Virginia Western Community College

Roanoke, VA 24015
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Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) is located in Roanoke, Virginia. VWCC is a two-year college that was established in 1966. This school is the third-largest community college that is a part of the Virginia Community College System. VWCC serves over 12,000 students currently and there are various associate’s degree programs and certificate programs for students to take part in. Students at VWCC will also be able to take part in online programs that offer more flexibility when it comes to scheduling. VWCC has been accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges.

The VWCC nursing program gives students the chance to pursue associate’s degrees in nursing. There is also an LPN-to-RN bridge program for students who qualify. The curriculum of this nursing program is designed to prepare future registered nurses (RN) to work in many different medical settings. The nursing program at VWCC has had great success in preparing students for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. In recent years, students have had greater rates of success on the exam when compared to both the national and state averages. This nursing program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and is also a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students7,271
Student to Faculty Ratio25:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate64%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Certificate 0 4
Associate's degree 8 47
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 0 8
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 98.6%
  • NCLEX-RN: 93.7%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1969 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
01/01/1979 - 07/14/2006



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$144/credit
In State Students$144/credit
Out of State Students$320/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 $6,480 $6,480 $14,400
ADN 70 $10,080 $10,080 $22,400
BSN 125 $18,000 $18,000 $40,000
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, 84% of Virginia Western 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 54% $4,140
Other Federal Grant 13% $207
State Grant & Scholarships 57% $850
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 30% $2,471
Federal Student Loans 15% $4,823
Private Loans -- $5,000


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$6,460
$30,001 to $48,000$6,735
$48,001 to $75,000$8,058
$75,001 to $110,000$10,486
Over $110,000$11,434

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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing.
Virginia Western Community College
3093 Colonial Ave
Roanoke, VA 24015

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