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 health care team.

Program at a Glance
Day Division

  • Approximately 24 months
  • Hours will vary Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Occasional evening & weekend hours may be required
  • College prerequisites required

Program at a Glance
Evening/Weekend Division

  • Approximately 24 months
  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Every other weekend, Saturday and Sunday, hours will vary, 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Occasional daytime hours may be required during the week
  • College prerequisites required

Start Dates, Application for Admission, and Tuition Information

Admission Criteria

  • 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.
  • Preadmission entrance test.
  • Must be able to meet essential requirements of the program.
  • Official TOEFL results if English is your second language. Minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet-based).
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. 
  • Copy of current state license if you are an LPN.
  • Documentation of previous health care experience (including volunteer hours) is recommended.
  • Current or past employees of Riverside Health System will be evaluated for job performance and eligibility for rehire.
  • All students must reside in Virginia during enrollment at the College.

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.

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)

All courses must be completed with grades of "C" or above. Items marked with ** must be completed prior to submitting an application. All prerequisites must be completed before beginning the program.

Professional Nursing Program Philosophy

The Professional Nursing Program is:


Institutional Accreditation
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

Riverside College of Health Careers is certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

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