The Health Technologies, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural & Social Sciences Division at Southwest delivers quality education & training to our students through top-notch faculty members and well-equipped instructional areas & systems.

See the College Catalog for a complete listing of available programs

Department Updates & Program Notes

News Release – SWCC’s Virtual Cadaver Lab provides training opportunities normally available at only a handful of large universities. SWCC’s lab is one of only two currently in the Commonwealth. Learn more…

Health Technology

The Occupational Therapy, Radiography, LPN and Registered Nursing programs require separate applications in addition to the SWCC Application for Admissions.

Allied Health applications are due in Admissions by January 15 for fall admission.

Required application materials include:
-completed application forms (for applicants who have not been previously enrolled at SWCC);
-high school transcript;
-transcript of any previous college work;
-GED results, if applicable;
-copy of LPN license, if applicable; and
-completion of the ASSET or COMPASS Examination.

Nursing Program

VATNPThe nursing program accepts new students each fall semester. Applications must be submitted by January 15th of each year. During the month of February, applicants are notified of testing dates for the PSB Nursing Aptitude Exam.
Selection of students into the program is determined by criteria that includes GPA, completion of general education courses, LPN license, being on the previous year’s alternate list, and PSB Exam scores for academic aptitude and natural science aptitude.
See VATNP website for more information

Nursing School Aptitude Examination (RN) (TEAS)

Candidates for the Nursing program must complete the TEAS Test. Register for the TEAS test at . Choose Richlands Virginia for testing delivered at Southwest. The cost is $40, payable at registration online.

SWPP Patch 6-09Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Technology

Students applying to MECC, VHCC or SWCC should complete the following:

1. EMT Application Cover Letter– read this important information

2. Apply to College at
Apply to either MECC – Big Stone Gap, VHCC – Abingdon, or SWCC – Richlands. Students who will attend class at either Wytheville or Galax must apply to SWCC- Richlands. If you have trouble, call the college’s admissions office at the number below.

3. Apply to the program.
Download and complete the EMS Program Application. Attach to an email to or fax to 276-964-7531.

4. Apply for EMS tuition assistance:
Download and complete the Tuition Assistance Application. Attach to an email to or fax to 276-964-7531. Note: the applicant MUST apply for college financial aid before they can be eligible for this assistance.

5. Financial Aid applications are in some ways specific to each college. Apply to one of the following:

Southwest Virginia Community College     For assistance call: 276-964-2555 Apply for SWCC Financial Aid SWCC code: 007260 for FAFSA (Federal) Aid application.

Virginia Highlands Community College     For assistance call: 276-739-2400 Apply for VHCC Financial Aid  VHCC code: 007099 for FAFSA (Federal) Aid application.

Mountain Empire Community College       For assistance call: 276-523-2400 Apply for MECC Financial Aid MECC Code: 009629 for FAFSA (Federal) Aid application.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

ota logoOTA Application Letter ; OTA Application Checklist ; OTA Handbook

Program Statistics - For the most recent 3 years (2011-2013), the OTA program had 57 graduates and a 58% graduation rate. Link to NBCOT’s annual board pass rates for OT and OTA programs

Radiography Program

Radiography Program Handbook Revised Jan2014  ;  Program Requirements Link

Radiography is a two-year program, six semesters,  with practical experience in a radiology department to complete requirements for ARRT certification.
The programs’ mission is to prepare and graduate selected students to qualify as contributing members of the allied health team, who will care for patients under the supervision of qualified physicians. The Program combines adequate didactic instruction with clinical experience to create a sound foundation for a professional career.


The 35th annual SWCC Mathematics Contest was held recently. Three divisions, representing 11 area high schools, competed in five subject areas: algebra I, algebra II, algebra III,  geometry, and trigonometry and calculus.  Awards were given for the top three students in each of the subject areas.

The over all winners were: Division II – Clintwood High School,  Division III -Council High School. Each school received a plaque for scoring the most points in the competition for that division.

Download tests for the Math Contest:

  1. Algebra I Test and Algebra I Key
  2. Geometry Test and Geometry Key
  3. Algebra II Test and Algebra II Key
  4. Algebra III & Trigonometry Test and Algebra III and Trigonometry Key Key
  5. Calculus Test and Key


Natural Sciences

Available Soon! The Southwest Virginia Biodiversity database website.

Human Services & Social Sciences

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