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Get answers to your questions about Nursing at SVCC!

Nursing Programs Flow Chart 

SVCC 2023 Nursing Information Session - Click below for video and instructions to complete:


ADN Info Session & Links                        PN Info Session & Links

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  • Why Nursing?

    Why would someone choose to be a nurse?

    To begin with, it's a rewarding profession that requires only two and a half years of full-time training. It pays well. There is a wide variety of fields you can specialize in. And the act of helping others on the job makes nurses feel good about their career choice. Sound too good to be true? It's not! That's why more and more people like you are turning to nursing for a career.

    To learn more about whether nursing might be for you, call toll free: 1-888-220-SVCC (7822) for more information.

    Unlimited Employment Opportunities

    Did you know that we're in the middle of a critical nursing shortage? In fact it has become a national crisis. Hospitals, doctors' offices, clinics and other health organizations are desperate for qualified nurses to fill vacant or new positions. This means that if you're a nurse, there will always be employers looking for your services, and layoffs are almost unheard of. Whether you stay in Southside Virginia, or have to relocate somewhere else in the world, you'll be assured of finding work as a nurse.

    Rewarding Benefits

    There are few professions as rewarding as nursing. No matter what area of nursing you choose to specialize in, your day-to-day work will have a lasting impact on the health and well being of countless people in your community. The rewarding feeling this provides is what most nurses say is the biggest benefit of their job.

    Great Pay

    Nurses earn competitive salaries compared to other career choices. And with many options for overtime and flexible work schedules, nurses have the ability to earn an even higher salary right out of school.

    Recession-Proof Career

    As we are all aware, many companies downsize or go out of business when the economy takes a turn for the worse. This is much less likely to happen in the nursing profession. Unfortunately, there will always be sick and injured people needing your care. And though your place of employment may have to tighten its belt a bit during hard times, they are still going to need you and your nursing skills to get them through the tough times, as well as the good ones.

    Flexible Schedules

    Don't want to work 9 to 5? Or perhaps you have a family that you have to be home for at certain times. Nursing offers one of the most flexible schedules of any profession, and is often a welcome solution to childcare issues. Want to work business hours? Choose from any number of doctors' offices or clinics that are open 9-5. Want something with shift work? Try a hospital, where nurses are needed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And some nurses work weekend hours only.

    Variety of Career Choices

    Nursing provides a greater number of specialty options and career paths than most professions. Are you a people person? Then you may be interested in working directly with patients and their families in a hospital or private practice setting. Do you like working with children? Perhaps a career in pediatrics would be right for you. Is a desk job more appealing? Many nurses work at insurance companies, processing and evaluating claims. And of course nurses also work in operating rooms, emergency rooms, provide home health care, teach, and so much more. The choices are almost limitless.

  • Program Accreditation

    SVCC Nursing Programs Approval/Accreditation Status

    Virginia Board of Nursing

    Our Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program and our Certificate in Practical Nursing program are both approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Virginia Board of Nursing Website

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

    The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing program at Southside Virginia Community College at the Christanna Campus located in Alberta, VA, the John H. Daniel Campus located in Keysville, VA, and the Southern VA Higher Education Center located in South Boston, VA is accredited by the:
    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 
    3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326

    (404) 975-5000

    The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Applied Science Degree Nursing program is:  Continuing Accreditation

    ACEN Seal

    Contact Information

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

    3390 Peachtree RD NE, Suite 1400

    Atlanta, GA 30326



    View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at:


  • Program Outcomes

    Program Outcomes, NCLEX Pass Rates, And Student Achievement Data

     1. The program's 3-year mean for the NCLEX-RN will be at or above the national mean for the same 3-year period.

     2. Sixty percent of the nursing students will complete the program within three years of entrance.

     3.  Eighty percent of new graduates will be employed in a position for which the ADN program has prepared them (RN) within six months after graduation. 


    Click the links below for Outcome Data for SVCC Nursing Programs.

        NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN PASS RATES - NCLEX RN and NCLEX Pass Rates 2018-2022 for ADN and 2015-2022 for PN

        NCLEX Pass Rates on the Virginia Board of Nursing Website





  • Academic Support

    Southside Virginia Community College has many supports in place to help nursing students be successful! These supports include:


    • Faculty Advisors
    • Health Sciences Counselor
    • The Learning Center (Tutoring) Personnel


    • Simulation Lab
    • Open Lab Hours for additional student practice
    • Online Resources for content enhancement, test practice, and remediation

Important Contacts

Melissa Arthur, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health

Amanda Shook Health Sciences Counselor

Billi Jo Wilkinson Simulation Lab Coordinator


Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing Program

Leigh Moore ADN Program Coordinator


Christanna Campus (Alberta, VA)

  Jamie Stock Assistant Professor of Nursing

  Christy Whitten, Assistant Professor of Nursing


Daniel Campus (Keysville Campus)

  Leslie Jackson Associate Professor of Nursing

  Karen Hopkins Associate Professor of Nursing

Southern Virginia Higher Education Ctr. (South Boston)

 Samantha McKinney Assistant Professor of Nursing

  Elizabeth (Becky) Anderson Associate Professor of Nursing


Estes Center (Chase City)

 Emily Newcomb, Assistant Professor of Nursing

 Aisha Muhammad, Associate Professor of Nursing


Certificate in Practical Nursing Program 

Dr. Ramesha Walker  PN Program Director

Stacy Hines-Bentley Associate Professor of Practical Nursing

Courtney L. Brown Instructor of Practical Nursing