Liberty University is a private institution in Lynchburg, Virginia. Jerry Falwell founded the school in 1971. Falwell was a famed pastor and is buried in the ground of the university. The university remains a Christian university, requiring students to complete three Bible studies classes during their first year. It is also the largest Christian university in the world, enrolling over 15,000 students at the Lynchburg campus. Liberty University began offering online distance learning, leading to an additional 100,000 online students. The university is structured into 17 colleges offering 297 undergraduate programs, 319 master’s programs, and 32 doctoral programs.
Liberty University has an MSN program and several BSN options. The BSN programs include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, and LPN to BSN. All programs are accredited by the CCNE. The traditional BSN program accepts 40 students each summer. This BSN track is a four-year program with nursing courses spread throughout the four years instead of requiring students to wait until their junior year to begin their nursing education. In clinical settings, the school maintains a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, providing students with individualized attention. The MSN program is typically completed in two years and the classes are offered entirely online.
|Campus LocaleSmall City|
|Number of Students75,044|
|Student to Faculty Ratio18:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation |
|On Campus HousingYes|
The Liberty University BSN program is designed to prepare ethical nurses committed to Christian values.
The nursing curriculum is a composite of courses from the arts, sciences and the Bible in addition to academic and clinical nursing courses.
The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.
Students who successfully graduate from the program are eligible to apply to sit for the National Licensure exam to be licensed as a Registered Nurse.
- Nursing Program Application
- High School Diploma or GED equivalency certificate
- Official transcripts for all college level coursework
- Recommendation letters
- Nursing program pre-admission exam
- Completion of all pre-requisite course satisfactorily by the prescribed deadline
Applicants provisionally accepted into the program will be required to submit additional program specific requirements including the physical health examination, laboratory exam, immunization series, drug screening and criminal background check as required by clinical locations and the licensing body.
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - research/scholarship||0||6|
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges|
01/01/1980 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels|
05/05/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels|
10/09/2004 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels|
10/09/2004 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1040 to 1240|
|ACT||21 to 27|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended|
|Recommendations Neither required nor recommended|
|Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended|
|Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Neither required nor recommended|
|Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$391/credit|
|In State Students||$391/credit|
|Out of State Students||$391/credit|
|In District Students||$464/credit|
|In State Students||$464/credit|
|Out of State Students||$464/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 97% of Liberty University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||8%||$1,141|
|State Grant & Scholarships||22%||$3,097|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||89%||$8,952|
|Federal Student Loans||59%||$5,545|
$26,954Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$25,416|
|$30,001 to $48,000$24,960|
|$48,001 to $75,000$26,731|
|$75,001 to $110,000$29,071|
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Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
- Nurses Scholarship - American Legion Auxiliary Department of virginia
- Mary Virginia Macrae Memorial Merit Award
- American Legion Auxiliary Department of Virginia Past Presidents Parley Nurses Scholarship
- Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Nursing Scholarship
- Genevieve Saran Richmond Award
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing.