Students interested in the highly competitive nursing program must complete the pre-health major in nursing requirements prior to application. A total minimum of 28 credits is required for application to the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. Students must also present SAT, ACT or GRE test scores at the time of application to the nursing program. A minimum cumulative GPA is also required. Applicants whose native language is not exclusively English must submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores. For more information about these requirements, visit  the School of Nursing’s website.

Because admission to the B.S. in Nursing program is highly competitive, it is imperative that all pre-health students who intend to pursue a major in nursing work in tandem with their UAA pre-health major academic adviser to consider parallel majors that satisfy similar career outcomes. Completion of the pre-health major in nursing does not guarantee admission to the traditional program for the B.S. in Nursing nor does it result in a college degree.

Requirements for the pre-health major in nursing

Students applying to the traditional B.S. in Nursing degree program must complete biological concepts with laboratory, human anatomy (lab included) with a minimum grade of B, principles of nutrition and an approved second laboratory science course.1 The non-science prerequisites for the pre-health major in nursing are: UNIV   111 and UNIV   112, introduction to psychology and general sociology. Although math is not required for admission to the School of Nursing, students admitted into the nursing program complete a statistics class. Therefore, we recommend that students who place into college algebra complete a math class during the first year.

While not a requirement of the pre-health major in nursing, students who have space in their schedules to accommodate additional classes are encouraged to begin working on the collateral requirements of the baccalaureate degree. These courses include: BIOL   209 and BIOZ   209, both with minimum grades of B; PHIL   201; PHIS   206 and PHIZ   206, both with minimum grades of B; PSYC   304; STAT   210; and UNIV   200.

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If high school chemistry (with laboratory) with a minimum grade of C has not been completed, one semester of general chemistry with laboratory (CHEM   101 and CHEZ   101) must be taken. In order to be eligible for CHEM   101, students must meet the placement requirements. If high school chemistry with a minimum grade of C has been completed, choose from the following approved second laboratory sciences: BIOL   103; BIOL   151 and BIOZ   151; BIOL   152 and BIOZ   152; BIOL   201 and BIOZ   201; CHEM   101 and CHEZ   101; PHYS   101 and PHYZ   101; PHYS   107. Note that these courses may have pre- or corequisites.

Changing to the pre-health major in nursing from another major

Current VCU students who wish to change their major to the pre-health major in nursing must meet the following criteria to be considered for the major:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • No more than 75 credits completed

Students who do not meet these requirements may see a pre-health adviser, but they will be referred for programming and not assigned to an adviser.

Prerequisites for the traditional nursing program

VCU courses
BIOL   101
BIOZ   101
Biological Concepts
and Biological Concepts Laboratory
4
BIOL   205Basic Human Anatomy4
BIOL   217Principles of Nutrition3
PSYC   101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to PsychologyIntroduction to Psychology4
SOCY   101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to SociologyIntroduction to Sociology3
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IFocused Inquiry I3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IIFocused Inquiry II3
Approved second laboratory science4
Total Hours28

Sample curriculum outline

Freshman year
Fall semesterHours
BIOL   101
BIOZ   101
Biological Concepts
and Biological Concepts Laboratory
4
MATH   141 Algebra with Applications 1 3
PSYC   101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to Psychology Introduction to Psychology 4
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I Focused Inquiry I 3
Approved second laboratory science (must meet placement requirements) 4
 Term Hours: 18
Spring semester
BIOL   205 Basic Human Anatomy 4
BIOL   217 Principles of Nutrition 3
SOCY   101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to Sociology Introduction to Sociology 3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II Focused Inquiry II 3
 Term Hours: 13
 Total Hours: 31
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Students placing into MATH 141 should take this course their first semester in college.

Total minimum requirement (for admission to traditional nursing program) 31 credits