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Welcome from the Nursing Department Chair


Welcome from the Nursing Program Department Chair 

It is such a pleasure to welcome you to the Longwood University Nursing Program web site to learn about our Baccalaureate Nursing Program. Our nursing program is one of the newer programs in Virginia and is different than many programs in that nursing students enter directly into the Nursing Program as freshman at Longwood. Being accepted as nursing students in the Freshman year is unique….most schools accept nursing students as pre-nursing students, meaning that there is a separate application process to the nursing program. At Longwood, there is no wait or uncertainty after you arrive.

While the first year of our program does focus on general education requirements, there is just enough nursing infused in the curriculum to keep you excited about your chosen profession. Our nursing courses start in the freshman year and are designed to help you grow your knowledge, skills and confidence over four years. Our students are actively engaged throughout the nursing program with the use of active learning strategies in the courses, clinical experiences that are designed to help you move from critical thinking to clinical judgment, and a state-of-the art simulation laboratory that occupies almost the entire third floor of our building.

Longwood nursing students are also active in the college community and as a faculty we encourage that emphasis on civic responsibility, service and leadership. The nursing program has a very active Student Nurse Association and is developing a Nursing Honor Society. The nursing program faculty is pleased to have close connections with our students and we look forward to advising and mentoring our students into the professional role of registered nurses. Faculty is readily available to students and maintains a philosophy that supports student engagement and success.

It is important to point out that the nursing program is rigorous. The courses and requirements of our nursing students are not always the same as you will find in other programs at Longwood University. We have a responsibility to our Board of Nursing and to our accreditation agencies and we must abide by their standards and expectations in order for you to be able to participate in a program that is fully accredited. Graduation from an accredited Baccalaureate nursing program means that you can work in most hospitals including Veterans’ Administration  (VA) Hospitals, join the military, and enroll in graduate nursing programs if you meet their admission and employment criteria so maintaining our accreditation as a program is very important.

The nursing program, like our chosen profession continues to grow and change.  As your faculty, we are ready to guide you in developing knowledge and skills and also in developing the professional qualities that continue to keep nursing as one of the most trusted professions.

Best Wishes as you begin your professional nursing journey.  

Deborah Ulmer, RN, PhD (Education), PhD (Nursing)

Director of Nursing Programs and Department Chair of Nursing