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.
If you are interested in applying to the AAS Nursing program, we encourage you to explore the information linked in the left menu to learn more about the process. Once your application and transcripts have been reviewed, our office can provide academic guidance to help prepare students for possible entry into this program. If you need further assistance, you may contact our office.
Students that graduate from Virginia Western with an associate degree and a minimum grade point average may obtain GUARANTEED admission to more than 30 of the commonwealth’s colleges and universities. Please see this list for copies of the current agreements.
In addition, Virginia Western has entered into the following agreements specific to the Nursing program. This list is subject to change, and the most current agreements can be found on our Transfer Agreements page.
The mission of the Virginia Western nursing program is to provide affordable, community access to quality nursing education. The Virginia Western nursing program prepares qualified students to provide safe, competent, entry-level nursing care in 21st century healthcare environments. Students are prepared to meet the ever-increasing complexity of the healthcare needs of the citizens of Virginia.
The Virginia Western nursing faculty ascribe to the core competencies for nursing and nursing education. While firmly based in science and the arts, the essence of nursing is caring and compassionate patient centered care. Ethical standards, respect for individual dignity, and consideration of cultural context are implicit in the practice of patient centered care. The nurse advocates for patients and families in ways that promote self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings. Nursing care is provided in collaboration with the patient, the family and members of the health care team. The nurse displays a spirit of inquiry by examining evidence to improve quality of care, promote safety and improve patient outcomes. Nursing judgment is integral to making competent decisions related to the provision of safe and effective nursing care. Information management essential to nursing care is communicated via a variety of technological and human means.
AAS Nursing Program faculty are dedicated to improving the health of our community through development of future nurses who are distinguished as safe, competent professionals, dedicated to the highest standards of care. Faculty believe in the potential of adults to learn and master new knowledge. To that end, faculty engage students in classroom, lab, and clinical settings to help students apply and master new knowledge, necessary to prepare them for the nursing profession. Faculty believe lifelong learning is required of all nurses who have stewardship in the care of our community. Students are encouraged to acquire a firm educational foundation for practice that continues throughout their careers from novice to expert nurses.
Students will be able to:
Virginia Western is committed to the overall excellence of its AAS Nursing program through the following end-of-program outcomes:
This program is conditionally approved with terms and conditions by the Virginia Board of Nursing.
Virginia Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center
9960 Maryland Drive, Suite 300,
Henrico, VA 23233-1463
The associate nursing program at Virginia Western Community College located in Roanoke, Virginia is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm