Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Nursing Program Review


Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC) consists of 23 community colleges in Virginia in the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Botetourt, and Rockbridge.

The nursing programs at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College include; Practical Nursing Program (PN), an Associate Degree in Nursing Program (ADN) and a Licensed Nurse Practitioner Bridge to the Registered Nurse Program (LPN to RN Transition Program).

Practical Nursing Program (PN)

The Practical Nursing Program at DSLCC is offered at the Rockbridge campus. The program is not currently available though and has been delayed until Fall of next year.

The Practical Nursing Program is 41 credits, begins every July and is a certificate program in order to prepare students to apply to write the Practical Nurse Licensing Examination. The program is accredited by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and after graduation, students can apply to write the NCLEX-PN and become licensed practical nurse (LPN) practitioners. Practical Nurses can work in a variety of heathcare organizations including; hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, physician’s offices, schools, and many more healthcare organizations. After completing this program, many students go on to apply to the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

Practical Nursing Program classes take place daily for seven hours every day and are composed of in-class lectures and clinical practicum through local hospitals.

Associate Degree in Nursing Program (ADN)

The Associate Degree in Nursing Program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College is currently not available, but will be offered again commencing in Fall 2012. Applications are due in April 2012. There are three options in the Associate Degree in Nursing Program; Nursing Level I: Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN), which is a three semester certificate program, Nursing Level II: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree (AAS) which leads to a Registered Nurse licensure (RN), which is two additional semesters, and a bridge program (LPN to RN Bridge). The bridge program is for students who currently hold Licensed Practical Nurse credentials and have held this status for at least a year. Upon graduation from the Associate Degree in Nursing, students can go on to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) in order to become a licensed Registered Nurse. This program is not currently offered, but will be offered again shortly.

The prerequisites for the Associate Degree in Nursing Program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College include general education courses and a few specific courses in order to be admitted. The Associate Degree in Nursing Program is taught at the main campus.

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

The Certified Nurse Aide Program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College is composed of 6 credits, which includes classroom hours and clinical hours. The Certified Nurse Aide Program does require students to hold liability insurance, as students will be working in close contact with members of the local community in healthcare settings during clinical practicum and lab work. Dabney S. Lancaster Community College obtains the insurance for students, but students are directly responsible for their practice and behavior.

Contact:
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
1000 Dabney Drive,
Clifton Forge, VA 24426,
United States
Phone: (540) 863-2800

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