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Professional Nursing

A registered nurse (RN) uses compassion, care, and intelligence to provide care for patients of all ages. Registered nurses function in a variety of roles, including caregiver, educator, manager, and patient advocate.
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Upcoming Professional Nursing Program Start Dates:

July 8, 2024 - Evening/Weekend Program
(Application Deadline – March 29, 2024)

August 19, 2024 - Day Program
(Application Deadline: Early Accept – March 29, 2024 Regular Accept - May 23, 2024)

January 13, 2025 - Day Program
(Application Deadline – August 15, 2024)

Registered nurses work to promote health and prevent disease. When illness occurs, the registered nurse assists patients and families by providing physical care, emotional support, and education. The registered nurse performs assessments, develops, implements, and evaluates care plans, documents care, assists with diagnostic tests, administers treatments and medications, monitors advanced technology and equipment, and participates in patient follow-up and rehabilitation. Registered nurses are vital members of the healthcare team. View our Nursing Program Philosophy.

Riverside is proud to offer:

  • A program leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the NCLEX-RN© (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses)./li>
  • Full-time Day option consisting of four 16-week semesters (64 total weeks - 2 academic years) in addition to specific college-level prerequisite preadmission courses - occasional evening or weekend hours may be required
  • Full-time Evening/Weekend option consisting of four 23-week semesters (92 total weeks - 2 academic years) in addition to specific college-level prerequisite preadmission courses - occasional day hours may be required
  • Theoretical instruction integrated with laboratory simulations and clinical experience
  • Hands-on clinical experience in our modern medical center and a variety of affiliated clinical sites
  • Advanced Placement Option for qualifying LPNs
  • Financial aid for students who qualify
  • Associated with Riverside Health System Career planning services for current students and alumni

Prerequisite College Courses/Credits

  • Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab - 4 Credits*
  • English Composition - 3 Credits*
  • Developmental Psychology - 3 Credits*
  • Basic Nutrition for Nursing - 3 Credits
  • Chemistry: 1 unit of High School or College level chemistry (Also accepted: CLEP of 100 level chemistry course; job-related chemistry; LPN developmental courses in chemistry; adult education courses; or Chemistry related courses in military education).*

*Applicants must have completed Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab, Developmental Psychology, and English Composition requirements before a formal application can be submitted and reviewed. Basic Nutrition for Nursing must be completed prior to the program start date and can be taken at Riverside College of Health Careers.

Pre- or Corequisite College Courses/Credits

  • GEN 111 Intro to Healthcare or a College Success Course - 1 Credit
  • Microbiology with Lab - 4 Credits
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab - 4 Credits

Preadmission Testing Requirements

  • ATI TEAS suggested score: 66.1% or higher
  • Average accepted TEAS score: 74.6%

Recommendations

  • Cumulative college-level GPA of 3.0 or better is recommended due to the competitive nature of admissions.
  • Average accepted GPA: 3.26
  • Documentation of previous health care experience (including volunteer hours) is recommended.
  • While they are considered corequisites, the admissions department recommends taking Microbiology with Lab and Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab prior to the start of the Professional Nursing program so as to lighten the course load during the program.

General Education Prerequisites: 18 credit hours

RCHC Gen Ed Curriculum Hours: 1 credit hour

RCHC Program Hours - Theory: 32.5 credit hours

RCHC Program Hours - Skills Lab: 3.5 credits

RCHC Program Hours - Clinical: 14 credit hours

PROGRAM APPROVED BY:

  • Virginia Board of Nursing Perimeter Center
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
    Henrico, VA 23233-1463
    804-367-4515

PROGRAM ACCREDITED BY:

Please note formal notification of the action taken by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in response to the Fall 2022 visit at its meeting in April 2023. The Board of Commissioners granted continuing accreditation to the associate program and scheduled the next evaluation visit for Fall 2030.

The Associate degree, Professional Nursing program at Riverside College of Health Careers at 316 Main Street located in Newport News, Virginia, is accredited by the following:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    404-975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate degree, Professional Nursing program is Initial Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm.

LICENSURE:

  • Program graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the NCLEX-RN© (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses). Application to the Board is a student responsibility and includes additional fees. Additional information may be obtained from:

Virginia Board of Nursing Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233-1463
804-367-4515, http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Nursing
RCHC Licensure Disclosure Information

INSTITUTIONAL CERTIFICATION:

  • Certified by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) to operate in Virginia.
    SCHEV
    101 N. 14th Street James Monroe Building
    Richmond, VA 23219
    804-225-2600, www.schev.edu

INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION:

  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    6116 Executive Blvd, Suite 730
    North Bethesda, MD 20852
    703-917-9503, www.abhes.org

RIVERSIDE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER IS ACCREDITED BY:

Tuition breakdown for Professional Nursing

  • $350 per GEN credit
  • $450 per NUR credit

Total Tuition: $25,250

Other Associated Costs

  • Book Estimate: $1,435
  • Uniform & Shoe Estimate: $150
  • Supplies Estimate: $120
  • Credentialing Estimate: $430

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