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Admissions Guidelines

As a result of the national demand for highly qualified healthcare professionals and particularly for nurses who have earned a bachelor's degree in the field, VSU is phasing out the associate's degree in nursing program. Admission to the program is suspended, and applications to the clinical phase are no longer being accepted. The final clinical-phase cohort will begin in August 2014. At this time, the university is considering options for a bachelor's degree program in nursing in the very near future; please check our website to see what exciting programs will be offered!

Students seeking admission into the clinical phase of the nursing program should note the following admission requirements:

  1. Minimum overall GPA of 2.8 in all required pre- or co-requisite nursing courses.
  2. No more than 2 attempted enrollments in required math and science courses. A course withdrawal is considered an attempted enrollment.
  3. Students must be successful in all pre-requisite courses prior to matriculation into the clinical phase of the program.

A separate application to the Department of Nursing must be submitted by April 30 to include the following:

  1. Acceptance letter from the Virginia State University Office of Admissions.
  2. A two-page typed, double spaced essay titled, "My Philosophy of Nursing."
  3. Results of criminal background/sex offender background report. The application is available at The school code is VI90/VI90-21. 

    Clinical site affiliations require that students submit to a urine drug screen and criminal background check. The Virginia Board of Nursing may choose to deny licensure to any applicant who has ever been convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendere to the violation of any federal, state or other statue or ordinance constituting a felony or misdemeanor; or who has a mental, physical or chemical dependency condition that could interfere with his/her current ability to practice nursing. Applicants should confidentially discuss this information with the program director prior to pursuing the nursing program.  

  4. Evidence of a complete current physical examination and immunizations submitted to The school code is VI90/VI90-21.  In addition to routine immunizations, students must submit documentation of completion of the Hepatitis-B vaccination series (or be in the process of completion). Students who do not wish to receive the Hepatitis-B vaccination must sign a declination statement. Prior to enrollment, students must also submit evidence of varicella immunization status and current tuberculosis screening.
  5. American Heart Association CPR for healthcare providers.
  6. Completions of the Assessment Technologies Institute, Inc. (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) examination with a minimum composite score of 45%.
    1. The TEAS must be completed within 12 months prior to admission into the clinical phase of the nursing program.
    2. The Department of Nursing offers the TEAS exam to currently enrolled VSU students during the Spring semester.
    3. Other applicants should contact to arrange for TEAS testing at a testing center.
    4. Applicants must create an account to take the TEAS at The cost of the examination starts at $35.00. The fee must be paid via credit or debit card on the day of the exam.
    5. Study guides are available for a fee at for the TEAS examination.
    6. Direct ATI, Inc. to forward scores to VSU Department of Nursing.
    7. Applicants, who take the TEAS examination more than once, should note the Department of Nursing will accept the highest score achieved within the 12 months prior to admission.
  7. Currently enrolled students must submit a transcript of all completed coursework from Virginia State University. This includes currently enrolled courses.
  8. Students who are transfer students must submit an official transcript of all previously completed college work with a final grade of "C" or better to the Department of Nursing along with the application.
  9. The Department of Nursing does not accept coursework with a final grade of "C-" or less.
  10. All math and science courses must be current within the last five (5) years.
  11. Any two-part courses, such as Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II, must be completed in their entirety from the same institution of higher learning.
  12. Students who have previously attended nursing school in preparation to become a  Registered Nurse must submit a reference letter from the director of the school attended.
  13. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions in June.
  14. The completed application and supporting documents should be submitted as a unit to:

Virginia State University
Department of Nursing
PO Box 9059
Petersburg, VA 23806

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