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

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


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036,

Approved by:
Virginia State Board of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

  • 94.9% pass rate for NCLEX
  • 96% retention rate
  • 86.7% placement rates
  • 990 hrs of hands on time (clinical)
  • Small clinical groups
  • Clinical experiences are in some of the most highly technologically advanced settings


Registered Nurses are employed in a wide variety of healthcare settings, such as hospitals, clinics, long-term facilities, physician’s offices, and health agencies. Registered 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 Registered 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. Registered 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.

Today, Sentara College of Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program with opportunities for Early Admission for High School Seniors, special allowances for LPNs seeking their BSN, and an online RN to BSN program.

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About the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

  • The Program is offered every January. Classes are held in the daytime, fulltime—Monday through Friday, with an occasional Saturday clinical
  • Can be completed in 2.5 years (after prerequisite requirements are met)
  • Graduates obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX licensure exam upon completion
  • Enjoy priority placement within the Sentara Healthcare system
  • Applications will not be considered from prospects who have been unsuccessful in a previous nursing course
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who hold an active, unencumbered license to practice in the State of Virginia may have opportunities for advanced placement. 

Admission Requirements

Currently accepting applications for the January 2016 session.

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

First Degree Seeking Applicants Include:
- Applicants who do not hold a liberal arts degree (i.e., Associate of Science, Associate of Art, or Bachelor Degree).
- Applicants with a technical degree as defined by the Department of Education (i.e., Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Occupational Science, etc.).

Second Degree Seeking Applicants Include:
- Applicants who hold an Associate of Art, Associate of Science, Associate of Art & Science, or a Bachelor Degree. 

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

First Degree Seeking: A minimum of 30 credits, to include “X” classes, need to be completed to apply.
Second Degree Seeking: “X” classes need to be completed to apply.

All remaining “O” classes for both First Time Degree and Second Degree Seeking applicants must be completed prior to beginning the Nursing Program with us in January.

College Level Requirement

First Degree

Second Degree

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

28 credits

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

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

Preadmission Testing Requirement
The TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is required for consideration into the Nursing Program.  For more information about this test and how to prepare for and register please click here.

Admission Process

Currently accepting applications for the January 2016 session.

1. The deadline to apply is June 15th of the year prior to your session start date. Submit your application, your college transcripts, and the $85 non-refundable administrative processing fee.

2. TEAS test must be also completed and submitted by June 15th.

3. Official or unofficial transcripts are due by June 15th for admission consideration.

4. Notification of acceptance is sent by June 30th.

5. If accepted, the non-refundable enrollment processing fee of $100 is due by July 1st.

6. ALL official transcripts for all general education course requirements are due by January 1st of the year you would begin courses. Students 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 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.

Total program tuition (2015) - $26,525 (71 credits)
Uniform costs - approximately $200
Book costs (new) - approximately $2,175
NCLEX exam fees (not included in tuition) - $330