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. View our Nursing Program Philosophy

Apply for Professional Nursing

Riverside is proud to offer:

  • 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).
  • Full-time Day option consisting of four 16-week semesters 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 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

Prerequisite College Courses/Credits

  • Anatomy and Physiology with Lab - 8 Credits*
  • Microbiology with Lab - 4 Credits*
  • English Composition - 3 Credits*
  • Developmental Psychology - 3 Credits

*Applicants must have completed Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology with Lab, Microbiology with Lab, and English Composition requirements before a formal application can be submitted and reviewed. Developmental Psychology must be completed prior to matriculation.

Preadmission Testing Requirements
ATI TEAS
Suggested Score: 66.1%

Other Requirements

  • The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited high school with a GPA of 2.0 or higher or have earned a high school equivalency (GED) certificate.
  • Preadmission testing required.
  • Cumulative College-level GPA of 3.0 or better is recommended due to the competitive nature of admissions.
  • Documentation of previous healthcare experience (including volunteer hours) is recommended.
  • 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)

General Education Prerequisites: 18 credit hours
RCHC Gen Ed Curriculum Hours:1 credit hours
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:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    404-975-5000 www.acenursing.org

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 additional fees are charged. 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

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)
    7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 N. Falls Church, VA 22043
    703-917-9503 www.abhes.org

RIVERSIDE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ACCREDITED BY:

Tuition breakdown for Professional Nursing

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

Total Tuition: $22,850

Other Associated Costs

  • Book Estimate: $1,435
  • Uniform & Shoe Estimate: $150
  • Supplies Estimate: $120
  • Credentialing Estimate: $436

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