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LPN to Nursing AAS Bridge Program :: FAQ

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>> Is the program accredited?

Virginia Western's nursing program is fully approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing, making graduates eligible to take the state licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to gain employment and/or transfer to other nursing programs. More about Virginia Western's accreditations.

The nursing program does not hold the voluntary Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accreditation. The Virginia Western nursing program meets all the mandatory accreditations and approvals.

>> What are the admission guidelines to the 2017 program?

  1. Applicants must meet the general admission requirements for the college.
  2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be > 2.75. at the end of the Fall 2016 semester to be eligible for the 2017 program (based on the most recent school with a GPA calculated on at least 12 college credit hours within a one year timeframe).
  3. Must have one unit of the following high school (prerequisite) courses with a grade of "C" or higher by the end of Spring 2017:
    • Algebra I
    • Biology/lab
    • Chemistry/lab
  4. The following college level prerequisites must also be completed ("C" or better) by the end of Spring 2017, and within 5 years prior to 2017:
    • BIO 141 (or equivalent) - Human Anatomy & Physiology I
    • BIO 142 (or equivalent) - Human Anatomy & Physiology II
    • BIO 205 - General Microbiology (4 credits)
    • NUR 135 - Dosage & Calculations (2 credits)
  5. Must be a graduate of an approved Practical Nursing program, prior to Summer 2017.
  6. Have a valid license to practice as an LPN in Virginia by August 1, 2017.
  7. Meet the application deadline of November 10, 2016. All required transcripts, forms, and documentation must be on file.

>> Is admission to the program very competitive?

Admission to the nursing program at VWCC has been very competitive. LPN transition applicants should be aware that meeting the curriculum admission standards does not guarantee program admission. In the event the number of qualified applicants exceeds the space available for transition students, applicants will be considered based on the results of the nursing skills entrance test (Kaplan), GPA, and interviews.

>> How long does the transition program take?

The time an individual may work on transition prerequisite requirements varies by student. Applicants have different academic backgrounds (someone may need all the prerequisites or others may have all prereqs satisfied). Once accepted into NUR 115 (only begins in the summer), the transition course sequence takes 1 calendar year (summer, fall, spring), if successful. The nursing content will include lecture, nursing skills lab, simulation labs, clinical experiences and required orientations to clinical facilities.

You should expect the clinical assignments to take place days (majority are 12-hr. day/evening)

Advising/Info Office

Location: Fralin Center HP339
Phone: 540-857-7306
Fax: 540-857-6640

Mailing address:
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

Program Head

Melaine Moore, PhD/MSN/RN
Assistant Dean, Nursing

A.S.N. - Bluefield State College, 1987
B.A. - Bluefield State College, 1992
M.S.N. - Bellarmine University, 2003
Ph.D./Nursing - West Haven University, 2007

School of Health Professions

Carole S. Graham, Dean
Administration & business contacts
Location: Fralin Center HP214C
Phone: 540-857-6019