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Nursing Resources

We are excited to begin our new journey as the Virginia Highlands Community College Nursing Program beginning May 16, 2020. After four decades as a trio, the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (VATNP), comprised of Mountain Empire Community College, Southwest Community College, and Virginia Highlands Community College, will move forward as three independent, stand-alone nursing programs.

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The purpose of the VHCC Nursing program 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.

VHCC Nursing Program Outcomes Performance

Year of Graduation NCLEX-RN
Pass Rate*
National NCLEX-RN
Pass Rate for All US Graduates*
Program Completion Job Placement
2017 95% 89.70% 81% 100%
2018 97% 90.53% 75% 100%
2019 90% 88.18% 78% 100%
2020 77% 82.50% 87% **100%
2021 70.50% 78.78% 80% **90.1%
2022 91.04% 79.90% 50% **93%

*2020 were the last graduates of the Virginia Appalachian Tri-College Nursing Program at VHCC

**Reported by graduates

Approval and Accreditation

ACEN SealThe Associate Degree Nursing program at Virginia Highlands Community College located in Abingdon, Virginia 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 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000, website: The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Virginia Highlands Community College Associate degree nursing program is continuing accreditation. 

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.

Use the Search ACEN Accredited Nursing Programs page to view public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.

VHCC PN Program is on conditional approval under certain terms and conditions from VA Board of Nursing.

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