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 LocaleSmall City
Campus SizeSmall
Student to Faculty Ratio8:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate68%

Nursing Programs Offered

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
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 1 8
Master's degree 2 9
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 88.7%

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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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT932 to 1157
ACT19 to 25
Admission considerations
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).
Application fee
Undergrads $35
Graduates $35

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$735/credit
In State Students$735/credit
Out of State Students$735/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$795/credit
In State Students$795/credit
Out of State Students$795/credit

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 $33,075 $33,075 $33,075
ADN 70 $51,450 $51,450 $51,450
BSN 125 $91,875 $91,875 $91,875
FNP 50 $39,750 $39,750 $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, 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
Pell Grant 30% $3,727
Other Federal Grant 11% $750
State Grant & Scholarships 89% $2,816
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 100% $7,483
Federal Student Loans 74% $5,774
Private Loans 13% $13,998


Average Net Price/year
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$29,350
$30,001 to $48,000$28,137
$48,001 to $75,000$24,854
$75,001 to $110,000$30,858
Over $110,000$32,148

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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing.

Jefferson College of Health Sciences
101 Elm Avenue SE
Roanoke, VA 24013

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