A nursing career involves helping others with their health in a large variety of settings. To work as a nurse, a Registered Nursing (RN) licensure is required. The RN can be obtained while earning a two-year associates degree (LPN), a baccalaureate's degree (BSN), or a master's degree (MS).
William & Mary does not have a nursing undergraduate program. If you wish to go into nursing after graduation from W&M, you have several options:
- go to a university or community colleges to earn a License Practical Nursing (LPN) degree that includes the RN.
- complete a second bachelor's degree in nursing for the BSN and RN. There are some accelerated BSN-RN programs.
- complete a master's degree with the RN.
If you have questions please contact the William & Mary Pre-Nursing advisor [[aeeverhardt, Prof. Ashleigh Queen]].
The Accelerated BSN-RN
With an undergraduate degree in an area other than nursing it is possible to get a second BS degree with an RN licensure in 1 to 2 years. These programs expect their applicants to have completed certain prerequisite courses before admission.
Accelerated BSN-RN Prerequisite courses
Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology must be completed with a minimum grade of "B."
Some universities have slight variations in these courses so be sure to look at each schools list of courses.
Virginia universities with accelerated BSN-RN programs:
Master's Degree: Clinical Nurse Leader Program
The University of Virginia has a master's degree program designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a non-nursing program. This program takes two years of full time study (including summers), and graduates are eligible for the NCLEX and clinical nurse leader (CNL) certification exam. Applicants can be of any major, but are expected to have taken specific courses.
CNL Prerequisite Courses
- American Nurses Association
- National Student Nurses Association
- Virginia Nurses Association
- EduMed-Online Guide to Scholarships and Resources for Nursing Students
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing