Norfolk State University Nursing School Review

Norfolk State University (NSU) was established in 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia, and was originally called Norfolk Unit of Virginia Union University. Seven years later, the university was renamed, Norfolk Polytechnic College and then in 1944 the Virginia Legislature mandated that the school become part of Virginia State College. Norfolk State University became fully independent in 1969 and is now the largest predominantly African-American university in the United States, offering a variety of programs at the undergraduates and graduate levels.

Undergraduate Programs

Norfolk State University offers an Associate of Science degree (ADN) as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program. Both programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. The complete list of nursing degree programs at Norfolk State University includes; BS Nursing (LPN to BSN), the BS Nursing (RN to BSN) and the BS Nursing (2nd degree program).They are outlined as follows; the Associate of Science degree in Nursing prepares students to become technical nurses, who can work in a variety of healthcare environments with various patients. The Associate of Science degree has two tracks, one is for students who do not have any nursing experience and the other is for Licensed Practical Nurses. The traditional track can be completed in two years and a summer session. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) can complete the program in three semesters.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is for students who already hold an associate degree in nursing. Norfolk State University also offers a second-degree option for individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, individuals can go on to apply to write the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses, in order to begin practicing as a Registered Nurse.

In order to be admitted into the Associate Degree in Nursing at Norfolk State University, students must first apply to Norfolk State University by February before the Fall semester. Students must then apply directly to the Nursing Department. In order to be admitted into the Associate Degree in Nursing program, applicants must have completed two units of math and two units of science at the high school level or above with a minimum of a ā€œCā€ grade or higher.Applicants must also hold a 2.5 GPA or higher in high school or any applicable college credits.

In order to be admitted into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Norfolk State University, students must first be admitted into Norfolk State University, and then apply to the Nursing Department by February for Fall admission. Individuals must hold a GPA of 2.5 or above in Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology. Applicants must have completed prerequisite courses and must submit all official transcripts from previous college education. Applicants to the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing track must submit proof of Registered Nurse licensure.

Graduate Programs

Norfolk State University offers two tracks in the Master of Science (MSN) in Nursing Program; the Clinical Nurse Leader track and the Nurse Educator track. The Clinical Nurse Leader Program is for nurses interested in continuing employment in a variety of healthcare environments and would like to work at a management level. The Nurse Education Program track is intended for nurses who are interested in working as nurse educators and are interested in conducting research at an educational level.

Norfolk State University
700 Park Avenue,
Norfolk, VA 23504, USA
Phone: 757-823-8600


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