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VATNP Curriculum Tracks

The VATNP offers a variety of curriculum plans to meet the varied needs of students interested in the nursing program.  The curriculum plans or tracks vary in terms of class scheduling and time required for completion of the program.  The course requirements are the same for each of the curriculum tracks.

Track 1: 2 Year Curriculum Plan
Track 2:  Part-time evening/weekend program
Track 3:  LPN to RN program
Track 4:  Part-time evening/weekend LPN to RN program

Nursing Track 1: 2 Year Curriculum Plan

The VATNP offers an opportunity for recent high school graduates and other eligible adults to complete the nursing degree program after two years of full time attendance (4 semesters and 1 summer session). This is a rigorous and academically challenging program.

Summer Session- Year 1

Course Number

 

Course Title

Lec. Hrs.

Lab Hrs.

Crs.

SDV 108

College Survival Skills

1

0

1

MTH 126

Mathematics for Allied Health

2

0

2

ENG 111

English Composition I

3

0

3

ITE 115 or 100

Intro. to Comp Apps & Concepts or Intro. to Information Systems

3

0

3

TOTAL

9

0

9

Fall Semester- Year 1

BIO 141

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

3

3

4

NUR 105

Nursing Skills

0

6

2

NUR 108

Nursing Principles and Concepts I

4

3

5

NUR 195

Topics in Geriatric Nursing 2 0 2

NUR 136

Principles of Pharmacology I

1

0

1

TOTAL

9

15

14

Spring Semester- Year 1

BIO 142

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

3

3

4

NUR 109

Nursing Principles and Concepts II

3

6

5

NUR 226

Nursing Health Assessment 1 3 2

NUR 137

Principles of Pharmacology II

1

0

1

TOTAL

9

12

13

Summer Session- Year 2

PSY 231

Life Span Human Development I

3

0

3

ENG 112

English Composition II

3

0

3

EEE

1Humanities

3

0

3

TOTAL

9

0

9

Fall Semester- Year 2

PSY 232

Life Span Human Development II

3

0

3

NUR 201

Psychiatric Nursing

2

3

3

NUR 205

Introduction to Second Level Nursing

2

9

5

NUR 236

Principles of Pharmacology III

1

0

1

TOTAL

8

12

12

Spring Semester- Year 2

NUR 245

Maternal/Newborn Nursing

2

3

3

NUR 208

Acute Medical-Surgical Nursing

3

9

6

NUR 237

Principles of Pharmacology IV

1

0

1

NUR 254

Dimensions of Professional Nursing

2

0

2

TOTAL

8

12

12



Total Minimum Credits for the AAS Degree……………………..……………….69

Footnotes*
1. Humanities electives include: ART 201, 202; foreign languages; literature; MUS 121, 122; PHI 101; REL 200, 210, 230; CST 130, 151, 152.

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Nursing Track 2: Part-time Evening/Weekend

The VATNP part-time evening/weekend program is specifically designed for working adults or other adults who are interested in becoming RN’s but have other responsibilities that interfere with their abilities to attend the rigorous scheduling of the previously described program of study. Classes will be provided in a combination of evening, weekend, and distance learning. The program is designed at a slower pace to be completed in 4 years. General education courses listed in year 1 must be completed before the student will be able to begin year 2.

Admission Requirements: Admissions requirements for the part-time evening/weekend nursing program are the same as the regular program with the following exception: Students must complete 20 credits of support (general education) courses: BIO 141, BIO 142, ENG 111, ENG 112, MTH 126, ITE 100 or 115 and SDV 108. Additional required general education courses can be completed after acceptance to the program.

Summer Session - Year 1

Course Number


Course Title

Lec.
Hrs.

Lab
Hrs.


Crs.

