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Start Your Nursing Career at NOVA

This program prepares students to provide direct care to patients in healthcare facilities and agencies.


Associate Degree in Nursing

The program is designed to prepare students to participate as contributing members of the healthcare team, rendering direct care to patients in a variety of healthcare facilities and agencies. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®) leading to state licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and are qualified to assume registered nurse positions in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, physicians’ offices, HMOs, and other community-based settings.

NOVA has adopted the VCCS Common Nursing Curriculum which was fully approved by VBON and ACEN in Spring of 2017. The nursing program is a 5-semester program: first semester students take the pre-requisite course work to prepare the student for applying to the program and for the study of the nursing courses. Then there are 4 semesters of nursing course work (LEVELS 1-4).

Two Years
Medical Education
Curriculum Details

Why Nursing at NOVA?

RN Licensure Pathway

Upon program completion, students can take the NCLEX-RN® exam and become licensed as registered nurses.

Proven Success

NOVA nursing graduates have high pass rates on licensure exams, making them sought-after professionals in diverse healthcare fields. 

Affordable Nursing Education

You’ll receive an affordable nursing education. You may even qualify for NOVA scholarships to help offset the cost of your tuition. 

Nursing Program Career Outcomes

The NOVA nursing graduates have performed consistently well on their licensure examinations.

NOVA Nursing program graduates are highly sought-after as professional nurses in hospitals, long-term care facilities, community health, and other healthcare agencies. These graduates provide safe and effective nursing care to meet the diverse needs of NOVA’s community in the 21st-century healthcare environment.

Credits and
Transfer Info

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways, including but not limited to: certifications, AP or IB exams, military training, or life experience.


Learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

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