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Associate of Applied Science

TCC nursing students and faculty get receive clinical experience with patient care simulators 

Your future as a registered nurse awaits

State-of-the-art classrooms, small class sizes, simulation labs and dedicated faculty make TCC's nursing program your best choice

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Nursing is the fastest growing profession in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Let Tidewater Community College’s nationally accredited Beazley School of Nursing get you started in one of the most rewarding, in-demand careers in health care. 

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions and provide advice and support to patients and their family members during an illness.

Nurses work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, outpatient facilities, nursing care centers, schools and home health organizations. Some are educators. Find your nursing niche at TCC.

TCC's program integrates classroom learning, clinical experience in patient care simulators and clinical rotations to provide a comprehensive education. 

Graduates of our two-year associate degree program are qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), allowing you to practice anywhere in the U.S.

Already a licensed practical nurse (LPN)? 
TCC offers a track for LPNs who have graduated from certain regional schools in the last five years and an accelerated track for LPNs who have graduated from accredited programs recognized by the Virginia Board of Nursing.

Admission to this program is very competitive. Be sure to read over the additional admission requirements below.

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Program also offered at Eastern Shore Community College

Clinical rotations with every major health system in Hampton Roads, including Sentara, Bon Secours and Chesapeake Regional

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Brittany Mitchell worked as a care coordinator before returning to TCC to pursue her dream of working more closely with patients

National accreditation

TCC’s Beazley School of Nursing has been awarded Continuing Accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing.

Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field have a median annual salary of $59,904*

IMPORTANT Additional admission requirements

Your acceptance as a Tidewater Community College student does not guarantee admission to most TCC health profession programs. We want you to be aware of these additional requirements and important information for this program.

If you are a new TCC student, begin your journey by applying for admission and financial aid. On your application, indicate that you intend to pursue the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.

As a prospective nursing student, you must also:

1. Familiarize yourself with admissions requirements and procedures by downloading the program packet. The packet also contains details of the two LPN tracks.

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2. Attend a mandatory information session, which is held the third Wednesday of the month from 3 to 5 p.m. (except August, December and May) on the Portsmouth Campus, Building A, The Forum 

Topics covered are general information, admissions process, prerequisite courses, selection process, curriculum, hands-on learning in clinical settings, provisional acceptance requirements and more. Faculty and staff will be available to answer your questions.

3. Take the Nursing Admission Assessment Exam (HESI A2) in the Testing Center at any of the four TCC campuses. Details

4. Complete and submit the Beazley School of Nursing self-assessment and application for admission, found in the program packet. Applications are accepted July 15-Aug. 15 for spring admission and Jan. 15-Feb. 15 for fall admission. 

5. Make sure you receive appropriate transfer credits from previous college studies and work experience.

A physical examination and criminal/sex offender background check are required. Consult the program packet for additional requirements and academic prerequisites.

What does this program cost?

You can complete an associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing consists of 5 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly on the Portsmouth Campus and at clinical sites.

2015-16 in-state tuition and mandatory fees:
69 credits x $172.35 per credit = $11,892.15 (not including textbooks and supplies)

Additional costs include uniforms, shoes, stethoscope, testing fees and a criminal background check ($46).

Where can you go?

Most graduates find jobs after earning the associate degree; 90% or more of licensed graduates seeking employment are employed within one year following graduation.

You can also pursue a bachelor's in nursing (BSN) or master's in nursing (MSN).

TCC and Virginia’s Community Colleges partner to offer seamless transfer of academic credits between nursing programs, many of them offering guaranteed admission to qualified applicants.

You may transfer to the nursing programs at Radford University, the University of Virginia, Bluefield College, Lynchburg College, ECPI, George Washington University and Western Governors University's online program.

TCC's associate degree also transfers into Hampton University's bachelor of science in nursing and Old Dominion University's bachelor's programs in nursing and in health sciences.

Our transfer agreement with Old Dominion University allows you to earn your BSN concurrently with your associate degree.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • are strong in science and math
  • enjoy patient interaction
  • are organized and focused
Mission statement and program outcomes

TCC Nursing Mission Statement and Learning Outcomes

NCLEX pass rates for associate degrees in nursing in Virginia (Excel spreadsheet)

Graduate Satisfaction: For the last three years (2012, 2013 and 2014) responses from graduates indicate that 90% or more of students responding to graduate surveys report overall satisfaction with the program.

Employer Satisfaction: For the last three years (2012, 2013 and 2014) responses from graduates indicate that 90% or more of employers responding to employer surveys report overall satisfaction with the program.

Employment Rates: For the last three years (2012, 2013 and 2014) responses from graduates indicate that 90% or more of licensed graduates seeking employment are employed within one year following graduation.

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.