Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA 23284

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public institution with undergrad and graduate degree programs. The main campus is in Richmond, where it was established as the medical department of Hampden-Sydney College in 1838. The medical department became a medical college before merging with the Richmond Professional Institute to become VCU in 1968. Along with the Richmond campus, VCU operates a branch campus in Education City, Doha, Qatar. The Richmond location includes the Monroe Park campus and the MVC campus. The 90.6-acre Monroe Park houses most of the general facilities while the MVC campus houses the VCU Medical Center and nursing school.

VCU offers a combination of undergrad and graduate degree programs that are accredited by the CCNE. The programs include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, accelerated BSN, RN to MSN, PhD, and BSN to PhD programs. The MSN program offers five areas of concentration including Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. The courses are offered entirely online. However, students need to visit the campus three times per year. Students completing the traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, or RN to BSN programs are required to complete clinical rotations at local facilities, including the VCU Medical Center and various clinics.


Campus LocaleCity: Midsize
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate86%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. Accelerated MSN
  2. Masters degrees (MSN, RN to MSN)
  3. Doctoral degrees (PhD, BSN to PhD)
  4. RN to BSN
  5. Accelerated BSN
  6. BSN

    The Virginia Commonwealth University BSN program traditional track offers a three year curriculum which is approved by the Board of Nursing. A student who successfully completes the program will be eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for licensing as a Registered Nurse.

    Admission Requirements

    • Applicants are required to show proof of good standing at last college attended
    • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on all college level coursework
    • SAT/ACT scores

    The second track into the nursing program is the Accelerated BSN track for applicants who have a baccalaureate degree in a non nursing field with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on all college level coursework.

    The third track of entry into the program is the Registered Nurse to BSN Completion Program. Applicants to this track need to be a graduate of an accredited nursing program with an ADN or a nursing diploma with a minimum grade point of average of 2.5 on all college level coursework. The applicant is required to possess a current unencumbered Registered Nursing to practice in the state. 


Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 265
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 3
Nursing Practice Bachelor's degree 0
Nurse Anesthetist Master's degree 36
Nursing Practice Master's degree 90
Nursing Practice Post-master's certificate 8
Nurse Anesthetist Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 54
Nursing Science Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 1

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Virginia Commonwealth University

ECPI University - Richmond Campus
7.72 miles away
ECPI University - Emerywood Campus
10.02 miles away
Chesterfield County Public Schools
11.38 miles away
Virginia State University
21.56 miles away
Petersburg Public Schools
22.93 miles away
Lafayette School of Practical Nursing
41 miles away
University of Mary Washington
52.11 miles away
Longwood University
54.39 miles away
Southside Virginia Community College - Christanna
55.07 miles away
Southside Virginia Community College - Farmville Campus
55.48 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1953 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
04/01/1971 - Current
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
12/01/1960 - Current
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
09/22/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/22/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/22/2016 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
12/01/1968 - Current



Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading490 to 610
SAT: Math490 to 590
SAT: Writing480 to 590
ACT Composite21 to 27
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Required
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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$13,593
30k to 48k$17,606
48k to 75k$21,089
75k to 110k$24,358
Over 110k$26,432
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $379.00 $1,018.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $610.00 $1,249.00

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

Nurses Scholarship - American Legion Auxiliary Department of virginia

Applicants must be daughters, sons grandsons, etc of veterans who served during eligibility dates for membership in the american legion.

Mary Virginia Macrae Memorial Merit Award

A $400.00 nursing education merit award shall be given annually by the Iowa Department of the American Legion Auxiliary in memory of the late Mary Virginia Macrae, who served as the first [...]

American Legion Auxiliary Department of Virginia Past Presidents Parley Nurses Scholarship

Applicants must be daughters, sons, grandsons, etc. of veterans who served during eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion. Applicants must be in their senior year or graduates [...]

Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Nursing Scholarship

Candidates must be residents of Newport County, and a graduate from a high school in Rhode Island. Scholarships are open to individuals accepted into, and in attendance at any accredited [...]

Genevieve Saran Richmond Award

This scholarship has been donated by Leslie and Virginia Fiur to a nursing student with a disability.

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing
Virginia Commonwealth University
910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284

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