Nursing (ADN)

Applied Sciences (AAS) Degree

Code: 156

General Information

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), which may be reached at 1-404-975-5000 or 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Altanta, GA 30326.

The nurse who completes an ADN program provides safe, direct nursing care in acute and non-acute settings. The registered nurse makes independent nursing assessments and may delegate care activities to health team members with similar or less academic preparation.

After successful completion of the ADN program, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nursing. The Virginia State Board of Nursing has the power to deny the opportunity to take the exam if the applicant has willfully committed a felony/misdemeanor under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia or of the United States (see below):

Denial of License

Code of Virginia # 54-367.32: The Nursing Board shall have the power to deny – (a nursing license) – upon proof that the person:

  1. Is guilty of fraud or deceit in procuring or attempting to procure a license;
  2. Is guilty of a felony or of a crime involving moral turpitude;
  3. Is unfit or incompetent by reason of negligence, habits or other causes;
  4. Is addicted to the use of alcohol or habit-forming drugs
  5. Is mentally or physically incompetent; or
  6. Is guilty of unprofessional conduct

Students wishing to apply to the Nursing program should fill out the Application to the ADN Nursing Program and return it to the Nursing Department administrative assistant (Backels Hall Room 204).

An ADN Information Packet (Updated May 2017) is available as is the DSLCC Nursing Program Handbook (Revised June 2017).

Students wishing to transfer should contact an advisor in Student Services for guidance.

DSLCC has Articulation Agreements with the following schools:

Program Requirements

Program Information Sheet – Nursing (ADN)


Classes are held on the main campus in Clifton Forge. Facilities include classrooms, program-specific lab spaces, computer labs, offices and spaces used for student activities, student support services and a wide variety of resources to support student learning.

Most DSLCC nursing courses include traditional lecture, skills practice in a lab setting and some clinical experience. The lecture and lab components are offered only on the main campu. Clinical rotations are scheduled at a variety of facilities, requiring students to make their own arrangements for travel. During the academic year, students may be expected to complete rotations in Alleghany, Augusta, Rockbridge, Roanoke and/or Greenbrier counties. For the successful completion of most courses, students are expected to attend classes, participate in labs and/or complete assignments that require additional study outside of scheduled class times.

Some courses are offered every semester while others are only scheduled in the fall or spring semester or one of the college’s summer sessions. It is important to discuss academic and career plans with an academic advisor who can assist in the development of a pathway that meets each student’s needs and addresses the scheduling of courses by the college. This will assist the student in achieving their goal of completing all requirements for graduation.


American Nursing Association
National Student Nurses’ Association
Virginia Nurses Association


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