Program: Nursing (156)
Award: Associate of Applied Science

The Nursing Program (156) participates in a selective admissions process.

Program Purpose:

This degree prepares students to qualify as practitioners of technical nursing in a variety of health care facilities.  After successful completion of the program, students will be eligible for the National Council Licensure Exam Registered Nurse.

What will I learn?

Students successfully completing this program will be able to…

  • Provide patient centered care promoting therapeutic relationships, caring behaviors, and self-determination across the lifespan for diverse populations.
  • Practice safe nursing care that minimizes risk of harm across systems and client populations.
  • Demonstrate nursing judgment through the use of clinical reasoning, the nursing process, and evidence-based practice in the provision of safe, quality care.
  • 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.
  • Manage client care through quality improvement processes, information technology, and fiscal responsibility to meet client needs and support organizational outcomes.
  • Demonstrate principles of collaborative practice within the nursing and interdisciplinary teams fostering mutual respect and shared decision-making to achieve stated outcomes of care.

How long will I need to be in college?

Once admitted into the program, students attending Camp full-time can complete this associate degree in two years. 

What job or career can I get with this degree?

Upon completion of the AAS degree graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required to be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam Registered Nurse, which is a requirement to become a registered nurse.  Employment opportunities for the registered nurse include staff positions in hospitals, nursing homes, health departments, physicians’ offices, clinics, day care centers, industry, hospices, mental health facilities, rehabilitation centers, and home health care agencies.

What is the job outlook for graduates from this program?

As of the first quarter of 2020, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for Registered Nurses was 14,900.  Over the past three years, this occupation added 656 jobs in the region (Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Registered Nurse, August 2020).

How much can I earn with this degree?

Below are the 2019 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.


Entry Level



Registered Nurse




(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, August 2020)

Want to know more?  Check out the program map and program requirements in the College Catalog.