The accelerated nursing program offers individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree to earn a BS in nursing in less time than a traditionally-structured program.
The second degree nursing program begins in May of each year and is an accelerated 2-year, 5-semester program.
The Nursing Program leads to a bachelor of science degree and qualifies students who wish to become registered nurses to take the National Council Licensing Examination.
Step 1: Apply
You must indicate nursing as your intended major. There is no separate application for the nursing major.
Once we have your completed application, you can expect to hear from us in 2-4 weeks.
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.
- A personal statement is encouraged.
- We do not require the TEAS for our second degree nursing students.
The following six courses must be completed prior to enrollment in the ABSN program:
- General Chemistry
- Anatomy and Physiology I
- Anatomy and Physiology II
- Developmental Psychology or Lifespan Psychology
We also require a 3.0 cumulative undergrad GPA as well as a 3.0 prerequisite GPA.
Certified Background Check
All students who apply must have a criminal background check for admission into the program (Virginia Board of Nursing Regulation 18 VAC 90-20-100).
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. You can find the curriculum here.
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 to be considered for progression in the major.