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Nursing (AAS) - FAQ

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>> Is the program accredited?

This nursing education program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

>> How do I obtain licensure as a registered nurse?

You must successfully complete an approved nursing education program and pass a licensure exam (NCLEX-RN), which is administered by the National Council of the State Board of Nursing. You must apply to the regulatory board of the state in which you plan to practice. The general requirements include personal, character, and criminal background information. Application for the licensure examination will be provided toward the end of the fourth semester in nursing.

>> What are the admission guidelines to the program?

The following are the prerequisites for Fall 2021 consideration:

  • Algebra I – completed with a grade of "C" or better by the end of the Spring 2021 semester (high school or equivalent MTE units 1 - 5)
  • Biology (high school or college) – completed with a grade of "C" or better by the end of Spring 2021 semester
  • Chemistry (high school or college) – completed with a grade of "C" or better by the end of Spring 2021 semester (must have a lab)
  • BIO 141 – college Human Anatomy/Physiology I (or equivalent) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better by the end of Spring 2021 (must include lab component and be less than 5 years prior)
  • ENG 111 - must be completed by the end of Spring 2021 with a "C" or better
  • PSY 230 - must be completed by the end of Spring 2021 with a "C" or better
  • SDV 101 - must be completed by the end of Spring 2021 with a "C" or better

The college level prerequisite GPA must be 2.50 or higher. This will be calculated based on the grades for BIO141, ENG111, PSY230, and SDV101. Each course must be completed with a "C" or higher by the end of the spring semester (2021).

The cumulative GPA must be 2.0 or higher at the most recent college (12 credits hours) or school attended full-time at the end of fall 2020.

Note: A high school senior will only be considered if they can meet all the same prerequisites and minimum GPAs as other applicants.

Applicants must register and attend a mandatory information session in which the following topics are discussed: 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. Please watch nursing website for dates and times and instructions on how to register for a session.

Typically the informational sessions will be loaded on the website in December and we usually have one session per month for January through March. Normally applicants register at the Extended Services Application (ESA) at The link for the School of Health Professions is located under "Health Professions Services" on the ESA website. Please note the Informational Sessions loaded to the site in November are for the LPN to RN applicants applying for the summer transition program only. Therefore, the traditional nursing informational session dates will be loaded in December to reflect the sessions held January through March for the traditional nursing program applicant.

>> Is admission to the program very competitive? How is admission determined?

In 2020, there were 122 qualified applicants considered. Program admission decisions are based on the results of the nursing entrance examination (Kaplan scores must be in the 45th percentile in all categories to be considered) and prerequisite GPAGPA (based on BIO 141, ENG 111, PSY 230 and SDV 101) and priority consideration is given to previous healthcare certification, healthcare credential or 12 month of healthcare patient-care experience. Entrance exam details are announced by mail or school email in March (just prior to the exam being administered). 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.

Failure to register and attend the mandatory informational session will result in your name being removed from consideration for the fall program. In addition, for fall 2020, we had 38 students that did not achieve the required 45% on each section of the Kaplan: Reading, Writing, Math, English and Critical Thinking. We also had several students that did not achieve the required grade in the prerequisites for spring and their name was withdrawn from consideration for the fall program.

>> Who makes the admission decisions? When are the results given to the applicants?

Admission decisions are made by a Nursing Admissions Committee. Admission decisions are mailed or scanned to student email to the applicants as soon as possible, usually by mid-May. Please note that spring grades need to be posted to determine the prerequisite average prior to Nursing Admission Committee meeting. Therefore, the committee cannnot meet prior to mid-May to select the incoming class based on prerequisite GPA and Kaplan scores.

>> Is there a waiting list? Can the program be taken on a part-time basis?

There is not a waiting list. All applicants who meet the deadline (March 1) and are minimally qualified are considered for the program. The core NSG courses are 10-13 credits per semester, and you will need to be able to take any support course work you still need to fulfill general requirements (if not completed prior to). Lectures and assigned skills labs are held during daytime hours only. You should expect clinical experiences to be some 6 hours (day) and a majority to be 12 hours (day/evening). The NUR courses must be completed in sequence. Trying to work while in the program is discouraged.

>> Does VWCC offer a transition or bridge program for LPNs?

Yes. The deadline to apply is November 10th each year for the following summer. The bridge takes 1 year to complete (summer, fall, and spring semester). If you are an LPN and interested in knowing more, please go to the LPN to Nursing AAS Transition webpage.

>> Can I be a registered nurse if I am a convicted felon?

Conviction of a felony, misdemeanor or any offense substantially related to the qualifications, functions and duties of a registered nurse may constitute grounds for not allowing a candidate to take the RN-NCLEX licensing exam. This decision is made by the State Board of Nursing. For questions regarding this issue, call The Virginia Board of Nursing 804-367-4515.

>> What process do I follow if I want to apply for a future year?

If you are interested in taking classes to prepare for future entry into the program but you are unsure when you will be eligible, please submit the 2021 Nursing application form with the appropriate transcripts. This will allow us to help you plan and suggest proper courses to begin your studies. The advisor will also evaluate your transcripts for transfer credit and can discuss your "VPT" placement test results.

>> Who are the Program Advisors for the Nursing Program?

Ms. Pam Woody is one advisor and can be reached by or Ms. Rhonda Perdue is another advisor who can be reached at New students may begin with a New Student Advisor located in Chapman Hall. Submission of all academic materials including application and official transcripts from High School and all colleges attempted should be directed to: Attention: Pam Woody; VWCC; School of Health Professions; 3091 Colonial Avenue; Roanoke VA 24015. The process letter verifying your GPA, prerequisites and evaluation of college course work to determine what can be utilized in the nursing program, will be completed by Pam Woody. Rhonda Perdue can assist with career planning and course selections and may be able to assist with preliminary information. For information on the application process, you may follow the checklist for application located under the "forms" section of each website or contact Ms. Yolanda Brown at

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