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Pursue your passion for helping others with a career in nursing

Nursing is the fastest-growing occupation in the U.S. and the demand is expected to rise through 2020. Graduates enjoy high starting salaries and flexible schedules in terms of hours and locations. As a nurse, you’ll have numerous opportunities for specialization and career advancement.

What Our Program Offers You


What Our Students Learn/Skills you will acquire

The BSN Transfer Track in Nursing prepares you with the necessary skills and knowledge for an entry-level nursing position in a variety of settings. This track begins in the fall or spring semester and may be completed in five academic semesters. You must complete all prerequisites prior to admission to this program.

Our program allows you to gain the experience necessary for the provision, management and coordination of general nursing care for individuals, families, groups and communities so you may launch a career that leads to personal and professional fulfillment.

You’ll learn to:

  • analyze knowledge associated with professional nursing practice and membership within the nursing profession
  • demonstrate skill in the delivery, management and leadership of professional nursing care
  • demonstrate values consistent with the ethical delivery of professional nursing care
  • exemplify unique meanings associated with professional nursing
  • actively and intellectually engage in professional nursing experiences

What kind of issues/problems does this major prepare you to solve?

The B.S.N. degree is the entry-level degree for many health care organizations. It prepares you to perform clinical practice in today’s high tech health care environment, using clinical reasoning and critical thinking along with a caring demeanor.

The Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing prepares you to deliver, manage and lead nursing care in a variety of health care settings and participate in personal and professional development. You will be ready to do this in many settings, such as hospitals (acute care), clinics, medical practices, health departments, hospice and the military. You can work in international care, home care, trauma care or school nursing (you may teach in vocational LPN programs) and pursue graduate studies in advanced practice nursing, nursing education and research.

What makes our program unique?

We have a low faculty-student ratio with small classes and clinical groups so you’ll receive personal attention from faculty. The result is a close-knit, collaborative community of nursing students, faculty and clinical preceptors.

Shenandoah’s new Health & Life Sciences building will be home to the Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing beginning fall 2014, and features a state-of-the-art simulation suite and video-conferencing system.

Earning Potential

Depending on the area in which you live, the average salary ranges from $50,000 to $75,000 for experienced nurses who have earned RN-BSN or RN-MSN.


Course Requirements

Nursing Transfer Track 

Testing Dates for Both Campuses – NVC and Winchester:

Registration deadline is one week prior to each exam.

Testing Dates for January and August 2015 applicants, including exam times:
Friday, October 10, 2014 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Friday, November 14, 2014 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m.

Testing Dates for August 2015 and January 2016 applicants, including exam times:
Friday, January 9, 2015 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Friday, February 13, 2015 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Friday, March 13, 2015 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Friday, April 10, 2015 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Friday, May 8, 2015 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m.

Testing Dates for January and August 2016 applicants, including exam times:
Friday, June 12, 2015 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Friday, July 10, 2015 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m.

• Space is limited to 18 in Winchester and 12 in Northern Virginia.
• No late registrations accepted.
• Applicants must arrive no later than 8:40 am to check-in. Please be prompt, applicants arriving LATE will NOT be permitted to test.

To register for the TEAS exam, please follow the instructions on this form or contact the Administrative Assistant for Undergraduate Programs at 540-678-4374.