ENG 111

College Comp I

3

0

3

ITE 115 or 100

Intro. to Comp Apps & Concepts or Intro to Information Systems

3

0

3

SDV 108

College Survival Skills

1

0

1

Total

7

0

7

Fall Semester - Year 1

BIO 141

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

3

4

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

Total

6

3

7

Spring Semester - Year 1

BIO 142

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

3

4

MTH 126

Mathematics for Allied Health

2

0

2

Total

5

3

6

Summer Session - Year 2

NUR 136

Principles of Pharmacology I

1

0

1

PSY 231

Life Span Human Development I

3

0

3

Total

4

0

4

Fall Semester - Year 2

NUR 105

Nursing Skills

0

6

2

NUR 108

Nursing Principles and Concepts I

4

3

5

Total

4

9 7

Spring Semester - Year 2

NUR109

Nursing Principles & Concept II

3

6

5

NUR 137 Principles of Pharmacology II 1 0 1

Total

3

6

5

Summer Session - Year 3

PSY 232

Life Span Human Development II

3

0

3

NUR 226 Health Assessment 1 3 2

Total

4 3 5

Fall Semester - Year 3

NUR 205

Introduction to Second Level Nursing

2

9

5

NUR 236

Principles of Pharmacology III

1

0

1

Total

3

9

6

Spring Semester - Year 3

NUR 195

Tiopics in Geriatric Nursing 2 0 2

NUR 201

Psychiatric Nursing

2

3

3

Total

4

3

5

Summer Session - Year 4

EEE

1Humanities

3

0

3

Total

3

0

3

Fall Semester - Year 4

NUR 245

Maternal/Newborn Nursing

2

3

3

NUR 254

Dimensions of Professional Nursing

2

0

2

Total

4

3

5

Spring Semester - Year 4

NUR 208

Acute Medical/Surgical Nursing

3

9

6

NUR 237

Principles of Pharmacology IV

1

0

1

Total

4 9 7

Total Minimum Credits for the AAS Degree............................................69

Footnotes*

1. Humanities electives include: ART 201, 202; foreign languages; literature; MUS 121, 122; PHI 101; REL 200, 210, 230; CST 130, 151, 152.

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Nursing Track 3: LPN to RN Bridge Curriculum

Students who are LPNs are required to complete at least 17 hours of the general education courses before beginning the LPN to RN nursing classes. The length of this tract depends on the amount of time needed to complete the general education classes. The nursing classes can be completed in one year. Some LPNs may opt for the part-time/evening weekend program which requires 2 years of nursing classes after completion of general education requirements.

The Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program’s advance placement or “Bridge Program,” is designed to grant advanced placement to LPNs who have been admitted to the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (VATNP) Associate Degree program and meet pre-requisite requirements.

If there is sufficient enrollment in the VATNP, Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program, students who meet the eligibility requirements for the advanced placement will take “Bridge Courses” in the summer term and then be eligible to take the sophomore level courses and graduate within one (1) academic year with an AAS Degree in Nursing.

This program is designed to recognize the common abilities of nurses and to bridge the difference between LPN and RN knowledge base and to allow these students to finish the AAS program within a two and one-half semester period.

Admission Requirements:

Admissions requirements for the LPN to RN nursing program are the same as the regular program with the following exceptions:

1. Be a licensed LPN with at least one year of full time work recent experience as an LPN.

2. Be an accepted student in the regular VATNP program

3. Completion of 17 credits of support (general education) courses required for graduation from the Nursing program: BIO 141, BIO 142, ENG 111, MTH 126, and SDV 108. Additional required general education courses can be completed after acceptance to the program.

Course
Number

Pre-Clinical Studies
Course Title

Lec.
Hrs.

Lab.
Hrs.

Crs.

