Blue Ridge Community College

Weyers Cave, VA 24486
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Blue Ridge Community College is one of the twenty-four public 2-year colleges in Virginia. The campus is located in a rural area, in Weyers Cave.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 4,200 students attend the school. Every year 31% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

BRCC's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $4,253, and fees were $999. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $9,551 and $1,629 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleFringe Rural
Number of Students4,200
Student to Faculty Ratio21:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
Level2-year
TypePublic
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate66%

Nursing Programs

The program is conditionally approved by the State Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

The program is offered in a combination of classroom theoretical instruction and clinical practice experience opportunities in a range of healthcare facilities.

Graduates from the program are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination to become licensed Registered Nurses.  

Students who are not directly accepted into the clinical part of the nursing program will be enrolled in the pre-nursing curriculum affording those intending to be admitted to the nursing program a chance to complete as many of the general education courses and pre-requisites for the clinical section.  

Admission to the clinical part of the nursing program is competitive with students required to apply separately. LPNs entering the program are admitted in May while students with no nursing program enter the program in August. Priority is given to qualified residents from the Blue Ridge service area.

Admission Requirements:

  • High School diploma or GED equivalency certificate
  • Pre-requisite courses completed with a minimum of a ‘C’ grades
  • Scores on the Nursing entrance examination

LPN’s applying for admission to the clinical component are required to present all the requirements of the regular admission criteria as well as an unencumbered current LPN license for the state of Virginia.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 4 63
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 75.4%

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Accreditations

Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
07/01/1969 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
ACEN
02/01/1996 - Current

Admission

100%

Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$142/credit
In State Students$142/credit
Out of State Students$318/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $6,390 $6,390 $14,310
ADN 70 $9,940 $9,940 $22,260
BSN 125 $17,750 $17,750 $39,750
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 67% of Blue Ridge Community College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 53% $4,243
Other Federal Grant 1% $722
State Grant & Scholarships 26% $984
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 11% $1,531
Federal Student Loans 13% $5,039
Private Loans -- $8,168

$7,970

Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$7,397
$30,001 to $48,000$7,504
$48,001 to $75,000$8,952
$75,001 to $110,000$11,309
Over $110,000$12,499

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Student Population

4,200

Undergrads

0

Graduates

2,410

Women

1,790

Men

30%

Full-time

70%

Par-time

Ethnic Diversity
White
75%
Hispanic
11%
Black/African American
6%
Two or more races
4%
Asian
2%
Race/ethnicity unknown
1%
Non-resident alien
1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
0%

Reviews (1)

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  • July 23, 2019

Program: Blue Ridge Community College RN nursing program

A disappointment of a program. I highly recommend you choose a different nursing program in the area. The culture of this program is one that demeans and bullies it’s students. When attempting to report or address problems that may arise, lies and deceit are what you will get from the staff. The professors are more concerned with ensuring they are liked and appeasing each other that they will continue with the lies subsequently hurting no one but the students. As far as academics I feel the program far from prepared us for the NCLEX exam or to practice in the Nursing profession. The clinical experiences that we were subjected to were far from appropriate learning environments. One clinical instructor in particular seemed as tho she didn’t want to be there. The best and most knowledgeable experience in this nursing program was the mental health unit in which we did a rotation at western state. They have since done away with this program. The things mentioned above are only a few issues encountered in the 2-years I endured this program. And all things have been reported to the board of nursing.

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing.

Blue Ridge Community College
1 College Lane
Weyers Cave, VA 24486
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