A route for a working RN to earn a bachelor of nursing science degree
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Who is the RN to BSN program for?
The RN to BSN program offers licensed, practicing nurses who have associate’s degrees or nursing diplomas a route to earning a BSN degree. The program is for licensed RNs who seek to take on greater responsibility and a broader role in health care, who wish to achieve leadership roles, greater professional mobility and for those who are considering graduate study in nursing.
Admission to the School of Nursing is competitive. To be considered for admission, applicants must submit a completed application and:
All supporting documents (recommendation, transcripts, etc.) should be mailed directly to the UVA Office of Undergraduate Admission, P.O. Box 400160, Charlottesville, VA 22904.
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact an admissions counselor to review transcripts from previous academic institutions.
Note: RNs with an undergraduate degree in another subject (non-nursing area) may apply for the Clinical Nurse Leader program.
Tuition and financial aid
Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid as the School of Nursing has a strong alumni base generous in scholarship support. Applicants should submit the FAFSA and the CSS/Profile to the University of Virginia Financial Aid Office. You will be emailed the School of Nursing financial aid application after students have been admitted.
VCCS Guaranteed Admission Agreement
If you are an RN who completed all required nursing courses within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), you may be eligible to apply to our RN to BSN program through the Guaranteed Admission Agreement. Potential candidates include those who have passed the NCLEX examination within the five-year period preceding matriculation to the University.
Pharmacology, health assessment, human anatomy & physiology, lifespan development or developmental psychology, and statistics are all required for admission to the program. Please see below for more information about these course equivalencies.
Most of these prerequisite courses can be satisfied at local community colleges. Below is a list of the suggested courses at Virginia community colleges that meet our requirements. This list is not exhaustive. If you have any questions, please contact an admissions counselor.
Lifepan Development or Developmental Psychology
Human Anatomy & Physiology
*Statistics must have been completed within the past five years with a grade of a B or higher.
General education requirements
Students are required to satisfactorily complete 49 credits in the following general education courses prior to enrollment:
Forty-one credits of advanced standing will be awarded to students for prior nursing courses and experience, including the required lifespan, pharmacology, and assessment credits. These 41 credit hours will be awarded after the completion of all required courses and successful evaluation of a portfolio of validating assignments developed during the program of study.
Transfer of credit
On presentation of a school transcript, students accepted for transfer to the School of Nursing will be granted transfer credit for academic course work taken at an accredited institution if the grade earned was a C or higher, and if the courses correspond to ones offered at the University. Questions regarding acceptability of specific courses for transfer should be referred to the School of Nursing Office of Admissions and Student Services. Prospective applicants are encouraged to meet with the School of Nursing admissions counselor to discuss how their prior credits would apply to the University’s general education requirements. View the UVA Transfer Credit Analyzer.
Professional nursing standards and guidelines incorporated in the curriculum: The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008).
Plan of study
RN to BSN students enroll in 30 credits and upon completion of selected courses, receive 41 credits for prior learning as an RN. Courses in the program include graduate level classes in nursing theory and evidence-based practice, health policy, and epidemiology. Students must meet prerequisite general education requirements prior to admission, thus completing a grand total of 120 semester hours for the baccalaureate degree. Once admitted, students work with a faculty advisor to create a plan of study to best meet their academic and professional goals.
There is one practicum that is a part of the RN to BSN curriculum, which occurs in the fall semester of the second year. Practicum experiences can be met in a variety of settings for this course; the School has a number of existing clinical contracts with facilities in Virginia.