VIRGINIA APPALACHIAN TRICOLLEGE NURSING PROGRAM
The Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program
(VATNP) is jointly operated by Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC),
Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC), and Mountain Empire Community
College (MECC). The general, unspecialized courses and all nursing courses are
offered on each campus.
A Coordinating Council, composed of the President of each
College, the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services at VHCC, the
Vice President of Academic and Student Services at SWCC, the Vice President of
Academic and Student Services at MECC, and the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health
coordinate and direct the overall operation of the nursing program. Such matters
as the program budget, changes in the curriculum, development of schedules,
selection and evaluation of nursing faculty, criteria for selection of nursing
students, and evaluation of the effectiveness of the nursing program are
considered by the Coordinating Council for final disposition. All nursing
faculty members are employed by the Virginia Highlands Community College and
assigned to one of the three colleges as appropriate; faculty members will
travel to each of the three campuses throughout the academic year and may be
reassigned based on student enrollment and individual needs of the campuses.
DEAN OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Dean of Nursing & Allied Health is the chief administrative officer
for the Nursing & Allied Health Division under the direct supervision of the
Vice President of Instruction and Student Services. The Dean further serves as
chief administrative officer of the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing
Program (VATNP) and is responsible to the VATNP Coordinating Council in matters
of overall policies related to VATNP. The responsibilities of the Dean of
Nursing & Allied Health include the following:
- Providing professional leadership and supervision to the teaching and
student services personnel within the division including VATNP personnel.
- Overseeing the preparation of the Course of Study of each nursing course
and assuring that the required documentation is provided.
- Preparing budget estimates for personnel, supplies, and equipment for
the division and VATNP, in accordance with the standardized budget
preparation procedures. The Dean is responsible for the proper expenditure
of funds budgeted to the division.
- Assuming responsibility for all divisional equipment and supplies,
including VATNP equipment and supplies located at VHCC, and for cooperating
with the Vice President of Financial and Administrative Services to maintain
an inventory of all assigned equipment.
- Orienting new instructors to the philosophy of the College, the
division and its organization, with the courses they are to teach, and with
the structure and organization of VATNP as appropriate.
- Providing leadership for implementing institutional effectiveness
processes within the division including, but not limited to the following:
strategic planning, program review, student outcomes assessment, core
competency testing, and VATNP graduate follow-up, using a variety of
measures and institutional data to improve programs and processes as
determined necessary and appropriate.
- Recommending to the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services
new division and VATNP personnel, including the responsibility for
initiation of recruitment activities.
- Developing a detailed schedule of nursing and allied health classes for
recommendation to the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services and
the VATNP Coordinating Council as appropriate.
- Preparing an annual written evaluation of each member of the VATNP
faculty and staff according to the VHCC evaluation plan and making
recommendations regarding promotions and multi-year appointments.
- Preparing an annual report of the divisional activities and VATNP
program activities, and making recommendations for changes in policies and
- Assuming responsibility for seeing that an effective program of student
advising and student scheduling is maintained.
- Directing selection and admission of students to the VATNP.
- Developing and maintaining cooperative agreements with health care
- Representing the College and VATNP at state and national meetings.
- Directing the preparation of reports for the Virginia Board of Nursing
and specialized accreditation agencies as appropriate.
- Meeting with divisional Citizens Advisory Committees annually.
- Evaluating allied health programs offered at the College or through
VATNP and recommending any changes in program offerings to the Vice
President of Instruction and Student Services, the administrative advisory
committees of the allied health programs, or the VATNP Coordinating Council
- Presiding at VATNP curriculum advisory committee meetings and preparing
the agenda for each meeting of the VATNP Coordinating Council.
- Assisting the faculty, counselors, and Learning Lab Coordinator in
devising and administering the College's placement testing program and the
VATNP pre-admission testing process.
- Directing publicity for VATNP and allied health programs including
college catalog and web-based information.
- Performing such other functions as may be designated by the Vice
President of Instruction and Student Services or the VATNP Coordinating
VATNP ASSISTANT DIRECTORS
One nursing faculty member from each of the three consortium colleges, MECC,
SWCC, and VHCC will be designated to assume some coordinating functions for that
campus under the direction of the program dean. In addition to the duties
expected of all nursing faculty members, these designated faculty members are
Assistant Directors’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to the
- 1. Identify adjuncts, assist with completion of required paperwork and
contract information including clinical dates, location and scheduled work
- Provide adjunct orientation, mentor adjuncts, and perform on-site
adjunct evaluations. On-site evaluation should be completed the first 2
semesters of employment and at least one time per year after the first year.
- Assist with new faculty orientation and mentoring.
- Assist with identifying new clinical facilities and completing required
clinical affiliation agreements.
- Prepares supply list to program administrative assistant by the
designated date and process orders for supplies through campus business
office after approval by VATNP office.
- Submit campus schedules for classes and classrooms after conferring with
the program dean.
- Assist with new student orientation/orientation committee.
- Assist with ordering and distribution of progressive testing and
remediation materials as needed.
- Liaison with Dean and administrators at each campus.
- Coordinate College Catalog updates, review in January, initiated from
- Review VATNP Student Handbook and Policies annually, revisions
completed by no later than March 1.
- Assist with issues related to admissions and refer to Dean when
- Liaison between VATNP students and Dean, scheduling appointments for
on-campus visits as needed.
- Oversee membership of Community Advisory Committee by identifying and
recruiting community members appropriate for the committee.
VATNP LEAD TEACHERS
One nursing faculty member is designated as lead teacher for each nursing
course. In addition to the responsibilities of all nursing faculty members, the
lead teachers, under the general supervision of the Dean of Nursing & Allied
Health, are responsible for:
- Leading the faculty team in planning, implementing, evaluating and
revising the course(s) for which responsible.
- Maintaining a complete and accurate course file for the assigned
course(s) each semester.
- Maintaining accurate minutes reflecting the work accomplished in team
- Communicating with all clinical agencies to be utilized in the course(s)
for which responsible relative to students' clinical activities and
- VATNP is jointly operated by VHCC, SWCC, and MECC. The general,
unspecialized courses and all nursing courses are offered on each campus.
- Faculty are employed by VHCC and assigned to individual campuses