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The VATNP Nursing program at Southwest will move forward under a new name:
Southwest Virginia Community College Nursing Program.
Southwest anticipates this name change to be effective at the close of the Spring 2020 semester.

Health Technologies Programs


Get first-rate preparation for the RN licensing exam in our accredited nursing program.

The need for registered nurses continues to grow. With a nursing associate’s degree from Southwest Virginia Community College, you can get full preparation to enter the nursing profession. In addition to the Nursing program track, qualified applicants may choose the LPN to RN Transition program path.

The Nursing Program accepts new students each fall semester.
Registered Nursing Program Curriculum  . | Apply to Nursing Program

Practical Nursing

Complete a nursing certificate that prepares you for the LPN licensure exam.

You can complete this practical nursing certificate in just four semesters, developing the knowledge and skills to pass the LPN licensure exam and enter the work force as a health care professional. For those who have applied and been selected for the practical nursing program, the Practical Nursing Student Handbook is available for download.

Occupational Therapy Assistant

With our accredited associate degree, you’ll be qualified for OT assistant jobs in less than two years.

otaThe Occupational Therapy Assistant associate degree provides you with superior training for well-paying health care jobs.

Program Statistics – The total number of graduates from the Southwest Virginia Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 3-year period of 2015-2017 was 90, with an overall graduation rate of 83%. For NBCOT’s annual board exam pass rates of OTA and OT graduates, please see:


radiographyThrough the cooperative Radiologic Technology Program you will receive a quality educational experience in the art and science of radiologic technology.

The Radiography program helps students succeed, both academically and clinically, as entry-level radiographers.

Mammography Advanced Studies courses are also available.

Emergency Medical Services Technology

emtComplete an accredited paramedic associate’s degree in a supportive environment—and reap the rewards.

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics have rewarding but demanding jobs. Southwest Virginia Community College will help you rise to the challenge through our AAS in Emergency Medical Services Technology program. Students applying to MECC, VHCC or SWCC should complete the following:

  • 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
  • Apply to the program  Paramedic Program Application.
  • 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.
  • Complete the Financial Aid application to the college through which you will attend.


SWCC offers a variety of 1 year certificate programs designed to provide training for entry, or transition, into a health care field.

View the Science & Health Technologies program list in our catalog for more information.

Science & Health Technologies Path

Contact Us! Let us know how we can assist you in getting started with a great career in Health Technology.
Completed Health Technology applications and ALL required documentation must be in Admissions by:
Extended to February 15 - Radiography
February 15 - Nursing and Occupational Therapy Assistant, March 6 - Practical Nursing
Admission & Program Requirements, Application Forms

*Registered Nursing Program . | Apply to Nursing Program

*LPN to RN Transition Program . | . Apply to LPN to RN Transition

*Practical Nursing (LPN) Program . | . Apply to Practical Nursing - LPN Program

*Occupational Therapy Assistant Program | . Apply to OTA Program

*Radiography Program | . Apply to Radiography Program | Mammography Advanced Studies

*Emergency Medical Services Technology Program | Apply to EMS Program

*Computed Tomography Program | Apply to Computed Tomography

Are you interested in pursuing a medical career through the Science/Pre-Medical AA&S degree? Visit the Science & Math website for more information about potential careers and program paths available.
SWCC provides state of the art facilities to enrich student learning. The Virtual Cadaver Lab allows students to explore the anatomy of a human body through simulation. The Clinical Simulation Lab located in Russell Hall, provides course simulations for nursing students using high-fidelity simulation manikins.