Undergraduate Information

So, you want to be a nurse?

Graduate Programs

Shenandoah offers a broad array of specialized graduate degrees.

Our Faculty Experts

Our faculty comprise principled & experienced healthcare professionals.

What Our Students Say

Our students are enthusiastic about our nursing program.

Health & Life Sciences Building

Welcome to the School of Nursing


We're excited about the future of Nursing

At Shenandoah, our role is to help you prepare for success in this challenging and satisfying health profession. As a student here, you will have opportunities to share and learn from your fellow students, faculty and practicing nurses, from within the classroom to a range of clinical environments including hospitals, medical practices and pharmacies. 

Our programs are challenging, but the rewards of completing your degree and entering this critical profession are many. We are committed to providing an outstanding education to nurses at all levels -- from people entering the profession with a Bachelor's degree in nursing, to advanced practice nurses seeking doctoral-level training. Our programs are dynamic and responsive to the needs of our students and the health care industry. Shenandoah Nursing offers classes in Winchester at the Health Professions Building on the campus of Winchester Medical Center, and in Ashburn at the Shenandoah Northern Virginia campus, conveniently located on Route 7 just east of Leesburg. We're excited to share our programs with you. 

Please contact the Office of Admissions to get started and begin the application process. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

Project Nurse is an electronic system that the School of Nursing is using to track immunizations, CPRs, and other clinical requirements.  Current students can log in to the system to view what is currently on file.

Rho Pi BW

16th Annual Research and Scholarship Symposium

16th Annual Research and Scholarship Symposium
Sponsored by Rho Pi Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International
“Transforming Outcomes in Nursing Education & Practice”
April 25, 2014 8:00-4:00
Brandt Student Center – Ferrari Room
Shenandoah University
Winchester, VA

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Graduate Nursing Programs Open House

Interested in advancing your nursing career? The School of Nursing offers a range of graduate programs, including graduate certificates, post-graduate certificates, master’s degrees and doctor of nursing practice degrees:

Family Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Mental Health

This event immediately follows the 16th Annual School of Nursing Research Symposium at Shenandoah University Brandt Student Center,
4-6PM. School of Nursing graduate faculty will be available to answer questions regarding our programs. Light refreshments will be served.

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Undergraduate Nursing Experience

As an undergraduate nursing student, you will have a rigorous and challenging academic program. But there’s plenty of time for bonding with your fellow students and taking advantage of the college experience. Here are a few of the many ways to get involved.  Student Organizations Nursing offers many opportunities for students to get involved. Students…Read More

Graduate Programs

The Graduate Program in Nursing at Shenandoah University consists of 4 specialties:  Nurse-Midwifery, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Health Systems Management.  The Program is accredited by CCNE and the nurse-midwifery specialty is additionally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education.

All of the specialties offer the following degree completions options:  Master of Science in Nursing, Post-Master’s Certificates, and the RN to MSN option. The FNP and PMHNP specialties also offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice as a post BSN or as a post MSN. 

The Nurse-Midwifery Program also offers a Post Masters Certificate in Midwifery through the Midwifery Initiative a collaboration between SU and other graduate nursing programs in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Washington, D.C. and the nation. Please refer to the “Midwifery Initiative Page” on this website for additional information on the Midwifery Initiative.

The PMHNP also has collaborations with other universities in Virginia and West Virginia to offer a Post Masters Certificate in PMHNP. No matter what degree completion option you chose, all graduates of the Nurse-Midwifery, FNP and PMHNP specialties are eligible to take their national certification exams to receive certification in their specialty.  Additionally, nurse-midwifery, FNP, and PMHNP graduates will be eligible to receive prescriptive authority in their states.  For information on the curricula of all of these specialties, please click on the appropriate hyperlink on this page.

Our curricula combine distance learning with a personal touch.  Ipods and Podcasting are used to help you be able to access curricular materials no matter where you are as long as you have an Ipod (or other MP3 player) and access to a computer.  We are excited about our program. If the professions we offer are in your professional dream, please contact us for information. The flexibility of the curriculum assures that we will be the perfect fit for you.

Nursing Graduate Programs

The School of Nursing offers a range of graduate programs, including graduate certificates, post-graduate certificates, master’s degrees and doctor of nursing practice degrees. Family Nurse Practitioner The FNP Certificate is designed to provide the nurse with the necessary skills and knowledge to assume the role of a primary health care provider in a variety of…Read More

Graduate Nursing Admissions

We’re excited you’re interested in one of our graduate nursing programs! Shenandoah Reviews applications on a rolling basis, which means we will begin evaluating your application once all your documentation has been submitted. Students submitting completed applications before our priority deadlines will be considered first. All applications received after these dates will be considered based…Read More


Programs for Practicing Nurses

As a professional nurse, you probably have an idea of how you’d like to move forward in your career. Here at SU, we offer a number of programs that allow you to specialize and become an advanced practice nurse.

