Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Advisor Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2023-2024 Catalog & Student Handbook Major: Nursing, AAS

Nursing, AAS

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As a student interested in nursing as my academic major, I understand that when I enroll at Brightpoint Community College, my major may be declared as nursing. I understand that while nursing may be my declared major, I will not be eligible to enroll in any nursing classes (NSG prefix) until I am formally admitted into the AAS Nursing program.  I understand that I must meet all requirements for acceptance into the AAS-Nursing program to include: completing all pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better, maintaining a minimum GPA, meeting minimum entrance exam scores, and submitting the official application to the nursing program.  Brightpoint Community College’s  AAS-Nursing program is competitive, and I understand that even if I achieve or exceed minimum entrance requirements, I am not guaranteed admission into the nursing program. If I am not formally admitted to the AAS-Nursing program at Brightpoint Community College, I understand that I will not be allowed to enroll in nursing (NSG) classes and may be removed from the nursing major at that time.

PURPOSE: Students who complete the Associate Degree of Applied Science with a major in Nursing will be expected to:

  1. Provide patient centered care promoting therapeutic relationships, caring behaviors, and self-determination across the lifespan for diverse populations.
  2. Practice safe nursing care that minimizes risk of harm across systems and client populations.
  3. Demonstrate nursing judgment through the use of clinical reasoning, the nursing process, and evidence-based practice in the provision of safe, quality care.
  4. Practice professional behaviors that encompass the legal-ethical framework while incorporating self-reflection, leadership and a commitment to recognize the value of life-long learning.
  5. Manage client care through quality improvement processes, information technology, and fiscal responsibility to meet client needs and support organizational outcomes.
  6. Demonstrate principles of collaborative practice within the nursing and interdisciplinary teams fostering mutual respect and shared decision-making to achieve stated outcomes of care.


  1. Detailed information for interested applicants is located here.
  2. Students must be able to fulfill all Essential Functions as outlined in the program materials located on the web site.
  3. All applicants must take a nursing pre-entrance test. Specific details regarding the required entrance test are located on the program website. Test results must be no older than 3 years at the time of application. Students must submit a copy of test results with application.
  4. Science courses must have been taken within the past ten years of program start date to be considered for meeting prerequisite or transfer course requirements.
  5. All accepted students must have current CPR certification through the American Heart Association: BLS Healthcare Provider. Internet courses are not acceptable unless there is a supervised demonstration component.
  6. All accepted students must submit to a criminal background check, drug screening and physical examination with immunizations as indicated. Additional testing may be required. See Nursing Handbook for additional information. Evidence of hepatitis-B and influenza vaccination or declination statement must be provided. Results of screenings must be available and evaluated as satisfactory by the dates given each semester. Students who fail to meet this requirement will not be allowed to remain in the program.
  7. Applicants must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0 from previous coursework and a pre-requisite curricular GPA of at least 2.5 to be considered for admission. The admission process is competitive and selective. Official transcripts of all college records must be on file in the Admissions and Records office in order for a student to be considered for admission.
  8. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to be eligible to continue in the Nursing Program and may not have more than two attempts at any course. Students cannot remain in the program if they fail three (3) nursing courses. See the Nursing Student Handbook for all program policies and procedures.
  9. Students are responsible for additional expenses mandated by the program and these include, but are not limited to: course materials, uniforms, lab kits, nursing equipment, current computer and electronic tablet, hardware, software and internet access. Expenses associated with the acceptance process are the burden of the student including, but not limited to: the criminal background check, drug screening, physical examination, etc.
  10. Students may wish to consider the purchase of accident insurance and personal health insurance due to the inherent risk of exposure to disease. Brightpoint Community College does not assume responsibility for accidents/incidents which occur in the clinical setting nor does it provide any student health services. The student assumes financial responsibility for accidents/incidents requiring medical attention.
  11. It is the student’s responsibility to review all program materials, including materials found on the program web page, and to stay current with the program requirements, policies and procedures. It is recommended that students read posted materials at least once a semester.
  12. Students must view/attend the mandatory Information Session within six months of submitting an application and document the date viewed or attended on the application.
  13. Students have faculty advisors assigned after they have been curriculum placed by the Advising office. Students are strongly encouraged to seek guidance from advisors while preparing for the application process.


  • Traditional Track: The theory portion of most traditional courses are delivered in the on-campus classroom environment facilitated by faculty. There are also additional online requirements.
  • Hybrid Distance Education Track (HDET): The theory portion of each course is delivered via online format facilitated by faculty. There are also additional on-campus requirements.
  • Clinical for both tracks: The clinical components/experiences for each course are face-to-face and are dependent on the availability of clinical faculty and the availability of clinical sites/locations. These clinical components/experiences may be held during day, evening, weekday, or weekend hours, and possibly night shifts. Students must meet the requirements of the clinical agencies.

SPECIAL ACCREDITATION STATUS: The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. ACEN can be contacted by Phone: (404) 975-5000, by Email: or Web: The registered nursing program is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center, 9960 Maryland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233-1463, (804) 367-4515.

Pursuant to United States Department of Education (US DOE) regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the  Brightpoint Community College Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program provides the following information for all prospective and current students:

The  Brightpoint Community College (Brightpoint) ADN program meets all Virginia Board of Nursing requirements for pre-licensure nursing education programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  In addition, the  Brightpoint ADN program meets all requirements for nationally recognized accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing. 

