Nursing is the fastest growing profession in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Let Tidewater Community College’s nationally accredited Beazley School of Nursing get you started in one of the most rewarding, in-demand careers in health care.
Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions and provide advice and support to patients and their family members during an illness.
Nurses work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, outpatient facilities, nursing care centers, schools and home health organizations. Some are educators. Find your nursing niche at TCC.
TCC's program integrates classroom learning, clinical experience in patient care simulators and clinical rotations to provide a comprehensive education.
Already a licensed practical nurse (LPN)?
TCC offers an accelerated Advance Placement track for LPNs who have graduated from accredited programs recognized by the Virginia Board of Nursing.
Admission to this program is very competitive. Be sure to read over the additional admission requirements below.
Certify your skills
Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exam.
Your acceptance as a Tidewater Community College student does not guarantee admission to most TCC health profession programs. We want you to be aware of these additional requirements and important information for this program.
As a prospective nursing student, you must also:
1. Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher from previous college study.
2. Familiarize yourself with admissions requirements and procedures by downloading the program packet. The packet also contains details of the two LPN tracks.
3. Attend a mandatory information session, which is held the third Wednesday of the month from 3 to 5 p.m. (except August, December and May) on the Portsmouth Campus, Building A, The Forum
Topics covered are general information, admissions process, prerequisite courses, selection process, curriculum, hands-on learning in clinical settings, provisional acceptance requirements and more. Faculty and staff will be available to answer your questions.
5. Complete and submit the Beazley School of Nursing self-assessment and application for admission, found in the program packet. Applications are accepted July 15-August 15 for spring admission and January 15-February 15 for fall admission.
A physical examination and criminal/sex offender background check are required. Consult the program packet for additional requirements and academic prerequisites.
You can complete an associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.
TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing consists of 5 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly on the Portsmouth Campus and at clinical sites.
Estimated Program Cost*:
64 credits x $185.35 per credit = $11,862.40 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.
Additional costs include uniforms, shoes, stethoscope, testing fees and a criminal background check ($46).
Most graduates find jobs after earning the associate degree; 90% or more of licensed graduates seeking employment are employed within one year following graduation.
You can also pursue a bachelor's in nursing (BSN) or master's in nursing (MSN).
TCC and Virginia’s Community Colleges partner to offer seamless transfer of academic credits between nursing programs, many of them offering guaranteed admission to qualified applicants.
You may transfer to the nursing programs at Radford University, the University of Virginia, Bluefield College, Lynchburg College, ECPI, George Washington University and Western Governors University's online program.
TCC's associate degree also transfers into Hampton University's bachelor of science in nursing and Old Dominion University's bachelor's programs in nursing and in health sciences.
Our transfer agreement with Old Dominion University allows you to earn your BSN concurrently with your associate degree.
Yes, if you:
- are strong in science and math
- enjoy patient interaction
- are organized and focused
Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.
Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.
Program also offered at Eastern Shore Community College
Clinical rotations with every major health system in Hampton Roads, including Sentara, Bon Secours and Chesapeake Regional
Accelerated track for LPNs available
Brittany Mitchell worked as a care coordinator before returning to TCC to pursue her dream of working more closely with patients
Median annual salary
Jobs related to this field have a median annual salary of $59,904*
* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.