, and attrition occurs.  Should seats become available, students with alternate status may then be offered conditional acceptance.

Financial Requirements

In addition to college tuition, fees, and course textbooks, the Nursing program has additional costs for which students will be responsible. Costs may include but are not limited to criminal background check and drug screen, medical examination, immunization/titers, CPR certification, uniforms, instruments and supplies, transportation to and from clinical sites, testing resources, and certification and licensure fees. Contact the Health Professions advising office for additional information.