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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Nursing, R.N.-B.S. Completion Program

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Applied Science: Nursing and Associate of Science: General Studies (Reynolds Community College)
Reynolds Community College
Reynolds Community College
Program description

The Guaranteed Admission Agreement for nursing provides a 3+1 year pathway for students to progress from the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing degree directly to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BS Completion Program) at Virginia Commonwealth University.  To be guaranteed admission, a student must: 1) complete the AAS in Nursing degree; 2) earn a minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.0; 3) earn a minimum grade of “B” in all the required nursing (NSG) classes for the AAS degree; and 4) earn a minimum grade of “C” in all the other required classes for the AAS and AS degrees.

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.
The RN to BS program provides a pathway for licensed registered nurses to earn a BS degree in nursing. The program allows RNs to add knowledge and skills in order to take on greater responsibility in health care. The BS will assist nurses who wish to have a role in leadership as well as provide mobility in a growing profession. The BS can also lead to advancing education in graduate programs.  
Bachelor-level job titles
  • Acute Care Nurse
  • Case Manager
  • Community Health Nurse/Public Health Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Geriatric Nurse
  • Health Educator
  • Nurse Manager
  • Quality Coordinator
  • School Nurse
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Educator/Instructor
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Researcher
Contact information


VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree (A.A.S. in Nursing)
Minimum GPA of 3.0
Earn a minimum grade of "B" in all the required nursing (NSG) classes for the A.A.S. degree
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

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

Transfer major map
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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Nursing, R.N.-B.S. Completion Program

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Applied Science: Nursing and Associate of Science: General Studies)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Attend Reynolds orientation (SOAR).
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Complete prerequisite courses for admission to the AAS program.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to nursing through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
Experience Year 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Reflect on your academic preparation for VCU by completing the MINDSET Inventory.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Reynolds orientation (SOAR).
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Complete prerequisite courses for admission to the AAS program.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to nursing through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Reflect on your academic preparation for VCU by completing the MINDSET Inventory.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Nursing, R.N.-B.S. Completion Program

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Applied Science: Nursing and Associate of Science: General Studies)

Reynolds Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
Associate of Applied Arts in Nursing requirements
SDV 100 College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents) BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 206 4 Major (Admission Prerequisite)
ENG 111 College Composition I UNIV 111-112 3 General education (Admission Prerequisite)
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology PSYC 304 3 Major (Admission Prerequisite)
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents) BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 206 4 Major (Admission Prerequisite)
NSG 100 Introduction to Nursing Concepts Proficiency Credits 4 Major
NSG 106 Competencies for Nursing Practice Proficiency Credits 2 Major
NSG 130 Professional Nursing Concepts Proficiency Credits 1 Major
NSG 200 Health Promotion and Assessment Proficiency Credits 3 Major
BIO 150 Introductory Microbiology BIOL/Z 209 4 Major (Admission Prerequisite)
NSG 152 Health Care Participant Proficiency Credits 3 Major
NSG 170 Health/Illness Concepts Proficiency Credits 6 Major
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education (Admission Prerequisite)
NSG 210 Health Care Concepts I Proficiency Credits 5 Major
NSG 211 Health Care Concepts II Proficiency Credits 5 Major
Humanities/Fine Arts Select 1: PHI 101, PHI 220 PHIL 101 or PHIL 201 3 General education (Admission Prerequisite)
NSG 252 Complex Health Concepts Proficiency Credits 4 Major
NSG 230 Advanced Professional Nursing Concepts Proficiency Credits 2 Major
NSG 270 Nursing Capstone Proficiency Credits 4 Major
Credits completed for AAS degree 64
Associate of Science in General Studies (additional requirements)
SOC 200 General Sociology SOCY 101 3 General education (Admission Prerequisite)
PSY 200 General Psychology PSYC 101 3 General education (Admission Prerequisite)
Statistics Select 1: MTH 155 or MTH 245 STAT 208 or STAT 210 3 General education (Admission Prerequisite)
Nutrition Select 1: DIT 121 or HLT 230 BIOL 217 3 Major (Admission Prerequisite)
Laboratory Science Select 1: BIO 101, BIO 102, CHM 101, CHM 111, PHY 101, PHY 201 VCU equivalent 4 General education (Admission Prerequisite)
Laboratory Science Select 1: BIO 101, BIO 102, CHM 101, CHM 111, PHY 101, PHY 201 VCU equivalent 4 General education (Admission Prerequisite)
General Education elective Select 1 course from ART, CST, ENG, HIS, MUS, PHI, POL, REL, foreign language VCU equivalent 3 General education (Admission Prerequisite)
General Education elective Select 1 course from ART, CST, ENG, HIS, MUS, PHI, POL, REL, foreign language VCU equivalent 3 General education (Admission Prerequisite)
General Education elective Select 1 course from ART, CST, ENG, HIS, MUS, PHI, POL, REL, foreign language VCU equivalent 3 General education (Admission Prerequisite)
Credits completed for AS degree 29
Reynolds credits transferred to VCU 93
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
NURS 301 Nursing Informatics 3 Major
NURS 307 Foundations of Professional Nursing I 3 Major
NURS 308 Foundation of Professional Nursing II Upper-division proficiency credits awarded after successful completion of NURS 308 3 Major
NURS 309 Population Health 3 Major
NURS 403 Evidence-based Practice in Health Care 3 Major
NURS 406 Interprofessional Collaborative Practice 2 Major
NURS 408 Ethics, Law and Public Policy: Application to Nursing Practice 3 Major
NURS 409 Population Health: Application to Nursing Practice 2 Major
NURS 462 Advanced Pathophysiological Concepts: Application to Patient Care 3 Major
NURS 477 Leadership and Management in Health Care 4 Major
NURS 488 Clinical and Management Decision-making (University Core Capstone) 3 Major
Credits completed at VCU 32
Bachelor's degree total 125