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 2024 and the following cohort will begin Spring 2025. 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 2023 and are subject to change.)

Estimated In-State Tuition: $175.20 per credit hour 
Estimated Out-Of-State Tuition: $375.30 per credit hour

Tuition (In-State) *Subject to change$8,409.60
Elesevier 360 (ebook, learning platform, NCLEX review)2,460.00
Nursing Lab Supplies/Kit250.00
Physical/Hepatitis B Series/PPD300.00
Background Check/Drug Screening/CB Bridges200.00
Uniforms/Lab Coat/Shoes/VWCC patches275.00
Nursing Pinning & Misc. Expenses75.00
TOTAL (24 months)$12,469.60

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: 2 Years

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


The cost of attendance is an estimate of the costs a student may have while at Virginia Western.

Click here for the cost of attendance for financial aid.

 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


Melinda Wooldridge, BSN, RN-BC
Program Head, Practical Nursing

Diploma – Tazewell County Vocational Practical Nursing Program, 1985
A.A.S. in Nursing – Southwest Virginia Community College, 1998
B.S.N. – American Sentinel University, 2019
Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse, 2022


Martha Sullivan, Dean