Steps to Become a Nurse
We’re excited to help you take the first step of becoming a nurse! Registered nurses (RN) earn high salaries, are in great demand, and perform duties that significantly impact people lives. In fact, nurses save lives, each and every day.
With both a day and part-time evening weekend nursing tracks, there’s much flexibility at Virginia Highlands for those who want to a career as a nurse.
- Meet with our Nurse Ready Coach. Your first step is making an appointment to meet with our nurse ready coach, Rachel Law. Rachel will guide you in getting started and will help you with everything from completing the financial aid process to making sure you have all the tools you need to be well-prepared to take the TEAS.
- Apply to Virginia Highlands. Please note, admission to the college is the first of two applications. This first step does not guarantee admittance to our nursing program.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Need help with the FAFSA? We’re happy to walk you through the online application. Visit us in the Campus Connection Center of the ISC building or give us a call at 276-739-2438.
- Complete any needed pre-requisites. Not sure of the pre-requisites you need? We’ll create a list of everything required when you meet with our nurse ready coach!
- Take the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Admission to the nursing program requires a National Percentile Rank (composite score) of 45 or better . Concerned about the test? Talk with your nurse ready coach. She’ll direct you to the tools to help you prepare.
- Apply to the VHCC Nursing Program. After completing all of the steps above, you’re ready to apply for our nursing program!
February 15 is the early application deadline for priority admission to the nursing program. Applications submitted after this date will be considered according to remaining seats available.
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: www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000, website: www.acenursing.org). 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.