WVCTCS Consortium of Associate Degree Nursing Programs
The Community and Technical College System of West Virginia (WVCTCS ) Consortium of Associate Degree Nursing Programs is a partnership of nursing programs at three of the West Virginia Community Colleges. Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College, BridgeValley Community and Technical College, and West Virginia University at Parkersburg are schools within the Consortium. The Consortium shares a common concept based integrated curriculum culminating in an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing; shared agreements for academic standards including admission criteria, progress and graduation standards; and shared agreements for development and implementation of student procedures and guidelines as delineated in the Student Nurse Handbook. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of healthcare settings. Completion of the nursing courses and general education degree requirements and subsequent posting of the degree provides eligibility for students to apply for licensure as registered nurses. Licensing requirements are the exclusive responsibility of the State Boards of Nursing.
The mission of the WVCTCS Consortium of Associate Degree Nursing Programs is to prepare students for professional nursing practice while providing a knowledge base for career mobility and further academic study. These programs are committed to providing accessible, high-quality nursing education to meet the diverse and changing health-care needs of the community and beyond.
The WVCTCS Consortium of Associate Degree Nursing Programs is committed to a quality educational environment.
The educational philosophy of the WVCTCS Consortium of Associate Degree Nursing Programs incorporates the seven core values of the National League for Nursing Competencies Framework which includes caring, diversity, ethics, excellence, holism, integrity, and patient centeredness (NLN, 2010). We believe that “all nurses should display integrity, respect diversity in all forms, uphold given legal and ethical responsibilities and strive for excellence while promoting caring, holistic, patient centered care” (NLN, 2010).
The Consortium supports education as a life-long process incorporating a spirit of inquiry, supported by evidence based research. The faculty believes that students need to develop nursing judgment in their practice, develop a professional identity as a nurse, and learn to support patients and families in development of their ongoing growth as human beings. Life-long learning consists of acquiring knowledge, demonstrating proficient skills, and developing ethical attitudes and values.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, graduates will be prepared with these skills and abilties:
- Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.
- Collaborate with the patient or designee to plan and provide nursing care that respects the patient’s individual values and needs.
- Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a family and community context.
- Generate safe and effective patient centered care using the nursing process.
- Incorporate effective communication strategies to reduce risk and injuries in the healthcare environment.
- Implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context.
- Create caring relationships with patients and support systems consistent with the ANA Standards of Nursing Practice and the Code of Ethics.
- Evaluate the utilization of healthcare system resources to efficiently and effectively manage care.
Spirit of Inquiry
- Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.
- Integrate current best practices to plan and implement safe and effective patient care.
Applicants requesting admission to the WVCTCS Consortium of Associate Degree Nursing Programs must first meet the requirements for general admission to the respective college, including foundation requirements in math, reading, and English, and be admitted to the respective college.
Applicants to Associate Degree Nursing Programs must be eligible to meet the requirements for licensure in the state of West Virginia as stated in the West Virginia Code. These conditions include:
- Be a high school graduate or equivalent
- Be a graduate of an accredited school of nursing
The Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses may deny testing to any applicant proven guilty of certain infraction such as, but not limited to fraud, felony, or moral misconduct (Chapter 30, Article 7, Section 11, Code of West Virginia.)
Additionally, applicants must be able to engage in educational and training activities in a manner that does not endanger themselves or others.
- High school graduate or equivalent (USA GED)
- English proficiency
- 2.5 GPA from high school or college courses
- Eligible to take college English and Math
- Pre-nursing admission exam cumulative score of either the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V OR Health Education Systems, Incorporated (HESI) A2 of:
TEAS V – 60 or higher [N.B.: Eastern does not use the TEAS exam. Applicants must present the HESI A2].
- HESI A2 – 75 or higher
[TEAS V and HESI A2 cumulative scores must be within the last three (3) years. Pre-nursing admission exams may be completed one time per semester for a maximum of three times for consideration for admission. Applicants should refer to the individual school of nursing admission application in order to determine which pre-nursing admission assessment is accepted for admission.]
Program of Study
The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses approved the WVCTCS Consortium of Associate Degree Nursing Programs in 2013. Each school participating in the Consortium is accredited by, or pursuing accreditation by, the ACEN. The curriculum requirements are to include the biological, physical, and behavioral sciences consisting of medical-surgical nursing and mental health concepts and psychiatric nursing. The Board requires the graduate to meet all requirements of the college, department, or school of nursing granting the diploma or degree.
The WVCTCS Consortium of Associate Degree Nursing Programs core curriculum is designed to guide qualified students through structured learning experiences in health care settings to meet eligibility requirements for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Courses that include a laboratory experience have a 1 credit hour to 3 contact hour ratio. For example, one laboratory credit hour is equivalent to three contact hours. Pharmacology is a content thread throughout all courses of study.