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Longwood University's BSN Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long is the nursing program? 

Longwood University offers a traditional residential bachelor's of science degree in nursing program - 4 years (includes one required summer) of study. Course of Study

How many students are admitted to the traditional BSN program?

The nursing program accepts approximately 50 entry level students every fall term. 


When is the nursing application due and when is it available?

The application deadline for Fall 2015 class is December 1, 2014  for incoming freshman and internal or external transfers. Apply Online


 When will I be notified of acceptance?

Review of applications begins in January with notification sent to students beginning March 1st.


What is the estimated program cost and what additional fees will be required?

The following expenses are reasonable anticipated expenses (in addition to tuition, housing, & Longwood University fees) spread over the four year nursing program.

Laboratory fees


HESI/NCLEX preparation materials and review course


Professional Activities


Uniforms, Lab Coats, etc


Equipment (stethoscope, sphygmomanometer, etc.)


Immunizations, Titers, CPR, Drug Screen/Criminal Background Check:





*Transportation: Varies, clinical practicum activities are rural based therefore students will need to have their own transportation on campus beginning sophomore year.


I attend community college, can I transfer to Longwood University's Nursing Program?

Yes, admission to the Nursing Program is very competitive. Students may transfer into the BSN program for Fall of the sophomore year as space permits, as long as all required first year courses have been successfully completed. External transfer applicants are expected to have completed at least 30 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.

SAT scores (or ACT scores) are required for ALL applicants. There is no time restraint on the SAT score: for example, applicants could submit the SAT scores they earned when they were high school students.


Is Longwood's BSN program accredited??

Longwood University's Nursing Program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV). The BSN program includes the essential content recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The baccalaureate program at Longwood University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.


What are my chances of getting into the program?

As with all nursing programs Longwood University's BSN program is very competitive.  Successful candidates for admission into the program have a strong high school background in the sciences and math.  Admission decisions for freshmen are based on academic performance in high school including cumulative grade point average, scores on the SAT or ACT college entrance test and class rank, if available. 

Mid-ranges for the Fall 2014 enrolled nursing students are:  GPA: 3.48-3.93;  SAT: 1010-1130;  ACT: 21-25


What are the requirements for licensure upon graduation?

Upon successful completion of the degree you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to practice professional nursing as a Registered Nurse (RN)

What are your NCLEX pass rates for your students?

To date, the Longwood Nursing program has had two classes to graduate and sit for the NCLEX licensure examination.  As with most new programs, our NCLEX success rate for the first class was well below what we had hoped for, 56%.  Areas of needed program improvements were identified by faculty and an NCLEX success plan was established.  A year later, our second class complete the NCLEX with an 89.29% pass rate which was above the National norm for all BSN programs.