The Sisters of Bon Secours got together in 1824 in France in order to help heal the sick. Over 100 years ago, the Sisters of Bon Secours came to America and began working in hospitals and other healthcare establishments. Almost 50 years ago, the Sisters opened St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia and in 2005 St. France Medical Center was opened.
Certified Nursing Assistant Program (CNA)
The Certified Nursing Assistant Program at Bon Secours Richmond Health System (BSRHS) was established in 1997 and is composed of a seven-week curriculum of 146 total hours. Week one consists of classes from Monday to Thursday from 9am-1pm, and there is an afternoon session once every week. Week four consists of clinical practice three mornings per week and week five and six consist of five full days of clinical practice. The final week of the program is composed of class time.
The classes include Body Systems, Infection Control, Safety and Emergency Measures (including CPR), Personal Care Skills, Mental Health and Social Service Needs of Clients, Skills for Basic Restorative Care and many others.
Tuition for the program is over $800, which can be paid in weekly installments over the duration of the course. The costs included in the course are training costs, course materials, CPR certification, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff and all textbooks. Once a student qualifies for the program, Bon Secours Richmond Health System will conduct interviews. The Certified Nursing Assistant Program is the most junior level of nursing education and is often a requirement for individuals to advance through nursing education, and thus the career of nursing.
Baccalaureate Degrees in Nursing
Bon Secours Richmond Health Center is also affiliated with the Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing, which offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing option (RN to BSN), and a diploma in nursing.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is composed of 68 credits in nursing and 56 credits in other college level courses. The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program admits students twice per year and is available to individuals who are already Registered Nurses with a year of experience. The minimum GPA is 2.5 on the 4.0 scale and individuals must have a “C” grade or better to be admitted. Students must also have achieved all prerequisites. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, individuals can go on to apply to write the NCLEX-RN examination, in order to become licensed as a Registered Nurse and begin practicing in the United States. Registered Nurses work in various healthcare environments including; hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospices, schools, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, and many other varied healthcare organizations.
Finally, the Diploma in Nursing program requires students to have taken college level courses in biological sciences, social sciences and humanities at accredited colleges. Upon graduation, individuals will have received 66 credits in nursing and 44 credits in other college level courses.
Bon Secours Richmond Health System
5715 Monument Avenue,
Richmond, VA 23226-1825,
Phone: (804) 281-9740