11: School of Nursing

General Information | B.S. in Nursing | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Degree Requirements | Curriculum: Traditional
Curriculum: R.N. to B.S.N. Option | Curriculum: Second Degree to M.S.N. Option

B.S. in Nursing

The University of Virginia offers a program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The degree is awarded after satisfactory completion of a prescribed program of study. All students at the School of Nursing take courses in anatomy and physiology, growth and development, pharmacology, pathophysiology, administration, and nursing practice. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination.

Traditional Program   Students are admitted to the School of Nursing as first-year students or as second-year transfer students after completing prerequisite general education courses at other institutions or in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Second Degree to M.S.N. Options   The baccalaureate and master's curricula have been modified to provide a three year plus one summer session track leading to the Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing for non-nurses who desire preparation for advanced clinical practice in nursing. With the exception of a course in anatomy and physiology, specific general education courses are not required for admission based on prior satisfactory completion of a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited institution. An undergraduate statistics course is required for progression into the master's portion of the program. Students are encouraged to complete the statistics prerequisite prior to admission to the School of Nursing. Students meet requirements for the baccalaureate through satisfactory completion of a combination of baccalaureate and master's courses. At the end of the second year, students are awarded the Bachelor of Science and are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination. Students who have met progression standards of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B), a minimum of B- on all graduate level courses, licensure to practice as a professional nurse, and satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination may enter the third year of the program. During the third year of the program, students complete requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing in either the Adult Health, Community/Home Health, or Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Specialist tracks.

R.N. to B.S.N. Option   The baccalaureate curriculum has been modified to provide a one academic year (30 credit) program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree for registered nurses with diplomas or associate degrees. Students must meet prerequisite general education requirements prior to admission as outlined in Chapter 2. Students enroll in a series of theory and clinical courses designed specifically for registered nurse students. Thirty-eight (38) credits of advanced standing credit will be awarded for prior nursing learning and experience following the completion of the required course work and the successful evaluation of a portfolio of validating assignments and projects produced during the two transition seminar courses. Part-time study is available.

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