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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 (Tidewater Community College)
Tidewater Community College
Tidewater 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 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
  • 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

Tidewater 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 New Student Orientation.
  • Register for SDV 101.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Complete AAS pre-admission semester courses.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
Experience Year 2
  • 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.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • 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 nursing-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • 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.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests
  • 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
  • Attend New Student Orientation.
  • Register for SDV 101.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Complete AAS pre-admission semester courses.
  • 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
  • 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).
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • 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.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
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 nursing-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • 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.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests
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

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

Tidewater Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
Prerequisites for admission to the AAS degree
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)
SDV 101 Orientation to Health Care UNIV 101 1 Elective
MTH 155 Statistical Reasoning STAT 208 3 Major (VCU admission prerequisite)
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
NSG 210 Health Care Concepts I Proficiency credits 5 Major
NSG 211 Health Care Concepts II Proficiency credits 5 Major
PHI 220 Ethics PHIL 201 3 General education
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
Total credits for AAS degree 64
A.S. in General Studies requirements (to complete remaining admission prerequisites)
PSY 200 General Psychology PSYC 101 3 General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
SOC 200 General Sociology SOCY 101 3 General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
Nutrition DIT 121 Nutrition I BIOL 217 3 Major (VCU admission prerequisite)
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
Science with Lab BIO 101 General Biology I BIOL/Z 151 4 General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
Science with Lab Select 1: BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, CHM 111, CHM 112, PHY 201, PHY 202 VCU equivalent 4 General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
History Select 2: HIST 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST 6 General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
Humanities Select one course from ART, CST, ENG, MUS, PHI, REL, foreign language VCU equivalent 3 General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
Additional credits completed for AS degree 29
Tidewater 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 3 Major
Credits completed at VCU 32
Bachelor's degree total 125