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.
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’s first-time NCLEX pass rate is consistently above the national average pass rate.
Meet a Nursing Student
Shenandoah University’s Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing offers a tremendous number of nursing programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, with each distinguished by small class sizes, a sense of community with peers and a devotion to hands-on clinical learning. Students gain work experience within health care environments, work with state-of-the-art tools and technology, and get to use developing skills in local and international communities.
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, whereas our students complete three. We don’t just teach skills, we give a reasoning behind the skills, and then perform them in 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
|Course Title||Credit Hours|
|Fundamentals of Nursing Practice||3/1|
|Skills for Nursing Practice I||0/1|
|Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing||3/1|
|Health Across the Lifespan: Adults I||3/2|
|Lifespan Development and Nutrition||3 (May substitute with a Developmental Psychology course + a Nutrition course if taken prior to enrolling at Shenandoah University)|
|Ethics and Genomics in Nursing Practice||3|
|Skills for Nursing Practice II||0/1|
|Theory, Reasoning and Research in Nursing||3|
|Health Across the Lifespan: Families||3/1|
|Health Across the Lifespan: Adults II||3/2|
|Skills for Nursing Practice III||0/1|
|Children and Adolescents||3/1|
|Health Across the Lifespan: Adults III||3/2|
|Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing Practice||3|
|Health Across the Lifespan: Communities||3/2|
|Health Across the Lifespan: Clinical Elective||0/3|
|Transition to Professional Practice||3|
|Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Nursing||3|
Total Nursing Credits: 73
Total Credits needed for BSN: 121
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.
The tutor that was provided to me by Shenandoah University gave me the tools I needed in order to get my grade from a D to an A in the space of four weeks. Without the help of my tutor, I would not have been able to achieve an A!
Maureen Brock | Transfer Nursing, ’18
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.
I would have to say the relationships and connections I built with professors and classmates was the most memorable part of my program. Being such a small school, you have the opportunity to develop close relationships with your peers and create lifelong friendships. When you are surrounded by faculty that want to see you succeed as well as friends and classmates who support you throughout your college and post grad life, you can’t help but feel grateful for the strenuous program that brought you together.
Kelsey Van Sickler | Nursing, ’14
Shenandoah University works on rolling admissions and accepts applications throughout the year. Applications are reviewed individually and holistically.
Submit your application, review required admissions materials, find our admissions standards, and learn more about our Transfer Nursing Application Information.
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.
Registration deadline is one week prior to each exam.
Space is limited to 7 seats in Winchester and 6 in Northern Virginia. No late registrations accepted. Students must arrive no later than 8:45 am to check-in. Please be prompt, students arriving LATE will NOT be permitted to test.
BSN-Level TEAS testing will be offered at:
Health & Life Sciences Building
1460 University Drive
Winchester, Va. 22601
Scholar Plaza, Loudoun
44160 Scholar Plaza, Suite 100
Leesburg, VA 20176
Disability support services are available to students with documented disabilities. To arrange for such services, at least two weeks prior to the test date , contact the Academic Enrichment Center, at 540 -665 – 4928.
Call the Shenandoah University’s Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing at 540-678-4374, if you have questions about the TEAS exam.