How to Apply

We require all application material(s) be submitted directly to Health Professions – if you fail to do so, be aware we will not be responsible for any delays in processing your file. Complete the following and submit in one envelope (if applicable) to:

Pam Woody, VWCC-Health Professions
3091 Colonial Ave.
Roanoke, VA 24015.

A meeting with the advisor is not required. If you have questions, it is suggested that any meeting not be conducted until after all transcripts have been submitted to and reviewed by an advisor. You may then contact an advisor directly after that time (when needed). You should follow the steps below.

1. Apply to VWCC

If you are not a current VWCC student, apply to the college by completing a VWCC Application. Please make sure you indicate your plan of study as CSC: Intro to Nursing on the college application and your semester to begin no later than Spring 2025 (or earlier if planning to take a class).

2. Apply to the Nursing Program

Complete a LPN to RN Nursing Bridge application form. (PDF)

3. Obtain your transcripts

Have all official transcripts (high school and college in original intact sealed envelope) and a copy of GED scores (if applicable). Remember, do not open any envelope which contains a transcript, they are no longer “official” to us when you open them. If any school refuses to issue “official” transcripts directly to a student, please request they be sent addressed directly to Pam Woody at the address above. Transfer information provided on a subsequent schools transcript is not acceptable in lieu of the actual originating schools transcript. GED holders must still submit official high school transcripts if completed at least through the 9th grade, in addition to a copy of the GED scores.

4. Submit your application materials

Request and submit an official record or transcript from the practical nursing program you completed or are currently attending.

5. Attend Mandatory Information Session

Attendance at an Information Session is required of all program applicants or those who intend to apply. Informational sessions will typically be held in late fall. For summer 2025, applicants must register for and attend an informational session between September 1, 2024 and November 1, 2024.

Covered topics include: cost of program, rigor of program, faculty/student expectations, concept-based nursing education, role of nurses in 2025, employment while enrolled in the nursing program, if accepted, and other related information.

To register for an Information Session, please register through the Virginia Western Extended Services Application. The information sessions are typically held September to November and the dates to register for the session are added in September.

You must have already applied to become a Virginia Western student (See Step #1 above) to obtain a username for the log-in (your MyVWCC username). You do not need to have applied for the Nursing Program to register for the Information Session, only to the college. For assistance with this log-in, please call the Help Desk at 540-857-7354.

Once logged in, click “Health Professions Services,” which should be second on the list. Click through to Schedule an Information Session.

Note:  If this is the first time you’ve logged into the Extended Services App, you will be required to input your text messaging preferences for the College.  This lets us know if you would like to receive text messaging from the College and lets you choose which options you wish to receive notifications on. 

Advising and Application Dates

The next anticipated transition admission will be for summer 2025, but the deadline to apply and submit necessary documents is October 1, 2024.

Interested applicants who need academic advising are encouraged to provide the above information to one of the Health Professions advisors. You are encouraged to do this now, even if you don’t anticipate being ready for 2025. The advisors will be able to provide guidance and answer some of your questions as you prepare for this major plan of study. It is necessary for the advisors to review your transcripts/academic file to determine appropriate placement testing, do transfer evaluation (if applicable), and suggest appropriate future courses. After your file is reviewed you may meet with an advisor each semester prior to open registration to discuss your progress and course selection. Health Professions Advising Team can also keep you informed of any changes to the curriculum or transition policies that may impact you.

 Fralin Center HP339
New Students: Chapman Hall
 540-857-7341 or 540-857-6644
Fax: 540-857-6640

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


Kathy Smith
Interim Nursing Program Head

Diploma in Nursing – Roanoke Memorial School of Nursing, 1978
Bachelor of Science – Roanoke College, 1979
Master of Science in Nursing – West Virginia University, 1985
Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), National League for Nursing, 2020


Martha Sullivan, Dean