Mountain Empire Community College

Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
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Mountain Empire Community College is one of the 24 public 2-year colleges in Virginia. Its campus is small in size and located in the town of Big Stone Gap. The institution offers only undergrad degree programs.

Every year 37% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.

MECC's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $4,253, and fees were $345. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $9,551 and $975 respectively.


Campus LocaleDistant Town
Campus SizeSmall
Student to Faculty Ratio24:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate64%

Nursing Programs Offered

The Mountain Empire Community College Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare practitioners for entry level roles in the nursing profession. The program is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

The program offers opportunities for employment in a range of healthcare facilities as well as allowing for advance education to purse a degree as a Registered Nurse.

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination to be licensed as a practical nurse.

Admission Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalency scores
  • College placement examination
  • Completion of science and math requirements
  • Completion of all required developmental work

The admission process to the program is a selective process open to all mentally and physically fit students who are capable of performing as nurse practitioners.

Students admitted into the program will be notified by the selection services of the college to submit the second phase admission requirements of the college:

  • Personal statement explaining motives in becoming an LPN
  • Complete TEAS V
  • Complete general education requirements
  • Complete designated physical examination, including immunization series

Students accepted into the program will be notified by mail and will receive a copy of physical examination forms to be returned at orientation.



Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 7 45
Certificate 1 4
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 1 16
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 91.2%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1974 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs (Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program)
06/01/1976 - Current



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, 94% of Mountain Empire 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 70% $4,316
Other Federal Grant 12% $351
State Grant & Scholarships 70% $1,042
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 52% $1,814
Federal Student Loans -- --
Private Loans 2% $3,965


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$6,257
$30,001 to $48,000$6,089
$48,001 to $75,000$7,150
$75,001 to $110,000$8,641
Over $110,000--

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Student Population













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

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Genevieve Saran Richmond Award

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

Mountain Empire Community College
3441 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

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