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Nurse Ready

With our Nurse Ready program, you’ll have a personal coach to guide you every step of the way!

At VHCC, we understand that sometimes the hardest part is simply getting started. That’s why we’ve created the Nurse Ready program! Your Nurse Ready coach will work with you, one-on-one, helping you do everything necessary to prepare for admission to one of our nursing programs – and achieve your long-term goal of becoming and LPN or an RN.

Your coach will help you:

  • apply for admission to Virginia Highlands.
  • Apply for financial aid that might be available.
  • Develop a strategy to complete the pre-requisite courses.
  • Prepare for TEAS testing.
  • Guide you through the final steps of the LPN or RN application process.

**Graduation from VHCC programs does not guarantee earning a license as an RN or LPN; nor certification as a CNA. Graduates must meet all requirements of the licensing/credentialing agency for their state of residence.

 Why choose VHCC?

  • We provide you with a dedicated Nurse Ready coach to help you obtain your nursing pre-requisites and successfully prepare for the TEAS test.

  • We have pathways for those who want to become a CNA, LPN or RN – including a one year LPN to RN bridge program.

  • We provide a full-time or part-time RN and LPN to RN enrollment tracks – including evening and weekend options.

  • We have college-wide emphasis on one-on-one mentoring and skills development.

100 Percent 

100% of our
students get jobs.

90 Percent 

90% of our
students pass the
NCLEX the 1st time.

70 Percent 

75% of our
students receive
financial aid.

Rachel Law - Nurse Ready Coach


Meet Rachel Law

Nurse Ready Coach | 276-739-2485

With a Master of Science in Counselor Education from Radford University, Rachel serves as a VHCC nurse ready coach. She brings nearly a decade of experience within our nursing division and will walk with you every step of the way, helping you become "nurse ready."




  • Will I be able to work a regular job while I'm completing my pre-requisites?
  • When would I be ready to apply for the nursing program?
  • What if I need assistance brushing up on my math skills?
  • Will someone help me prepare for the TEAS test?
  • Are the pre-requisites for the LPN and RN programs different?
  • Is the Nurse Ready program only for those who want to be an RN?
  • Is financial aid available?
  • How do I get started with a Nurse Ready coach?
  • Are any of the prerequisite courses offered online?
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