Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Established in 1982, Jefferson College of Health Sciences (JCHS) is a private institution in Roanoke, Virginia. The history of the college dates to 1907 and the founding of a small, 40-bed hospital named Jefferson Hospital. A school of nursing was established in the hospital, which eventually merged with a neighboring school and became the Community Hospital of Roanoke Valley School of Nursing. It was the first hospital-based campus in the state. The college received its current name in 2003 and began offering master’s programs two years later. JCHS now offers 25 different degree programs through its four departments, including the JCHS School of Nursing.
Jefferson College of Health Sciences offers a few BSN paths and an MSN program with two specialty tracks. The BSN options include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN. These programs are accredited by the CCNE. The traditional BSN program provides students with experience in an educational setting with small class sizes. The student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1. When completing the accelerated or traditional BSN programs, students gain clinical experience through partnerships with hundreds of regional healthcare facilities including the Carilion Clinic. Over 600 hours of clinical rotations are completed during the accelerated or traditional BSN programs.
|Campus LocaleSmall City|
|Number of Students1,151|
|Student to Faculty Ratio8:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
The Jefferson College of Health Sciences, BSN program curriculum combines clinical experience with academic instruction leading up to the BSN degree. All graduates from the program are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination to be licensed as Registered Nurses.
All applicants are required to present official high school transcripts and college transcripts as applicable. The admission process at Jefferson is a modified rolling admissions with applications being received in July and processed throughout the academic year. Applicants need to fill out the application and present SAT or ACT scores if applicable.
Program Specific requirements:
- All applications to the nursing program need to be received by the 31st of January
- Writing sample on a give topic will be required
- All prerequisite courses need to be completed by the end of the previous summer semester
Applicants who possess an Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing can enroll with advanced placement to qualify for a RN to BSN degree. RN’s applying to this program need to possess a current unencumbered license from any state or territory of the United States.
Students wishing to transfer credits taken at an accredited College or University need to submit all applicable transcripts for Transfer Credit Evaluation. Only courses in which the applicant has earned a minimum of a ‘C’ grade will be considered. All courses will be reviewed on an individual basis.
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges|
01/01/1986 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs|
01/01/1993 - 08/06/2010
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels|
05/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels|
04/21/2007 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||932 to 1157|
|ACT||19 to 25|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended|
|Recommendations Considered but not required|
|Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended|
|Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Considered but not required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Considered but not required|
|Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended|
In addition to the college's admission requirements 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.
|In District Students||$735/credit|
|In State Students||$735/credit|
|Out of State Students||$735/credit|
|In District Students||$795/credit|
|In State Students||$795/credit|
|Out of State Students||$795/credit|
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|
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.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Jefferson College of Health Sciences's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||11%||$750|
|State Grant & Scholarships||89%||$2,816|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||100%||$7,483|
|Federal Student Loans||74%||$5,774|
$29,398Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$29,350|
|$30,001 to $48,000$28,137|
|$48,001 to $75,000$24,854|
|$75,001 to $110,000$30,858|
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Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
- Nurses Scholarship - American Legion Auxiliary Department of virginia
- Mary Virginia Macrae Memorial Merit Award
- American Legion Auxiliary Department of Virginia Past Presidents Parley Nurses Scholarship
- Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Nursing Scholarship
- Genevieve Saran Richmond Award
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing.