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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Nursing, R.N.-B.S. Completion Program

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Applied Science: Nursing and Associate of Science: General Studies, Health Science Specialization (Northern Virginia Community College)
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Associate degree

Associate of Applied Science: Nursing and Associate of Science: General Studies, Health Science Specialization

Note: Admission to NOVA's AAS in Nursing program is competitive.  Please review the admission criteria and speak with an advisor or counselor to learn more.

Program description

The Guaranteed Admission Agreement for nursing provides a pathway for students to progress from the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing degree directly to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BS Completion Program) at Virginia Commonwealth University.  To be guaranteed admission, a student must: 1) complete the AAS in Nursing degree; 2) earn a minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.0; 3) earn a minimum grade of “B” in all the required nursing (NSG) classes for the AAS degree; and 4) earn a minimum grade of “C” in all the other required classes for the AAS and AS degrees.

Career opportunities

Registered nurses (RNs) care for patients, providing them with treatment, counseling and education. RNs work closely with a patient’s physicians and other health professionals as part of the healthcare team. Depending on their area of specialization and work setting, RNs perform some or all of the following:
  - develop and implement individualized plans for a patient’s care.
  - monitor and record patients’ needs and changing conditions.
  - administer prescribed medications and treatments.
  - educate individuals on self-care, including maintaining health and preventing illness/injury.

The RN to BS program provides a pathway for licensed registered nurses to earn a BS degree in nursing. The program allows RNs to add knowledge and skills in order to take on greater responsibility in health care. The BS will assist nurses who wish to have a role in leadership as well as provide mobility in a growing profession. The BS can also lead to advancing education in graduate programs.  

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Acute Care Nurse
  • Case Manager
  • Community Health Nurse/Public Health Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Geriatric Nurse
  • Health Educator
  • Nurse Manager
  • Quality Coordinator
  • School Nurse
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Educator/Instructor
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Researcher
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree (A.A.S. in Nursing)
Minimum GPA of 3.0
Earn a minimum grade of "B" in all the required nursing (NSG) classes for the A.A.S. degree
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 141
Science required
  • 3-4 additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 3.0

Transfer major map
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Nursing, R.N.-B.S. Completion Program

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Applied Science: Nursing and Associate of Science: General Studies, Health Science Specialization)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Register for SDV 101 or 100.
  • Review and take NOVA Nursing prerequisite coursework.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Attend diversity-focused events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU's annual intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to Nursing through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Create a resume.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for SDV 101 or 100.
  • Review and take NOVA Nursing prerequisite coursework.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU's annual intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Nursing through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Create a resume.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Nursing, R.N.-B.S. Completion Program

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Applied Science: Nursing and Associate of Science: General Studies, Health Science Specialization)

Northern Virginia Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
Prerequisites for admission to the AAS degree
SDVSDV 100 College Success Skills OR SDV 101 Orientation to XXXUNIV 1011Elective
BIO 141Human Anatomy and Physiology I (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents)BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 2064Major (VCU admission prerequisite)
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
PSY 230Developmental PsychologyPSYC 3043Major (VCU admission prerequisite)
MTH 154MTH 154 Quantitative ReasoningMATH 1313General education
Associate of Applied Science: Nursing
BIO 142Human Anatomy and Physiology II (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents)BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 2064Major (VCU admission prerequisite)
NSG 100Introduction to Nursing ConceptsProficiency credits4Major
NSG 106Competencies for Nursing PracticeProficiency credits2Major
NSG 130Professional Nursing ConceptsProficiency credits1Major
NSG 200Health Promotion and AssessmentProficiency credits3Major
BIO 150Introductory MicrobiologyBIOL/Z 2094Major (VCU admission prerequisite)
NSG 152Health Care ParticipantProficiency credits3Major
NSG 170Health/Illness ConceptsProficiency credits6Major
CSTCST 100 Principles of Public Speaking OR CST 110 Introduction to Communication OR CST 126 Interpersonal CommunicationSPCH 1213General education
NSG 210Health Care Concepts IProficiency credits5Major
NSG 211Health Care Concepts IIProficiency credits5Major
NSG 230Advanced Professional Nursing ConceptsProficiency credits2Major
NSG 252Complex Health ConceptsProficiency credits4Major
NSG 270Nursing CapstoneProficiency credits4Major
Humanities/Fine ArtsPhilosophy (select 1): PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy OR PHI 220 EthicsPHIL3General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
Total credits for AAS degree (including prerequisites)67
AS in General Studies, Health Science Specialization
ENG 112College Composition II UNIV 2003General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
HLT 141HLT 141 Introduction to Medical TerminologyHPEX 2501Elective
SOC 200General SociologySOCY 1013General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
MTH 245MTH 245 Statistics ISTAT 2103Major (VCU admission prerequisite)
ScienceSelect 1: BIO 101 General Biology I OR CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry I OR CHM 111 General Chemistry I OR PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I VCU equivalent4General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
Transfer electiveSelect 1: BIO 101 General Biology I OR BIO 102 General Biology II OR CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry I OR CHM 111 General Chemistry I OR PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I OR PHY 102 Introduction to Physics II VCU equivalent4General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
Transfer electivePSY 200 General PsychologyPSYC 1013General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
Humanities/Fine ArtsSelect 1: ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I OR ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II OR CST 151 Film Appreciation I OR MUS 121 Music Appreciation I OR REL 231 Religions of the World I VCU equivalent3General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
HistorySelect 1: HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I OR HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II OR HIS 111 History of World Civilization I OR HIS 112 History of World Civilization II OR HIS 121 United States History I OR HIS 122 United States History IIHIST3General education (VCU admission prerequisite)
Transfer electiveDIT 121 Nutrition I OR HLT 230 Principles of Nutrition and Human DevelopmentBIOL 2173Major (VCU admission prerequisite)
Total credits for AS degree30
Northern Virginia credits transferred to VCU97
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
NURS 301Nursing Informatics3Major
NURS 307Foundations of Professional Nursing I3Major
NURS 308Foundation of Professional Nursing II3Major
NURS 309Population Health3Major
NURS 403Evidence-based Practice in Health Care3Major
NURS 406Interprofessional Collaborative Practice2Major
NURS 408Ethics, Law and Public Policy: Application to Nursing Practice3Major
NURS 409Population Health: Application to Nursing Practice2Major
NURS 462Advanced Pathophysiological Concepts: Application to Patient Care3Major
NURS 477Leadership and Management in Health Care4Major
NURS 488Clinical and Management Decision-making (University Core Capstone)3Major
Credits completed at VCU32
Bachelor's degree total129
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