2017 Accelerated B.S. Admission Decisions Are Out

Admission decisions for 2017 Accelerated B.S. applicants went out yesterday via email to the email address you provided on your Undergraduate Application for Admission. If you did not receive your decision, please check your spam or junk mail folder for an email from NURADMISSION@vcu.edu. If you do not see a message from us, please let us know by emailing us at NURADMISSION@vcu.edu.

2017 Accelerated B.S. Application is Open

We are now accepting applications for summer 2017 entry into the Accelerated B.S. program.  Please take note of some significant changes to the application process this year:

The deadline to submit the application and all required credentials is September 15, 2016.  A complete and qualified application consists of:

  • The VCU application for admission
  • The School of Nursing’s supplemental materials form, including responses to 4 new admission questions. See item #1 below for more details.
  • Two (2) references – one academic and one professional.  See item #2 below for more details.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including course work taken as high school dual-enrollment, non-degree seeking study, study abroad, or course work taken and transferred to another institution (including VCU).
  • SAT, ACT or GRE scores (and TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable)


The VCU School of Nursing prides itself in a rigorous curriculum that produces a baccalaureate-prepared nurse for a challenging and rewarding profession in healthcare. Successful students will be motivated, diligent and passionate about their career choice. The following questions are mandatory and will be evaluated based on organization, content and style.

  • Describe your professional goals and discuss how obtaining a baccalaureate degree in nursing will help you meet your goals. Provide one specific example from your past that demonstrates how your work ethic/diligence will help you achieve these goals.
  • Overcoming adversities and challenges in life provides an individual the opportunity for reflection on personal growth and resilience. Describe a significant personal, academic or professional challenge you have faced and the steps you took to address this challenge. Include whether you turned to anyone in facing that challenge, the role that person played, and what you learned about yourself.
  • VCU School of Nursing is committed to sustaining a tradition of educational excellence by preparing future scholars and leaders in health care. Leadership is marked by an ability to collaborate with others, and as a nurse you will be expected to work as part of a team.  Describe one example of your leadership experience in which you significantly influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to team efforts over time.
  • Community can include family, school, neighborhood, volunteer or service organizations. Provide a personal example of community engagement when you made a significant contribution to improve the lives of others. Describe your role, length of involvement and improvements made within the community.


References are an important part of your application because they allow individuals who know you well to speak about the characteristics we value.

The academic reference should be provided by an individual who is familiar with your academic ability and potential for success in an academically challenging program.  An acceptable reference would be from a faculty member, teaching assistant or academic advisor who worked closely with you.

The professional reference should be provided by an individual who is familiar with your character and work ethic.  Acceptable references would be from supervisors of paid or volunteer positions.

Examples of references that are considered personal and are not accepted are those from:

  • A co-worker in a paid or volunteer position
  • A family member
  • A friend or neighbor, even if the individual is a healthcare professional
  • A personal healthcare provider

Please refer to our Accelerated B.S. application instructions web page for details on how to apply and contact the School of Nursing’s admissions team at VCU_Nurse@vcu.edu if you have any questions about applying.  We look forward to receiving your application!

Accelerated B.S. Prerequisite Change

The School of Nursing is delaying implementation of the policy requiring all prerequisites to be complete by the application deadline (September 15). Prerequisites may be outstanding at the time of application and if you are offered admission, successful completion as outlined below will be a condition of your admission.

The 5 prerequisites to the Accelerated B.S. program are:

Prerequisite VCU Course1 Minimum Grade Time Limit
Anatomy2 BIOL 205 B 10 years
Physiology2 PHIS/Z 206 B 10 years
Microbiology BIOL/Z 209 B 10 years
Statistics STAT 210 C no limit
Developmental psychology covering growth and development across the lifespan PSYC 304 C no limit

1 Please refer to the VCU Transfer Guide for course equivalencies at other institutions. If your institution is not listed in the Transfer Guide or if you need advising assistance, please contact Artis Gordon at (804) 828-6277 or ajgordon@vcu.edu.

