Oct 17, 2019  
2016-2017 College Catalog 
    
2016-2017 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Professions Division


For additional information about these programs or progams that may not be included in this catalog, contact the Health Professions Division in Room 313 Historic Triangle, 757-825-2808 or 757/258-6531, healthprofessions@tncc.edu or at http://tncc.edu/health

Health Professions Division Program Admission Requirements

Thomas Nelson Community College offers Health Professions Programs that have admissions requirements beyond those for admission to the college. Students must complete prerequisite coursework and separate applications for these programs.

Health Professions Program Application Deadlines

Program Campus

Annual Application Period

Notification of Acceptance Entering Semester
Dental Hygiene Historic Triangle January 15-March 1 April 1 Fall
Nursing Pre-Licensure Program Hampton February 1 - March 31 May 1 Fall
Nursing Pre-Licensure Program Historic Triangle September 1-30 November 1 Spring
Nursing LPN to RN Program Hampton October 1-31 December 1 Spring

Dental Hygiene Program Admissions

Thomas Nelson Community College offers a dental hygiene program only at the Historic Triangle campus.

Steps to Admission

Step 1: Apply to the College

The application for admission to the college is available on the Thomas Nelson website. The application must be submitted electronically. Official high school transcripts, GED certificates, and any official college transcripts must be sent to the Enrollment Services Office. In order for official college transcripts to be evaluated, a transfer evaluation form must be completed and submitted to the Enrollment Services Office. This form can be found on the Thomas Nelson website.

Step 2: Take College Placement Tests

Take College Placement Tests in math, writing, and reading. As required by the College’s Placement Test results, all developmental courses must be satisfactorily completed prior to applying to the dental hygiene program.

Step 3: Complete the Dental Hygiene Program Prerequisite Requirements

The following courses will meet the dental hygiene program prerequisite requirements as outlined in the pre-dental hygiene career studies certificate:

Points are awarded in the admissions process as follows:
A= 5 points, B = 4 points, C = 3 points

Students must receive a “B” or higher in all science courses to be awarded points. The student must have a curricular GPA or 2.500 or above the semester prior to applying to the dental hygiene program. The curricular GPA is calculated using all prerequisite dental hygiene curricular courses (listed above) that have been completed.

Step 4: Complete Pre-Admission Testing

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) is required for admission. A testing appointment will be scheduled while completing the dental hygiene application process. The TEAS V test must be taken at Thomas Nelson and the scores are good for one year. The cost of the TEAS V must be paid by the student with a credit or debit card. Payment is due at the time of testing. Photo identification is also required at the time of testing. A required score on the TEAS V will be established by the dental hygiene program and used in conjunction with other criteria to determine admission status into the program. Information about the TEAS V test can be found at https://www.atitesting.com/Home.aspx.

Step 5: Apply to the Dental Hygiene Program

The dental hygiene program has a separate application process. The dental hygiene program anticipates receiving more applications than there are spaces available. Therefore, applications are reviewed and ranked by the dental hygiene admissions selection committee.

For an application or to make an appointment to apply to the dental hygiene program, please contact the Enrollment Services Department at the Historic Triangle Campus at 757/253-4755 or 757/253-4882.

Complete admissions packets include an application, official high school and college transcripts, current resume, dental background statement, TEAS V test scores, and two professional letters of recommendation. Applicants may elect to include copies of applicable certifications (dental assistant, CPR, and dental radiology). Upon review of admissions packets, the dental hygiene admissions selection committee invites the top applicants for personal interviews.

The program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”]. The Commission is a specialized body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is http://www.ada.org/100.aspx.

For more information, contact the Dental Hygiene Program in Suite 313 at the Historic Triangle Campus, 757-258-6598 or the Health Professions division via email at healthprofessions@tncc.edu.

Nursing Program Admissions

Thomas Nelson Community College offers pre-licensure nursing programs at both the Hampton and Historic Triangle Campuses.

First consideration for admission to the nursing programs will be given to domicile residents of Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Poquoson, James City County and York County. If there are other spaces available, consideration will be given to:

1) Other Virginia domicile residents
2) Out-of-State Applicants

Steps to Admission

Step 1: Apply to the College and Submit Official Transcripts

The application for admission to the college is available on the Thomas Nelson website. The application must be submitted electronically. Official high school transcripts, GED certificates, and any official college transcripts must be sent to the Enrollment Services Office. In order for official college transcripts to be evaluated, a transfer evaluation form must be completed and submitted to the Enrollment Services Office. This form can be found on the Thomas Nelson website.

Step 2: Take College Placement Tests

As required by the College’s placement test results, all developmental courses must be satisfactorily completed prior to applying to the nursing program.

Step 3: Complete the Nursing Program Prerequisite Requirements

The following courses will meet the nursing program prerequisite requirements:

  • High School Chemistry: One year required with a final course grade of “C” or higher. If the high school prerequisite has not been met, any of the following courses will satisfy this requirement: CHM 1 , CHM 101 , CHM 111  or any higher level CHM course.
  • High School Algebra: One year required with a final course grade of “C” or higher. If the high school prerequisite has not been met, the following courses will satisfy this requirement: Math Modules 1-5 or any higher level MTH course.

