Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Roanoke, VA 24013

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 LocaleCity: Small
Student to Faculty Ratio8:1
Open AdmissionYes
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate65%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. Masters degrees (MSN)
  2. RN to BSN
  3. Accelerated BSN
  4. Family Nurse Practitioner
  5. BSN

    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 - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 88
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other Bachelor's degree 18
Nursing Administration Master's degree 12
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 0

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Liberty University
42.15 miles away
Lynchburg College
42.47 miles away
Averett University
55.74 miles away
Bluefield College
71.72 miles away
Eastern Mennonite University
101.83 miles away
Duke University
103.33 miles away
Davis & Elkins College
114.91 miles away
University of Charleston
117.5 miles away
West Virginia Wesleyan College
120.01 miles away
Pfeiffer University
124.47 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
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



Acceptance Rate

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$22,195
30k to 48k$23,046
48k to 75k$20,441
75k to 110k$25,374
Over 110k$25,862
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $715.00 $715.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $775.00 $775.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native
Non-resident alien

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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Nurses Scholarship - American Legion Auxiliary Department of virginia

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American Legion Auxiliary Department of Virginia Past Presidents Parley Nurses Scholarship

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Genevieve Saran Richmond Award

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
101 Elm Avenue SE
Roanoke, VA 24013

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