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

The knowledge and skills you will acquire

Shenandoah’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Accelerated Second Degree Track, prepares you with the necessary skills and knowledge for entry-level nursing positions in a variety of diverse settings. The 15-month track is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another discipline. Because of the intensity of the program, we strongly recommend you not be employed while enrolled in this accelerated program of study.

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

Preparation for your future

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.