This is only an estimate of some expenses associated once a student is accepted into the transition program and may not be limited to the items listed. The estimated (in-state) tuition cost provided is for the credits outlined as needed in the course listing for summer, fall, and spring. Students can complete general education courses (e.g. BIO 150, PHI 220, and specified NSG Elective) prior to summer and this is recommended. A student who has not taken all the general education requirements prior to summer must take them according to program requirements (e.g. BIO 150 must be completed in summer, if not done prior to). Estimate does not include any expenses for the prerequisite courses or any developmental courses identified by placement test. Prior completion of prerequisite and general education courses vary with each applicant. A full evaluation of the application material (including transcripts and placement testing) can assist the applicant and advisor to determine what classes will be needed.

The VWCC nursing program is required to have specific documentation on each student in our program before they may participate in clinical assignments. This includes but is not limited to a physical exam and immunity record by vaccination history/positive titers. Negative urine drug screen and background check without positive findings or as accepted by the clinical agency is required. An independent company does “clinical tracking” to verify and process this documentation, and details are covered during the orientation for accepted students. Any expenses incurred to complete or update these will be the responsibility of the student. No estimate is given in the table provided as necessity cannot be pre-determined for these items and will vary by individual. Current American Health Assoc. BLS Provider CPR is required while in the nursing program.

Students accepted to into the LPN to Nursing AAS bridge program must maintain a current and unencumbered LPN license through program graduation.  The cost to maintain LPN licensure is set by the Virginia Board of Nursing and an additional student expense not detailed in the estimated program costs.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to make application to the Board of Nursing to take the licensing exam (NCLEX-RN). Fees for application and exam are applicant responsibility. Application information is discussed near the end of the program. The college (VWCC) does not guarantee job placement upon completion of the program.

Tuition is estimated in the table below based off the following criteria. For more accurate information please visit the tuition rates and fees site.

The cost of attendance is an estimate of the costs a student may have while at Virginia Western. Click here for the cost of attendance for financial aid.

(Tuition rates below are as of Fall 2023 and subject to change.)

Estimated In-State Tuition: $175.20 per credit hour 
Estimated Out-Of-State Tuition: $375.30 per credit hour

Tuition (In-State) varies based on credit hours$2,102.40$4,555.20$6,657.60
Nursing Textbooks only1,200.00600.001,800.00
Virtual Simulation Resources135.00166.00301.00
Learning System Fee (Kaplan)170.00340.00510.00
Background Check/Urine-Drug Screen/Clinical Tracking130.00130.00
Uniforms/Lab Coat/Shoes, VWCC Uniform Patches200.00200.00
Nursing School Pin (Based on selection – $50 and up)50.0050.00

 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