Sentara College of Health Sciences Nursing Program Review


The Registered Nursing (RN) Program at Sentara College of Health Sciences (SCHS) is located in Chesapeake, Virginia and accepts applicants on a rolling basis for all of the Allied Health Programs. The nursing program at Sentara College of Health Sciences has an application deadline, dependent upon the deadline for the specific program start date. The population at Sentara College of Health Sciences is composed of 500 students and 40 faculty members. Sentara College of Health Sciences is spread over two campuses, with the main campus located in Chesapeake, Virginia and the distance-learning center in Hampton, Virginia.

Sentara College of Health Sciences now offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (BSN) with three tracks; Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing track (LPN to BSN) and a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing track (RN to BSN). All of the tracks are located at both campuses.

Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is composed of 79 credits, which includes over 1000 clinical practicum hours. The program starts once every year in August and classes are taught Monday through Friday. Clinical practicum can be completed in the evenings and weekends if desired and testing is completed online if required.Upon graduation, students can apply to write the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) examination, in order to become licensed as a Registered Nurse. This examination is a requirement in order to practice nursing in the United States.

All applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED in order to be considered for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Sentara College of Health Sciences also offers an early admission track for high school seniors to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN to BSN)

The Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Sentara College of Health Sciences is composed of 67 semester credits, including 945 clinical practicum hours. In order to be admitted into the Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, applicants must hold Practical Nurse licensure. The program is taught between Monday and Friday and clinical practicum takes place during the week, and often during evenings and weekends. All testing can be completed online at the convenience of the student. Upon graduation from the program, students are able to apply to write the NCLEX-RN examination, in order to become licensed as a Registered Nurse. When applying to the program as a Licensed Practical Nurse, students are given 13 credits to apply to the first semester. Two of the credits are clinical credits and the final credit is Care Partner.

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program can be done on a full-time or part-time basis and is intended for nurses who are already licensed as a Registered Nurse and are interested in holding a baccalaureate degree. The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program consists of 48 credits.

As a second-degree student into any of the nursing programs at Sentara College of Health Sciences, students must hold a “C” grade or above in all general education courses. General education courses are not available for completion at Sentara College of Health Sciences, so they must be completed elsewhere and transferred.

All nursing programs at Sentara College of Health Sciences are accredited by the national accreditor, Association of Independent Colleges and Schools.

Contact:
Sentara College of Health Sciences
1441 Crossways Boulevard,
Chesapeake, VA 23320,
United States
(757) 388-2900

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