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School of Health Professions :: Programs of Study

Introduction to Nursing - Career Studies Certificate

Did you know the average registered nurse in the Roanoke Valley makes $29.16 per hour? The AAS Nursing Program at Virginia Western Community College is a pre-licensure RN program that prepares you to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, schools, homecare, and doctor’s offices. Check out our local job board for current opportunities. With a career in nursing, you can make a difference! Begin your journey today and earn a living while serving your community.

This curriculum is designed to academically prepare students to apply for the restricted admissions AAS Nursing program and to gain a job ready skill in health professions. Students will either prepare to take the National Registry of EMT certification exam or prepare to work in a medical office. Students should be aware that completion of this program does not guarantee admission into the AAS Nursing program.

What classes do I take?

Tuition: $
Credits: 26 Hours
Time: 1 year


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, Interim Dean