The Commonwealth of Virginia participates with 32 other states in the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) National Licensing Compact (NLC) to allow nurses licensed in one state to provide nursing care across state lines in other compact states.  The Uniform Licensing Requirements (ULRs) are found at:

States currently in the NLC are found at:  Prospective and current students are strongly encouraged to evaluate all state requirements in jurisdictions where they intend to practice nursing.  A list of all state requirements is found at:

The college has entered into a regional reciprocity agreement through NC-SARA to accept out-of-state students (except for students residing in California) in our online programs and courses. Students may contact the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) at 804-225-2600 or for information related to state agency contacts for complaint resolution. General disclosure information about external certification or licensure requirements outside the state of Virginia may be found at   



Spring Application Period

February 1- March 1 (for consideration for admission to the nursing program in August).

Summer/Fall Application Period

September 1 - October 1 (for consideration for admission to the nursing program in January).

Required Courses

Course NameCredits:Semester TakenNotes
SDV 100 - College Success Skills 1 credit
ENG 111 - College Composition I

Prerequisite(s): EDE 10, co-enrollment in EDE 11, or other placement measures.   

3 credits
MTH 154 - Quantitative Reasoning Additional Course Options: MTH 161, MTH 263. 

Prerequisite(s): MDE 10, co-enrollment in MDE 54, or other placement methods.

3 credits
BIO 141 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
PSY 230 - Developmental Psychology 3 credits

First Semester – NSG courses are sequential and must be taken in the semester listed

Course NameCredits:Semester TakenNotes
BIO 142 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Prerequisite(s): Completion of BIO 141 with a grade of C or better.

4 credits
NSG 100 - Introduction to Nursing Concepts

Prerequisite(s): BIO 141 (or BIO 231).

4 credits
NSG 106 - Competencies for Nursing Practice

Prerequisite(s): BIO 141 (or BIO 231).

2 credits
NSG 130 - Professional Nursing Concepts

Prerequisite(s): BIO 141 or BIO 231.

1 credit
NSG 200 - Health Promotion and Assessment

Prerequisite(s): BIO 141 (or BIO 231 or NAS 161).

3 credits

Second Semester – NSG courses are sequential and must be taken in the semester listed

Course NameCredits:Semester TakenNotes
BIO 150 - Microbiology for Health Sciences

Prerequisite(s): Completion of BIO 101 with a C or better or completion of BIO 141 with a C or better.

4 credits
NSG 152 - Health Care Participant

Prerequisite(s): BIO 142 (or BIO 232), NSG 100, NSG 106, NSG 130 and NSG 200.

Pre- or Co-requisites: BIO 150 or BIO 205.

3 credits
NSG 170 - Health/Illness Concepts

Prerequisite(s): BIO 142 (or BIO 232), NSG 100, NSG 106, NSG 130 and NSG 200.

Pre- or Co-requisites: BIO 150 or BIO 205.

6 credits

Third Semester – NSG courses are sequential and must be taken in the semester listed

Course NameCredits:Semester TakenNotes
ENG 112 - College Composition II Additional Course Option:  HLT 230  

Prerequisite(s): ENG 111 or equivalent with a grade of C or better, or departmental approval.

3 credits
NSG 210 - Health Care Concepts I

Prerequisite(s): BIO 150 (or BIO 205), NSG 152, NSG 170.

5 credits
NSG 211 - Health Care Concepts II

Prerequisite(s): BIO 150 (or BIO 205), NSG 152 and NSG 170.

5 credits

Fourth Semester – NSG courses are sequential and must be taken in the semester listed

Course NameCredits:Semester TakenNotes
NSG 230 - Advanced Professional Nursing Concepts

Prerequisite(s): NSG 210 and NSG 211.

2 credits
NSG 252 - Complex Health Care Concepts

Prerequisite(s): NSG 210 and NSG 211.

4 credits
NSG 270 - Nursing Capstone

Prerequisite(s): NSG 210 and NSG 211.

4 credits

Humanities Elective (Choose 1):

Course NameCredits:Semester TakenNotes
ART 101 - History of Art: Prehistoric to Gothic 3 credits
ART 102 - History of Art: Renaissance to Modern 3 credits
ENG 255 - World Literature

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112  or departmental approval. 

3 credits
PHI 100 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits
PHI 220 - Ethics and Society 3 credits

Total Minimum Credits to Complete: 67

MILESTONE: Associate of Applied Science degree. Eligible to sit for the NCLEX Exam. Successful licensure from Virginia Board of Nursing or Compact State, Registered Nurse (RN). Eligible for BSN Pathway.



Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.

Students are eligible to apply to the nursing program while enrolled in or after completion of the first semester prerequisite courses: SDV 101/100, ENG 111, MTH 154 or MTH 155 or MTH 161 or MTH 245, PSY 230 and BIO 141 (within 10 years prior to acceptance into the Nursing Program).

Transfer credit cannot be awarded for courses over 10 years old in Natural or Physical Sciences (BIO 141, BIO 142, BIO 150) for students in the Nursing Program.

BIO 150 must be taken concurrently or prior to the second semester and ENG 112 or HLT 230 must be taken concurrently or prior to the third semester.

Students planning to transfer to VCU should take HLT 230 instead of ENG 112.

The Humanities Elective must be taken prior to or currently with fourth semester.

The nursing courses are sequential and must be taken in the semester listed.

Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their degree progress by accessing advisement reports in the Student Information System (SIS) in the myBrightpoint portal or the Academic Planner in Navigate.