Welcome from the Nursing Department Chair
Welcome to the Longwood University Nursing Program. We offer a rural, community based Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Our nursing program's mission is to promote: evidenced based clinical practice excellence; partnerships that will enhance health care and education in our communities, and the development of citizen leaders within the nursing profession who will lead and advocate for their patients and their profession.
Our program is different from most residential BSN nursing programs in that students are admitted directly into our program as entering Freshmen. Being accepted directly into a Nursing Program as a freshman is unique; most other colleges/universities accept freshmen as pre-nursing majors. Students then have to apply in their sophomore or junior year to gain entrance into the program. Competition for those spaces is also very intense. At Longwood, there is no wait or uncertainty. In addition, students begin nursing courses at the Freshmen level, so they are exposed to their field of study immediately. Nursing courses are integrated over four years with other general education, and science and math courses. Students are actively engaged as they apply classroom knowledge and clinical simulation experience directly to clinical practice, working with clinical agencies and community partners throughout the central Virginia region. Students have time to master theory and apply it to practice; and they have time to gain critical thinking, and clinical reasoning competency. Just as important, our students have time to fully engage in the culture of professional nursing practice.
I welcome you to the Longwood University Nursing Program and look forward to you joining us for an education full of possibilities, or as an alumnus or community partner sharing your knowledge and support.
Melody K. Eaton, PhD, RN, CNE