Second Degree Application Steps: Nursing

The accelerated nursing program offers individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree to earn a B.S. in nursing in less time than a traditionally-structured program. The program will enroll each year in the first summer session in May.

The Nursing Program, approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing, leads to a bachelor of science degree and qualifies students who wish to become registered nurses to take the National Council Licensing Examination.

Please carefully review the admission requirements below. All undergraduate courses completed will be considered to determine a cumulative GPA. Students enrolled in prerequisite courses during the spring semester may be considered for admission. Prerequisites may be completed at a community college. Admitted students will only complete the required nursing courses. Second degree students receive a discounted tuition rate. Review of applications will begin in February.

Step 1: Apply

Apply online or download the paper application (PDF).

You must indicate nursing as your intended major. There is no separate application for the nursing major; however, your file will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and the director of the nursing program.

Application Deadline

April 1 (the accelerated nursing program will enroll for the summer term only)

Step 2: Submit Your Application Materials

  • Official college transcripts
    Transcripts must be mailed directly from the registrar’s office of the college/university that awarded your most recent undergraduate degree.
  • Prerequisite Courses
    You should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and GPA of 3.0 or higher in the general nursing prerequisite courses. You must have completed all nursing prerequisite courses prior to beginning the accelerated program.
  • A personal statement is encouraged.

Prerequisite Courses

LC Nursing Course Name VCCS Equivalent Course
Statistics (Math 222) Elem Statistics (Math 146, 157 240, 241, 242, 243)
Chemistry of Life (Chem 127) Health Science Chemistry (Chem 111, 112, 121 or 122)
Anatomy & Physiology I (Bio 222, 222L) Anatomy & Physiology I (Biol 141)
Anatomy & Physiology II (Bio 223, 223L) Anatomy & Physiology II (Biol 142)
Developmental Psychology (Psyc 241) Developmental Psychology (Psyc 230, 231, 232)
Health Promotion (HP 270) Nutrition (HLT 230 or HLT 138)

Progression in the Major

You will begin the program with an intensive summer session to complete the sophomore level courses. After the initial accelerated summer session, junior and senior level courses will be offered over 4 regular semesters.

Progression to the upper division major is competitive. You must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in the nursing prerequisites and receive grades of “B-” or higher in the nursing courses (NRSG 220, 225, and 232) to be considered for progression in the major.