Riverside School of Health Careers http://www.riversideonline.com/rshc/
is fully accredited and has been operating since 1916. Its a diploma program but many of its students finish up with a BSN via ODU in Norfolk after graduation. I'm in my second term there at nights and really like the program.
The other programs in the area are either associated with a community college or a 4 year college with the exception of Sentara's program which is hospital based and has transitioned over to a BSN (still not fully accredited yet as BSN). You have TNCC on the peninsula, TCC is in Portsmouth, Sentara is over in Chesapeake. 4 year schools include ODU that has a BSN as does Norfolk State and Hampton U. I do believe MCI also has a program though I am not sure where. They advertise it as a 2.5 year BSN program which means you come in with 1.5 years of pre-reqs and finish up in 2.5, same as Sentara.
The one other factor is tuition. The CC route usually is cheapest, probably at about 100 bucks a credit. But all the CC programs are wait listed. I think the 4 year programs are also wait listed or they make you take so many credits before you can get in and they look at your current gpa real close. Riverside does not have a wait list, cost for the whole program is about 20 grand for the 2 year day or 3 year nights. You would have to come in with the following pre-reqs:
Required College Courses
- Anatomy & Physiology with Lab: 5-8 semester hours
- Microbiology with Lab: 4 semester hours
- English Composition: 3 semester hours
- General or Introductory Psychology: 3 semester hours
- Developmental Psychology: 3 semester hours
- General Sociology: 3 semester hours
- College Math (100-level or higher): 3 semester hours
Hope this helps, PM me if you need more info. We have a couple of active duty folks in our current class btw.
Here is a link for finding programs in an area, it helped me to narrow down the search when I started looking last year: http://www.discovernursing.com/nursing-program-search