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As a veteran with military medical training, you’ve spent your life helping others while serving your country. Now, you can receive college credit for your military training and experience, earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) and transition your skills to the civilian job market.

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

Our unique Veteran-to-B.S.N. program is specifically designed for veterans with medical training. If you qualify, you can earn your bachelor’s degree and transition to the world of professional nursing without starting your college career from “square one.”

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for Shenandoah’s Veteran-to-B.S.N. program, you must:

  • Be a prior service member with an honorable or general discharge, including reservists. You may also apply if you are separating/retiring within six months.
  • Have a desire to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Curriculum Requirements


Get Credit for Your Military Training

A bachelor’s degree in nursing gives you the educational foundation to advance your nursing career and increase your earning potential–but you don’t need to start your college education from scratch to earn your degree. Our program directors and faculty will evaluate your military education transcripts and training records for academic credit. Shenandoah’s Veteran-to-B.S.N. program makes it easy for you to transition from service in the military to a new life of service as a professional nurse in the civilian workforce.

Faculty and Advisers With Military Experience

As a Veteran-to-B.S.N. student, you’ll connect with and learn from faculty members who are retired or former military personnel, or who have a family connection to the military. They have firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced during the transition from military to civilian life, and they can offer guidance and support as you move through the program.

Faculty Features

Nursing faculty member retired Air Force Nurse Corps Maj. Sherry Rawls-Bryce, M.S.N.., RN, FCN, who elected to retire at 15 years, will serve as academic adviser for veterans who become students through the project. She will teach a course that helps students transition into the B.S.N. program and a course that will help them prepare for licensure exams and transition into the world of professional nursing as they graduate.

Retired Air Force Nurse Corps Lt. Col. Gretchen L. Burks, M.S.N., RN, FNPC will assess students’ clinical skills. Burks spent 30 years in the West Virginia Air National Guard Medical Group and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During that time, Burks spent 15 years working with staff development and evaluating skills for medical personnel.

Retired Navy Nurse Corps Capt. Rosalie D. Lewis, M.S.N., RN, will coordinate the students’ clinical placements. Lewis served 24 years in active duty spanning two major wars, Vietnam and the Gulf War. She retired at the rank of captain.