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2021-2022

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

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Applied Science: Nursing (G3 program) and Associate of Science: General Studies, Health Science Specialization (Northern Virginia Community College)
Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia Community College
Associate degree

Associate of Applied Science: Nursing and Associate of Science: General Studies, Health Science Specialization

Note: Admission to NOVA's AAS in Nursing program is competitive.  Please review the admission criteria and speak with an advisor or counselor to learn more.

Program description

The Guaranteed Admission Agreement for nursing provides a 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

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

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

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


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
  • STAT 208
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

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2021-2022

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

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Applied Science: Nursing (G3 program) and Associate of Science: General Studies, Health Science Specialization)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Register for SDV 101 or 100.
  • Review and take NOVA Nursing prerequisite coursework.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Attend diversity-focused events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU's annual intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to Nursing through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
Experience Year 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • 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.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • 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 the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for SDV 101 or 100.
  • Review and take NOVA Nursing prerequisite coursework.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events at NOVA 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 NOVA career planning system.
  • 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

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • 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.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
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.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

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

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Applied Science: Nursing (G3 program) and Associate of Science: General Studies, Health Science Specialization)

Northern Virginia Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
Prerequisites for admission to the AAS degree
SDV SDV 100 College Success Skills OR SDV 101 Orientation to XXX 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 (VCU admission prerequisite)
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 (VCU admission prerequisite)
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology PSYC 304 3 Major (VCU admission prerequisite)
Open elective MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning MATH 131 3 General education
Associate of Applied Science: Nursing
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 (VCU 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 (VCU admission prerequisite)
NSG 152 Health Care Participant Proficiency credits 3 Major
NSG 170 Health/Illness Concepts Proficiency credits 6 Major
CST 229 Intercultural Communication SPCH 2XX 3 Elective
NSG 210 Health Care Concepts I Proficiency credits 5 Major
NSG 211 Health Care Concepts II Proficiency credits 5 Major
NSG 230 Advanced Professional Nursing Concepts Proficiency credits 2 Major
NSG 252 Complex Health Concepts Proficiency credits 4 Major
NSG 270 Nursing Capstone Proficiency credits 4 Major
Humanities/Fine Arts Philosophy (select 1): PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy OR PHI 220 Ethics PHIL 3 General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
Total credits for AAS degree (including prerequisites) 67
AS in General Studies, Health Science Specialization
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
HLT 141 HLT 141 Introduction to Medical Terminology HPEX 250 1 Elective
SOC 200 General Sociology SOCY 101 3 General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
MTH 245 MTH 245 Statistics I STAT 210 3 Major (VCU admission prerequisite)
Science BIO 101 General Biology I BIOL/Z 151 4 Major (VCU admission prerequisite)
Transfer elective Select 1: BIO 102 General Biology II OR CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry I OR CHM 111 General Chemistry I OR PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I OR PHY 102 Introduction to Physics II VCU equivalent 4 General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
Transfer elective PSY 200 General Psychology PSYC 101 3 General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
Humanities/Fine Arts Select 1: ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I OR ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II OR CST 151 Film Appreciation I OR MUS 121 Music Appreciation I OR REL 231 Religions of the World I VCU equivalent 3 General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
History Select 1: HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I OR HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II OR HIS 111 History of World Civilization I OR HIS 112 History of World Civilization II OR HIS 121 United States History I OR HIS 122 United States History II HIST 3 General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
Transfer elective DIT 121 Nutrition I OR HLT 230 Principles of Nutrition and Human Development BIOL 217 3 Major (VCU admission prerequisite)
Total credits for AS degree 30
Northern Virginia credits transferred to VCU 97
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 3 Major
Credits completed at VCU 32
Bachelor's degree total 129