From the dean
Dean Jean Giddens discusses what makes VCU School of Nursing a distinctive place to work and learn.
Message from the Dean
Welcome to the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing!
Our school offers academic programs to educate nurses from entry level practice through the doctorate — all with the mission of shaping the future of nursing through the power of education, discovery and collaboration.
Ranked one of the nation's top 50 nursing graduate schools by U.S. News and World Report, VCU School of Nursing enrolls an average of 900 students and is located on the MCV Campus in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Our comprehensive health sciences environment includes a partnership with VCU Medical Center, a Level I trauma center with Magnet status.
Faculty members include both expert nurses who maintain their clinical practices and nurse scientists renowned for cutting-edge research designed to advance nursing knowledge. Their work has consistently ranked the VCU School of Nursing in the top tier of National Institutes of Health-funded nursing schools.
Our community engagement is another reason why we’re a top nursing school. Our faculty and students provide clinical services and health education at several community
clinics in Richmond’s public housing communities.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, post-master's certificate program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the VCU School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation). In addition, the baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, and post-master's certificate program are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (http://www.acenursing.org/).
The pre-licensure nursing program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing (http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing/).
Wherever you are in nursing — considering it as a career, continuing your formal education or considering a relocation of your academic career — consider us the place for you!
Jean Giddens, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Doris B. Yingling Endowed Chair