The following lists of abilities/qualities, with or without reasonable accommodation, are necessary for success in the Nursing Program. Reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment that enables an otherwise qualified individual with a disability to have the opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges that are available to a similarly situated individual without a disability. A reasonable accommodation is defined on a case-by-case basis and must take into consideration:

  • specific abilities and functional limitations of the individual
  • specific functional requirements of the nursing program

Reasonable accommodations are directed toward providing an equal educational and/or employment opportunity for the disabled individual while providing for the safety of the individual, patient, and agency staff.

Physical Functioning

  • Tolerate sitting, standing, bending, reaching, stooping, and walking for long periods of time
  • Lift, carry, push, pull, or support objects, extremities or persons: i.e., during ambulation, transferring from bed to chair, turning, moving and lifting patients in bed, supporting arms or legs
  • During treatments or procedures and lifting children onto chairs, beds, scales or examining tables. (50 – 100 lbs. occasionally, 25 – 50 lbs. frequently and 10 – 25 lbs. constantly).
  • Moving efficiently enough to meet the needs of several patients in a timely fashion.
  • Demonstrate motor coordination and manual dexterity required to handle and operate equipment (i.e., wheelchairs, beds, IV pumps, blood pressure cuffs, computer keyboard, syringes), open packages and perform procedures.
  • Accurately hear physiological and environmental sounds, i.e., lung sounds, heart rate, blood pressure, bowel sounds, infusion pump alarms, etc.
  • Accurately distinguish colors, odors, body language and body alignment, i.e., skin color, drainage, nonverbal communication, and position of a person.
  • Maintain optimal physical well-being.

Cognitive Skills

  • Accurately calculate basic algebraic equations required to determine exact medication dosages, solutions, IV drop rates and IV flow rates.
  • Collect and interpret data for purposes of planning and evaluation of patient care.
  • Accurately and efficiently interpret and communicate information in English, both written and spoken. For example:
    • responding to physician’s orders;
    • reading and recording information;
    • directing assistive staff.
  • Organize, prioritize and plan work in a logical sequence.

Psycho/Social Skills

  • Cope effectively while working in a stressful environment using patience, tact and flexibility.
  • Communicate therapeutically and effectively with others.
  • Respect persons of diverse cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate caring, empathy, accountability, honesty, and a neat, clean professional appearance.
  • Maintain an alert level of consciousness and orientation to time, place and person at all times.
  • Maintain optimal mental well-being


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

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


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 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


Lauren Hayward
Director of Nursing

M.S. in Nursing-Education – Western Governor’s University, 2016
M.S. in Adult Learning, Human Resource Development – Virginia Tech, 2012
B.S. in Nursing – George Mason University, 2010
A.A.S. in Nursing – Northern Virginia Community College, 1999
Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), National League for Nursing, Certificate #NLN540926, Expires: December 31, 2027


Martha Sullivan, Dean