As a veteran with military 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.
Our unique Veteran-to-B.S.N. program is specifically designed for veterans. 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.
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.
Learn More About This Program
At Shenandoah, our role is to help you prepare for success in this challenging and satisfying health profession. As a student here, you will have opportunities to share and learn from your fellow students, faculty and practicing nurses, from within the classroom to a range of clinical environments including hospitals, medical practices and pharmacies.
Our programs are challenging, but the rewards of completing your degree and entering this critical profession are many. We are committed to providing an outstanding education to nurses at all levels -- from people entering the profession with a Bachelor's degree in nursing, to advanced practice nurses seeking doctoral-level training. Our programs are dynamic and responsive to the needs of our students and the health care industry. Shenandoah Nursing offers classes in Winchester at the Health and Life Sciences Building, and in Ashburn at the Shenandoah Northern Virginia campus, conveniently located on Route 7 just east of Leesburg. We're excited to share our programs with you.
Career and Salary Possibilities
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.
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.
Career and Salary Examples for Nursing Majors:
- Nurse with BSN:$50,000-$75,000
- Nursing Manager: $81,831
- Nurse Case Manager: $67,342
- Family Nurse Practitioner (NP): $87,866
- Clinical Nurse Manager: $77,671
- Emergency Room Nurse: $67,546
The Career Services Office provides a comprehensive range of services and resources to assist Shenandoah students in their career search. Services offered include resume and cover letter building, mock interviews, and professional dining etiquette workshops.
Our Nursing program has small classes, and focuses on Ethics and Genomics which is the future of nursing. We also offer Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief courses which is very rare. Many schools have one skills lab, where as our students complete three. We don’t just teach skills, we give a reasoning behind the skills, and then preform them in a real world simulations.
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
Learning support services are available to all students in every course at Shenandoah. Free peer tutoring with a student who has previously succeeded in the course is available for any course across the university. The Writing Center is available for every stage of the writing process from thesis development to proofreading and bibliography assistance. The Math Enrichment Center is available for math and science assistance. Professors and Academic Advisors across the university also have office hours and open door policies to ensure Shenandoah students succeed academically.
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.
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.
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.
There’s a special bond between Shenandoah University students and their professors. You’ll enjoy close relationships with faculty members who will mentor you in and out of the classroom. This remains a hallmark of our nursing education.
Shenandoah’s experienced and practicing faculty take every opportunity to provide you with the academic foundation you’ll need to meet the standards and rising expectations for practice in the nursing profession. They provide an environment where you can be inquisitive, grow and excel.
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Students interested in this program should also look into these other majors, graduate degrees, minors, and certificates.
These minors complement this program well:
You may want to think about enhancing your degree with these certificates that pair well with this program:
Continue your education by earning a graduate degree:
Shenandoah University operates on rolling admissions. This means that applications are accepted throughout the year, without specific application deadlines.
Undergraduate Applicant Materials
- Complete the Undergraduate Application
- Submit official high school transcripts from each institution attended
- Submit official SAT or ACT test scores
Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
Students must achieve a minimum overall score of 65 percent (may be subject to change) to continue in the nursing program. Candidates may retake the exam only once.
Testing Dates for Both Campuses – NVC and Winchester:
Registration deadline is one week prior to each exam.
Testing Dates for January and August 2017 Applicants
- Friday, June 10, 2016 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
- Friday, July 8, 2016 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
- Friday, September 9, 2016 9 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
- Friday, October 14, 2016 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Friday, November 11, 2016 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Testing Dates for August 2017 and January 2018 Applicants
- Friday, January 20, 2017 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Friday, February 10, 2017 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
- Friday, March 10, 2017 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Friday, April 7, 2017 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
- Friday, May 12, 2017 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Testing Dates for January and August 2018 Applicants
- Friday, June 9, 2017 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
- Friday, July 14, 2017 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Space is limited to 10 in Winchester and 6 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.