Nursing (Associate of Applied Science)

Apply Now

Applications for the fall 2022 class are being accepted now and must include all requested academic transcripts to be received no later than March 1, 2022. If you are interested in the program but want to find out specifically what requirements you do not meet or what will be necessary, you should apply to the college and submit your official high school and college transcripts directly to one of the pre-admission advisors, Pam Woody (Health Careers Specialist). She can review them and then discuss (or refer you to one of the Health Professions Advisors) your particular circumstances with you to answer these questions. We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible for advising purposes.

For Fall 2022, applicants with current healthcare experience will be given consideration in the application process. Prior healthcare experience is established by the following credentials: Nurse AideCertified Medical Assistant, EMT, Paramedic, or Phlebotomist credentials. If you have no credential but prior healthcare experience of at least one year, you may submit a letter of recommendation, from your employer, which states the time of the employment (must be at least 12 months) to Pam Woody, stating your work role in patient care. Please submit either healthcare licensure or credential or if no current document, the letter of recommendation from supervisor with your 2022 Nursing application.

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. In addition, before submission of documents, please apply to VWCC and indicate your plan of study as CSC: Introduction to Nursing. Therefore, when official transcripts arrive on your behalf, they will be directed to Health Professions and can be connected to your record in the database. Complete the following and submit in one envelope (if possible) 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 the advisor. You may contact a team of advisors using after that time by email. 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: Introduction to Nursing on the college application and your term to begin as the first semester you plan to take a course, but no later than spring 2022.

All new students intending to start classes at Virginia Western are encouraged to visit Enrollment Center staff in Chapman Hall. They can answer general questions about the college, placement testing, nursing prerequisite requirements (including developmental math and science), financial aid, etc. Making contact with the Enrollment Center or a New Student Advisor is a great way to learn more about what the college offers and available resources. They will refer you to a pre-admission advisor for Nursing, when necessary, or to a New Student Advisor.

2. Apply to the Nursing Program.

Apply to the Nursing Program by completing the 2022 Nursing Application Form (below). Priority consideration is given to those with any of the following: CNA or CCMA credential, EMT, paramedic, corpsman, phlebotomist or 12 months of healthcare experience in patient care related role with letter of recommendation from supervisor. Please submit a copy of certification or healthcare credential with your application. Healthcare experience without a credential is considered with a supervisor’s recommendation indicating 12 months of healthcare experience related to patient care. Please submit the recommendation letter with your application. Please only submit the letter of recommendation if you do not have a current healthcare license or certification.

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). We strongly suggest applicants request transcripts be sent to the applicant’s mailing address, so you are fully aware of whether your request is filled and all material can be placed by you in one larger envelope for submission. 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 you, please request they be sent addressed directly to Pam Woody at the address above. Please do not request transcripts from VWCC or any other community college in Virginia. HS transcripts are required even if you are a college graduate. GED holders must also submit official high school transcripts if completed at least through the 9th grade. If you were home-schooled, a detailed academic curriculum report showing completion and signed by the school administrator is required (including a statement indicating if a lab component was completed for Biology and Chemistry).

Transcript Request Form (PDF)

4. Submit your application materials.

We suggest mailing your application packet to Miss Woody at the address above. Material being hand-delivered to campus should be brought to the 3rd floor of the Fralin Center, Room HP339 when the college is open for visitors. The Health Professions office is usually accessible from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The Nursing advising form letter is mailed or scanned to student email after your complete application/academic file is reviewed by the Advisor (usually within 3-4 weeks if received from July to December). It is the applicant’s responsibility to request their own transcripts and pay any required fees. Faxed transcripts are not considered “official” for application. Official electronic transcripts are acceptable (e.g. Parchment) but be sure and direct to Allied Health if using Parchment or to Pam Woody if using a platform such as National Clearinghouse. Please note that failure to receive the completed two page process letter that verifies your prerequisites, GPA, and confirms previously completed college coursework that can be utilized in the Nursing curriculum, will indicate that your academic file is incomplete. After submission of all academic materials (transcripts) and waiting for the advising letter for four weeks, please contact Ms. Yolanda Brown at or the team of HP advisors at to verify missing items from your academic file at that point. This is another reason that early application is encouraged, to allow for verification that all academic transcripts have been received.

5. Attend Mandatory Information Session

Attendance at an Information Session is required of all program applicants or those who intend to apply. Covered topics include: cost of program, rigor of program, faculty/student expectations, concept-based nursing education, role of nurses in 2022, 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.

You must have already applied to become a Virginia Western student (See Step #1 above) to obtain a username (your MyVWCC username) for the log-in. 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 Informational 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.

Informational Session dates will be added to the ESA website in September for the fall and spring sessions. Typically, the fall sessions focus on the LPN to RN bridge components and the spring sessions focus on the traditional nursing applicants.

6. Review the Nursing Checklist.

Nursing Checklist (PDF)

7. Attend Mandatory Orientation

If accepted, plan to attend the mandatory orientation for Fall 2022 on June 16, 2022 from 9 AM – 12 PM.

Apply Early

By applying early to VWCC and submitting official transcripts of high school and college coursework, Pam Woody (Advisor) will be able to help you with your course selections each semester. This allows us to advise you in a timely manner of any prerequisite requirements you have not met and how you may meet those requirements, as well as selecting courses that can be utilized to increase your GPA.

Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants must:

  • Meet all Basic Admission Requirements.
  • Complete courses transferred with a grade of C or above.
  • Submit reference from director or nursing school previously attended to verify good standing and clinical competence.
  • Provide nursing school catalog, course outlines/syllabus, and unit outline as required.
  • Take any necessary placement tests.
  • Demonstrate clinical proficiency as required.

NOTE: Transfer credit is only allowed for a nursing course of comparable credit and content. Transfer credit is given for a grade of C or above in nursing courses completed in the previous two years. Only courses taken at State Board approved schools are considered for transfer credit. Placement is considered on an individual basis. An applicant who meets all admission requirements is not guaranteed admission to the program. Successful applicants will be notified by May 20th.


Est. Tuition*: $
Credits: 65 Hours
Time: 2 Years

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

 Fralin Center HP214A or HP339
New Students: Chapman Hall
 540-857-6325 or 857-6644
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