Articulation Agreements Virginia Community College System
ECPI University Guarantees Acceptance to Virginia Community College Graduates
Life offers few guarantees, but here’s one that can lead to a bachelor’s degree and potentially exciting career. ECPI University has an agreement in place with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) which guarantees acceptance of VCCS graduates to ECPI University. Here’s how it works:
- Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a four-point scale.
- They are required to meet the same admissions criteria as all ECPI University applicants.
- Transfers are accepted by ECPI University into a specific program that aligns with the VCCS’s associate’s degree program.
- VCCS students who have completed – or will complete – an associate’s degree by the time they enroll in classes at ECPI University, will be exempt from paying the ECPI application fee.
Acceptance and Application of Credits
- The maximum number of transfer credits accepted will be up to 75 semester credit hours. Students will receive a credit transfer form showing which VCCS credits were applied to ECPI University courses. Under this requirement, all courses required to complete the specific associate’s degree program will be articulated into the bachelor’s program.
- Credits from courses in which students have earned below a C will be excluded.
- Students from VCCS colleges who have completed a transfer associate’s degree will be considered to have met all lower division general education requirements at ECPI University.
- Students who lack prerequisites for any 300 or 400 level courses at ECPI University, may be required to complete the prerequisite course before taking the upper division course.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
Under the term of accrediting bodies and the board of nursing, there are additional requirements for VCCS graduates seeking to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at ECPI University. To be guaranteed admission under this agreement, a VCCS student must graduate with an associate’s degree in nursing from a Virginia Community College within five years of his/her application to ECPI University and meet all of the ECPI admission requirements below.
- Complete an interview with an admissions representative and the BSN program director or his/her designee.
- Submit official transcripts for all academic work completed including documentation of an earned associate of applied science (AAS) in nursing from a VCCS college.
- Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in the AAS in nursing.
- Achieved a C or better in all courses applied to the degree and have completed all courses applied to the degree within the past ten years. No distinction will be made for courses earned through dual enrollment, Advanced Placement or CLEP.
- Provide evidence of a current, unencumbered license to practice nursing in the state of their residence.
- Provide evidence (résumé) of at least three months employment in the past year as a RN at the time of application and enrollment.
GAA Students may then be accepted into one of the following tracks:
- Acceptance to ECPI University’s full-time RN-BSN completion program that requires a minimum of nine terms (45 weeks) to complete. Each term is five weeks. OR...
- Acceptance to ECPI University’s part-time RN-BSN completion program that requires a minimum of 16 terms (80 weeks) to complete the coursework. Each term is five weeks.
Additional Benefits of the Articulation Agreement:
- The ECPI application fee for VCCS students will be waived.
- Students will receive a 5 percent tuition discount. This discount will be applied for the entirety of ECPI RN-BSN coursework.
- Students can apply for the Virginia Community College Nursing Scholarships for $1000 for their first year in the program (ECPI University schedules 10 terms of instruction per calendar year). This competitive scholarship awarded by ECPI University will be awarded to ten students annually and can be used in addition to the 5 percent tuition discount.