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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 (Piedmont Virginia Community College)
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Piedmont Virginia Community College
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 AA&S 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
  • Community Health Nurse/Public Health Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Geriatric Nurse
  • Registered Nurse
  • 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

Piedmont Virginia Community College (Associate of Applied Science: Nursing (G3 program) 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 cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
Experience Year 2
  • 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 VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or School of Nursing-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • 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 the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
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
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
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.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or School of Nursing-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • 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.
  • 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

Piedmont Virginia Community College (Associate of Applied Science: Nursing (G3 program) and Associate of Science: General Studies)

Piedmont Virginia Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
Associate of Applied Science: Nursing
SDV 100 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)
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)
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology PSYC 304 3 Major (admission prerequisite)
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology SOCY 101 3 General education (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 Introduction to Microbiology BIOL/Z 209 4 Major (admission prerequisite)
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education (admission prerequisite)
PHI PHI 220: Ethics or PHI 227: Biomedical Ethics PHIL 0 General education
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 152 Health Care Participant Proficiency Credits 3 Major
NSG 170 Health/Illness Concepts Proficiency Credits 6 Major
NSG 200 Health Promotion and Assessment Proficiency Credits 3 Major
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 Care Concepts Proficiency Credits 4 Major
NSG 270 Nursing Capstone Proficiency Credits 4 Major
Credits completed for AAS degree 67
Associate of Science: General Studies (additional admission prerequisites)
BIO BIO 101 General Biology I or BIO 106 Life Science BIOL/Z 151 or BIOL/Z 101 4 General education (admission prerequisite)
Transfer elective HLT 230 Principles of Nutrition and Human Development BIOL 217 3 Major (admission prerequisite)
Social Science PSY 200 Principles of Psychology PSYC 101 3 General education (admission prerequisite)
MTH 155 Statistical Reasoning STAT 208 3 General education (admission prerequisite)
HIS Select 1: HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST 3 General education
HIS Select 1: HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST 3 General education
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking SPCH 121 3 Elective
ITE 119 Information Literacy INFO 160, 161, 168 3 Elective
Humanities Select from approved PVCC list VCU equivalent 3 Elective
Additional PVCC credits 28
PVCC credits transferred to VCU 95
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 127