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  • Shenandoah University (SU) Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing

    Shenandoah University (SU) Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing provides several exceptional undergraduate and graduate nursing degree programs including degrees and/or certificates as a Nurse Practitioner as well as a new and innovative Faith Community Nursing program.

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    • NCLEX Pass Rate 89
    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited ACME Accredited
    • Location Winchester, Virginia
    • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, CNM, NP, BSN-to-DNP, Accelerated BSN, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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    Shenandoah University (SU) was founded in 1875 and is a private institution. SU is one of five United Methodist Church-affiliated institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    The school of nursing turned 50 years old on October 5, 2012. Classes for the Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing are held in Winchester at the Health and Life Sciences Building as well as in Fairfax at the Shenandoah Northern Virginia campus.

    Undergraduate


    BSN - Traditional

    Courses in nursing begin in the first semester of the freshman year and continue throughout each semester of the curriculum.

    Every freshman must complete the TEAS Test by the end of the freshman year and must achieve a minimum overall score of 65% to continue in the nursing program. There is only one repeat allowed.

    BSN - Transfer

    The transfer track can be started in the fall or spring semesters and completed within five academic semesters. All prerequisites must be completed before admission.

    RN to BSN (Online/Hybrid)

    The RN to BSN option is available for Registered Nurses who already hold an associate's degree or diploma in nursing. This program is an online/hybrid option; credit is given for previous work.

    Veteran to BSN

    Requirement Criteria (not all inclusive)

    • Service member (including reservists) with an honorable or general discharge. Veterans may also apply if planning to separate/retire within six months
    • Desire to earn a BSN
    • Credit for military training

    Accelerated Second Degree BSN (ABSN)

    Students who already hold a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field are eligible for the Accelerated Second Degree program. The program is 15-months in length.

    Faith Community Nursing

    The Faith Community Nurse (FCN) program is a new program for Registered Nurses who would like to centrally focus on the "intentional care of the spirit". The program is based on its former name, Parish Nursing. This specialty is recognized by the American Nurses Association. There are two FCN tracks available at Shenandoah; a Basic Course and an Advanced Course.

    Graduate


    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    There are two DNP paths offered: BSN-to-DNP and Post-Master’s DNP degrees.

    DNP Concentrations

    Family Nurse Practitioner

    Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

    RN to MSN

    The RN-to-MSN degree option is designed for students who are RNs without a BSN.

    Specialty Options

    Nurse-Midwifery

    Family Nurse Practitioner

    Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner

    Nurse-Midwifery

    The core courses for graduate level Midwifery include face-to-face classes at Shenandoah University’s main campus in Winchester, Virginia; usually one or two days per week and are offered in a hybrid format. 

    Students completing the final comprehensive exam receive the MSN or post-graduate certificate. Students are encouraged to explore clinical site placement in their home communities and will be assisted by SU clinical site coordinators.

    AGPCNP Nurse Practitioner Graduate Program/Certificate

    The Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program/certificate is offered at the Inova Center for Personalized Health, located just outside the Beltway on Gallows Road in Fairfax County, Virginia. The graduate is eligible to take the AGPCNP national certification examination given by either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

    Post-Graduate Certificates

    • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
    • Health Systems Leadership
    • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
    • Nurse-Midwifery
    • Nursing Education
    • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
    • Patient Navigator

    Nursing Education

    When the student completes the program successfully, he/she will be eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing nurse educator certification examination.

    Patient Navigator Certificate Program

    Inova and Shenandoah University have collaborated to offer a Patient Navigator certificate program through the Inova Center for Personalized Health.

    The following requirements are for Graduate Nursing Admissions (not all inclusive)

    Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    RN-MSN

    1. Undergraduate 3.0 GPA
    2. Current RN license
    3. 3 letters of recommendation
    4. Documentation of clinical experience hours
    5. Resume and interview

    MSN 

    1. Baccalaureate degree - GPA 3.0
    2. Current RN nursing license
    3. 3 letters of recommendation
    4. Clinical experience documented hours
    5. Resume and interview

    Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post-Graduate Certificates

    1. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree - 3.0 GPA
    2. Current RN license
    3. 3 letters of recommendation
    4. Clinical experience documented hours
    5. Writing sample, resume
    6. Interview

    Rankings

    US News & World Report (2019)

    • #215 (tie) in National Universities
    • #264-#346 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
    • #24 (tie) in Nursing-Midwifery

    Niche (2019)

    • Best Christian Colleges in America #154 of 356
    • Most Conservative Colleges in America #167 of 725
    • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #248 of 599
    • Best Small Colleges in America #367 of 997
    • Most Diverse Colleges in America #388 of 1,592
    • Top Private Universities in America #466 of 975
    • Best College Locations in America #546 of 1,553
    • Best College Dorms in America #547 of 1,370
    • Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #578 of 1,542
    • Best College Campuses in America #630 of 1,408
    • Best Value Colleges in America #735 of 1,590
    • Best Colleges in America #766 of 1,647
    • Best Christian Colleges in Virginia #6 of 15
    • Best Colleges for Nursing in Virginia #7 of 19
    • Most Conservative Colleges in Virginia #8 of 17
    • Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia #9 of 41
    • Best Small Colleges in Virginia #10 of 24
    • Best College Locations in Virginia #12 of 39
    • Top Private Universities in Virginia #12 of 26
    • Colleges with the Best Student Life in Virginia #16 of 39
    • Best College Campuses in Virginia #18 of 38
    • Best College Dorms in Virginia #18 of 38
    • Best Value Colleges in Virginia #23 of 42
    • Best Colleges in Virginia #23 of 41

    Accreditation

    The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs.

    The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) accredited the Nurse-Midwifery program.

    Shenandoah University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    Edited by Joe V


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