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2018-2019

Pre-nursing

College of Humanities and Sciences

 
Program description

Students interested in the highly competitive nursing program must complete the pre-health major in nursing requirements prior to application. A total minimum of 28 credits is required for application to the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. A minimum cumulative GPA is also required. Applicants whose native language is not exclusively English must submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores. For more information about these requirements, visit  the School of Nursing’s website.

Because admission to the B.S. in Nursing program is highly competitive, it is imperative that all pre-health students who intend to pursue a major in nursing work in tandem with their UAA pre-health major academic adviser to consider parallel majors that satisfy similar career outcomes. Completion of the pre-health major in nursing does not guarantee admission to the traditional program for the B.S. in Nursing nor does it result in a college degree.

Career opportunities

Registered nurses (RNs) care for patients, providing them with treatment, counseling and education. RNs work closely with a patient’s physicians and other health professionals as part of the healthcare team. Depending on their area of specialization and work setting, RNs perform some or all of the following:

  • develop and implement individualized plans for a patient’s care.
  • monitor and record patients’ needs and changing conditions.
  • administer prescribed medications and treatments.
  • educate individuals on self-care, including maintaining health and preventing illness/injury.   

With a Master's or Doctoral Degree, you could also become a Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, or an Advanced Practice Nurse.

Change of major requirements

Current VCU students who wish to change their major to the pre-health major in nursing must meet the following criteria to be considered for the major:  Minimum GPA of 3.0. No more than 75 credits completed. Students who do not meet these requirements may see a pre-health adviser, but they will be referred for programming and not assigned to an adviser.


Bachelor-level job titles
  • Acute care nurse
  • Community health nurse/public health nurse
  • Critical care nurse
  • Geriatric nurse
  • Registered nurse
  • School nurse
Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 141
Science required
  • 3-4 additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 3.0
Department name:
University Academic Advising
Building/room location:
Hibbs Hall, First Floor
Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
Monroe park
Phone:
(804) 827-8648
Email:
prehealthadv@vcu.edu

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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss tutoring, course electives, and degree progression.
  • Go to an Application Workshop with Pre-Health Advising to learn how to be a competitive candidate for your Nursing program application.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Apply to live in the ASPiRE, Globe, INNOVATE, or LEAD Living & Learning Programs.
  • Get involved through the VCU Student Government Association (SGA) or one of over 450 clubs and organizations on campus.
  • Take a service-learning class.
  • Register to vote and vote in Virginia.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about your study abroad options by visiting a study abroad fair and attending a First Advising Session in the Global Education Office.
  • Review the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs website for programs, events, and resources.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Explore “What Can I Do With This Major” to learn about employers and job titles in your field.
  • Complete your Handshake profile and opt-in to industry email lists to learn about opportunities.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
  • Explore Career Pathways for Healthcare on Career Services’ website.
  • Build your LinkedIn profile with Career Services.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Go to your professors’ “Office Hours” to discuss research interests, picking classes in your major, and strategies for success in your degree program.
  • Explore and complete admission requirements for other Nursing programs throughout Virginia, and consider doing a degree completion or R.N. to B.S.N. program at VCU. 
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Volunteer in the community to address a social issue (ConnectVA & HandsOnRVA).   
  • Learn about and explore Richmond museums, parks, festivals, and cultural events. 
  • Join a healthcare student organization, such as the Pre-Nursing Rams or HOSA.
  • Explore peer leadership opportunities on campus such as becoming a Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, or Supplemental Instruction Leader.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Participate in an Alternative Spring Break trip.
  • Minority students interested in professional health sciences should apply to participate in the Summer Academic Enrichment Program.   
  • Review your major’s study abroad advising sheet and the list of courses other students have taken to find a program that will work for you. 
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create a draft of your resume and have it reviewed at drop-ins at VCU Career Services.
  • Apply to the Allied Health Career Exploration program by the April 3rd deadline to participate this upcoming summer!
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct an informational interview or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Reflect on your involvement and what has been most meaningful to you in your first year.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Apply to the Nursing program by the February 1st deadline!
  • Make sure to complete all pre-requisites by the end of the year, with a minimum of 28 credits. Review the Bulletin for course requirements. If enrolled in BIOL 205, you must have a B or higher in Anatomy!
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Create and complete a community-engaged research project.
  • Attend civic meetings, such as school board, neighborhood associations, city council, or state legislative sessions.
  • Apply for I-LEAD Connect, Alternative Spring Break, and other campus-wide leadership and service events through University Student Commons and Activities.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Consider becoming a diversity ambassador with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
  • Experience VCU’s richness of diversity by attending VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival. 
  • Apply for a Fulbright or other post-graduate international fellowship program through VCU’s National Scholarship Office.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Go to an Information Session or Tour of The School of Nursing and meet people in the department.
  • Take on a leadership role in a student organization or club or go deeper in your service opportunities.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs and events throughout the year to explore your interests.
  • Learn how to cope with stress and adapt to a fast-paced, changing environment by utilizing VCU’s Artfulness and Mindfulness resources. 