SDV 108

College Survival Skills

1

0

1

BIO 141

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

3

3

4

BIO 142

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

3

3

4

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

ITE 115 or 100

Intro. to Comp Apps & Concepts or
Intro to Information Systems

3

0

3

MTH 126

Mathematics for Allied Health

2

0

2

TOTAL

15

6

17

Summer Semester - Year 1

NUR115*

LPN Transition

5

3

6

NUR 136

Principles of Pharmacology I

1

0

1

NUR 137

Principles of Pharmacology II

1

0

1

NUR 226

Health Assessment

1

3

2

TOTAL

8

6

10

Fall Semester

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

NUR 201

Psychiatric Nursing

2

3

3

NUR 205

Introduction to Second Level Nursing

2

9

5

NUR 236

Principles of Pharmacology III

1

0

1

PSY 231

Life Span Human Development I

3

0

3

TOTAL

11

12

15

Spring Semester

NUR 245

Maternal/Newborn Nursing

2

3

3

NUR 208

Acute Medical-Surgical Nursing

3

9

6

NUR 237

Principles of Pharmacology IV

1

0

1

NUR 254

Dimensions of Professional Nursing

2

0

2

PSY 232

Life Span Human Development II

3

0

3

EEE

1Humanities

3

0

3

TOTAL

14

12

18

Total Minimum Credits for the AAS Degree .........................................60*

Footnotes:
Upon completion of NUR 115, credit will be awarded for NUR 105, 108, 109, 114 (15 credits). These credits will appear on the student’s official transcript.
1. Humanities electives include: ART 201,202; foreign languages; literature; MUS 121,122; PHI 101; REL 200, 210, 230; CST 130, 151, 152.

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Nursing Track 4: Part-time Evening/Weekend LPN to RN

A part-time evening/weekend LPN to RN option is available for LPNs who work and or wish to attend part time. General education courses can be completed as night classes or by distance education options such as web based learning. Nursing classes and clinicals are taught on evenings and weekends on an extended plan. General education courses listed in Year 1 must be completed before the student will be able to begin Year 2.

Admission Requirements: Admissions requirements for the part-time evening/weekend LPN to RN nursing program are the same as the regular program with the following exceptions:

1. Be a licensed LPN with at least one year of full time current LPN experience. Recent graduates who have no work experience must work in an LPN position while enrolled in the program to accumulate the equivalent of one year full time work experience.

2. Be an accepted student in the regular VATNP program

3. Completion of 26 credits of support (general education) courses required for graduation from the Nursing program: BIO 141, BIO 142, ENG 111, ENG 112, MTH 126, ITE 100 or 115, PSY 231, PSY 232, and SDV 108.

Course
Number

Course Title

Lec.
Hrs.

Lab.
Hrs.

Crs.

Summer Session - Year 1

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

ITE 115 or 100

Intro. to Information Systems or
Intro. to Comp Apps & Concepts

3

0

3

SDV 108

College Survival Skills

1

0

1

PSY 231

Life Span Human Development I

3

0

3

TOTAL

10

0

10

Fall Semester - Year 1

BIO 141

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

3

4

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

TOTAL

6

3

7

Spring Semester - Year 1

BIO 142

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

3

4

MTH 126

Mathematics for Allied Health

2

0

2

PSY 232

Life Span Human Development II

3

0

3

TOTAL

8

3

9

Summer Session - Year 2

NUR 115

LPN to RN Transition

5

3

6

NUR 226

Health Assessment

1

3

2

NUR 136

Principles of Pharmacology I

1

0

1

NUR 137

Principles of Pharmacology II

1

0

1

TOTAL

8

6

10

Fall Semester - Year 2

NUR 205

Introduction to Second Level Nursing

2

9

5

NUR 236

Principles of Pharmacology III

1

0

1

TOTAL

3

9

6

Spring Semester - Year 2

NUR 201

Psychiatric Nursing

2

3

3

TOTAL

2

3

3

Summer Session - Year 3

EEE

1Humanities

3

0

3

TOTAL

3

0

3

Fall Semester - Year 3

NUR 245

Maternal/Newborn Nursing

2

3

3

NUR 254

Dimensions of Professional Nursing

2

0

2

TOTAL

3

3

6

Spring Semester - Year 3

NUR 208

Acute Medical/Surgical Nursing

3

9

6

NUR 237

Principles of Pharmacology IV

1

0

1

TOTAL

4

9

7

Total Minimum Credits for the AAS Degree .......................60*

Footnotes*

Upon completion of NUR 115, credit will be awarded for NUR 105, 108, 109, 114 (15 credits). These credits will appear on the student’s official transcript.

1. Humanities electives include: ART 201,202; foreign languages; literature; MUS 121,122; PHI 101; REL 200, 210, 230; CST 130, 151, 152.

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