Mountain Empire Community College

Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

Located in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, Mountain Empire Community College is a public institution that offers diploma and associate's degree programs, which can take 2 to 4 years to complete.

Mountain Empire Community College has an open admission/open enrollment policy. The only requirement for entrance is a high school diploma or equivalent (such as GED certificate).

Mountain Empire Community College's in-state tuition for academic year 2016-2017 was $4,133 and fees $345. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $9,431 and $945 respectively.


Campus LocaleTown: Distant
Student to Faculty Ratio25:1
Open AdmissionYes
Religious Affiliation -
Level2 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate61%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. ADN
  2. LPN

    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 - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training Certificate 12
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training Certificate 28
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's degree 40

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Mountain Empire Community College

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
15.32 miles away
Northeast State Community College
32.04 miles away
Hazard Community and Technical College
34.78 miles away
Virginia Highlands Community College
43.23 miles away
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton
46.64 miles away
Walters State Community College
52.35 miles away
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Morristown
53.98 miles away
Southwest Virginia Community College
54.1 miles away
Big Sandy Community and Technical College
57.49 miles away
Mayland Community College
75.75 miles away


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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$5,566
30k to 48k$6,023
48k to 75k$7,384
75k to 110k$7,762
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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 $138.00 $314.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $0.00 $0.00

Student Population













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

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

Nurses Scholarship - American Legion Auxiliary Department of virginia

Applicants must be daughters, sons grandsons, etc of veterans who served during eligibility dates for membership in the american legion.

Mary Virginia Macrae Memorial Merit Award

A $400.00 nursing education merit award shall be given annually by the Iowa Department of the American Legion Auxiliary in memory of the late Mary Virginia Macrae, who served as the first [...]

American Legion Auxiliary Department of Virginia Past Presidents Parley Nurses Scholarship

Applicants must be daughters, sons, grandsons, etc. of veterans who served during eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion. Applicants must be in their senior year or graduates [...]

Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Nursing Scholarship

Candidates must be residents of Newport County, and a graduate from a high school in Rhode Island. Scholarships are open to individuals accepted into, and in attendance at any accredited [...]

Genevieve Saran Richmond Award

This scholarship has been donated by Leslie and Virginia Fiur to a nursing student with a disability.

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Data source: (2015-2016 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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