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Is the program accredited?

This nursing education program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

What are the prerequisite and GPA requirements for 2025 consideration?

  1. Must have one unit of the following high school courses (or college equivalent) with a grade of “C” or higher by the end of Fall 2024:
    • Algebra I (or MDE 10) or placement into college-level math
    • Biology/lab (Bio 101 or Nas 2)
    • Chemistry/lab (Chm 5)
  2. The following college level prerequisites must also be completed (“C” or better) by the end of Fall 2024. Note: BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be less than 5 years old from the beginning of the program.
    • BIO 141 (or equivalent) – Human Anatomy & Physiology I
    • BIO 142 (or equivalent) – Human Anatomy & Physiology II
    • ENG 111 – College Composition I
    • PSY 230 – Developmental Psychology
    • SDV 101 (2 credits) – Orientation to Health Professions (Please note: Upon receipt of your final official LPN transcript, showing completion of the program, we can award Credit for Prior Learning — two credits for completion of the LPN program and LPN license.)
  3. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be > 2.0 at the end of Fall 2024 semester to be eligible for the 2025 program (based on the most recent school with a GPA calculated on at least 12 college credit hours within a one year timeframe).
  4. Pre-requisite GPA must be > 2.5 at the end of the Fall 2024 semester (GPA of your grades for: BIO 141, BIO 142, ENG 111, PSY 230, and SDV 101).
  5. Attendance at a mandatory informational session is required between September 1 and November 1, 2024.
  6. A nursing entrance examination (KAPLAN) will be required in November/December for all applicants being considered for the transition program. The KAPLAN RN entrance test covers the following topic areas: Math, Science, Reading, Writing, and includes an evaluation of Critical Thinking. Scores in all categories of the KAPLAN must be above the 45th percentile. Any applicant who has even one score below 45% will have their name removed from further consideration.

Please be advised that meeting the above minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

What if I graduated high school from a foreign country and cannot obtain my official transcripts?

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 scores of the nursing entrance test (Kaplan) and GPA.

Are there review guides to help prepare for the Kaplan?

There is a book available from Barnes and Noble, “Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam: Your Complete Guide to Getting Into Nursing School”. However, keep in mind that the Kaplan should assess information already known to the applicant. The review book can help the applicant become familiar with the types of questions and question format used in the actual test.

There are several other guides (some are free and some are associated with a charge) that you are welcome to investigate and determine if you should utilize them to prepare for the Kaplan Entrance Test.



How many applicants are typically accepted for each summer?

The nursing program can have a maximum of 140 total students in the program (includes both First level & Second level students). Therefore, for the LPN to AAS Nursing, we can typically accept between 10-18 students for each cohort, depending upon the total number of nursing students.

Who makes the admission decisions? When are the results given to the applicants?

Admission decisions are made by a Nursing Admissions Committee. Admission decisions are mailed or scanned to student email to the applicants as soon as possible, usually by late January. Please note that fall grades need to be posted to determine the prerequisite average prior to the Nursing Admission Committee meeting. Therefore, the committee cannot meet prior to mid-January to select the incoming class based on prerequisite GPA and Kaplan scores.

What would the impact be on program completion for a person who does not have the COVID-19 vaccination?

Virginia Western Community College faculty and students must comply with the policies required by clinical facilities with which we have legal agreements. If a student refuses to comply with a clinical facility immunization and vaccination requirement, Virginia Western Community College will attempt, but cannot guarantee, to assign a student to an alternative clinical facility. A student will be placed in an alternative location only if it meets the educational objectives of Virginia Western Community College and program requirements for clinical placement. Faculty also must be available to appropriately supervise students at the clinical facility. Refusal to comply with a clinical facility immunization and vaccination requirement by a student in our health programs may impede your progress in the program or your ability to remain in the program.

What about marijuana use and the required drug screen?

It is the student’s responsibility to “clear” their urine drug screen. A drug screen that has “positive” findings will not allow a student to obtain clinical placement and will result in removal from the program.  Marijuana may be legalized under state law for clinical partners associated with the nursing program. The presence of marijuana metabolites in urine will result in a “positive” drug screen finding that prevents a student from obtaining clinical placement and resulting in removal from the program.

Is there a waiting list? Can the program be taken on a part-time basis? Is there a night-time program available?

There is not a waiting list. All applicants who meet the deadline (October 1) and are minimally qualified are considered for the program. The core NSG courses are 10-13 credits per semester, and you will need to be able to take any support course work you still need to fulfill general requirements (if not completed prior to). Lectures and assigned skills labs are held during daytime hours only. You should expect clinical experiences to be some 6 hours (day) and a majority to be 12 hours (day/evening and some weekend). The NUR courses must be completed in sequence (summer, fall and spring). Trying to work while in the program is discouraged due to the intensity of the program.

