Department of Nursing

The Department of Nursing offers a program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). This program is fully approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and has been granted unconditional accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

After completing the prerequisite courses, students may apply for admission to the nursing major, which has two tracks. Upon completion of the general education courses and the required nursing courses, the student will have accrued a total of 120 hours for graduation.

The Pre-Licensure Program is for students who wish to earn a BSN and take the registered nurse licensure examination, the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Once admitted to the nursing major, students in the Traditional Program must enroll full-time.

The RN to BSN Program is a program for registered nurses who have either a diploma or an associate degree in nursing. The RN to BSN Program has been specifically designed for the working registered nurse student, and is offered on the Wise campus and at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. Students may enroll full- or part-time in this program.

The mission of the nursing program is to prepare graduates with a liberal education, expanded knowledge about nursing and health care, competence in nursing practice, preparation for graduate study, and tools for lifelong learning.  The program prepares professional nurses able to practice in a caring manner on a regional, national, and global level.

Why UVa-Wise?


Of nursing graduates in 2013 passed their licensure exam


Average students per class

Wise, VA

A beautiful, supportive mountain community

Lowest Debt

Students graduate with a lighter burden

Contact Us

Cathie Collins, Ph.D., R.N., CNE

Cathie Collins, Ph.D., R.N., CNE

Associate Professor and
Department Chair of Nursing
Darden Hall B024

Kim Lawson

Kim Lawson

Administrative Assistant
Darden Hall Room B023
276.376.4589 fax