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Nursing (AAS) - Apply Now

Applications for the fall 2021 class are being accepted now and must include all requested academic transcripts to be received no later than March 1, 2021. If someone is interested in the program, but wants to find out specifically what requirements they do not meet or what will be necessary, they should apply to the college and submit their official high school and college transcripts directly to the pre-admission advisor, Pam Woody (Health Careers Specialist). She can review them and then discuss your particular circumstances with you to answer these questions. We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible for advising purposes.

For Fall 2021, applicants with current or prior healthcare experience will be given "preferred status" in the application process. Prior healthcare experience is established by the following credentials: Nurse Aide, Certified Medical Assistant, EMT, Paramedic, or Phlebotomist credentials. If the applicant has no credential but prior healthcare experience of at least one year, the applicant may submit a letter of recommendation from their employer to Pam Woody, stating the applicant's work role in patient care.

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. 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 the advisor directly after that time by phone, email, or in her office (if needed). 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. You are encouraged to complete the application online at 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 2021.

All new students intending to start classes at Virginia Western are encouraged to consider a visit to see the 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. You may become more familiar with the college at and plan your first visit. 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 the 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 2021 Nursing Application Form. The form is also available on the Nursing website under "Forms" (you cannot submit online at this time). 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 copy of certification or healthcare credential with 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 recommendation letter with application.

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.

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 7:45 AM to 4:00 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 May - 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. 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 ybrown 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 2021, 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 at: (Please note that the Informational Sessions for the spring 2021 dates will note be loaded until December 2020.)

You must have already applied to become a Virginia Western student (See Step #1 above) to obtain a User Name 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. Again, please see Step #1 under "How to Apply," on how to apply to Virginia Western. Your log-in is your MyVWCC log-in. 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 Information 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. 

6. Review the Nursing Checklist.

Nursing Checklist (PDF)

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 would allow 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

  • 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.

Tuition: $
Credits: 65 Hours
Time: 2 years


Location: Fralin Center HP 214A or HP 339
Phone: 540-857-6325, 857-6644 or 857-7307
Fax: 540-857-6640

Mailing address:
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

Program Head

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

School of Health Professions

Martha Sullivan, Dean