What will I learn?

The School of Nursing offers the following curricula in the baccalaureate program: the traditional, the accelerated B.S. and the R.N.-B.S. completion. Successful completion of curricular requirements results in a Bachelor of Science degree. Note that the applicant is responsible for seeking advice from the School of Nursing on courses taken prior to admission.

Program goals

Students will achieve an advanced beginner level of nursing competence by demonstrating:

  • Effective therapeutic nursing practice
  • Nursing judgment
  • A spirit of inquiry
  • Professional identity

Student learning outcomes

The graduate is a knowledgeable professional nurse who will demonstrate:

  • Integration of theories and concepts from liberal education into nursing practice (III)
  • Knowledge, skills and attitudes in leadership, quality improvement and patient safety to provide high quality health care (I, II, IV)
  • Professional nursing practice grounded in the translation of current evidence (I, II, III)
  • Knowledge of skills in information literacy, management and patient care technology (III)
  • Knowledge of health care, financial and regulatory policies that influence the nature and functioning of the health care system (I, II)
  • Effective communication and collaboration skills with the interprofessional team to deliver high quality and safe patient care (I, II, IV)
  • Health promotion and disease prevention at the individual and population level necessary to improve population health (I, II)
  • Professionalism that reflects the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity and social justice fundamental to nursing (IV)
  • Competence to practice with patients, including individuals, families, groups, communities and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of health care environments that respects the variations of care, the increased complexity and the use of health care resources inherent in caring for patients (I, II, III, IV)

Which department am I in?

School of Nursing

Study options

Full Time (Minimum 124 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$32,742.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 August 2020


School of Nursing

Sadie Heath Cabaniss Hall,

1100 East Leigh Street,



23298, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to a VCU undergraduate degree program requires graduation from a secondary school or the equivalent (lyceum, senior middle school, university preparatory school, completion of GCSE exams, Standard 12 graduation, etc.), which normally consists of at least 12 years beyond kindergarten. Your secondary education should be the type that would prepare you for entrance to a recognized university in your home country.

For international students

To be considered for admission to the School of Nursing, applicants must

Be eligible for readmission or be in good standing at the last college or university attended

The required TOEFL score for undergraduate applicants is 70 iBT, 550 PBT or IELTS of 6.0 (academic band score). The required PTE score is 53.

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About this uni

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and number one public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond