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Your future as a registered nurse awaits

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 information and support to patients and their family members during an illness. A career in nursing offers endless opportunities for professional advancement in areas such as research, advanced practice nursing, teaching, and health policy. LPN to RN placement is available.

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Portsmouth Campus
Associate of Applied Science - Nursing

State-of-the-art classrooms, small class sizes, simulation labs and dedicated faculty make TCC’s nursing program your best choice to launch a high-paying and rewarding career as a registered nurse.

TCC is pleased to announce the addition of our new Paramedic/RT to RN Program Option* beginning in Summer 2021. The Paramedic/RT to RN program option will be offered at the Portsmouth campus for licensed paramedics and registered respiratory therapists seeking placement into the nursing program. Students admitted to the Paramedic/RT to RN program option apply during the January 15 – February 15 admission cycle. Students are admitted in summer semester and take NSG 116 Concepts for Health Professions Transition, NSG 200 Health Promotion and Assessment, and NSG 130 Professional Nursing Concepts courses. Upon successful completion, students move into the second semester of the program. When applying, indicate the Paramedic/RT to RN Program Option.

To apply:
Download the Nursing Admissions Information Packet and follow instructions for submitting your application.

Download the Paramedic/RT to RN application Addendum. Complete and include with your application packet.

Additional Program Information:

The associate degree nursing program at Tidewater Community College at the Portsmouth Campus located in Portsmouth, Virginia, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000



The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

Attention July-August 2021 Applicants: Admission requirements will change beginning with the July-August 2021 application cycle. MTH 154 (or MTH 155) will be required as a pre-requisite course. PSY 201 will be removed as a required course.

Admission to the nursing program is very selective and requires a separate application in addition to general admission to the college.

Applications are accepted July 15 to August 15 for spring admission and January 15 to February 15 for fall admission.

To qualify for this competitive program, you will need to familiarize yourself with admissions requirements and procedures in the program packet.

Applicants must also attend a mandatory information session. View upcoming nursing information sessions.

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TCC offers an accelerated Advance Placement track for LPNs who have graduated from accredited programs recognized by the Virginia Board of Nursing.

This program prepares students to sit for professional exams and/or apply for professional licensure that is required for employment in the related occupation in Virginia. If you live or move outside of Virginia, you must consult with the program lead to confirm whether the program will meet your state’s requirements prior to enrolling in courses. Visit this website to learn more.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:
  • are strong in science and math
  • enjoy patient interaction
  • have excellent communication skills