ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE IN NURSING (A.A.S) VA CAMPUS
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing (A.A.S/ 24 months).
SMCAH Governing Board approved the Practical Nursing certificate, and Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing offered at DC branch campus. Credits and coursework earned at DC campus are transferrable to Virginia main campus.
Enrollment in Saint Michael College of Allied Health Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing is open to applicants who have graduated from an accredited high school or have obtained their GED. Students must be 18 years old before taking the National Licensure Examination. All rights, privileges, programs, and activities in the program are made available to all students regardless of their religion, gender, race, color, and national origin.
Students are required to complete a total of 70 credits for graduation which includes 43 nursing credits and 27 support, general education and elective credits. The nursing education program includes the study of the biophysical and psychosocial sciences as well as the nursing applications. The College prepares men and women for national licensure to practice professional nursing in acute, chronic, ambulatory and home healthcare settings. The length is 24 months for the day program and 36 months for the evening program. The program requires concentration and a considerable number of independent study hours in addition to 24 to 32 hours per week of classroom, learning lab and clinical activities. Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S) in nursing, graduates will be able to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for Registered Nurses.
To provide the healthcare community and the Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia metropolitan areas with professional nurses who are competent, qualified, caring and dedicated to practice professional nursing in a culturally diverse population.
Application forms can be obtained at Saint Michael College of Allied Health 8305 Richmond Hwy, suite 10A, Alexandria, VA 22309.
Applicants will be considered for admission to Saint Michael College of Allied Health Associate of Applied Science (Nursing) after successfully completing the following requirements:
- Provide an official, translated high school transcript from an accredited high school or GED
- Achieve a Reading Comprehension Score of 75% or higher and a math score of 70% or higher on Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam. The Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam (A2) uses a 50 item Math exam, which focuses on the math needed for calculation of drugs and solutions. This exam indicates students’ basic math skills at the eighth and ninth grade level. .
- The Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam (A2) also tests reading comprehension with health-related scenarios. This exam tests reading comprehension at the eighth to ninth grade level.
- The program admission assessment is administered after the students have completed the 27 general education credits.
- In order to be admitted directly to the nursing program, students must provide an official translated transcript of 27 credit hours of pre-nursing courses listed below from a national or regional accredited institution.
- Submission of an official transcript of 27 college credits will exempt an applicant from providing an official high school transcript but must show proof of high school diploma completion for Financial Aid Eligibility.
- Anatomy and Physiology, I with Laboratory (4 Credits)
- Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory (4 Credits)
- Microbiology with Laboratory (4 Credits)
- English Composition I (3 Credits)
- Research and Literature (3 Credits)
- Philosophy (3 Credits)
- General Psychology (3 Credits)
- Developmental Psychology ( 3 Credits)
- College Mathematics (3 Credits)
- Submit a completed application form and application fee.
- Transfer students must maintain a 2.5 GPA from previous colleges/universities. Science courses such as Anatomy & Physiology, College Math and Microbiology courses completion time must not be older than five years at the time of admission to the college. Advance standing will not be granted to an applicant who has withdrawn from other nursing programs.
- Have all non-English credentials and transcripts translated and evaluated by SMCAH approved
Credential Evaluation Agencies:
The Admissions Committee is responsible for reviewing all applications and documents for admission. SMCAH admissions committee is made of 3 to 4 nursing faculty members who work together to make decisions about who is accepted as part of the next matriculating class.
Selection Process includes the applicant’s academic history such as prerequisite and college-level coursework, pre-admission test results and references. To be seriously considered, applicants must:
- Achieve a Reading Comprehension Score of 75% and a math score of 70% on Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam (higher scores carry more weight in the selection process).
- Earn A’s and B’s in all prerequisite coursework Exam (higher grades carry more weight in the selection process).
- Earn A’s and B’s in academic courses relevant to the Nursing program curriculum (especially A&P, Microbiology and College Mathematics).
- Evaluate recommendations from individuals who know the applicant strengths, particularly as related to becoming a nurse.
Successful applicants who are granted admission into the Associate of Applied Science (Nursing) are notified in writing. The successful applicants are required to return a signed copy of the application form and $75.00 application fees to the school’s admissions office two weeks before the start of classes. Admission is granted to qualified applicants who have met all the admission criteria and standards published in the catalog.
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- Applications and documents submitted by an applicant for the admission process remain the property of SMCAH and will not be returned to the applicant whether or not the applicant is admitted.
Admission Procedures for the Practical Nursing and Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing
- Complete a personal interview with the Program Director or designee and/or the school Financial Advisor.
- After the candidate has passed the entrance exam, an application for admission to the program can be obtained.
- Submit completed application form and payment of application fee.
- Submit two personal references from previous teachers, employers or coworkers.
- Submit a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR Certification card: current certification is required for all clinical courses. It is the student’s responsibility to keep the certification current.
- Supply complete documentation that health requirements are met: evidence of having received a physical exam, immunization for Rubella, Tetanus, and Hepatitis B series (or sign a waiver of decline for Hepatitis B immunization).
- Supply proof of a negative tuberculin skin test or chest x-ray. These records must be submitted before the first day of classes. It is the student’s responsibility to keep this information current.
- Health Insurance is strongly recommended.
- Saint Michael College of Allied Health assumes no responsibility for any injuries and/or illnesses incurred while performing one’s duties as a student nurse.
- Malpractice Insurance is provided by Saint Michael College of Allied Health for nursing students when performing duties on behalf of or under the direction of the college.
- Submit a drug screening result before the first day of classes. Students must abide by the drug screening policies of each clinical agency in which they are assigned for clinical practicum.
- Saint Michael College of Allied Health (SMCAH) maintains a drug-free environment.
- Students who test positive for illicit drugs will be excluded from the program.
- Criminal background checks will be conducted on all students prior to admission to the nursing program. If a student is found to have a criminal background after enrollment in the nursing program, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program due to his or her inability to progress.
- Students may be denied access to clinical facilities based on offences appearing on their criminal records which may have occurred more than seven years ago.
- Students should also know that having a criminal background may hinder future employment opportunities in healthcare facilities or homecare.
Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. To apply for Financial Aid, a student must be currently enrolled and complete an annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students must meet the following requirements:
- Be enrolled in an eligible program of study
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress
- Not already in federal student loan default
- Must be a United States citizen or permanent residency or refugee status.
Registration and Orientation activities are held on the first day of the semester for each newly admitted class.
- Students must complete all paperwork required for their record at the admissions office.
- Students must complete and obtain financial clearance from the accounting office.
Program Completion Rate – Student academic achievement is measured by graduation rate. The graduation rate is based on the number of admitted students who are attending after the add/drop date. The goal of the Practical Nursing Program and the Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (A.A.S.N) is that 70% of students will graduate on time, completing within 150% of the time allowed to complete the program.
Licensure Pass Rates – Student ability to pass the NCLEX-RN/PN on the first try is an indication of the success of educational preparation. The goal of the Saint Michael College of Allied Health Associate of Applied Science in nursing and the Practical Nursing Program is that the percentage of the program’s first time NCLEX pass rate will be at 80% or above.
Job Placement Rate- Graduates having a job in healthcare six to twelve months post-graduation is an indicator of the appropriate number of students prepared and the job demand in the area. The goal of the Saint Michael College of Allied Health Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing and the Practical Nursing Program is that at six to twelve months post-graduation, at least 90% of graduates seeking employment as professional nurses will report placement in a nursing position.
The goal of the Saint Michael College of Allied Health Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing and the Practical Nursing Program is that employers will strongly agree or agree (Likert scale) that at least 80% of graduates demonstrate proficiency in student learning outcomes.