What process do I follow if I want to apply for a future year?

If you are interested in taking classes to prepare for future entry into the program but you are unsure when you will be eligible, please submit the 2025 Nursing application form with the appropriate transcripts. This will allow us to help you plan and suggest proper courses to begin your studies. An advisor will also evaluate your transcripts for transfer credit and can discuss your placement test results.

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 NSG 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 primarily weekdays (can be 8 or 12-hr.). However, there can be special one-time assignments for a Saturday or a night shift.

Who are the Program Advisors for the Nursing Program?

We have a team of advisors for Health Professions. Ms. Pam Woody or Ms. Jasmine Terry will be one of the advisors that will process your academic file and evaluate previously completed coursework after a review of your official transcripts. Ms. Julie Ainsley is the pre-nursing advisor who can be reached at

New students should begin with a New Student Advisor located in Chapman Hall.

Submission of all academic materials including application and official transcripts from High School and all colleges attempted should be directed to: Attention: Pam Woody; VWCC; School of Health Professions; 3091 Colonial Avenue; Roanoke VA 24015. The process letter verifying your GPA, prerequisites and evaluation of college course work to determine what can be utilized in the nursing program, will be completed by Pam Woody or Ms. Jasmine Terry. Julie Ainsley can assist with career planning and course selections and may be able to assist with preliminary information. For information on the application process, you may follow the checklist for application (PDF) or contact Ms. Yolanda Brown at You may also utilize the team of advisors at

Why are some support classes within the AAS Nursing not covered by Financial Aid (FA) in the CSC: Introduction to Nursing?

The CSC: Introduction to Nursing consist of specific coursework that is designed to allow applicants to the Nursing program to complete some of the courses required within the AAS and to also offer a job skill option to applicants in case of non-admittance to the program. Not all prerequisite and support classes are included in the CSC.  The BIO 142 and BIO 150 and PHI 220 are not all included in the CSC and the Nursing Elective of ENG 112, or HLT 230 or SOC 200 is not offered in the CSC. If you are using FA to cover the cost of classes, FA will not cover the cost of all three BIO 142/BIO 150 and PHI 220.It will cover one of the courses, if FA eligible. Nor will FA cover the cost of the NSG elective since it is not included in the CSC. If you wish to complete these courses prior to entry, you need to plan to pay for those courses out of pocket.  If you are accepted into the AAS Nursing program, at that time, FA will then cover those courses.  The plan change for accepted students, to be placed into the AAS program from the CSC, typically occurs in late Spring for the accepted students.

What is the job skill option in the CSC: Introduction to Nursing?

It allows applicants who may not be accepted into the AAS Registered Nursing program, to academically prepare students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification exam, if the EMS 111/120/HLT 105 course sequence is completed.  Also, if you have a healthcare licensure/certification (such as CCMA, CNA, Phlebotomist, etc,) if you submit a copy of your current license to the Health Professions Advising and Applications Office, we can complete paperwork on your behalf to determine if  Credit for Prior Learning can be awarded for one of the options under the job skill portion of the CSC: Introduction to Nursing. Please note that we cannot use the LPN license as we will be using that license, that must be kept current until graduate from the RN program, to use for Credit for Prior Learning for the first and second level of the RN program, if accepted.

What is the policy regarding non-discrimination?

Applicants for admission to the Nursing program are considered for class positions based on their ability to meet the program admission standards, without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, or other non-merit factors.

How do I obtain licensure as a registered nurse?

You must successfully complete an approved nursing education program and pass a licensure exam (NCLEX-RN), which is administered by the National Council of the State Board of Nursing. You must apply to the regulatory board of the state in which you plan to practice. The general requirements include personal, character, and criminal background information. Application for the licensure examination will be provided toward the end of the fourth semester in nursing.

Do I have to pass a licensing exam to become a registered nurse (RN)?

The AAS Nursing program is a pre-licensure nursing program that prepares graduates to apply for licensure as registered nurses (RN) through the Virginia Board of Nursing (VBON). 

Successful completion of the AAS Nursing program does not guarantee licensure or eligibility to practice nursing.  All successful graduates are subject to application of licensure rules and fees as set forth by the Virginia Board of Nursing including a background check, finger printing, and meeting the passing standard of the NCLEX-RN examination.  Only the Virginia Board of Nursing determines RN licensure.

Helpful resources:

 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