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The Department of Nursing offers a program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). 

Why get your nursing degree from the College at Wise?

  • 85.8 - 100% pass rate over the last five years for the NCLEX exam
  • 17 average students per class
  • 100% employment for the class of 2022
  • Low to no student debt for graduates
  • The beautiful, supportive community of Wise, Virginia

Apply for the Pre-Licensure Program

Apply for the RN-BSN Program

Majors & Minors
  • Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Pre Licensure Program


View course descriptions in the College Catalog.

Our mission

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 to practice in a safe and caring manner on a regional, national, and global level.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Tracks of study

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 Pre-Licensure Program, students must enroll full-time.

The RN to BSN Online Program is a nursing program in Virginia 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 completely online.

First-Time Licensure Exam Pass Rates

  • 2023: 94%
  • 2022: 88.88%
  • 2021: 88.2%
  • 2020: 85%
  • 2019: 100%
  • 2018: 87.5%
  • 2017: 85.7%
Nancy Haugen


Kathleen Strunk Endowed Chair
Kim Lawson


Office Manager for the Department of Nursing
Machelle Mullins


Nursing Marketing & Recruitment Coordinator