2 Applicants attending colleges or universities which offer anatomy and physiology as a combined two-semester course must complete the entire sequence at the same institution prior to enrolling in the School of Nursing. One semester of a combined anatomy and physiology course will not transfer, nor can one semester of a combined anatomy and physiology course be used in conjunction with a stand-alone anatomy or physiology course to fulfill this requirement. If taking stand-alone anatomy and physiology courses, human or comparative anatomy and human or animal physiology are accepted.

What It Means to be on the Accelerated B.S. Wait List

Admission to the Accelerated B.S. program is very competitive and we receive many more qualified applications than we have space available. If you received a notification that you were placed on the wait list, know that the faculty saw strength in your application. While each application cycle is different, we hope the information below is helpful to you.

  • The earliest we will know if space is available to begin admitting from the wait list is after March 15th and the latest we could potentially pull from the wait list is May 23rd.
  • You will be notified via email if you are pulled from the wait list. If you do not hear from us, a space has not opened up for you. If your contact information has or will be changing from what you submitted on your application, let us know – NURADMISSION@vcu.edu.
  • We are not able to notify you if movement occurs on the wait list so we do encourage you to check your emails daily.
  • If you are pulled from the wait list and offered admission, there will be a very tight turnaround time in which to accept the offer.
  • If at any time your plans have changed and you no longer wish to be considered for admission, please email (NURADMISSION@vcu.edu) us to let us know you would like to be removed from the wait list.
  • To accept your position on the wait list, you must follow the instructions and respond by the deadline provided in your wait list offer.

We will be in touch as soon as we know if a space becomes available for you!

Accelerated B.S. Admission Decisions Are Out

Admission decisions for 2016 Accelerated B.S. applicants went out today via email to the email address you provided on your Undergraduate Application for Admission. If you did not receive your decision, please check your spam or junk mail folder for an email from NURADMISSION@vcu.edu. If you do not see a message from us, please let us know by emailing us at NURADMISSION@vcu.edu.

Accelerated B.S. – Changes for 2017

If you are planning to apply to the Accelerated B.S. in nursing for the cohort that begins May 2017, you need to be aware of a few substantial changes to the application process:

  1. The application deadline is changed to September 15, 2016. The application will open early this summer and we will provide full instructions on how to apply on our website.
  2. All prerequisites must be completed prior to application. The five prerequisite courses listed below must be completed, and transcripts submitted showing completion of these courses, by the September 15th application deadline:
    1. Anatomy
    2. Physiology
    3. Microbiology
    4. Lifespan developmental psychology
    5. Statistics
  3. The science prerequisites listed above (anatomy, physiology, microbiology) may not be more than 10 years old at the time of application.

Subscribe to this blog to learn more details about applying for 2017 as they become available.

AB application has closed

The deadline to apply for the Accelerated B.S. was November 1st. If you have not already submitted your application or all required credentials, your application cannot be considered this year and you will need to reapply for summer 2017 entry.

The Undergraduate Admissions Office is working diligently to match all applicant credentials received. Please refer to your VCU VIP page for updates to your application and remember to allow them 2 weeks to match and post items to your application. Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office via email (SONUGRAD@vcu.edu) or telephone (804-828-1222 and ask for the nursing processor) if you have questions about the submission of any required documents.

Applicants who submitted a complete and qualified application by the November 1st deadline will be notified of their status by the School of Nursing by December 1st. Remember to add our email address — NURADMISSION@vcu.edu — to your list of trusted contacts so communication from us does not go to your junk mail or spam folders.

AB Application Deadline

The deadline to submit a complete and qualified application for consideration to VCU’s Accelerated B.S. program is November 1, 2015. This is a firm deadline and no applications will be considered that become complete after this deadline.

Do not miss out on your chance to be considered for the cohort beginning May 2016. Visit our website to learn about the admission requirements and application instructions.