Professional Nursing

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree
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. They 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, 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.

Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited high school with a recommended overall grade point average of 2.0 or better; or a GED certificate.
  • Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology with Lab, Microbiology with Lab, and English Composition requirements must be completed before an application can be submitted; all prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning the program.
  • Cumulative college-level GPA of 3.0 or better is recommended due to the competitive nature of admissions.
  • Satisfactory score on the preadmission entrance test.
  • Must be able to meet essential requirements of the program.
  • Two satisfactory Professional or Academic Reference Forms. Current or past employees of Riverside Health System will be evaluated for job performance and eligibility for rehire.
  • Official TOEFL results if English is your second language. Minimum score of 550 (paper) or 79 (Internet-based).
  • Applicants who are not U.S. citizens by birth must provide immigration or citizenship documentation.
  • Essay
  • Copy of current state license if you are an LPN.
  • Satisfactory interview (for applicants meeting above requirements).
  • Documentation of previous healthcare experience (including volunteer hours) is recommended.

Admission is on a competitive basis. Riverside College of Health Careers reserves the right to select those applicants who are deemed best qualified for both the program of study and potential employment by Riverside Health System.

Prerequisites (All courses must be completed with grades of "C" or above)

Non-College Level Prerequisite Coursework:
High School Chemistry **
College-Level Prerequisite Coursework:
Microbiology with Lab (4 credits) **
Anatomy &Physiology I and II with Lab (8 credits) **
English Composition (3 credits) **
Developmental Psychology (3 credits)

**Must be completed prior to application submission.
All prerequisites must be completed before beginning the program.

How to apply
Download, complete, and submit the following application package:
(In order to view these files, you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader which is available for free from the Adobe website)

LPN to RN Advanced Placement Option
This option allows the LPN* to advance place into the Professional Nursing Program by entering as a level two student. Students must be licensed to practice in a licensure compact state, apply, and be accepted before beginning the LPN to RN Advanced Placement Option. *Applicants to the LPN to RN Advanced Placement Option must have worked as an LPN for at least one year since being licensed, with no more than five years since last work experience.

All Professional Nursing Program prerequisites and admission requirements apply; additionally, applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 80% on a faculty-prepared test based on the content of the first level courses of the Professional Nursing Program. All admitted students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation session. Validation of clinical competency in areas previously mastered may be required at the discretion of the Program Director.

Concurrent Enrollment BSN Program (offered by Old Dominion University)

The Professional Nursing Program is:

Institutional Certification: Certified by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) to operate in

Institutional Accreditation: ABHES Accredited       

Gainful Employment Disclosure - Registered Nursing (Diploma Program Only)

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