The Nursing Program prepares the student to be a registered nurse: a skilled healthcare professional that promotes restoration of health and well-being. The Nursing Program at Southside College of Health Sciences (SCHS) provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide nursing care to individuals and groups of individuals throughout the lifespan in a variety of settings.
An AAS Nursing degree will be awarded to students who enter the Nursing Program and who successfully complete 69 credit hours of coursework. This includes 24 general education credits and 45 nursing credits. The AAS Nursing degree is a terminal degree. This means that it is the highest academic degree needed to secure employment in the field. The AAS Nursing degree does not guarantee full assimilation into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Additional credits, outside of the AAS, may be required to meet the admission criteria of the receiving institution.
Following graduation from the Nursing Program and verification by the SCHS Nursing Program that education requirements have been met, students are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN©). Graduates who meet board requirements and pass the exam will be conferred the legal title of Registered Nurse (RN) from the Virginia Board of Nursing. Should a graduate be unsuccessful on the NCLEX-RN©, he or she will have the opportunity to repeat the exam at varying intervals. Employment opportunities include hospitals, long term care facilities, industry, community agencies and physician’s offices
Click here to learn more about careers in registered nursing.
Click here to see the current curriculum for student admitted Fall 2022 and prior.
Click here for a PDF of the New Curriculum for students beginning Fall 2023
Each course must be completed prior to the next term. All courses listed above must be successfully completed prior to graduation.
As part of its mission, the Nursing Program is dedicated to providing resources that create opportunities for success. Incorporating the most current educational technologies for instruction is part of the mission of Southside College of Health Sciences.
Program Effectiveness Data
|Entry Year||Retention Rate||150% Cohort Completion Rate||Nursing Program Annual Job Placement Rate|
150% completion rate is graduation within 1.5 times normal time. For example, if it normally takes 5 semesters to graduate, 150% graduation is graduation within 8 (5 x 1.5) semesters.
Nursing Program Annual NCLEX-RN® 1st Time Pass Rates
|Year||Percentage of students passing the NCLEX-RN on first attempt|
The NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse) is a computerized test to assess the entry level practice of a nursing candidate. Passing the examination allows the candidate to be licensed as a registered nurse.
Southside College of Health Sciences Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing until Spring 2026.
Learn more about ACEN Accreditation at:
The Accreditation Commission for Education In Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
Southside College of Health Sciences Associate degree in Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Program Length: 72 weeks
Students Graduating on Time
68% of Title IV students complete the program within 72 weeks
$15,120 for tuition and fees
$1,000 - $1,500 for textbooks
Screening fee: $80
Compliance Website fee : $135 (approximate)
Nursing legislative fee: $45
*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.
Students Borrowing Money
The typical graduate leaves with $2,520 in debt
The typical monthly loan payment is $26 per month in student loans with an interest rate of 4.45%.
|Letter Grade||NURSING Class/Lab/Theory|
Graduates Who Got Jobs
89% of program graduates got jobs according to the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools job placement rate
Program graduates are employed in the following fields:
Program meets licensure requirements in:
In adherence to federal requirements for disclosures regarding Professional Licensure programs under 34 §C.F.R. 668.43, effective July 1, 2020, please click here to view a table that discloses whether Southside College of Health Sciences’ (SCHS) Nursing Program curriculum satisfies a state (including District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) professional board’s requirements to be eligible for licensure.
Last Updated: 5/20/2022
These disclosures are required by the U.S. Department of Education
For more information on course offerings and professional credentials, please call 804-765-5800.