Pre-BSN Nursing

There are many different career paths and degrees in nursing.  Students seeking a Bachelors degree in Nursing (BSN) can obtain that degree in two ways:  a traditional BSN program or an accelerated BSN program.

Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing may apply to a traditional BSN program, however, an accelerated BSN program is the most efficient route into the profession for individuals with degrees in other fields. Typically requiring 12-18 months of study, these programs build on previous learning and can be tailored to meet individual learning needs. Students do not need to repeat courses completed as part of their previous degree programs, which allows for a strong emphasis on nursing content and clinical training.

Fortunately for individuals interested in pursuing an accelerated nursing degree, these programs are now available in every state and are offered at both the baccalaureate and master’s levels.Admission requirements vary significantly among these programs, and students are encouraged to contact individual schools and ask about admission requirements and resources to support accelerated students.

The Accelerated BSN program at the VCU School of Nursing lists the the following course requirements for admission (UMW classes in parentheses):

Basic Human Anatomy with Lab (BIOL 384 Human Anatomy)

Medical Microbiology with Lab (BIOL 371 Microbiology)

Human Physiology with Lab (BIOL 413 Human Physiology)

Life Span Developmental Psychology (PSYC 120 Lifespan Developmental Psychology)

Statistical Thinking (STATS 180 or higher statistics course)

Students interested in applying to the VCU Accelerated BSN program after graduation should contact the program with questions about the UMW course equivalencies.

To find programs, see (Links to an external site.). And to apply to participating programs with one, online application visit NursingCAS,

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