The nursing program at the Southside College of Health Sciences 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. Employment opportunities include hospitals, long term care facilities, industry, community agencies and physician’s offices.

Courses required for the Associate of Applied Science in Registered Nursing degree include content related to the physical and social sciences, the role of the nurse as provider and manager of care, as well as a member within the discipline of nursing.

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 the Southside College of Health Sciences.

Following graduation from the nursing program and verification by the Southside College of Health Sciences 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.

Nursing Examination Pass Rates

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.

YearNursing Program Annual Completion RatesNursing Program Annual NCLEX-RN® 1st Time Pass RatesNursing Program Annual Job Placement Rates

Nursing Program Annual Completion Rates: This program completion data represents how a student progresses through the program, based on up to seven (7) semesters within the full-time curriculum (150% of the curriculum timeline).

Nursing Disclosures


Southside College of Health Sciences Associate's 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

Program Costs*

$14,280 for tuition and fees
$1,700 for books and supplies

Other Costs

Registration fee: $100
Screening fee: $80
CastleBranch: $94.50
Nursing legislative fee: $45
Graduation fee: $450

*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%.

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:

Licensure Requirements

Program meets licensure requirements in:

  • Virginia

 Additional Information

No additional information provided

Date Created 4/3/2018
These disclosures are required by the U.S. Department of Education

Learn more about careers in registered nursing.

In August of 2013 Southside College of Health Sciences was granted initial accreditation to the associate program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), good through the spring of 2018.

For more information on course offerings and professional credentials, please call 804-765-5800.