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School of Health Professions :: Programs of Study

LPN to Nursing AAS Bridge Program - Estimated Cost

This is only an estimate of some expenses associated once a student is accepted into the transition program and may not be limited to the items listed. The estimated (in-state) tuition cost provided is for the credits outlined as needed in the course listing for summer, fall, and spring. Students can complete general education courses (e.g. BIO 150, PHI 220, and specified NSG Elective) prior to summer and this is recommended. A student who has not taken all the general education requirements prior to summer must take them according to program requirements (e.g. BIO 150 must be completed in summer, if not done prior to). Estimate does not include any expenses for the prerequisite courses or any developmental courses identified by placement test. Prior completion of prerequisite and general education courses vary with each applicant. A full evaluation of the application material (including transcripts and placement testing) can assist the applicant and advisor to determine what classes will be needed.

The VWCC nursing program is required to have specific documentation on each student in our program before they may participate in clinical assignments. This includes but is not limited to a physical exam and immunity record by vaccination history/positive titers. Negative urine drug screen and background check without positive findings or as accepted by the clinical agency is required. An independent company does “clinical tracking” to verify and process this documentation, details are covered during the orientation for accepted students. Any expenses incurred to complete or update these will be the responsibility of the student. No estimate is given in the table provided as necessity cannot be pre-determined for these items and will vary by individual. Current American Health Assoc. BLS Provider CPR is required while in the nursing program.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to make application to the Board of Nursing to take the licensing exam (NCLEX-RN). Fees for application and exam are applicant responsibility. Application information is discussed near the end of the program. The college (VWCC) does not guarantee job placement upon completion of the program.

Tuition is estimated in the table below based off the following criteria. For more accurate information please visit the tuition rates and fees site.

(Tuition rates below are as of Fall 2018 and subject to change.)

Estimated In-State Tuition: $178.49 per credit hour 
Estimated Out-Of-State Tuition: $376.09 per credit hour

Item Summer Fall/Spring Total
Tuition (In-State) Varies based on credit hours $2,141.88 $4,640.74 $6,782.62
Nursing Textbooks only 1,200.00 600.00 1,800.00
Learning System Fee (Kaplan) 150.00 300.00 450.00
Background Check/Urine-Drug Screen/Clinical Tracking 127.00   127.00
Uniforms/Lab Coat/Shoes, VWCC Uniform Patches 200.00   200.00
Nursing School Pin (Based on selection - $50 and up)   50.00 50.00
TOTAL $3,818.88 $5,590.74 $9,409.62

Advising/Info Office

Location: Fralin Center HP339
Phone: 540-857-7307
Fax: 540-857-6640

Mailing address:
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

Program Head

Lauren Hayward
Director of Nursing

A.A.S. in Nursing - Northern Virginia Community College, 1999
B.S. in Nursing - George Mason University, 2010
M.S. in Adult Learning & Human Development - Virginia Tech, 2012
M.S. in Nursing - Western Governor's University, 2016

School of Health Professions

Carole S. Graham, Dean
Administration & business contacts
Location: Fralin Center HP214C
Phone: 540-857-6717