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Nursing Students '09

The Department of Nursing is currently updating the curriculum. The associate degree in nursing program is no longer available. We are not accepting students at this time. Please return to our website at a later date for further information.

If you are responsible, detail-oriented, and have a genuine love of people, you might consider a career as a Registered Nurse (RN).  Registered Nurses are vital to our society; chances are, you can name at least one nurse who has touched your life in a meaningful way.

An Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Virginia State can help you attain not only personal gratification, but also job security, flexibility, and competitive financial compensation.

The Nursing program at Virginia State is a pre-licensure, two year (5 semester) program which prepares graduates for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).  Upon passing the exam, graduates are eligible for employment in a variety of health care delivery settings, such as hospitals, health centers, ambulatory settings and private physician offices.  The Department of Nursing has been fully approved by both the Virginia Board of Nursing and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).


The VSU Department of Nursing will promote and sustain an environment of academic excellence and scholarly inquiry to prepare nurses for entry into professional nursing practice through didactic instruction, advanced technology and clinical experiential learning. From this mission, the faculty has developed a holistic philosophy of nursing education. 


The philosophy involves human beings, the environment, health, the healthcare system, nursing practice and nursing education. This holistic system serves as the foundation for the associate degree curriculum at Virginia State University.

Program Outcomes

The nursing program at VSU provides learning experiences, which will assist the associate degree-nursing student to:

  1. Assimilate and integrate knowledge from the humanities, biological, psychosocial, the liberal arts, and nursing theories as a foundation to provide nursing care to clients (across the life span) in a variety of settings;
  2. Utilize the nursing process with skills of critical thinking in all nursing services;
  3. Utilize nursing theories and related evidence based practice to guide professional nursing services;
  4. Develop leadership and management abilities in the practice of nursing and in effecting change;
  5. Assume the role of client advocate, teacher, facilitator, collaborator, and coordinator with other health care professionals and consumers to improve delivery of health care to meet the health needs of society;
  6. Assume responsibility and accountability for nursing actions and their outcomes, to enhance nursing practice;
  7. Demonstrate personal and professional growth as individuals and citizens;
  8. Develop technological skills to assist learning, to deliver and document patient care, and to provide professional nursing services;
  9. Develop professional values, ethical, moral, legal and political aspects of the practice of nursing; and
  10. Acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully enter into professional nursing practice.
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