Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) Program

Degree Awarded: 
Bachelor of Science Degree

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The VBSN program is designed to provide veterans the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in preparation for a professional nursing career. The purpose of the VBSN Program is to provide an innovative and flexible approach to an educational career ladder program that will reduce the barriers faced by veterans desiring to transition into a nursing career. Key advantages offered to the veteran student by the Jefferson VBSN Program are flexibility in designing an individualized plan of study that recognizes the unique practice skill sets and medical skills the veteran has acquired through military service, and strong personal and academic support services. VBSN students are placed into one of three existing BSN program tracks, Traditional, Accelerated, or Post-Licensure, based on their previous experience and education.  We offer our VBSN students dedicated military support, working to ensure students are well taken care of while learning on our campus.

VBSN program objectives include increasing flexibility and advanced placement of VBSN students into a nursing curriculum; developing individualized plans of study for every VBSN student; providing exceptional VBSN student support services; graduating VBSN students; and preparing pre-licensure VBSN students for successful completion of the NLCEX-RN leading to employment and/or admission to graduate school. A post-licensure BSN completion track is also available for veterans who may already be licensed RN’s.

The program is offered in a collegiate setting in which all students are pursuing degrees in the health sciences. In addition, students have the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary forum to develop broader understanding of the healthcare system.

Jefferson College of Health Sciences is an affiliate of Carilion Clinic, which was awarded Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). It is the highest honor a hospital can receive for quality nursing. Carilion Clinic provides excellent opportunities for a wide variety of clinical experiences throughout the nursing program.

Admission Requirements: 
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  • Must be veterans of the U.S. Armed forces and have been honorably or medically discharged, or in the Reserves that allows time and access to pursue academic work. 
  • Refer to specific admission requirements for each of the three available Bachelor of Science degree tracks at Jefferson (Traditional, Accelerated, or Post-Licensure)

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Other Information: 
Program Highlights
  • Flexibility in designing an individualized plan of study that recognizes the unique practice skill sets and medical skills the veteran has acquired through military service.
  • Strong personal and academic support services
  • Excellent opportunities for a wide variety of clinical experiences throughout the nursing program.
More About the Undergraduate Nursing Programs at Jefferson

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Tau Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International

Bachelor of science in nursing and masters of science in nursing students at Jefferson College of Health Sciences have the opportunity to join the Tau Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing. Click here to learn more.

Veteran & Active Military Resources at Jefferson College

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