Darden Hall



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?

  • 100% of nursing graduates in 2019 passed their licensure exam
  • 17 average students per class
  • Low to no student debt for graduates
  • The beautiful, supportive community of Wise, Virginia

Apply for Admission

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 able 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 nursing major, students in the Traditional Program 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.

In fall 2022, UVA Wise will begin offering the University of Virginia’s Family Nurse Practitioner program, empowering nurses to earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree, at its Wise, Va., campus. The accredited, academically robust program from UVA has already helped hundreds of healthcare practitioners positively impact the lives of patients while enhancing their individual career paths as well.

First-Time Licensure Exam Pass Rates

  • 2020: 85%
  • 2019: 100%
  • 2018: 87.5%
  • 2017: 85.7%
  • 2016: 91%
  • 2015: 91.7%
  • 2014: 81.8%
  • 2013: 100%


Kathleen Strunk Endowed Chair
Kim Lawson


Administrative Assistant