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 over 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 900 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, and an online RN to BSN Program.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at a Glance

    • The Program is offered every January
    • Now accepting applications for January 2021
    • 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
    • 127-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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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).

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Sentara College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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 Early Admission to Undergraduate Programs BSN. 


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Are you a current US citizen or permanent resident?

We are only able to accept citizens or permanent residents. For more information please contact our Recruitment Office.

Will you be 18 years of age by the first day of classes?

You have to be 18 by the first day of classes. For more information please contact our Recruitment Office.

Are you a licensed RN?

Do you have a bachelor's degree?

Do you have a BSN Degree?

Did you complete college level statistics with a "C-" or better, and graduate with a 2.0 GPA or better?

Have you taken some college level courses?

Do you have all of the following prerequisites with a "B-" or higher?


-Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab

-Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab

-College Chemistry w/lab

-Developmental Psychology

-English Composition I

-English Composition II

-Microbiology w/lab

-Nutrition

-Statistics

Do you have an associate degree? (If you have an Associate of Applied Science, Occupational Science, or a technical degree, please click "no".)

At this time you have not completed the necessary requiremments. Please contact our Recruitment Office for more information.

You qualify for our Clinical Nurse Leader program! (Transferability of coursework is not guaranteed and is ony 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.)

You can apply to our MENP program!  (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.)

Do you have an associate degree? (If you have an Associate of Applied Science, Occupational Science, or a technical degree, please click "no.")

At this time you have not completed the necessary requiremments for the RN to BSN program. Please contact our Recruitment Office for more information.

Do you have all of the following prerequisites with a "C-" or higher?

-Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab

-College Chemistry w/lab

-Developmental Psychology

-English Composition I

-English Composition II 

-Statistics

Have you taken some college level courses?

Do you have all of the following prerequisites with a "C-" or higher?

-Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab

-College Chemistry w/lab

-Developmental Psychology

-English Composition I

-English Composition II

-Statistics

You can apply to our BSN program! 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 Program you are required to complete any remaining prerequisites with a "C-" or higher.

At this time you have not completed the necessary requirements for our MSN program. Please contact our Recruitment Office for more information

Did you take 42 credits of non nursing course work with a "C-" or better?

Have you completed at least 25 credits from the following courses?

-Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab

-Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab

-Statistics

-Developmental Psychology or Child Psychology

-English Composition I

-English Composition II

-Microbiology w/lab

-Oral Communication

-Ethics

-Introduction to Psychology

-Introduction to Sociology

-Fine Arts Elective

-Humanities Elective

You can apply to our MENP program!  (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.)

At this time you have not completed the necessary requiremments. Please contact our Recruitment Office for more information.

To apply, you'll need the following courses:

-Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab

-College Chemistry w/lab

-Developmental Psychology

-English Composition I

-English Composition II

-Statistics

 

...and at least 10 additional credits from these general education classes:

 

-Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab

-Fine Art Elective

-Health, Medical, Bio, or Social Ethics

-Nutrition -Humanities Elective

-Introduction to Psychology

-Introduction to Sociology

-Microbiology w/lab

-Oral Communication

At this time you have not completed the necessary requiremments. Please contact our Recruitment Office for more information.

Yes, you can apply to our BSN program! 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 Program you are required to complete any remaining prerequisites with a "C-" or higher.

You can apply to our RN to BSN program! (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 program you are required to complete any remaining prerequisites with a "C-" or higher.

At this time you have not completed the necessary requirements for the RN to BSN program. Please contact our Recruitment Office for more information.

At this time you have not completed the necessary requiremments. 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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