2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Aug 18, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, BSN; RN to BSN Degree Completion


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The RN to BSN program provides a unique, flexible, cohort approach to learning for non-traditional students who have graduated from accredited associate degree programs and are licensed as Registered Nurses. This innovative online nursing curriculum is offered as 7-week blocked courses whereby students can choose a part-time track of 1 course each block or a full-time track of 2 courses per block. The program provides a foundation for professional nursing practice and will equip students for further learning opportunities in graduate study and advance practice.

Upon admission to the program, all appropriate community college courses with a C or better will be accepted for transfer into Longwood University. Additional general education courses will be required in order to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. These courses can be taken either at Longwood University or any regionally accredited institution.

Additional criteria for admission to the Longwood University RN to BSN Degree Completion Program are:

  • A minimum GPA requirement of 2.5 is required for admission. For students who have not attended college within the past 5 years, conditional admission may be granted if GPA is <2.5. Full admission will be considered upon satisfactory completion of 6 credit hours of nursing coursework with C or better.
  • Unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse.
  • Graduates of foreign nursing schools, who are licensed outside of the United States, are required to pass the Qualifying Exam of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) prior to application and include the exam report with their application materials.
  • Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with the RN to BSN director to provide academic advising prior to applying.

The deadline for applications is November 1 for spring admission and June 1 for fall admission. Applications are processed on a rolling admission basis until the class fills. Applicants who apply prior to the deadline will be given first consideration.

Academic Progression

A minimum grade of C must be earned in every pre/co-requisite to nursing courses, and all courses listed under the nursing major requirements. Students must maintain an overall G.P.A. of at least 2.0 or C to remain in good academic standing.

Remaining Civitae Core Requirements (27 credits)


Please see the Transfer Student General Education section of this catalog for transfer options. The Longwood University RN to BSN Articulation Agreement waives the CTZN 110  and Integrating World Languages Perspectives Civitae requirements. Students who complete an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Nursing are required by that program to complete several courses that transfer directly into the Civitae program. The Civitae Foundation requirements below are not required in the AAS and must still be met as part of the RN to BSN Articulation Agreement. Although not required in the degree, students who complete the AAS in Nursing through the VCCS are assumed to have taken an elective course that satisfies the Global Citizenship Pillar. In addition, students must complete the remaining three Civitae Perspectives courses (NURS 366 statisfies PGLO) and CTZN 410 : Symposium on the Common Good. Students with associate’s degrees in nursing from outside of VCCS are not explicitly part of the RN to BSN articulation agreement, but may still qualify for this degree completion program. All requirements from the VCCS AAS in Nursing and the program below must be satisfied to complete this degree program.

• Historical and Contemporary Insights Pillar

• Global Citizenship Pillar

• Aesthetic Expression Pillar

MATH 171  (or transfer equivalent)

PSYC 101  (or transfer equivalent)

Additional Degree Requirements (4 credits from VCCS AAS degree)


Students who complete the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Nursing are required by that program to complete a course that satisfies the ADR below. Additional Degree requirement BIOL 304 (or VCCS equivalent or VCCS course BIO 150)

Major Requirements (24 credits plus 6 credits counted in Civitae and 11 credits from the VCCS AAS degree)


Elective Credit (2 credits)


Total Credits Required (120 credits)


Credits expected from the AAS in Nursing: 67 (A grade of C or better is necessary for any course to transfer.) BSN in Nursing Degree Completion 53 credits

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