Welcome to the Department of Nursing

Welcome to Virginia State University (VSU) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Registered Nurse (RN) Online Completion Program. We are pleased you have chosen VSU to further your education endeavors. In these times of extraordinary change and challenges in healthcare, Virginia State University continues to elevate the plane in nursing by providing opportunities for growth with the next generation of healthcare leaders. Here in the Nursing Department, we are committed to developing successful and competent leaders for today’s healthcare system.

The online RN to BSN completion program is the first online program at VSU. We provide a five-semester part-time curriculum for the Registered Nurse (RN) to further their education and obtain the BSN degree. The program is taught through distance education with VSU Online. All faculty in the department are credentialed in online teaching and learning practices. Through asynchronous instruction, the learners complete two- three credit courses, one course every eight weeks each semester. Each semester, the learner completes six credits.

Why VSU online RN to BSN completion program

  • 100% online coursework provides the flexibility to balance school with a busy schedule
  • Affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for both in-state and out-of-state students
  • Part-time program which means you can earn your degree at a pace that fits your lifestyle
  • Benefit from one-on-one attention from faculty with a broad range of experience in the field 

The goal of the Department of Nursing is to prepare professional nurses to deliver safe and effective patient centered care across the lifespan. The focus is on opportunities for inclusive healthcare practices in rural and urban settings. Teaching-learning experiences include academics and practicums in diverse community settings. The program embodies interprofessional collaboration through evidence-based practice. 

Nursing is very important to our community. Providing online part-time instruction gives the working RN the opportunity to maintain their employment while expanding their level of educational preparation. Graduates who complete the BSN are eligible for advancement within their practice setting and the foundation to further their education to obtain the master’s or doctoral degree. There is a great demand for nurse educators and advanced practice nurses. Many healthcare settings require the BSN for advancement. According to a recent Gallup poll (nurse.com), nursing is one of the most trusted professions. 

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Published date: April 30, 2022

Virginia State University, VA  - In recognition of the economic challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced into families’ lives, Virginia State University, a top HBCU college, today announced it will not increase tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year for new and continuing students.

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Many graduates choose typical career paths associated with this major. Keep in mind, that some fields will require graduate study or further training. The listing below offers examples of possible career paths and is not meant to be comprehensive.

  • Army Nurse Corps
  • Cardiac Care Nurse
  • Case Manager/ Care Coordinator
  • Clinical Implementation Consultant
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Community Health Worker
  • Diabetes Educator
  • Educational Coordinator
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Emergency Room Nurse
  • Family Nurse Practitioners
  • Geriatric Nurse
  • Head Nurse
  • Health Educator
  • Home Health Care Nurse
  • Hospice Coordinator
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Hospital Unit Manager
  • Intensive Care Nurse
  • Medical Hotline Representative
  • Medical/ Surgical Nurse
  • Nurse- Midwife
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Supervisor
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Obstetrics/ Gynecology Nurse
  • Occupational/ Industrial Health Nurse
  • Oncology Nurse
  • Operating Room Nurse
  • Paramedic
  • Peace Corps/ Vista Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Private Duty Nurse
  • Private Physician Practice Nurse
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • School Nurse

Who Employs Graduates?

Clinics and Outpatient Settings, Colleges / Universities, Community Agencies, Corporate Settings, Extended Care Facilities, Health Maintenance Organizations, Home Health Agencies, Hospices, Hospitals, Independent Practices, Insurance Companies, Laboratories, Managed Care Companies, Mental Health Agencies , Military Branches, Nursing Homes, Physician Offices, Outpatient Surgery Centers, Public/Community Health Agencies, Public and Private Schools, Rehabilitation Agencies, Research Centers, Senior Centers, Shelters, or Trauma Centers