Pre-Nursing Advising

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, a baccalaureate’s degree (BSN), or a master’s degree  (MS).   If you are currently in an undergraduate program that does not have a nursing program to attain the BSN, you may consider transferring to a university where you could complete the BSN as an undergraduate.  If you choose to complete an undergraduate degree at a university without a nursing program then you would need to complete a second bachelor’s degree in nursing, OR complete a master’s degree with the RN. 

There are many universities and community colleges in Virginia that have License Practical Nursing (LPN) degrees that include the RN licensure to practice nursing and many four-year universities have a baccalaureate’s degree in nursing (BSN).  If you want to complete an undergraduate degree at a university without a nursing program then you would need to then complete an accelerated BSN-RN or a Master’s degree-RN program.

Preparing for an 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.

The following universities in Virginia have accelerated BSN-RN programs:

George Mason University

Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Liberty University

Lynchburg College

Marymont University

Norfolk State University

Old Dominion University

Shenandoah University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Prerequisite courses for the Accelerated BSN-RN:

Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
Developmental Psychology

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.

William and Mary courses that fulfill these requirements include:

KINE 303, Human Anatomy and KINE 314 or 315, Human Anatomy Laboratory
KINE 304, Human Physiology and KINE 305, Human Physiology Laboratory
BIOL  306, Microbiology,    (Prerequisites: BIOL 220/221, BIOL 225/226)
PSYC 310, Developmental Psychology (Prerequisite: PSYC 202, Intro to Psychology as a social science)
KINE 394, Statistics and Evaluation, or
      PSYC 301 and 302, Elementary Statistics and Experimental Methods, or
      MATH 106, Elementary Probability and Statistics

Master’s Degree Entry 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.   The deadline for the application materials is October 1 for entry into the following May.   The following requirements must be met:

  • Have a baccalaureate or master’s degree from an accredited school.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 / 4.0.
  • Successfully completed the following courses:

                1. Human anatomy and Physiology (labs not required)

                2. Life span development

                3. Statistics

  • GRE exam only if the GPA is less than 3.25.
  • Three letters of recommendations
  • Resume
  • Prior work or volunteer experience in in healthcare. Exposure to nursing is recommended.

For more information:


American Nurses Association,

National Student Nurses Association,

Virginia Nurses Association,

Selected Nursing  Schools in Virginia

Old Dominion University,

George Mason University,

James Madison University,

Jefferson College of Health Sciences,

Radford University,

Shenandoah University,

Virginia Commonwealth University,

University of Virginia, (Masters in Nursing)

University of Virginia, (Bachelors in Nursing)

If you have questions please contact the College of William and Mary Pre-Nursing advisor, Prof. Ray McCoy, at [[rwmcco]] or (757) 221-2783. Or you can also contact Prof. Ashleigh Queen [[aeeverhardt]].