The traditional BSN degree is for students seeking to become a Registered Nurse.

Pre-Licensure BSN Program Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited high school or higher or General Educational Development (GED) certificate.          
  • Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or greater in all college courses attempted.
  • Provision of official transcripts from high school, high school diploma or GED program certificate and all post-secondary schools/colleges/universities attended.
  • Notice to the College of any convictions or present indictment for any felony or misdemeanor offense other than traffic violations that have not been expunged.
  • Completion of 46 general education credits toward the BSN degree (refer to policy ACA 3.03). For transfer credit guidelines refer to policy ADM 3.10. Two letters of reference are required according to specific guidelines from the Office of Admissions. Any applicant who has previously enrolled in or is currently enrolled in a nursing program is required to provide a letter from the director of the program verifying academic standing and clinical competence.
  • Essay(s) are required according to specific guidelines.

Graduates with a Bachelors degree from Christopher Newport University, College of William and Mary, George Mason University, James Madison University, Longwood University, Mary Washington University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Radford University, Randolph-Macon College, University of Richmond, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and Virginia Union University with a 3.0 GPA and a B in the required pre-requisite courses will have guaranteed admission based on space availability. References and essays are not required.     

General Education Requirements

Important Updates

General Psychology is no longer required.  Applicants are still required to take a total of 46 college credits, but only 6 credits are now required from Cluster 1.

Statistics is no longer required as a prerequisite. However, applicants must complete a college-level math course. Statistics will fulfill this requirement or applicants can take another college-level math course to fulfill the requirement (e.g. Algebra, Pre-calculus, etc.)

Standardized Exams are no longer required for our programs.

The program consists of 52 general education credits.

  • 46 of the 52 credits must be completed prior to entry.
  • Applicants who do not have a bachelor's degree or will not complete a bachelor's degree prior to entry, the following courses are required. These required courses include:

      No Prior Bachelor’s Degree: 

  • English I (3 credits)
  • English II (3 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (3-4 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (3-4 credits)
  • Microbiology (3-4 credits)
  • College-level Math (3 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • Cluster One Elective (3 credits)
  • Cluster Two Elective (3 credits)
  • Cluster Four Elective (3 credits)
  • Plus an additional 13-16 credits from any cluster

Aside from the specific courses listed above, applicants will need to take additional credit to equal 46 credits total.  These credits can include courses already completed that fit into any cluster (Medical Terminology, History, Religion, Public Speaking, Literature, etc.).

Click here for more information regarding the Clusters
Click here for more information on Transfer Credit

Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree prior to entry: 

  • Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I (3-4 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (3-4 credits)
  • College-level Math (3 credits)
  • Microbiology (3-4 credits)


BSN students have classes that are both on-site and online, including general education requirements and electives. Online learning is different than on-site learning and has different expectations. Find out if online learning is right for you, click HERE to take the assessment.


  • Spring 2023 Admission – Apply by August 1, 2022 (Classes begin in January 2023)
  • Fall 2023 Admission – Apply by March 1, 2023 (Classes begin in August 2023)

The steps below must be completed prior to the deadline: 



  • From ALL schools attended including high school and any courses you are currently taking—even though the grades are not yet available.
  • If you took Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment (DE) or International Baccalaureate (IB), we must receive an official transcript from the appropriate host in addition to your high school transcript. AP - DE - Designated Community College IB -
  • View Official Transcript instructions here.


  • As part of the online application, applicants will be asked to respond to two of three statements.  
  • Please prepare your essay in advance of submitting your online application.  This can be done in word or notepad. 
  • Essay Statements 


  • Two references are required.  Applicants can request references by sharing the link below.  Remember references should be professional and not from a friend or family member.  
    • Copy and paste this link into an email and send individually to your two references:
    • Note: If your reference is unable to open the link due to firewalls, we can provide manual reference. Please contact Admissions

Your application will be valid for one semester only. If you do not feel that you have enough time to submit all requirements by the deadline, please wait for the following application period to apply. Do you have a question about admissions? Contact Admissions or call (804) 627-5300.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm all requirements are received by the deadline. Requirements received after the deadline will not be considered. Contact the Department of Admissions to verify receipt of requirements prior to the deadline.


Incentives for Bon Secours Employees

  • Bon Secours’ Human Resources Department currently offers 100% paid tuition and fees for Bon Secours employees (full-time, part-time and PRN status) who agree to work as a Registered Nurse for a minimum of 18 months after successful completion of the program. For more information visit this page: Bon Secours Mercy Health employees.


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Annual Security Report
Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing (BSMCON) is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. As required by federal law (The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C.1092(f), known as the “Clery Act”), the college publishes an Annual Security Report (ASR), which contains information regarding campus security, crime reporting policies, personal safety and crime prevention, and crime statistics for our campus.

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