Orientation Forms and Requirements | Thomas Nelson Community College

Orientation Forms and Requirements




Congratulations on your conditional acceptance to Thomas Nelson’s Spring 2022 A.A.S. Nursing Program at the Historic Triangle Campus with classes that begin on January 10.  To fulfill admissions requirements, your attendance at the following Nursing Orientation session is mandatory:

DATE:  Tuesday, October 26, 2021

TIME:  3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

LOCATION:  Virtual via ZOOM https://vccs.zoom.us/j/88480890516

Please print these instructions for your reference at Orientation. [Nursing Admissions & Orientation Information].  Please submit all requirements in separate PDF files to psahhs@tncc.edu; do not send several requirements combined into one PDF.  Do not separate multiple pages of a document into separate PDF files.
To change your program of study to A.A.S. Nursing, please fill in your personal info at the top, add your current program of study in the first box (pre-nursing, social science, etc.), and sign/date the bottom of a Program Declaration Form [Program Change Form].  Please email  this form to PSAHHS@tncc.edu by THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2021.


1. Complete a drug screen and background check through CastleBranch.  You must register by Thursday, October 28, 2021 and submit your sample to Lab Corp by Monday, November 1, 2021. Please use Package Code HO27 (that's a capital O, not a zero) and follow the CastleBranch instructions [CastleBranch Instructions]. The nursing office will receive your reports; no need to submit copies.

You will register for a background check, drug screen and physical requirements tracker using this code.  The cost of these services is $155.

2. Order uniforms at The Uniform Connection by November 5, 2021.  [Uniform Order Form]  Orders will be taken from October 26 through November 5, 2021 between the hours of 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM (Closed on Sundays).  Payment is due at the time of the order by Cash or Credit Card; personal checks are not accepted.   Masks and social distancing are required. An all-in-one cost effective package of your clinical equipment (Stethoscope, Blood Pressure cuff,  Watch, Pen Light, Hemostat, and Bandage Scissors) will be available to order with your uniform order.

3. Provide a copy of your AHA BLS Certification for Healthcare Providers.  BLS for Healthcare Provider certification must be through American Heart Association or through one of their approved agencies only. (Red Cross certification is not accepted.) 

Thomas Nelson is offering a FREE AHA BLS certification class on Monday, November 8, 2021, from 5:00 to 9:30 pm in Hampton III.  Please email the course coordinator, Jeff Bonavita at BonavitaJ@tncc.edu to register and obtain more information. 

Upload both sides of your signed certification card or your eCard to CastleBranch AND scan a copy to PSAHHS@tncc.edu by Friday, December 17, 2021.

4. Review the nursing program policies in the Nursing Student Handbook [Nursing Student Handbook] and the Board of Nursing Code of Virginia [Code of Virginia] and [Regulations Governing The Practice of Nursing]  Please sign and email the Acknowledgment form for the Nursing Standards Affirmation Statement found in the FA21 Nursing Forms Packet [FA21 Nursing Forms Packet] by Friday, December 17, 2021 to PSAHHS@tncc.edu.

5. Clinical Forms & Information:  Please review the Guidelines for Clinical Dress [Guidelines for Clinical Dress] and the Clinical section in the Nursing Student Handbook.  Please also review the Clinical Functions and Technical Standards [Clinical Functions & Technical Standards]. 

Please complete the RHS clinical application forms [RHS Application for Patriot's Colony] for your first clinical rotation as follows:

Page 1 – Please complete your personal info at the top, including the last 4 digits of your SSN and any RHS employment information (list dates and facility if applicable).  Clinical details for “Clinical Learning Experience” leave blank, and add your name at the bottom.

Page 2 – Please print/sign and date at the bottom.

Page 3 – Please initial by each line item and print/sign and date at the bottom and be sure to include the last 4 digits of your SSN.

Page 4 - Please print/sign and date the confidentiality agreement.

Page 5 - Please print/sign, add Thomas Nelson and date at the bottom.

Page 6 - This is for Respiratory Therapy students and not required for RN students. Please remove this form from your application.

Save only the first 5 pages of your completed RHS application to a single PDF file and email it to  PSAHHS@tncc.edu.  Also, please print all 5 pages and BRING THE APPLICATION FORMS WITH YOU ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS when it will be discussed.

N95 masks are required for clinical rotations.  If you have a current fit test, please scan a copy of your fit test completion card in an email to PSAHHS@tncc.edu with your RHS application.

RHS Clinical application forms and N95 completion card (if you have it already) are due on Friday, December 17, 2021.

  6. Please provide documentation and complete the forms in the links below to submit following physical requirements as specified by Friday, December 17, 2021:

  • Physical exam [Health History, Physical Exam & Immunizations] – Upload to CastleBranch.
  • Provide documentation for your immunization history (Page 4 of the Health History, Physical Exam and Immunizations forms above) to include:
    • 2 MMR vaccines or positive titer
    • 2 Varicella vaccines or positive titer (history of chicken pox is not sufficient) [CDC Varicella Information]
    • 3 HepB vaccines, positive titer, or sign the HepB declination waiver [HepB Declination Waiver].  HepB is the only requirement that can be waived. [CDC HepB Information]
    •                                                                                                                                  OR
    • Heplisav (HepB-CpG) 2-vaccine series – This vaccine requires a positive titer (anti-HBs ≥10 mIU/ml) to prove immunity.
  • Current TDap (expires after 10 years)

Upload all MMR, Varicella, HepB and Tdap documentation to CastleBranch ONLY – DO NOT send these to PSAHHS@tncc.edu.

