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The School of Nursing confers the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing on candidates who successfully complete a four-year program of study. Students attending a Virginia community college must pursue a program of pre-nursing general education courses in order to be eligible for transfer. They may enter the School of Nursing at the end of an academic year in which the prerequisite requirements are completed. Students will normally complete at least one year of college level work before transfer. Completion of the program qualifies the graduate for beginning positions in hospital, clinic, office, school, public health and industrial nursing, for commissions in military service, and for graduate study in nursing.
PROGRAM COMPOSITION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Courses in the School of Nursing are composed of two discrete but interrelated elements—Interprofessional and Core. Interprofessional courses are designed to facilitate transition to the role of health care provider and include social science and natural science content with special application to health care. Selected interprofessional courses are open to all students within the University in addition to students of nursing.
The nursing core courses include basic knowledge and skills needed to practice professional nursing at a beginning level. Clinical and classroom experiences and academic work provide a broad basis for nursing practice related to both acute and chronic illness and health promotion. The emphasis is on individuals, families, and groups with varying levels of health and at all points in the life cycle. In addition, issues related to professional nursing are also included.
The degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing is conferred by the General Faculty upon those candidates recommended by the faculty of the School of Nursing as having successfully completed a prescribed course of study, including not fewer than 120 semester hours of approved courses. A total of 49 semester hours is required in the natural and social sciences and the humanities; and 71 semester hours are required in nursing courses. In addition, the candidate must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C") on prescribed work.
Two tracks are offered for non-traditional students interested in preparation for nursing practice. Registered nurses without baccalaureate degrees may progress through a modified undergraduate curriculum and obtain their nursing degree in one academic year. Students who have baccalaureate degrees in other fields may progress through a Master's Level degree program. Please see the School of Nursing website for more information. Further progression in graduate study is encouraged and facilitated for interested, qualified individuals. For details, contact the School of Nursing.
PLEASE NOTE: Admission guidelines contained herein speak specifically to transfer applicants from the community college system and from other undergraduate programs. Registered Nurse applicants must contact the School of Nursing for specific admission requirements. In every case, an applicant for transfer admission must be in good academic and social standing at any college which he/she is currently attending or has previously attended, and must be eligible to return there. Selection of applicants to the School of Nursing is competitive, based primarily on scholastic ability demonstrated by academic records of pre-nursing study, secondary school records, and scores on the SAT I or the American College Test (ACT). Relevant volunteer or work experience in a clinical setting will be taken into consideration and will be a factor in the selection process. There is a guaranteed admission agreement between U.Va. and the Virginia Community College System that requires completion of an Associates degree. See the articulation agreement for specific course requirements. Students wishing to transfer after one year at a Virginia community college or another accredited college must have successfully completed a minimum of 30 semester hours of the following general education requirements:
School of Nursing Requirements
Important: Students wishing to transfer after one or two years of college work, and who have not already completed a bachelor’s degree in another area, must have successfully completed a minimum of at least 30 semester-hours of the requirements listed above to enter the School of Nursing in the fall semester second-year. Beginning with Fall 2010 review, the School of Nursing will only accept external transfer students into the second year of the program. Any college/university student with at least 30 hours of credit completed by Fall 2014 is eligible to apply. All students will transfer in as second-year students and will complete the BSN in three additional years of study. Students admitted into the transfer cohort for Fall 2014 will graduate from the School of Nursing in May 2017. Full-time study is required. See the School of Nursing website for more information.
Nontraditional Nursing Programs
RN/BSN. Registered Nurses who have completed the required general education courses listed above may apply for transfer admission to an innovative program leading to a BSN.
Clinical Nurse Leader MSN Program. This curriculum prepares individuals with undergraduate or graduate degrees in other disciplines to become Registered Nurses who provide direct patient care and who lead at the point of care. This program is a full-time program that leads to a MSN degree after 24 months. The program begins in the fall semester, and ends at the end of the a summer session nearly two years later. For more information about this graduate degree program, consult the School of Nursing website.