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Beazley School of Nursing, Portsmouth Campus

Frequently Asked Questions



How do I apply? You must first complete a general admission TCC application. To apply to the nursing program, students who meet nursing admission requirements will also submit a separate complete application packet to the Beazley School of Nursing.
When I apply to TCC, which campus do I list on my application? Portsmouth
What is the program code for the TCC application? 156.01 (pre-nursing)
Where do I submit my application to the nursing program?

School of Nursing Applications must be submitted to:

Beazley School of Nursing

Tidewater Community College

120 Campus Drive

Portsmouth, VA 23701

Where do I send copies of my transcripts (official copy of college/university transcript, high school transcript and/or GED) ? Transcripts must be submitted with your Nursing Program Application to the Beazley School of NursingNOTE:  Official high school and college transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope when you submit your nursing application.
If I have previously taken courses at another college/university, do I need to submit that transcript?

YES.  An official copy of your transcript from the prior college/university must be submitted along with your nursing application. 

You must also complete a Request for Evaluation of Previous Educational Experiences and have an official copy of your transcript sent to the following address:

Tidewater Community College

Office of the College Registrar

P.O. Box 9000

Norfolk, VA 23509-9000

Which orientation course must I take? You must take SDV 101 - Orientation to Health Care
If I have taken a higher level Chemistry course, do I need to take CHM 1? NO. If you have taken a higher level CHM course, you do not need to take the developmental chemistry course.
BIO 150 - Microbiology also meets the chemistry pre-requisite requirement.
Does Ethics (PHI 220) substitute for Social Ethics (PHI 226)? YES.
What is the deadline to submit an application to the nursing program?


Complete application packets are accepted July 15 through August 15 for the spring start and January 15 through February 15 for the fall start.

Approximately how many students apply to the Nursing Program each year?

Approximately 400 students apply each year.

How many students does the program accept each year? Approximately 140 students are accepted per year.
Does the admissions committee take into account the grades received in my co-requisite courses when determining my acceptance into the Nursing program?

YES. Applications are reviewed and strong consideration is given to grades made in the co-requisite general education courses (BIO 141, 142 and 150; ENG 111 and 112; PSY 201, 235; and PHI 226). Points are assigned for the letter grades received. All Science/Biology courses must be completed within six years of beginning the first nursing course.  For more details about the admissions criteria, please view the Admissions Procedures and Information Booklet.

If you are not initially accepted into the program, is there a list of alternates? YES.  Alternates are accepted and traditionally a few will be admitted to the program. You will be notified if you are one of the first alternates.
When do clinicals begin? Clinical hours begin the first semester and continue throughout the program
How many clinical hours can I expect to spend per semester?

Clinical time varies from course to course.  Generally you will spend 6-12 hours two days per week.  Clinicals are typically on Tuesday and Thursday.  There may also be evening clinicals.

What is a typical weekly schedule like each semester? A typical semester usually consists of Monday/Wednesday lectures and Tuesday/Thursday clinicals. In addition, community experiences are usually completed on varying days throughout the semester.
Is there an admission test? YES.  Beginning January 1, 2012, all applicants to the nursing program are required to take a Nursing Admission Assessment Test which will be available at TCC Testing Centers. Points will be assigned based on the score received.  These points will be considered during the selection process. Additional information can be found on the Nursing Admission Asessment FAQs webpage.



For additional information, please call or visit the Beazley School of Nursing Program Office at 822-2922.