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Associate Degree in Nursing

Launch your nursing care 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 will obtain licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse through the NCLEX-RN Examination, 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

General Requirements for Associate Degree Program

  • Official high school transcript indicating that the applicant has or will complete a high school course of study and/or has a passing GED official score report.
  • The Virginia Placement Test must be taken at Central Virginia Community College and the report must demonstrate that the applicant is eligible to enroll in the required science and English courses
  • A Kaplan Entrance Exam score is completed with the application.
  • Test scores should be no older than 1 year at the time of application.
  • Areas to be tested include Math, Reading, Science, Writing, and Critical Thinking.  
  • Math>63, Reading 61>, Science 38>, Writing 52>, and Critical Thinking 54>.  To meet requirements for admission, each applicant must achieve 3 out of 5 of the above areas on the Kaplan entrance test. 
  • Letter of Recommendation from an individual, other than a family member or friend, must accompany the application.
  • The recommendation should be from those who can speak to the applicant’s work ethic, community service and/or academic performance.
  • Transfer students refer to the College Catalog: Transfer of Credits into Centra College.


  •  All Accepted Applicants for the Associate Degree and Practical Nursing Program require:
  • 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 accepted applicants 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 as supporting data by the application deadline date. Prerequisite courses include:

 BIO 141: Anatomy & Physiology I ……………………………………..     4 credit hours  
 HLT 141:  Introduction to Medical Terminology……..……...….    2 credit hours
 PSY 230: Developmental Psychology………………………….………    3 credit hours
 HLT 230: Principles of Nutrition and Human Development…    3 credit hours
**SDV 100:  College Success Skills………………………………………..   1 credit hour
**The SDV 100 requirement will be waived for those who have a previous college degree (Associate, Bachelor’s, or higher).

To be considered for admission:

  • All prerequisite course grades must be a minimum of a “C”.
  • 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:

  • Submit an official transcript from a state approved school of practical nursing.
  • Submit proof of a current unrestricted license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
  • Complete BIO 142: Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credit hours) with a minimum grade of “C”.
  • Licensed Practical Nurses may receive credit for Nursing 150 and Nursing 165 (see below)
  • Nursing 150 Introduction of Nursing Concepts score 800 or better on the Evolve HESI RN Specialty Fundamentals test which will be given at the college various times during the year.  The student is required to pay for this exam. In addition, a Dosage Calculation Test and Medication Skills Test 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 test.
  • Licensed Practical Nurses may receive credit for Nursing 150 and Nursing 165 (see below).
  • Nursing 165 Health Promotions and Assessment satisfactorily completing a full head to toe assessment.  The assessment must 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 and bring a volunteer to be the patient.

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

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Tuition, Fees and Calendar

Tuition, Fees and Calendar
Tuition, Fees and Calendar

ADN Tuition and Fees

The ADN program is 4 semesters over the coures of 2 years. Tuition and fees  for Centra College and CVCC courses can be found at the link below.:

Academic Calendar

Associate Degree in Nursing Program Academic Calendar: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Each year is broken down into a fall and a summer semester. You can see examples of  past year's academic calendars below. 



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.