As a freshman student, you’ll find yourself launching head-first into a rigorous nursing curriculum. With the support of an experienced nursing faculty adviser, you’ll receive academic and professional guidance throughout your nursing education at Shenandoah. You will also have direct access to a full range of student-life activities on and off campus. After you’ve completed your studies, you’ll sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), prepared with the skills and knowledge to apply for entry-level professional nurse positions.
Shenandoah University’s Nursing program is special because it has direct admittance. Many schools do not admit students into their nursing programs until their junior year, but at Shenandoah you know you are in the nursing program upon admittance to the university. That also means that you start taking nursing classes earlier. Your first nursing course will be in your freshmen year and your first clinical will be in your sophomore year. You will complete three clinicals with SU, rather than just one.
Transfer Tracks into Shenandoah University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
The Transfer BSN track begins in the fall or spring semester and may be completed in five academic semesters.
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.
The Accelerated Second Degree BSN Track is an innovative program that allows students with non-nursing degrees to quickly become an entry-level nurse.
The 15-month ASD track is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing discipline to quickly complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Your existing bachelor’s degree will fulfill most of your non-nursing courses, allowing you to focus exclusively on your Nursing studies and earn a traditionally four-year BSN in only 15 months.
Now you’ve decided it’s the right time to earn your BSN, Shenandoah University’s School Of Nursing has a flexible online, RN-To-BSN program for you.
We know that going back to school can be tough, so we begin every new cohort with a summer immersion weekend, where you’ll meet your professors, find out everything you need to know about how our program operates, familiarize yourself with the technology you’ll use, and take your first four-credit class.
The curricula for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs combine important knowledge and skills with a friendly and caring spirit. Students like you share diverse backgrounds and personal and professional experiences with seasoned teaching faculty and clinical preceptors, who contribute to robust classroom discussions and enriching and exciting clinical interactions. Our goal is to prepare and challenge you for that next step in your professional career.
We’re excited you’re interested in one of our graduate nursing programs! Shenandoah Reviews applications on a rolling basis, which means we will begin evaluating your application once all your documentation has been submitted. Students submitting completed applications before our priority deadlines will be considered first.
Continuing Education Opportunities in the School of Nursing
Patient Care Navigator Certificate
As a registered nurse (RN), you know that continuum of care is paramount for a growing, aging population filled with individuals with complex, multilayered needs.
This certificate trains you to assist patients in navigating complex health care services across the continuum of care and helps build skills in delivering care coordination services within new healthcare models and patient settings.
A Faith Community Nurse is a registered nurse (RN) who has had educational preparation in wholistic ministry and who provides special health promotion services within a given faith community. They assist individuals in gaining optimal mental, physical and spiritual health by complementing the ministry provided by the Pastor(s) and other lay ministers.
Are you looking for free interprofessional health education opportunities?
Shenandoah University’s Virtual Interprofessional Education (VIPE) Learning Center is for you! The VIPE Learning Center is available to students, faculty members or clinical preceptors. VIPE can be used to access free lectures on interprofessional practice, rural health guidelines, and clinical simulations.
The purpose of the CNE unit is to develop, market, and promote continuing nursing education programs for Shenandoah University’s EWCSON graduate students, and the nursing community. We are a VNA continuing education unit approved provider program within the guidelines and criteria of the Virginia Nurses Association and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
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.
The Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing at Shenandoah University will be hosting the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) on February 20-22, 2019 for an accreditation review of our Baccalaureate and Master's Programs.
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The Fourth Annual Innovations in Advanced Practice Nursing Research Conference at Shenandoah University was held on Nov. 30 in the Brandt Student Center, Ferrari Room. The event, held ... Continue Reading Nursing News: Fall/Winter 2018
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Health & Life Sciences Building, Winchester
Replete with standard and active-learning classrooms, meeting and study spaces, cadaver lab, laboratories and lounges, the 71,000-square-foot building is home to nursing, respiratory care, and pre-health programs.
The cutting-edge simulation suite is comprised of four rooms configured as an emergency department (ER) and operating room (OR), an intensive care unit (ICU), labor & delivery and pediatrics, and a medical-surgical unit.
This facility is an option for Accelerated-Second-Degree Nursing students. Scholar Plaza offers classrooms, a 100 seat lecture/activity room, a computer laboratory, a student lounge area, a library study area, cadaver lab, and three nursing simulation laboratories.
44160 Scholar Plaza
Leesburg, VA 20176
This facility is an option for graduate nursing students. Shenandoah has partnered with INOVA to offer a fleet of new healthcare programs at this new location in Fairfax, Virginia. This facility is ideally located in close proximity to the Inova Health Care System’s Fairfax Hospital, and is perfect for students who prefer an urban setting that is complete with outstanding restaurants, shopping opportunities, and easy access to Washington D.C.
8095 Innovation Park Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031-4868
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, Leesburg, and Fairfax. We're excited to share our programs with you.
Please contact the Office of Admissions to get started and begin the application process. We look forward to seeing you on campus!
EXXAT is an electronic system that the School of Nursing is using to track immunizations, CPRs, and other clinical requirements. Current students can log in to the system to view what is currently on file.
The Eleanor Wade Custer School Of Nursing at Shenandoah University will be hosting the Commission On Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) on February 20-22, 2019 for an accreditation review of our baccalaureate and master’s programs.
In accordance with the CCNE accreditation procedures, we extend the opportunity to our communities of interest — faculty, students, alumni, clinical partners and community members at large — to submit written comments regarding our academic programs. The DNP program is not included in this visit.
As required by CCNE, third-party comments will be received by CCNE until 21 days before the scheduled visit on February 20, 2019. Your feedback and comments are welcomed.
OR, if you would like to mail comments:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
International Learning Opportunities in Nursing
Nursing Global Experiential Learning destinations have included Belize, Brazil, Haiti, Switzerland, Guatemala, Ireland, Tanzania, Thailand, and more!
Join us for our first nursing GEL trip to Cuba in January 2019!
Beyond GEL trips, Nursing students can take advantage of all of the travel abroad opportunities that Shenandoah has to offer including the Global Citizenship Project, an all expenses paid trip over spring break, and semester abroad opportunities at partner universities across the globe.