Two new guaranteed admission agreements were recently negotiated between the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), Bluefield College and Lynchburg College to give graduates of Rappahannock Community College’s associate degree nursing program an opportunity to fast-forward their education. Also, some changes have been made to a similar existing agreement, according to RCC spokesperson Tom Martin.
The Bluefield College agreement establishes a pathway to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing for students who earn an associate degree in nursing from a Virginia community college (with a GPA of at least 2.5), a license to practice registered nursing, and a current nursing position, Martin said.
The program may be completed in three academic semesters and entirely online except for two clinicals.
In addition to waiving the application fee, Martin said students taking advantage of the guaranteed admission agreement will receive a 20 percent discount on Bluefield’s usual tuition, bringing the total approximate cost of the program, including books, to $25,700.
A special prerequisite is three credit hours of Christian studies, which can be chosen from VCCS courses. Three more hours will be required as part of the student’s Bluefield curriculum.
The agreement between the VCCS and Lynchburg College is unique in that is allows students to bypass a bachelor’s degree to begin coursework toward a master’s degree, Martin said.