Traditional B.S.: Prerequisites

We often receive questions from prospective applicants wanting to know what courses can be taken within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) that will satisfy the prerequisites for the Traditional B.S.

The list below is provided for advising purposes only and we encourage you to check the VCU Transfer Guide before enrolling in any coursework to ensure transferability.

VCU:   Focused Inquiry I & II (UNIV 111 & 112)
VCCS: ENG 111 & 112

VCU:   Introductory Psychology (PSYC 101)
VCCS: PSY 200 or PSY 201 & 202

VCU:   General Sociology (SOCY 101)
VCCS: SOC 200 or SOC 201

VCU:   Biological Concepts (BIOL/Z 101)
VCCS: BIO 101 or BIO 106

VCU:   2nd Laboratory Science (4 credits)
VCCS: BIO 102, CHM 111, CHEM 112, PHY 101 or PHY 102

VCU:   Anatomy (BIOL 205)
VCCS: BIO 141 & 142 or BIO 231 & 232

VCU:   Nutrition (BIOL 217 or HPEX 350)
VCCS: DIT 121 or HLT 230

If you are planning to apply to the School of Nursing and have taken courses not within the VCCS, use the Transfer Guide to determine if the coursework you took has been evaluated by the university and transfers into VCU as the specific courses in bold above. If you do not see your course(s) in the Transfer Guide, please contact Artis Gordon at (804) 828-6277 or ajgordon@vcu.edu for assistance.

DNP: Advanced Practice Specialty Certifications

Students in the DNP program are required to hold certification in an advanced practice specialty. If you are considering applying to the DNP program, please review the list of acceptable certifications:

Nurse Practitioner Certifications

  • Acute Care NP (ACNP-BC)
  • Adult NP (ANP-BC)
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP-BC)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (AGPCNP-BC)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-C)
  • Adult Psychiatric–Mental Health NP (PMHNP-BC)
  • Family NP (FNP-BC)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C)
  • Gerontological NP (GNP-BC)
  • Pediatric Primary Care NP (PNP-BC)
  • Psychiatric–Mental Health NP (PMHNP-BC)

Clinical Nurse Specialist Certifications

  • Adult Health CNS (ACNS-BC)
  • Adult-Gerontology CNS (AGCNS-BC)
  • Adult Psychiatric–Mental Health CNS (PMHCNS-BC)
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric–Mental Health CNS (PMHCNS-BC)
  • Gerontological CNS (GCNS-BC)
  • Home Health CNS (HHCNS-BC)
  • Pediatric CNS (PCNS-BC)
  • Public/Community Health CNS (PHCNS-BC)

Speciality Nurses

  • Nurse Executive (NE-BC)
  • Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC)
  • Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)
  • Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)

Remember, your certification can be outstanding at the time you apply (you will need to upload a copy of your authorization to test as part of your NursingCAS application) and if admitted, you will be required to provide proof of your certification before you begin the DNP program.

If you have questions about these certifications, please let us know.

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Traditional B.S.: Guaranteed Admission for High School Seniors

Are you a high school student seeking direct entry into the VCU School of Nursing? Highly qualified high school seniors may gain admission as freshmen through the Guaranteed Admission Program.

The Guaranteed Admission Program is run by the VCU Honors College and eligible candidates will present the following minimum requirements:

  • SAT combined score of 1270 (critical reading and math only) or higher, obtained in a single sitting, with neither score below 530, or an ACT score of at least 29
  • Unweighted GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale

Details on the application process are found on the Honors College website here. Contact the Honors College directly with questions about this opportunity.

RN-B.S.: Spring 2016

We have filled the entering RN-B.S. class starting in spring 2016.

If you are interested in applying to our program, please attend an in-person information session or participate in an on-line interest session, both led by our Admission Advisor. Click here for details.

