Traditional BSN Program

About the Program

Become a Registered Nurse through a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

When you choose Sentara College of Health Sciences, you join a nursing program that has provided exceptional education for nearly 125 years. We created Norfolk’s first nursing program in 1892 at the 24-bed “Retreat for the Sick” that has since grown into the sprawling and acclaimed Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. As a student in our program, you will learn in this and other award-winning Sentara facilities, providing crucial care to real patients and working shoulder-to-shoulder with renowned Sentara healthcare providers.

Your Educational Experience

As a student, you’ll learn in classrooms, skills labs, clinical settings, and online, thanks to the College’s emphasis on hybrid learning. You’ll learn material when it’s convenient for you, then come together in class to discuss what you’ve learned; or in skills labs, where you’ll apply that knowledge in a safe environment that can simulate nearly any medical condition you might encounter. You’ll gain 990 hours of hands-on experience – far surpassing the requirements for licensure or of other programs. So you’ll graduate from Sentara College uniquely prepared for one of the most challenging and rewarding careers anywhere.

Career Opportunities for Nurses

Registered Nurses enjoy the rewards that come from working in a wide variety of healthcare settings, like hospitals, clinics, long-term facilities, physician’s offices, and health agencies. Registered Nurses are in critically short supply across the country, so the need is great, and stability is exceptional.

As a Registered Nurse, you will provide and coordinate client care, working closely with the physicians 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 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.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at a Glance

    • The Program is offered every January
    • Classes are held in the daytime, fulltime Monday through Friday, with occasional Saturday clinicals
    • 990 hours of hands-on experience in skills labs, simulation, and clinicals
    • The Program can be completed in 2.5 years (after prerequisite requirements are met at another institution)
    • Graduates obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX licensure exam upon completion of the Program
    • Enjoy priority placement within the Sentara Healthcare System
    • 125-year legacy of educating the exceptional nurses in the acclaimed Sentara Healthcare System and elsewhere
    • Small clinical groups for maximum personal attention
    • Exposure to all clinical settings in renowned Sentara hospitals
    • Tuition, fees, and expenses

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Licensed Practical Nurses 

If you are a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who holds an active, unencumbered license to practice in the State of Virginia, you may have opportunities for advanced placement. We welcome LPNs into our BSN Program and look forward to helping you advance your career.

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Quick Facts

Accreditations & Certifications

Sentara College and the Traditional BSN Program are accredited and certified by:

Sentara College of Health Sciences is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

Sentara College of Health Sciences is certified to operate an institution of postsecondary education in Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

Sentara College of Health Sciences' Nursing Program is programmatically accredited by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Sentara College of Health Sciences’ Nursing Program is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

Find Out If You´re Eligible to Apply

Have you graduated High School or equivalent?

Please click below to review the criteria for the BSN early admission for high school seniors program.

 

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Are you a current US Citizen or Permanent Resident?

We are unable to accept non-citizens or permanent residents. For more information please contact our Recruitment Office.

Are you currently a licensed LPN?

Good news!


You may qualify for five advanced placement credits if you are accepted into the BSN Program


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Are you a licensed RN?

Please review the criteria for applying to the RN to BSN Program.

 

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Have you completed college coursework?

Specific college credits are required.

 

For more information please contact our Recruitment Department.

Do you currently have one of the following?


Associate of Science, Associate of Art or Bachelor’s Degree

First Time Degree Seeker


In order to apply, you are required to have completed a minimum of
30 credits from our required courses. The 30 credits must include 
Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab, College Chemistry w/lab, Statistics,
Developmental (Lifespan) Psychology, and English Composition I & II.
Please check the courses below you have completed with a “C-” or higher.

Second Degree Seeker


In order to apply, you are required to submit proof of eligible degree and have completed Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab, College Chemistry w/lab, Statistics, Developmental (Lifespan) Psychology and English Composition I & II.
Please check the courses below you have completed with a “C-” or higher.

Thank you. Have you also completed, with a “C-” or higher, at least 4 of the below courses? Please click the courses you have completed.

Yes, you can apply!

 

Thank you. You have met the minimum qualifications to apply. (Transferability of coursework is not guaranteed and is only official after review from our Admissions Advisor. It is recomm ended that you receive a transcript review from our Recruitment Team prior to submitting your application.) Also, prior to beginning our Nursing Program you are required to complete any remaining prerequisites with a “C -” or higher.

 

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At this time you are missing some prerequisites for the BSN. Please contact our Recruitment Office for more information.

Yes, you can apply!


Thank you. You have met the minimum qualifications to apply.
(Transferability of coursework is not guaranteed and is only official after review from our Admissions Advisor. It is recommended that
you receive a transcript review from our Recruitment Team prior to submitting your application.)
Also, prior to beginning our Nursing Program you are required to complete any remaining prerequisites with a “C -” or higher.

 

Apply Now

At this time you are missing some prerequisites for the BSN. Please contact our Recruitment Office for more information.

Transfer Information

IMPORTANT NOTE: These lists contain courses currently offered at local and online colleges and are intended as a quick reference guide only. This is not necessarily a complete list at the referenced college and does not take the place of a transcript review from our College. Other courses at the referenced colleges below may satisfy our general education course requirements. Sentara College of Health Sciences will assist you with approval of general education courses not on the below list.

All coursework must be completed with a "C-" or higher.

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