Faith Community Nursing

Interested in Faith Community Nursing? A Faith Community Nurse is an experienced registered nurse whose central focus is intentional care of the spirit.

Health Informatics Certificate Program

The Health Informatics Certificate consists of 12 graduate credits and provides an opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, values, meanings, and experiences for assuming the role of the informatics health professional.

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What Students Say

My favorite moment at Shenandoah University was when I was allowed to participate in an actual birthing experience, helping the mother. This made my day, but it would not have happened without the nursing faculty members who continually motivated me through one of the toughest times of my life. Things worked out, and I was lucky to be a part of this family’s memorable event. This clinical experience was one of my best, and I can proudly say I consider them family. Thank you to the nurses at SU!

Yolanda Haley, Accelerated Second Degree Student

I love that the nursing program at SU offers opportunities to extend our health professions experiences beyond the classroom with mission trips. Over spring break, I was given an opportunity to participate in a medical mission trip to Brazil that was extremely rewarding and beneficial to my nursing education! It allowed me an opportunity to put practical skills to use and develop a deeper connection with my fellow nursing students and faculty as we worked together to provide healthcare in a remote community.

Leslie Purcell

My education at Shenandoah provided me with a great foundation, and my professors gave me the support and encouragement that reflects in the way I practice nursing today. They prepared me for some tough days and for the daily grind of nursing. They also shared their passion for nursing, and their support didn’t end when I graduated. I still keep in touch with them.”

– Christen Helfrich Morrison, B.S.N. (’08), RN

“I returned to Shenandoah for my bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate because I liked the close-knit community. Small classes and individualized attention made learning enjoyable. The faculty is top notch. Returning for multiple degrees was an easy choice.”

– Kimberley D. Ryan, D.N.P. (’10)

I came back to Shenandoah for my bachelor’s and master’s degrees because my professors are interested in my success. They push me to excel in all that I do. Their commitment to excellence and providing a quality education has given me an opportunity to pursue an advanced practice nursing degree. Hopefully, one day, I will become an awesome teacher!”

– Ruby M. Anumah, M.S.N. (’11), RN

It’s hands-on education led by experienced faculty who truly care about the students and the program. One of my favorite is the low student-to-teacher ratio. This allows the nursing faculty to spend quality time with the students, giving us a lot of valuable one-on-one training and assistance. The teachers are always available to answer questions and provide guidance in both the classroom and clinical settings. The SU nursing students are like a family away from home — we are excited to be a part of the program and work together in clinical groups, study sessions and community projects.

Leslie Purcell




The Health Professions Building (HPB) was completed in 1996 and houses the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy, the Division of Nursing and the Division of Respiratory Care. The building is modern and is designed to accommodate technologies and learning. There are a variety of spaces in the facility that include large auditorium-style classrooms, mid-size classrooms, seminar-style classrooms and learning laboratories. A cafeteria serves breakfast and lunch onsite. HPB is located on the Winchester Medical Center Campus, which is approximately 20 minutes by car from the main campus. HPB is in close proximity to the medical center, where a number of clinical experiences occur for the students.



As of January 2009, Shenandoah University’s Northern Virginia Campus relocated to a new facility and home. Named Scholar Plaza, the facility will continue offering programs in Nursing, Respiratory Care, Business, and Education. The new Northern Virginia Campus more than doubles the previous building’s size to more than 20,000 square feet. Facilities include seven classrooms, a 100 seat lecture/activity room, a computer laboratory, a student lounge area, a library study area, 12 staff/faculty offices and three nursing laboratories that contain simulation equipment. The campus also includes a conference room and a large kitchen/lunch room.

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Shenandoah University
School of Nursing

1775 N. Sector Court
Winchester, VA 22601
Phone: (540) 678-4374
Fax: (540) 665-5519



Shenandoah University
Northern Virginia Campus

44160 Scholar Plaza, Suite 100
Leesburg, VA 20176
Phone: (571) 223-0238
Fax: (571) 223-0460

To apply to the School of Nursing, inquire about Curriculum Requirements and for all Admissions information:

Please call (540) 665-4581 or (800) 432-2266

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!


The School of Nursing offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs which are fully accredited by:

Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036; (202) 463-6930

Nurse-Midwifery Program

The Nurse-Midwifery Program is accredited by: Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education 8403 Colesville Road Suite 1550 Silver Spring, MD 20910; (240) 485-1800