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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. Apply by February 15th.


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. Apply by March 6th.


Occupational Therapy Assistant

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

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


Program Outcomes: The total number of graduates from the Southwest Virginia Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the 3-year period of 2018-2020, 60 with an overall graduation rate of 78%.

GraduationTotal Entering - GraduatingGraduation Rate
Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at
Program Cost:  The cost information reported below is subject to change each academic year and does not include personal costs for transportation to class and clinical sites.
Cost of OTA Program (2-yr, 5 semester 2019-2021)
Current Cost2019 Fall Semester2020 Spring Semester2020 Summer TermTotal Cost
Tuition Rate*2664.752821.50940.5010,659.00
Books and Supplies250.00425.00500.002100.00
*per hour with fees


Through 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.


Computed Tomography

The Computed Tomography Program is open for applicants.


Emergency Medical Services Technology

Complete 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.

Science Pre-medical Specialization

The Science AA&S degree with the Pre-medical specialization curriculum can be taken to get on the path to a great career in fields such as pharmacy, optometry, veterinary medicine and others. Visit the Science Pre-medical site for more information.