Learn to impact patients’ lives through innovative clinical practice and quality care as a nursing major at Randolph-Macon. And you don’t need to wait to get started on your nursing education. With freshman direct entry into RMC’s CCNE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), you’ll begin nursing courses in your first year. By your second year of nursing courses, you’ll begin hands-on learning in health assessment and skills labs. Over four years, you’ll get extensive clinical experience and work closely with nursing faculty committed to student learning and success, all while participating fully in Randolph-Macon’s dynamic campus life and taking courses across the arts and sciences.

Nursing up close In and Beyond the Classroom

A group of nursing women in scrubs working on a table.

Clinical Experience

Clinical rotations in healthcare facilities begin in your sophomore year, which lets you put your new knowledge skills into practice right away. RMC nursing students complete 500 direct care hours, and have access to clinical learning opportunities in a variety of settings (adult, obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health, community) in some of the most reputable healthcare systems in the country including:

  • HCA Virginia
  • VCU Health
  • Mary Washington Hospital
  • Bon Secours Health System

advising and mentorship

A maximum cohort of 40 students ensures small class sizes with team-based learning and realistic clinical cases to prepare students for clinical practice. Dedicated teachers with current practical experience, RMC nursing faculty weave together a personalized academic and clinical experience that promotes clinical decision-making and prepares you for licensure and your career as a nurse. 

Nursing student speaking with RMC nursing faculty member
Payne Hall building exterior at night


Students learn in a state-of-the art facility, Payne Hall, which opened for nursing education in 2021. The first 2 floors include:

  • Cutting-edge acute care simulation center, with adult, obstetrics, pediatric, and mental health inpatient care experiences
  • A studio apartment, simulating community-based care in a home setting
  • Debriefing rooms for post simulation and learning reflection
  • Realistic skills and health assessment labs
  • Student study spaces

Admission to bsn Direct entry for freshman

freshman admission

To enter as a first-year BSN, students must be admitted to RMC and separately to the BSN program. An optional interview is recommended.

Early Action BSN Deadline: November 15, 2023
Regular Application BSN Deadline: February 1, 2024

current rmc student admission

Are you a current RMC student interested in transferring into the nursing program? Please see criteria for internal transfer, available only to RMC students and if cohort space is available.

RMC cannot accept other transfer students into the program. Explore RMC’s pathways to nursing for graduates if you intend to pursue a nursing degree after earning a bachelor’s degree at RMC.

  • 500
    the number of clinical experience hours completed by all RMC nursing students upon graduation
  • 40
    the size of the RMC freshman nursing cohort
  • 0
    classes led by teaching assistants
RMC nursing students smile during class

Nursing in full Courses You Won’t Want to Miss

(A very small sample)

NURS 340

Epidemiology and Population Health

Learn about emerging health concerns due to infectious disease, as well as natural and man-made disasters that affect populations. Examine health disparities, vulnerability, social determinants of health, social justice, and moral agency through an ecological lens. 

NURS 420

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Learn about nursing care for managing clients with psychiatric and mental health conditions. Through a holistic, person-centered approach, you will learn about the health teaching, promotion, health restoration and maintenance needs of individuals with mental health and psychiatric conditions. 

NUIP 115

Nursing Profession & Health Systems

Explore the history of the nursing profession and development of nursing knowledge. Learn about the current U.S. healthcare system, trends in health care delivery, the health of the nation, and examine professional nursing practice through ethical, legal, racial, cultural, social, and political perspectives. 

Opportunities Worth Grabbing

Popular activities and programs among nursing majors
Nursing students became AED and CPR certified with the assistance of Faculty, Wendy Hunter.

RMC Student nursing association

a chapter of the Virginia Student Nurses Association and the National Student Nursing Association

Nursing students are fully engaged in the RMC community, including participating in:

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