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Consider taking Medical Microbiology at VCU (BIOL 209 & BIOZ 209) or the equivalent course at a community college over the Summer, if admitted or waitlisted to the School of Nursing.
  • Consider taking a foreign language to better communicate with a diverse group of patients.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Serve in a leadership role or as a board member of a community organization that supports work you care about.  
  • Consider applying for a year-long service opportunity after graduation like VCU AmeriCorps, Literacy Lab, Fulbright Student Scholars, Teach for America and City Year.
  • Participate in VCU Arts Qatar Day and apply for the Qatar Leadership Exchange.
  • Attend a program through the Wellness Resource Center.
  • Challenge yourself through a Group Exercise class or an Outdoor Adventure Program trip or activity.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Get to know other VCU students from all over the world at a monthly Global Café!
  • Review this sheet to identify activities that you haven’t tried yet and find ways to engage.
  • Consider applying for the Peace Corps.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Join a professional association, such as the American Nurses Association (ANA), as a student member. Go to a conference.
  • Participate in a mock interview at VCU Career Services.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Understand your interests and career goals by taking an assessment with VCU Career Services, such as the Strong Interest Inventory - Free of charge!
  • Make a list of your skills and prepare to articulate them on a resume, in your personal statement, and in an interview.
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon
2018-2019

Pre-nursing

College of Humanities and Sciences

Concentration(s):
No concentration
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore 1st semester (By Nov. 1 Or April 1)
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss tutoring, course electives, and degree progression.
  • Go to an Application Workshop with Pre-Health Advising to learn how to be a competitive candidate for your Nursing program application.
  • Explore “What Can I Do With This Major” to learn about employers and job titles in your field.
  • Complete your Handshake profile and opt-in to industry email lists to learn about opportunities.
Experience Remainder of 1st semester
  • Go to your professors’ “Office Hours” to discuss research interests, picking classes in your major, and strategies for success in your degree program.
  • Explore and complete admission requirements for other Nursing programs throughout Virginia, and consider doing a degree completion or R.N. to B.S.N. program at VCU. 
  • Conduct an informational interview or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Reflect on your involvement and what has been most meaningful to you in your first year.
2nd semester (By Feb. 1 or Sept. 1)
  • Apply to the Nursing program by the February 1st deadline!
  • Make sure to complete all pre-requisites by the end of the year, with a minimum of 28 credits. Review the Bulletin for course requirements. If enrolled in BIOL 205, you must have a B or higher in Anatomy!
Experience Remainder of 2nd semester
  • Consider taking Medical Microbiology at VCU (BIOL 209 & BIOZ 209) or the equivalent course at a community college over the Summer, if admitted or waitlisted to the School of Nursing.
  • Consider taking a foreign language to better communicate with a diverse group of patients.
  • Get to know other VCU students from all over the world at a monthly Global Café
  • Review this sheet to identify activities that you haven’t tried yet and find ways to engage.
  • Consider applying for the Peace Corps