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Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (VATNP)

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 Mountain Empire Community College  Southwest Virginia Community College  Virginia Highlands Community College

Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program

The Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (VATNP) is a consortium of three community colleges, Virginia Highlands Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College and Mountain Empire Community College.

The purpose of the VATNP and other nursing programs of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is to provide affordable, community access to quality nursing education. The VCCS nursing programs prepare qualified students to provide safe, competent, entry-level nursing care in 21st century healthcare environments. Students are prepared to meet the ever-increasing complexity of the healthcare needs of the citizens of Virginia.



Year NCLEX-RN Pass Rate VATNP Program Completion Graduate Job Placement
2013-2014 91.40% 75% 100%
2014-2015 92.97% 73% 100%
2015-2016 90.70% 71% 100%
2016-2017 89.71% 72% 100%
2017-2018   90.53% 72%  100% 



Approval and Accreditation

The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing, (Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, VA 23233-1463, (804) 367-4515, website: and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000, website:  ACEN is officially recognized as the national accrediting agency for nursing education by the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation (COPA) and by the U.S. Department of Education..