Southside College of Health Sciences Nursing Program Review

Southside College of Health Sciences (SCHS), located in Colonial Heights, Virginia is open to students over 18 years of age. If students are below 18 years old, he or she must be a high school graduate or hold a GED or high school equivalent. Southside College of Health Sciences applicants must hold specific program prerequisites and have graduated from a regionally accredited high school, or state-recognized homeschooling program. All of the programs have various entrance prerequisites that must be satisfied before students can be admitted into the programs at Southside Regional Medical Center.

The Nursing Program at the Southside College of Health Sciences offers an Associate of Applied Science in Registered Nursing Degree (AAS). Upon graduation from the Associate of Applied Science degree at the Southside Regional Medical Center Professional Schools, graduates can go on to apply to sit the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), in order to become a Registered Nurse (RN). After passing that examination, Registered Nurses go on to work in hospitals, physician’s offices, long-term care facilities, and several other health care institutions.

Admission Criteria

In order to be admitted to the Associate of Applied Science in Registered Nursing degree at Southside College of Health Sciences, applicants must be a Graduate of an accredited high school or GED (General Equivalency Diploma) and Successful completion of the following high school or college developmental courses with a “C” or better in Biology, Chemistry, Algebra and Algebra II. 

*Pre-requisites only need to be taken at the college level if not taken in high school or did not receive a “C” or better.

A co-requisite is a college-level course incorporated into the program curriculum. These courses are not required to apply but highly recommended to take prior to applying. Co-requisites are to be completed at a regionally accredited institution. Southside College of Health Sciences does not offer co-requisites.  See the college website for a complete list of co-requisite classes.

Pre-admission test (ATI TEAS) meeting a minimum score of 66%. Applicants may attempt to take the ATI TEAS test twice per admission cycle while allowing 15 days between attempts for remediation. The test will be administered remotely and the fee will be paid directly to ATI.

Attend an Information Session prior to the application deadline.  Click here for dates and information.
Applicants who are not a U.S. citizen by birth must provide immigration or citizenship documentation. The school does not participate in the SEVIS program.
Negative complete criminal history and child protective screens.
 Negative drug screen.

Admission Process

The admission process to the Southside Regional Medical Center Professional Schools is comprised of a personal interview and tour, an application form, and an application fee. Applicants must also submit all high school transcripts as well as transcripts from all post-secondary education. Applicants must also complete full health history and submit immunization records, which must include immunizations against measles, mumps, rubella, and Varicella.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for individuals who are taking 12 or more credits per semester. Financial Aid is available to students who require it and comes in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, or a combination. Financial Aid is awarded on a needs basis, rather than on a scholastic aptitude basis and the amount varies, depending on the individual students’ needs. Scholarships, grants, and loans may be applied to the cost of attending Southside Regional Medical Center and are credited directly to the individual student’s account. In order to maintain financial aid throughout the duration of the program, individuals must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0, successfully complete 67% of all classes in which they are registered, and complete the program for which they have registered within 150% of the program length.

Southside College of Health Sciences
430 Clairmont Court
Suite 200
Colonial Heights, VA 23834

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