This is only an estimate of some expenses associated with acceptance into the program and subject to change as the next class will not begin until Fall 2022. Details about these items are covered during the orientation held for accepted students. Students are responsible for their own transportation to classes and facilities utilized for clinical experiences. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be responsible for their nursing board application fee as stipulated by the State Board of Nursing and the licensing exam fee. 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.

(Tuition rates below are as of Fall 2021 and subject to change.)

Estimated In-State Tuition: $170.09 per credit hour 
Estimated Out-Of-State Tuition: $370.19 per credit hour

Tuition (In-State) *Subject to change$8,164.32
Practical Nursing Textbooks932.00
Learning System Fees1,100.00
Nursing Lab Supplies/Kit350.00
Physical/Hepatitis B Series/PPD300.00
Background Check/Drug Screening124.00
Uniforms/Lab Coat/Shoes/VWCC patches275.00
Nursing Capping, Pinning & Misc. Expenses75.00
TOTAL (12 months)$11,920.32

NOTE: These costs are only an estimate and may not be limited to the items listed. Payment of tuition is on a semester by semester basis according to the number of credit hours a student has enrolled in. The total estimated tuition is based on a proposed 48 credit curriculum. Tuition and book expenses for prerequisite courses which may be needed (such as Algebra I and Biology) or other developmental classes identified by placement test and taken prior to entry into the program, is not included as necessity cannot be determined until application is made and will vary by applicant.

Financial Aid funds can be used for tuition & textbooks, but not for medical related expenses, uniforms/accessories, background checks, etc.


Est. Tuition*: $
Credits: 48 Hours
Time: 1.5 Years

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

 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


Jill Bass, DNP, MS, RN, GCNS-BC
Program Head, Practical Nursing

Diploma – Roanoke Memorial Hospital School of Professional Nursing, 1974
A. S. & A.A.S – Virginia Western Community College, 1984, 1988
B.A – Mary Baldwin College, 1988
B.S. – Radford University, 1995
M.S. – Radford University, 1997
Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist – Board Certified, 1999
Doctorate in Nursing Practice – Case Western Reserve University, 2009
Post Masters Graduate Certificate Nursing Education – Walden University, 2016


Martha Sullivan, Dean