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 LocaleMidsize City|
|Student to Faculty Ratio18:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
Nursing Programs Offered
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.
- 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 (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - research/scholarship||0||2|
NCLEX-RN Passrate History
NCLEX-RN passrate history of Virginia Commonwealth University as reported by Virginia state board of nursing.
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1070 to 1260|
|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|
|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|
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|
|In State Students||$391|
|Out of State Students||$1,059|
|In District Students||$632|
|In State Students||$632|
|Out of State Students||$1,300|
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, 81% of Virginia Commonwealth 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||4%||$1,443|
|State Grant & Scholarships||46%||$4,807|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||45%||$5,796|
|Federal Student Loans||54%||$5,433|
$20,741Average Net Price/year
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$14,233|
|$30,001 to $48,000$18,394|
|$48,001 to $75,000$22,307|
|$75,001 to $110,000$24,528|
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Applicants must be daughters, sons grandsons, etc of veterans who served during eligibility dates for membership in the american legion.
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 ...
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 of ...
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 nursing ...
This scholarship has been donated by Leslie and Virginia Fiur to a nursing student with a disability.
Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing.