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RCC offers new program

Rappahannock Community College has announced the newest addition to its nursing program pathways—the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree: Pre-BSN Specialization. This new degree is designed for those who want to earn a bachelors of science in nursing (BSN). Starting at RCC, students begin earning the credits and knowledge necessary to transfer to any number of four-year bachelors degree programs.

Dr. Charles Smith, Dean of Health Sciences at RCC, said this degree was created to align with the needs of universities’ BSN programs across the state. Smith is a member of a statewide steering committee that has investigated common pathways for associate degree nurses to transfer to four-year colleges. 

“All of the baccalaureate programs share many common courses. This Pre-BSN program was designed around their needs for courses to prepare to transfer,” said Smith.

The Pre-BSN is a 62-credit, general education transfer degree, meaning that students will earn all of their general education requirements over two years.

More information and registration requirements are available at

“We have lots of options for many types of students,” said Smith. “As I tell everyone, RCC should be your first stop when investigating anything nursing related. We have excellent opportunities, and we are all here to help you succeed.”

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posted 06.27.2018

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