The Veteran’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing will prepare you to enter the healthcare profession as a well-qualified, skilled registered nurse, while maximizing credit from your military training and experiential learning. We provide an innovative and flexible approach that reduces barriers often faced by veterans during a transition into a nursing career. Whether you are active military, transitioning out, or already working in healthcare, this program has options for you.
The program is offered in a welcoming, collegiate setting in which all students are pursuing degrees in the health sciences. Jefferson College is an integral part of Carilion Clinic, which was awarded Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest honor a hospital can receive for quality nursing, and proudly acknowledges its “Military Friendly” designation.
For general information about this program, see below. For more detailed program information and requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.
Veteran students may select one of three program tracks depending on their level of preparation and preference regarding the balance between life, work and school: a traditional four-year track, an accelerated 16-month track, or the post-licensure (RN to BSN) track. Each program leads to the BSN, offers strong career potential and includes:
- Flexibility in designing an individualized plan of study
- Advanced Placement into the Nursing Curriculum (as appropriate)
- Personal and academic support services from a dedicated military advisor
- Recognition of the unique practical nursing and medical skills acquired through military service
- Dedicated Staff Support in Admissions, Financial Aid and Student Life
The traditional and accelerated programs integrate traditional classroom work with laboratory, clinical and hands-on learning and are options for students who do not hold nursing degrees or licenses. The post-licensure RN to BSN track provides is ideal for licensed nurses seeking to bridge from an RN to BSN.
Your education will focus on the two core competencies: quality and safety within nursing healthcare environment. Our nurse-patient learning model will also emphasize patient-centered care, interprofessionalism, and critical thinking in an educational setting where classes are small and the student-to-faculty ratio does not exceed 10-to-1 in clinical settings.
What makes this program different?
- Carilion Clinic. As a student at Jefferson College you will be part of a healthcare clinic that employs nearly 13,000 healthcare professionals and has facilities that span over 200 miles. You will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, national leaders in all areas of healthcare practice and administration, clinical rotations totaling 600 hours largely within Carilion Clinic facilities, and opportunities to learn in the company of medical students, doctoral students, mater's students and other undergraduates.
Carilion Clinic has received Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center which is the highest honor a hospital can receive for the quality of its nursing professionals.
- Admitted to Your Program. As a new student, you will begin your studies immediately as a nursing student; not a pre-nursing student. Our retention and success rates are high, and you can enroll with the confidence that are a nursing student and that the BSN is within your reach.
- The Right-track. During the admission process, we will help you find the BSN track that is most appropriate for you. Whether it is the traditional, four-year program, the accelerated, 16 month program or the RN to BSN bridge program, we will work with you to find the track that’s right for you. No matter the track, you will learn in an environment that most closely mimics the daily demands of a practicing nurse.
- Interprofessionalism. We provide our students with opportunities to interact and learn beside a broad range of healthcare providers, so they’re prepared to collaborate across specialties from the start of their careers.
- Research and Adaptation. Nurses are lifelong learners who must be able to evolve with advances in technology, medicine and science. As a student at Jefferson College, you will spend time learning about medical and scientific research in coursework that will teach the habits of mind to allow growth throughout your entire healthcare career.
After receiving your BSN, you will take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to gain licensure to become a practicing nurse, and Jefferson College students regularly pass this exam at rates well above the national average. Your education will prepare you for the NCLEX-RN, and intensive preparation during your final months of study will seek to put you in the very best position to gain licensure.
Many of our graduates have career jobs lined up prior to graduation, and they become successful healthcare professionals across a wide range of practice areas, including:
- Hospitals (inpatient and outpatient)
- Physician offices
- Long-term care facilities
- Home healthcare services
- Employment services
- Rehabilitation centers
- Government agencies
- Outpatient care centers
- Social assistance agencies
- Educational institutions
- Research institutions
- Public health
All students entering Jefferson College are expected to demonstrate basic competency indicating the ability to complete a rigorous academic program, but not all students display this competency in the same way. This is particularly true for Veterans who gain valuable expertise often not available to civilians through their service experiences. The admissions process recognizes this and evaluates applicants both on the basis of standard measures (e.g., transcripts and standardized test scores), as well as relevant service experience, certifications, letters of recommendation and face-to-face interviews with applicants. Students who demonstrate through a holistic evaluation that they are prepared to be successful BSN students will be admitted to the program. Students lacking sufficient preparation will be given a roadmap to guide them to become successful applicants for a future semester.
The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing and master's degree programs in nursing at Jefferson College of Health Sciences are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202)887-6791.
The nursing pre-licensure degree programs are approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico Virginia 23233-1463.