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2022-2023

Nursing (R.N.-B.S. completion program), Bachelor of Science (G3 AAS Pathway and available online)

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Applied Science: Nursing (Virginia Community College System)
Virginia Community College System
Associate degree
Program description

Nurses are key players in health care delivery in the U.S. and around the world. The undergraduate program at the VCU School of Nursing provides three options for obtaining the B.S. in Nursing. These include two pre-licensure options: the traditional and accelerated B.S. options and the R.N. to B.S. option. Students may be admitted to the traditional pre-licensure program after one year of college courses or upon completion of a baccalaureate degree in another field of study. The traditional program can be completed in three years with summers free. The accelerated B.S. program is an intense, quick-paced program for those with at least a baccalaureate degree in another field. It can be completed in 19 months of full-time, year-round study. Graduates of both options have the skills and knowledge to enter the profession of nursing, and are eligible to apply for the licensing examination provided by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The R.N. to B.S. degree option is for R.N. graduates of diploma or associate degree programs who want to continue making a commitment to nursing by advancing their education with a baccalaureate degree. The R.N. to B.S. program is fully online and allows a practicing R.N. to earn the B.S. degree in six part-time semesters.

Career opportunities

The degree-holder of a B.S. in Nursing is skilled to practice with patients, including individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of health care environments that respects the variations of care, the increased complexity, and the use of health care resources inherent in caring for patients. The graduate is a knowledgeable, professional nurse who demonstrates professional nursing practice grounded in the translation of current evidence.


Recent alumni find employment in public, private, and community settings and with employers like the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Corrections, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Bon Secours, and the Inova Health System.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Nurse
  • Nurse Manager
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Registered Nurse
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request

VCCS Transfer Planning Checklist


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu
Apply Here.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements
  • Completion of A.A.S. in Nursing
  • Have an R.N. license from a U.S. state or territory at the time of application for admission
  • Completion of admission prerequisite courses
  • 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
Highest level of math required
  • STAT 208 or STAT 210 or STAT 212
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5+

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2022-2023

Nursing (R.N.-B.S. completion program), Bachelor of Science (G3 AAS Pathway and available online)

Virginia Community College System (Associate of Applied Science: Nursing )

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY DEVELOP CULTURAL AGILITY EXPLORE CAREERS AND DEVELOP ESSENTIAL SKILLS PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Schedule an appointment with your community college advisor to map out your course plan.
  • Enroll in the SDV student success course.
  • Review RN to BS Nursing admission requirements.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and utilize tutoring resources to maintain good grades.
  • Explore GRASP financial aid resources and submit the FAFSA on time.
  • Check on G3 funding for your AAS program.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on your community college campus and in your community (e.g., international festival).
  • Make friends with people with diverse perspectives and join a cultural or identity-related student organization.
  • Create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Prepare for a career after college by creating a brand for yourself.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Practice independent living skills such as money and time management, self-care, and personal responsibility.
Experience Year 2
  • Be prepared for academic challenges. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your community college advisor to finalize plans to complete your associate degree and admission prerequisites for nursing.
  • Submit a transfer advising request to the VCU Transfer Center.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing options for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU School of Nursing, consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students to make professional and personal connections.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or department-related events.
  • Check out the VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) and follow @vcuomsa.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your community college advisor to map out your course plan.
  • Enroll in the SDV student success course.
  • Review RN to BS Nursing admission requirements.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and utilize tutoring resources to maintain good grades.
  • Explore GRASP financial aid resources and submit the FAFSA on time.
  • Check on G3 funding for your AAS program.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
DEVELOP CULTURAL AGILITY
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on your community college campus and in your community (e.g., international festival).
  • Make friends with people with diverse perspectives and join a cultural or identity-related student organization.
EXPLORE CAREERS AND DEVELOP ESSENTIAL SKILLS
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Prepare for a career after college by creating a brand for yourself.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Practice independent living skills such as money and time management, self-care, and personal responsibility.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Be prepared for academic challenges. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your community college advisor to finalize plans to complete your associate degree and admission prerequisites for nursing.
  • Submit a transfer advising request to the VCU Transfer Center.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing options for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU School of Nursing, consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students to make professional and personal connections.
DEVELOP CULTURAL AGILITY
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or department-related events.
  • Check out the VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) and follow @vcuomsa.
EXPLORE CAREERS AND DEVELOP ESSENTIAL SKILLS
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Course equivalent
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2022-2023

Nursing (R.N.-B.S. completion program), Bachelor of Science (G3 AAS Pathway and available online)

Virginia Community College System (Associate of Applied Science: Nursing )

Virginia Community College System courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
A.A.S. in Nursing Students who earn this associate degree before enrolling at VCU will be eligible for a waiver of VCU's general education requirements.
SDV 100 or 101 College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education (admission prerequisite)
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education (admission prerequisite)
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)
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)
BIO 150 Microbiology for Health Sciences BIOL/Z 209 4 Major (admission prerequisite)
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology PSYC 304 3 Major (admission prerequisite)
PHI 220 Ethics PHIL 201 3 General education
Complete NSG requirements for the AAS degree Note: Upper-division proficiency credits awarded after successful completion of NURS 308 at VCU. Proficiency credits 39 Major
Credits completed for AAS degree 64
Additional course requirements for RN to BS Nursing program
BIO 101 General Biology I BIOL/Z 151 4 Major (admission prerequisite)
Statistics Select either MTH 155 Statistical Reasoning or MTH 245 Statistics I STAT 208 or STAT 210 3 Major (admission prerequisite)
Nutrition Select 1: DIT 121 Nutrition I or HLT 230 Principles of Nutrition BIOL 217 3 Major (admission prerequisite)
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology PSYC 101 3 Major (admission prerequisite)
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology SOCY 101 3 Major (admission prerequisite)
Additional college-level course work VCU equivalents 10 Elective
Additional credits transferred to VCU 26
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
Your GPA Doesn't transfer With You Although you worked hard to earn your grades at your current institution, they will only be considered by VCU for an admission decision. Once you enroll at VCU, your GPA will reset to 0.0, and your new GPA will be determined by your level of success in your classes at VCU.
NURS 301 Nursing Informatics 3 Major
NURS 307 Foundations of Professional Nursing I 3 Major
NURS 308 Foundation of Professional Nursing II 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 3 Major
Credits completed at VCU 32
Minimum number of credits required for bachelor's degree 122