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Associate Degree in Nursing

Launch your nursing career by becoming an RN in just 2 years through Centra College's Associate Degree in Nursing 

 The Centra College offers a 4-semester educational program which leads to an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Students are admitted twice a year, in August and January. Students are also enrolled at Central Virginia Community College for general education classes. A wide variety of clinical experiences are provided at both Centra Lynchburg General Hospital and Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital. Other community agencies also are used as clinical sites.The ADN program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and is a member of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing.

Our ADN students must obtain licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse through the NCLEX-RN Examination, will work as a nurse in acute, intermediate, long-term and ambulatory healthcare settings, and will be trained in best practices for care while developing their personal care philosophy and trusting their innate instincts to care for others.

Centra College partners with NursingCAS to process and review your online application. Be sure to follow all instructions on the NursingCAS application below to ensure you submit your academic credentials correctly and within the prescribed deadlines.

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Advantages of an ADN education include:

  • Shorter overall program length
  • Easier transition to a BSN
  • Increased focus on clinical reasoning
  • More transferable college credits


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Admission Requirements

Requirements for Associate Degree Program

  • Complete the NursingCAS application, including the Program Requirements for Centra College.

  • Under 'Academic History' > 'Colleges Attended' ensure all colleges and/or universities you have attended are listed and transcripts are ordered from the 'Order' button via NursingCAS. Every transcript is required, even if you have withdrawn from all courses at the institution.

  • Request at least 1 letter of recommendation be sent through the NursingCAS Reference Portal.

  • Upload an optional personal statement in the Documents section of NursingCAS.

  • Submit official ATI TEAS score report(s) to Centra College via your ATI account.

    • Test scores must be no more than 12 months old from the application deadline

    • ATI TEAS testing is available at Centra College and remotely. Please contact for testing information.

  • Submit official, final High School transcripts, or official passing GED Score Report. HS transcripts/GED Score Report is required and must be sent to Centra College by the application deadline.

    • High School transcripts are accepted electronically to or by mail to the address below.

    • Collegiate transcripts are not accepted if they are sent to Centra College - all collegiate transcripts must be sent to NursingCAS directly.

    • Centra College
      Attn: Admissions
      905 Lakeside Drive, Suite A
      Lynchburg, VA 24501

Characteristics of a Successful Candidate: 

  • Prerequisite GPA of 2.7 or higher

  • Completion of prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of a "C"

    • Prerequisite and Corequisite courses must be no more than 10 years old (does not include ENG 111, ENG 112, and SDV 100 and/or SDV 101)

    • Applicants with more than 1 prerequisite course in progress will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Requirements for Admitted Students

  • Background check and drug screen (conviction of certain crimes may preclude admission to the College)
  • BLS Provider by American Heart Association (Adult, Child, Infant, and AED taught in course). If card expires while attending the program, the student must enroll into a BLS Provider CPR re-certification course to maintain an unexpired status for clinical settings. 
  • All new students are required to have a 7th Generation iPad with a minimum of 32GB and a 9.7-inch display and an iOS 13 Operating System.
  •  All admitted students will be required to attend the full orientation session. Failure to attend the orientation will result in forfeiture of your position in the program





Official transcripts of completed prerequisite courses must be submitted to NursingCAS as supporting data by the application deadline. Prerequisite courses include:

 BIO 141: Anatomy & Physiology I ……………………………………..     4 credit hours  
HLT 143: Medical Terminology 1........................................................ 3 credit hours
PSY 230: Developmental Psychology………………………….………    3 credit hours
 HLT 230: Principles of Nutrition and Human Development…    3 credit hours
**SDV 101:  College Success Skills………………………………………..   1 credit hour
**The SDV 101 requirement will be waived for those who have a previous college degree (LPN, Associate, Bachelor’s, or higher).

To be considered for admission:

  • All prerequisite course grades must be a minimum of a “C”.
    • Prerequisite and Corequisite courses must be no more than 10 years old (does not include ENG 111, ENG 112, and SDV 100).

  • Applicants with more than 1 prerequisite course in progress will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • A minimum curricular GPA of 2.7 in prerequisite courses is recommended.
  • Due to the competitiveness of admission, applicants who demonstrate the highest academic success on completed college courses will be considered for admission.

Advanced Placement for Licensed Practical Nurses

Admission Requirements for the Associate Degree Program, advanced placement LPNs must:

  • Complete all admission requirements for the ADN program via NursingCAS listed above.
  • Submit proof of a current unrestricted license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse to your NursingCAS online application.
  • Licensed Practical Nurses may receive credit for Nursing 150 and Nursing 165 (see below).
    • Nursing 150 Introduction of Nursing Concepts: To receive credit for this course, applicants must successfully complete the ATI RN Specialty Fundamentals test. The student is required to pay for this exam. Students will be proctored at the College on a selected testing date. In addition, a Dosage Calculation Test and Medication Skills Assessment will be given at the College various times during the year. The student is required to score an 80% or better on the Dosage Calculation Test and to pass the Medication Skills Assessment.

    • Nursing 165 Health Promotions and Assessment: To receive credit for this course, applicants must satisfactorily complete a full head-to-toe assessment.  The assessment will be scheduled at the College and supervised by a full-time or adjunct faculty member. The student is required to supply all materials needed for the assessment.

Completion of these prerequisites and any of the general education courses in the curriculum does not guarantee admission.

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Centra College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN, Distance), Associate Degree in Nursing, and Practical Nursing programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037.