Introduction to Nursing

Did you know the average registered nurse in the Roanoke Valley makes $29.16 per hour? The AAS Nursing Program at Virginia Western Community College is a pre-licensure RN program that prepares you to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, schools, homecare, and doctor’s offices. Check out our local job board for current opportunities. With a career in nursing, you can make a difference! Begin your journey today and earn a living while serving your community.

This curriculum is designed to academically prepare students to apply for the restricted admissions AAS Nursing program and to gain a job ready skill in health professions. Students will either prepare to take the National Registry of EMT certification exam or prepare to work in a medical office. Students should be aware that completion of this program does not guarantee admission into the AAS Nursing program.


Est. Tuition*: $
Credits: 26 Hours
Time: 1 year

*Estimated cost reflects in-state rate and is subject to change


The cost of attendance is an estimate of the costs a student may have while at Virginia Western.

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 Fralin Center HP339
New Students: Chapman Hall
Fax: 540-857-6640

Mailing address:
School of Health Professions
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015


Lauren Hayward
Director of Nursing

A.A.S. in Nursing – Northern Virginia Community College, 1999
B.S. in Nursing – George Mason University, 2010
M.S. in Adult Learning & Human Development – Virginia Tech, 2012
M.S. in Nursing – Western Governor’s University, 2016
CNE, Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing, June 2017


Martha Sullivan, Dean