In addition to the high school prerequisites, the following courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher before applying to the nursing program:

LPN to RN Articulation program applicants must also complete the following course with a grade of “C” or higher before applying to the nursing program.

The Nursing Program promotion policies require that students complete BIO 101 , BIO 141 , BIO 142 , BIO 150 , and ENG 111  with a grade of “C” or higher.

Step 4: Begin Courses as Outlined in the Pre-Nursing Career Studies Certificate

The nursing program receives more applications for admission than there are spaces available. Therefore, applications are reviewed and ranked by the nursing admission selection committee. A point value has been assigned to these general education courses. For courses successfully completed prior to the application period, the points awarded will be awarded as follows:

The average curricular GPA of students offered admission to the nursing program was 3.624 in the most recent academic year. The student must have a curricular GPA of 2.500 or above at the time of application to the nursing program. The curricular GPA is calculated for BIO 101 , BIO 141 , ENG 111  and general education courses (listed above) that have been completed. Point may be deducted for multiple course attempts. The Enrollment Services Office will calculate the curricular GPA (includes all course attempts within the last five years).

Important Note to All Transfer Students: No transfer credit shall be given for courses with grades lower than “C”. A minimum GPA of 2.500 is required to apply to the nursing program.

Step 5: Attend a Nursing Program Information Session and Obtain Two Letters of Reference

Dates and times of the nursing program information sessions are posted on the Thomas Nelson website. A certificate of attendance will be provided. The certificate must be included with the application. The reference forms are located on the Thomas Nelson website under nursing program information.

Step 6: Send a Notice of Intent to Apply

Email your intent to apply to Enrollment Services at NursingApplication@tncc.edu during the application period only. The email must be sent from your Thomas Nelson email address and must include your name and student ID number. You will receive an email notification from Enrollment Services regarding your eligibility to apply.

In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following:

  • Successful completion of the nursing program prerequisites
  • Curricular GPA of 2.500 or above
  • Official high school transcripts or GED certificate and any other official college transcripts on file and evaluated by Enrollment Services
  • Certificate of Attendance from a nursing program information session (good for one year)
  • Official LPN school transcripts (LPN to RN Articulation student only)
  • Current unrestricted LPN license (LPN to RN Articulation students only)

Step 7: Apply to the Nursing Program

After receipt of an eligibility notification, meet with an Enrollment Services staff member, in Room 208 Griffin Hall, Hampton Campus or Room 117 at the Historic Triangle Campus to complete a nursing application. The Certificate of Attendance from the nursing program information session and two letters of reference must be included with your application.

Step 8: Complete Pre-Admission Testing

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) is required for admission.

A testing appointment will be scheduled while completing your nursing application. The TEAS V test must be taken at Thomas Nelson and the scores are good for one year. The cost of the TEAS V must be paid by the student with a credit or debit card. Payment is due at the time of testing. Photo identification is also required at the time of testing. A required score on the TEAS V will established by the nursing program and used in conjunction with other criteria to determine admission status into the nursing program. Information about the TEAS V test can be found at  https://www.atitesting.com/Home.aspx.

Acceptance

All students who apply to the nursing program will be notified of their admission status by mail. Students applying to the Hampton Campus will be notified by May 1st. Students applying to the Historic Triangle Campus will be notified by November 1st. Students applying to the Hampton LPN to RN Articulation program will be notified by December 1st. There are two types of acceptance: conditional and alternate.

Conditional Acceptance: All students who are awarded conditional acceptance must attend a mandatory orientation session. During this session, students will receive information regarding submission of a pre-entrance medical exam, immunization records, validation of successful completion of the American Heart Association’s Healthcare Provider CPR course, and a criminal background check and drug screen. Failure satisfactorily to meet all of the requirements by the due dates identified will result in cancellation of acceptance status to the program.

Alternate Status: Alternates have met the admission requirements but the number of applications that were received exceeded the number of students that could be accepted. Normally, the nursing program has students who decline admission, and attrition occurs. Should seats become available, students with alternate status may then be offered conditional acceptance based upon the point totals, GPA, and TEAS V scores. In the event that alternates have equal points, curricular GPA will be considered to determine admission status. If alternates are not offered admission, they will be given first admission priority during the following year’s admission process. Alternates who are not admitted must reapply in the following year’s admission period, must maintain a minimum curricular GPA of 2.500, and must retake the TEAS V test or use their previous TEAS V score (within one year).

This program is fully approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Nursing. The program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326 (www.acenursing.org)

For more information, contact the Nursing Program in Room 747 Hampton III, 757/825-2808, or the Health Professions division via email at healthprofessions@tncc.edu.

Dental Hygiene

Programs

Career Degree

Career Studies Certificate

Emergency Medical Services and Fire Science Technology

Programs

Career Degree

Career Studies Certificate

Health and Physical Education

Nursing

Programs

Career Degree

Career Studies Certificate