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Traditional B.S.

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The VCU undergraduate nursing major begins in the sophomore year. Highly qualified high school seniors may gain admission as entering freshmen to the sophomore class through the Guaranteed Admission Program.

Applicants with college credits who are seeking their first degree in nursing will apply to the VCU School of Nursing as sophomores.

Second-degree candidates (applicants who have a non-nursing bachelor's degree) who wish to change careers and become a registered nurse have two options to apply for admission. They may apply as sophomores to the traditional B.S. track, which does not meet during the summer, or they may apply to the accelerated B.S. track, our year-round and quickest option to obtain a degree.

The traditional B.S. track provides entry-level nursing education. It builds on a strong science background and combines intense classroom study with clinical experience at VCU Medical Center and other local health care facilities.

For first-degree candidates, the program is a three-year curriculum that starts in the fall, with all nursing courses beginning in the spring.  For second-degree candidates, the program is a two and a half-year curriculum with classes starting each spring.    

Both curriculums develop the nursing knowledge and skills needed for professional practice. After earning the B.S. with a major in nursing, graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurse licensure.

Additional program and policy information is located in the B.S. Student Handbook.

Review our application instructionsprogram overviewadmission and degree requirements. Please note that several Bulletin updates for the second-degree options are underway. We encourage you to attend one of our information sessions or contact us at vcu_nurse@vcu.edu if you have questions.

NCLEX pass rates from the Virginia Board of Nursing website.

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