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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RN to BSN (for licensed RNs)


  • Most cost effective program in the region
  • Convenient online classes
  • Enrollment: 296 (2015-16 academic year)



This program was designed for licensed Registered Nurses who are seeking to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. 

In response to the evolving changes in nursing and in healthcare, there is a nationwide initiative to increase the number of Baccalaureate prepared nurses to 80% by 2020. Sentara College recognizes the importance of class offerings that accommodate the working individual. Our online classes can be taken at a pace that is suitable to the student’s schedule.





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About the RN to BSN Program

  • Applicants must posess a current, unencumbered Registered Nurse license
  • We offer convenient online classes to accomodate working schedules
  • The Program is offered 2 times per year - January and August  
  • Students may choose to study full-time or part-time 
  • Please note: We are unable to provide remedial assistance to English as a second language (ESL) students, due to limited resources available in the College
  • If you are not a resident of Virginia, please contact the College.

Admission Requirements

  • All coursework must be completed with a “C-” or higher from an accredited institution
  • Sentara College does not expire general education courses

RN to BSN – see the list of courses below for general education requirements.

For RN to BSN, candidates must have a minimum of 25 credit hours of general education requirements or proof of degree listed below to apply for admission. RN to BSN candidates must have all applicable general education courses listed below completed prior to starting. 

General Education Requirements 
(General Education Requirements subject to change without notice.)

Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
Statistics 3 credits
Developmental OR Child Psychology 3 credits
English Composition I 3 credits
English Composition II 3 credits
Microbiology with lab 4 credits
Oral Communication 3 credits
Ethics 3 credits
Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
Fine Arts elective 3 credits
Humanities elective 3 credits

TOTAL    42

For transcripts reviews, please join us for an Academic Planning and Information Session or online WebEx.

Any foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES approved organization first.
Please click here for information on local college general education equivalents.


RN to BSN candidates who can provide proof of one of the following degrees may qualify to have GENERAL EDUCATION and pre-requisite credits from the first degree applied toward the requirements for the BSN, allowing you to START YOUR BSN IMMEDIATELY!
Associate of Arts
Associate of Arts and Sciences               
Associate of Science
Any Bachelor’s degree
(Please note:  Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Occupational Science and other technical degrees as defined by the U.S. Department of Education do not qualify for the 2nd degree option.)       


Admission Process

  1. There are no deadlines to apply. Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis (rolling admissions). Submit the application along with the $85 application processing fee and college transcripts.
  2. No preadmission testing is required.
  3. Upon acceptance a required non-refundable fee of $100 will be due to hold your seat.
  4. ALL official transcripts for all general education course requirements due prior to beginning coursework with Sentara CollegeStudents will not be allowed to start classes unless the College has official transcripts.

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 textbooks and supplies are the responsibility of the student

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

Effective August 2017

  • RN to BSN Program:
  • SENTARA EMPLOYEES - 30 credits at $339 per credit hour. Total cost depends on start date and full time/part time status.  
    NON-SENTARA EMPLOYEES - 30 credits at $520 per credit hour. Total cost depends on start date and full time/part time status. 

    RN to BSN Program - New books are projected at $1,443
    RN to BSN students are not required to purchase uniforms
    Required non-refundable fee of $100 upon acceptance to reserve a seat