Academics :: School of Health Professions


This handbook presents information and policies for the Virginia Western Nursing Program. All students receive this handbook at orientation and the handbook will be reviewed with you. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions during the review. After the review you will be asked to sign a statement verifying that you understood the content and agree to comply with all college and nursing program policies, rules, regulations, and guidelines.

Entering the profession of nursing requires students to be extremely disciplined, model mature behavior, exhibit a professional attitude, and demonstrate responsible decision-making. Nursing programs have a rigid curriculum so flexibility on the part of the student is essential. Constant change is a trait of nursing and students should be prepared to expect changes in class or clinical schedules and/or other program requirements when necessary. If these changes occur, students will be expected to adjust your personal schedule to accommodate the changes. Due to weather related issues, it may be necessary to schedule a class or clinical during evening hours or on a weekend.

Completing a registered nursing program will give you great personal satisfaction, a world of career opportunities, and a profession to be proud of. If you begin to have difficulty meeting the demands of the program, please consult with your nursing advisor or other nursing faculty for help. The program you are entering will challenge even the best students causing frustration. The faculty is committed to helping each student acquire the knowledge and competent, clinical skills to become a professional, registered nurse. Each student can have a positive and successful experience by working together with dedicated, experienced nursing faculty.

It is the policy of the Virginia Community College System and Virginia Western Community College to maintain and promote equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, or other non-merit factors. For further information, contact the Title IX Coordinator in Chapman Hall, Room C102, phone (540) 857-6348 or the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, at REACH Student Support Services, W212, phone (540) 857-7286. TTY number is (800) 855-2880 all users 711.

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