The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program at Sentara College of Health Sciences is Accredited

by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Approved by:
Virginia State Board of Nursing

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Early Admission for High School Seniors


  • 95% pass rate for NCLEX (2014-2015 academic year)
  • 94% retention rate (2014-2015 academic year)
  • 83% placement rate (2014-2015 academic year)
  • 990 hours of hands-on clinical time
  • Small clinical groups
  • Clinical experiences are in some of the most highly technologically advanced settings
  • Currently the only program in the region available to high school students


Nurses are employed in a wide variety of healthcare settings, such as hospitals, clinics, long-term facilities, physician’s offices, and health agencies. Nurses are among the largest employment sectors in the United States. They are in critical shortage throughout the country, therefore, the employment need is great and stability in employment is stellar.

As a nurse you will provide and coordinate client care. Working closely with the client’s physician and other members of the healthcare team, you will assess client needs, develop plans of care, administer treatments, provide client education, and direct a variety of multi-skilled caregivers. Nursing incorporates the administration, management, and evaluation of healthcare to clients across the life span, from diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, and in various healthcare settings.

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About the BSN Program - Early Admission for High School Seniors

  • Daytime, fulltime—Monday through Friday with an occasional Saturday clinical
  • Program offered every January
  • Graduate with your Bachelor of Science in Nursing and be eligible to apply to take the NCLEX licensure exam upon completion
  • Enjoy priority placement within the Sentara Healthcare system
  • Have a guaranteed seat in the Sentara College Bachelor of Science Nursing Program contingent upon successful completion of preset requirements

Application Requirements

  • Must currently be a high school senior
  • Application window: January 1 to June 1
  • Must have a high school GPA of 3.5 by high school graduation. The GPA requirement must be maintained through the end of the senior year and the final official high school transcript must be submitted to the College
  • Must have a minimum SAT test score of 27 in reading and a 26.5 in math OR an ACT score of 21
  • Must submit application, high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and the $85 non-refundable application processing fee

If you do not meet the above requirements, please refer to the BSN Program.

Meeting the above requirements will offer the applicant a conditional acceptance to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree at Sentara College of Health Sciences. Once the applicant has been conditionally accepted to the Nursing Program, an admissions advisor will be assigned to assist with information about general education course requirements and other steps necessary for successful entry into the Nursing Program.

After Application Submission

1. No preadmission testing required.

2. General education courses should be started on a full-time basis no later than the Fall semester directly after graduation from high school in order to stay on track with Early Admission requirements.

3. All general education coursework must be completed with a “C-” or higher. You must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale OR a GPA of 3.3 on the list of required general education courses below. (General education courses are not offered at Sentara College.)

If the applicant has been conditionally accepted into the Nursing Program, the “X” classes and 4 other “O” classes must be completed by the end of the freshman year of college (by June 15, 2017). The remaining “O” classes must be completed by January 1, 2018.

College Level Requirement
(General Education Requirements subject to change without notice.)

Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab (4 credits)


Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab (4 credits)


Chemistry w/lab (4 credits)


Statistics (3 credits)


Developmental Psychology (3 credits)


English Composition I  (3 credits)


English Composition II (3 credits)


Microbiology w/lab (4 credits)


Health, Medical, Bio, or Social Ethics (3 credits)


Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)


Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)


Oral Communication (3 credits)


Fine Art Elective (3 credits)


History Elective (3 credits)


Humanities Elective (3 credits)



49 credits

Please click here for information on local college general education equivalents.

Admission Decisions

  • You will receive a letter granting full admittance to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree at Sentara College when the above requirements have been successfully completed by June 15, 2017.
  • If the applicant does not meet the above requirements due to GPA, the applicant will be considered with the regular BSN Program applicants.
  • If accepted to the Program, a required non-refundable fee of $131 is due by July 1, 2017.

Tuition and Fees

  • In-state and out-of-state tuition, fees, and expenses are the same
  • Financial aid is available for those who qualify. GI Bill and VA benefits can also be used. Please see our Financial Aid page for more information
  • Additional expenses such as uniforms/shoes, textbooks, supplies, parking, immunizations, BLS certification, and hospital ID badge are the responsibility of the student. Detailed information on these items will be distributed at Registration.

Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

Effective August 2017

  • BSN Program - Total Program Cost is $29,795 for tuition and fees of 71 credits at $350 per credit hour. LPN students may have a decreased rate pending advanced placement.

    NCLEX fees of $300 are not included in the tuition and fees
    BSN Program - New books are projected at $2,175
    Uniform costs are approximately $200
    Required non-refundable fee of $131 upon acceptance to reserve a seat