  • TB Requirements:
    • Negative IGRA test results from either (1) QuantifFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (GFT-GIT) or  (2) T-SPOT®B test (T-Spot)
    •                                                                                                                  OR
    • Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Tests (TST)/2-step PPD -- Complete the survey portion at the top.  Your provider will complete the middle box for Step 1, and then return to your provider 2 weeks later to complete Step 2. Your provider will need to complete the Thomas Nelson form [TNCC PPD Form]
  • If you have a positive TST/PPD  or IGRA, documentation of a negative chest x-ray subsequent to the positive TST is required along with the completed survey at the top of the TNCC PPD Form.

        Upload all TB documentation to CastleBranch  AND email to PSAHHS@TNCC.edu.

  • 2021-22 flu shot documentation [TNCC Flu Consent Form] to be completed by your provider and signed by you both. If additional flu forms are returned to you by your provider, please include these with your TNCC flu shot form.  Please also complete the Influenza Vaccination Attestation [Influenza Vaccination Attestation].  If you have a medical exemption for the flu shot, please complete the RHS Vaccine Exemption Form  [RHS Vaccine Exemption Form]. Upload all flu shot documentation to CastleBranch  AND email to PSAHHS@TNCC.edu

Please follow these requirements and restrictions:

1.   No intranasal – This type of administration will limit your clinical experience as you cannot work with immuno-compromised patients and must wear mask at all times.

2. Must be .5ml IM.

3. Must submit attached flu form and documentation from shot provider - be sure it includes date administered, lot# and expiration date of vaccine, and your provider signs.

  • COVID vaccinations are required by our clinical sites.  All students attending clinical rotations will need to complete COVID vaccination series and boosters as necessary in order to attend clinical.  This requirement cannot be declined, and only approved medical or religious exemptions will be accepted.  A medical exemption form can be obtained through your medical provider.  Please visit 12VAC5-110-80. Exemptions from immunization requirements. (virginia.gov) for more information on a religious exemption. If you have an approved exemption, please complete the RHS Vaccine Exemption Form [RHS Vaccine Exemption Form].
  • Please complete and sign the Thomas Nelson COVID Rish Assessment Form [TNCC COVID Risk Form].
  • Please submit a PDF of your TNCC COVID Risk Assessment and COVID vaccination card or your RHS Exemption Form and any other exemption documents CastleBranch  AND email to PSAHHS@TNCC.edu by Friday, December 17, 2021.

Documentation for all of the above physical requirements is due Friday, December 17, 2021.

 7. Tuition is due by Friday, December 3, 2021.  Please review the list of program expenses and the list of                         nursing program credits and curriculum.  [Program Expenses], [RN Credits and Curriculum], and [PN-RN CSC Bridge Credits and Curriculum

ISBN information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.  

Textbooks MUST be purchased from the Thomas Nelson Bookstore as a bundle package using ISBN #9780323967228 for ADN RN 1st  semester  students at the Historic Triangle Campus [Elsevier Textbook Flyer]. Please contact Financial Aid Office for the scheduled day for nursing students in the Bookstore.

This PN-RN info is not applicable for the Fall 2021 Orientation Session. PN-RN CSC students must purchase both 1st and 2nd semester book packages before classes begin. PN-RN CSC students will use ISBN#______________ and #________________.

Please visit https://www.tncc.edu/services/bookstore for more textbook information and to order your nursing book package.  Please follow these instructions for on-line ordering from the Bookstore. [On-Line Ordering Instructions]  Please visit https://www.bkstr.com/thomasnelsonccstore/home to place your book order.

Please call (757) 825-2864 in Hampton and (757) 258-6547 at HT if you have questions and need for more assistance.

 8. Program forms [FA21 Nursing Forms] are to be returned to the Nursing Office on Friday, December 17, 2021:

These above forms packet and 3 additional forms are the only forms that can be combined into one PDF file for submission as they are for Thomas Nelson use only and are not submitted to clinical sites.  Please scan all forms to a single PDF file in an email to  PSAHHS@TNCC.edu.

 9. Student Nurses’ Association Welcome Information [SNA Flyer].

10. Concurrent and Traditional BSN Programs at ODU – The concurrent program allows students enrolled in Thomas Nelson’s RN program to take on-line courses at ODU toward their BSN at the same time.  After Thomas Nelson graduation and program completion, you are eligible to take NCLEX, and then a few months and final ODU project later, a BSN from ODU is earned.  This is an aggressive educational track, so it is highly recommended that students do not take on the extra work required by this double major until the 2nd semester at Thomas Nelson; adjust to the nursing course/workload before you begin the concurrent program. 

    If you prefer a traditional track for your BSN, ODU also offers an RN to BSN program that starts after Thomas Nelson’s program is complete.  It is a 2-year curriculum.  Please review the information:

          a. Concurrent Letter
          b. PC-RN TO BSN
          c.  RN-BSN

Please contact Ms. Jacquelyn Nielsen at JBNielse@ODU.edu for more direction and information on this concurrent or traditional BSN program. 

11. Please visit https://www.tncc.edu/police/parking for information and direction to obtain your student ID and parking pass if you don't already have them. Please submit this parking permit application [Student Parking Application].  Permits can be picked up at the Hampton campus, Diggs Hall, room 155 and Historic Triangle campus, room 116.


      CASTLEBRANCH (as necessary for applicable requirements)



     [Orientation Power Points] are provided for your reference.