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Is the program accredited?

Virginia Western's nursing program is fully approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing, making graduates eligible to take the state licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to gain employment and/or transfer to other nursing programs. More about Virginia Western's accreditations.

The nursing program does not hold the voluntary National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accreditation. The Virginia Western nursing program meets all the mandatory accreditations and approvals.

What are the admission guidelines to the 2016 program?

  1. Applicant must apply and meet the general admission requirements for the college.
  2. Cumulative GPA must be > 2.75 at the end of the fall 2015 semester to be eligible for the 2016 program (based on the most recent school with a GPA calculated on at least 12 college credit hours within a one year timeframe).
  3. Must have one unit of the following high school (prerequisite) courses with a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher by end of Spring 2016:
    Algebra I,
    Note: Appropriate developmental or college courses can satisfy HS deficiencies.
  4. The following college level prerequisites must also be completed (ā€œCā€ or better) by the end of Spring 2016 (within 5 yrs. prior to 2016):
    Bio 141 (or equivalent) - Human Anatomy & Physiology I
    Bio 142 (or equivalent) Human Anatomy & Physiology II
    Bio 205 General Microbiology (4 credits)
    Nur 135 Dosage & Calculations (2 credits)
  5. Must be a graduate of an approved Practical Nursing Program. (Must be a graduate or projected to be prior to summer.)
  6. Valid license to practice as a LPN in Virginia. (Must have license by August 1, 2016.)
  7. Meet the application deadline of November 10, 2015. All required transcripts, forms, and documentation must be on file.

Is admission to the program very competitive?

Admission to the nursing program at VWCC has been very competitive. LPN transition applicants should be aware that meeting the curriculum admission standards does not guarantee program admission. In the event the number of qualified applicants exceeds the space available for transition students, applicants will be considered based on the results of the nursing skills entrance test (Kaplan), GPA, and interviews.

How long does the transition program take?

The time an individual may work on transition prerequisite requirements varies by student. Applicants have different academic backgrounds (someone may need all the prerequisites or others may have all prereqs satisfied). If accepted into NUR 115 (only begins in the summer), the transition course sequence takes 1 calendar year (3 semesters), if successful. The nursing content will include lecture, nursing skills lab, simulation labs, clinical experiences and required orientations to clinical facilities.

You should expect the clinical assignments to take place days (majority are 12-hr. day/evening)

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