Master’s: Preparing to Apply

Beginning with the Fall 2016 application cycle, the School of Nursing will participate in the Centralized Application Services for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS). The NursingCAS for VCU’s Master’s program will be open in mid-November 2015. To prepare for applying, below are some helpful tips for things you can do now:

TRANSCRIPTS
Collect copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended, including course work taken as high school dual-enrollment credit, nondegree-seeking credit, study abroad or course work taken and transferred to another institution. You will enter data from these transcripts into the coursework section on the application. Applicants who have studied outside of the U.S. must also provide a course-by-course external credential evaluation from ECE or WES no older than two years at the time of application.

NOTE: You will also need to have all official college/university transcripts sent directly to NursingCAS for verification. To do this, you will print off a specific transcript request form from NursingCAS to send to your colleges. The mailing address for transcripts is provided in the NursingCAS instructions.

PERSONAL STATEMENT
Begin drafting your personal statement, making sure you address the following topics in a thoughtful and scholarly manner:

  1. What are your career goals, and how do you see the master’s program contributing to meeting them?
  2. What particular strengths do you believe you bring to this program that would enrich the learning environment of your peers?
  3. What past experiences have you had that will help you be successful in this program?
  4. What are you most proud of in terms of your professional accomplishments?

RESUME/CURRICULUM VITAE
Update your resume/curriculum vitae ensuring all professional work experience, certifications, community service and volunteer experiences, and special skills and abilities are highlighted.

REFERENCES
Consider who you will ask to submit references on your behalf and collect contact information for each. The three (3) academic and/or professional references must be able to knowledgeably comment on your ability to succeed in a graduate program. Any personal relationships (i.e., family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc…), even if they can be tied to an academic or professional setting, are not valid and will not be considered. An academic reference is a current or former faculty member or academic advisor. A professional reference is a current/former supervisor of a paid or volunteer position.

NOTE: You will enter the names and contact information in NursingCAS. Your references will receive an email message from NursingCAS that directs them to an online recommendation form.

GRE SCORES
If your cumulative undergraduate GPA is less than 3.25, take the GREs and retain a copy of your score report. You will upload a copy of your score report into NursingCAS.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
If your native language is not exclusively English, take the TOEFL iBT or IELTS.

Ph.D: Preparing to Apply

Beginning with the Fall 2016 application cycle, the School of Nursing will participate in the Centralized Application Services for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS). The NursingCAS for VCU’s Ph.D. program will be open in early November 2015. To prepare for applying, below are some helpful tips for things you can do now:

TRANSCRIPTS
Collect copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended, including course work taken as high school dual-enrollment credit, nondegree-seeking credit, study abroad or course work taken and transferred to another institution. You will enter data from these transcripts into the coursework section on the application. Applicants who have studied outside of the U.S. must also provide a course-by-course external credential evaluation from ECE or WES no older than two years at the time of application.

NOTE: You will also need to have all official college/university transcripts sent directly to NursingCAS for verification. To do this, you will print off a specific transcript request form from NursingCAS to send to your colleges. The mailing address for transcripts is provided in the NursingCAS instructions.

PERSONAL STATEMENT
Begin drafting your personal statement, making sure you address the following topics in a thoughtful and scholarly manner:

  1. What are your career goals, and how do you see this doctoral program contributing to meeting them?
  2. Within your particular area of interest, identify some problems you see as offering promise for research.
  3. What particular strengths do you believe you bring to this program that would enrich the learning environment of your peers?
  4. What do you perceive as major contemporary issues in nursing, and what are your views on at least one of them?
  5. Identify one or two potential advisors from the School of Nursing Ph.D. faculty who may be a good match for your research interests, and provide a rationale for your choice.

RESUME/CURRICULUM VITAE
Update your resume/curriculum vitae ensuring all professional work experience, certifications, community service and volunteer experiences, and special skills and abilities are highlighted.

REFERENCES
Consider who you will ask to submit references on your behalf and collect contact information for each. The three (3) academic and/or professional references must be able to knowledgeably comment on your ability to succeed in a doctoral program or evaluate your ability to be successful in nursing research. Any personal relationships (i.e., family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc…), even if they can be tied to an academic or professional setting, are not valid and will not be considered. An academic reference is a current or former faculty member or academic advisor. A professional reference is a current/former supervisor of a paid or volunteer position.

NOTE: You will enter the names and contact information in NursingCAS. Your references will receive an email message from NursingCAS that directs them to an online recommendation form.

GRE SCORES
Take the GREs and retain a copy of your score report. You will upload a copy of your score report into NursingCAS.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
If your native language is not exclusively English, take the TOEFL iBT or IELTS.

RN-BS: Prerequisite Changes

As you make plans to apply to the RN-B.S. program, please note the following change to prerequisites that will take effect with those applying for fall 2017:

All prerequisite courses, except philosophy and humanities, must be completed prior to enrollment. Philosophy and humanities must be completed prior to the last semester.

If you would like assistance ensuring you have fulfilled your prerequisites, please contact us at VCU_Nurse@vcu.edu. We provide a transcript evaluation service and personalized guidance with applying.

DNP: Preparing to Apply

Beginning with the Fall 2016 application cycle, the School of Nursing will participate in the Centralized Application Services for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS). The NursingCAS for VCU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will be open in early November 2015. To prepare for applying, below are some helpful tips for things you can do now:

TRANSCRIPTS
Collect copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended, including course work taken as high school dual-enrollment credit, nondegree-seeking credit, study abroad or course work taken and transferred to another institution. You will enter data from these transcripts into the coursework section on the application. Applicants who have studied outside of the U.S. must also provide a course-by-course external credential evaluation from ECE or WES no older than two years at the time of application.

NOTE: You will also need to have all official college/university transcripts sent directly to NursingCAS for verification. To do this, you will print off a specific transcript request form from NursingCAS to send to your colleges. The mailing address for transcripts is provided in the NursingCAS instructions.

PERSONAL STATEMENT
Begin drafting your personal statement, making sure you address the following topics:

  1. Discuss your future role as a doctorally-prepared advanced practice nurse or nurse administrator. How do you see your practice changing to encompass the DNP essentials?
  2. PhD and DNP degrees are both valuable options for nurses pursuing a terminal degree.  Please describe how the DNP will address your professional goals.
  3. Within your particular area of practice, identify and describe three opportunities you see as offering promise for quality and safety improvements, using your DNP education once completed.
  4. What particular strengths and limitations will you bring to this program that will enrich or challenge the learning environment of your peers and the School of Nursing?

CLINICAL HOURS VERIFICATION
Print the Verification of Precepted Master’s Degree Clinical Hours form, complete the top portion and send to the program director for your Master’s/Post-MS certificate program, requesting the completed form be returned to you. You will upload this form to your NursingCAS application.

RESUME/CURRICULUM VITAE
Update your resume/curriculum vitae ensuring all professional work experience, certifications, community service and volunteer experiences, and special skills and abilities are highlighted.

REFERENCES
Consider who you will ask to submit references on your behalf and collect contact information for each. The three (3) academic and/or professional references must be able to knowledgeably comment on your ability to succeed in a doctoral program or evaluate your ability to be successful in nursing practice. Any personal relationships (i.e., family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc…), even if they can be tied to an academic or professional setting, are not valid and will not be considered. An academic reference is a current or former faculty member or academic advisor. A professional reference is a current/former supervisor of a paid or volunteer position.

NOTE: You will enter the names and contact information in NursingCAS. Your references will receive an email message from NursingCAS that directs them to an online recommendation form.

ADVANCED PRACTICE CERTIFICATION
If you do not currently hold certification in an advanced practice specialty (NP, CNS or nursing administration), obtain authorization to test.

NOTE: You will be required to upload a copy of your APRN certification or a copy of your authorization to test to your NursingCAS application.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
If your native language is not exclusively English, take the TOEFL iBT or IELTS.

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