Ferrum College Nursing

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About the Program

The Division of Nursing at Ferrum College utilizes experiential and innovative teaching practices in a caring, personalized, and “high-touch” atmosphere that prepares graduates to provide nursing care through the application of knowledge, theory, evidence, and clinical reasoning. Ferrum College’s liberal arts foundation enriches the professional curriculum such that graduates are thoughtful and perceptive, able to think critically, and are effective in their service to mankind, interprofessional teams, and leadership roles. Ferrum College graduates appreciate diversity, and extend care and concern for those in their community, nation, and world.

The mission for the Division of Nursing is to prepare principled, professional, and scientifically grounded nurses who embrace discovery, value the richness of diversity, and exemplify caring and compassion as they serve within their communities, both global and domestic.

Lee Brown
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Vaughn 111
Dawn Gentry
Adjunct Instructor of Nursing
Tammy Hodges
Administrative Assistant
Vaughn 100
Kris Peters
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Vaughn 123
MSN, Jefferson College of Health Sciences
BSN, Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Diploma in Nursing, Roanoke Memorial Hospital School of Professional Nursing
Johnathan Phillips
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Vaughn 112
Melody Sharp
Chair of the Division of Nursing

Find Out More

Contact the Program Coordinator of Nursing:

Criminal Justice curriculum may include:

  • Fundamentals of Corrections
  • Victimology
  • Restorative Justice
  • Introduction to  Forensic Science
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Police Operations

For full listing of current classes, view the college catalog here.

  • Internships: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship.
  • Forensic Crime Scene House: The mock crime scene house is available for use by the criminal justice students. The house consist of three (3) staged crime scene rooms  that students in designated classes have the opportunity to practice hands-on crime scene investigations, evidence collection & processing, photography, and sketches. The house is equipped with a computer lab and forensics lab.
  • Regional and National Student Competitions: Students will travel to regional  and national criminal justice conferences to participate in knowledge and skills competitions against other college and university students.
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • American Criminal Justice Association – Lambda Alpha Epsilon
  • National Criminal Justice Honor Society – Alpha Phi Sigma
  • American Society of Criminologist

What Can I be with a Major in Criminal Justice?

• Probation Officer
• Parole Officer
• Homicide Detective
• Crime Scene Investigator
• Game and Inland Fisheries Officer
• Local, State or Federal Law Enforcement Officer

  • CCNE – New Applicant Status has been applied for.
  • SACSCOC Approval issued February 2020.

Code of Ethics for Nurses

  1. The nurse practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person.
  2. The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, community, or population.
  3. The nurse promotes, advocates for, and protects the rights, health, and safety of the patient.
  4. The nurse has authority accountability, and responsibility for nursing practice; makes decisions: and takes action consistent with the obligation to promote health and to provide optimal care.
  5. The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to promote health and safety, preserve wholeness of character and integrity, maintain competence, and continue personal and professional growth.
  6. The nurse, through individual and collective effort, establishes, maintains, and improves the ethical environment of the work setting and conditions of employment that are conducive to safe, quality health care.
  7. The nurse, in all roles and settings, advances the profession through research and scholarly inquiry, professional standards development, and the generation of both nursing and health policy.
  8. The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public to protect human rights, promote health diplomacy, and reduce health disparities.
  9. The profession of nursing, collectively through its professional organizations, must articulate nursing values, maintain the integrity of the profession, and integrate principles of social justice into nursing and health policy.

 American Nurses Association (2015) Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements  

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Reciprocity Statement

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Ferrum College will fulfill the Commonwealth of Virginia requirements for professional licenses and belongs to the Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators. The Ferrum College program prepares students for licensure examinations and meets licensure requirements for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Practicing Outside of Virginia

Students who plan to relocate to any state other than Virginia should review the state licensing boards of the state where they intend to practice. Some state licensing boards require additional requirements beyond education, which may include (but are not limited to): further post-graduate examinations or experience, application, and licensing fees, criminal background checks, reference checks, fingerprint submissions, etc. Continuing education may also be required for the maintenance of certification/licensure. Ensure you review and understand any additional requirements before enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

State licensing requirements are always subject to change at the discretion of the state licensing board. We highly recommend that students contact the applicable licensing board in the state where they intend to obtain licensure before enrolling in the Bachelor of Nursing program. For any questions regarding licensure, please contact the state/territory agency directly.

Licensing requirements vary by state/territory, and relocating could impact whether you will meet eligibility requirements for licensure. For any questions about relocating eligibility, contact the agency where you desire licensure before relocating to ensure that you will be eligible for licensure or reciprocity.

Carefully review the educational prerequisites for your intended state/territory of licensure and whether our program meets those requirements for licensure. Use the agency contact information provided below to clarify or confirm requirements.

If questions remain after reviewing the information provided below, contact your advisor. While Ferrum College can provide initial guidance, it is ultimately your responsibility to continually check with the state/territory where you intend to seek licensure to confirm all licensing/certification requirements.
The State Licensing Requirements should indicate if the program curriculum Meets the requirements in these states and US Territories, Does NOT Meet the requirement in these states and US Territories, or Undetermined if the program has Not Yet Determined if the curriculum requirements are met for these states and US Territories.


StateBoardRequirements Met?
AlabamaAlabama Board of NursingMet
AlaskaAlaska Board of NursingNot Met
ArizonaArizona State Board of NursingMet
ArkansasArkansas Board of NursingMet
CaliforniaCalifornia Board of Registered NursingNot Met
ColoradoColorado Board of NursingMet
ConnecticutConnecticut State Department of Public HealthNot Met
DelawareDelaware Board of NursingMet
District of ColumbiaDistrict of Columbia HealthNot Met
FloridiaFlorida Board of NursingMet
GeorgiaGeorgia Board of NursingMet
HawaiiHawaii Board of NursingNot Met
IdahoState of Idaho Board of NursingMet
IllinoisIllinois Board of NursingNot Met
IndianaIndiana State Board of NursingMet
IowaIowa Board of NursingMet
KansasKansas Board of NursingMet
KentuckyKentucky Board of NursingMet
LouisianaLouisiana State Board of NursingMet
MaineMaine State Board of NursingMet
MarylandMaryland Board of NursingMet
MassachusettsMassachusetts Board of Registration in NursingNot Met
MichiganMichigan Board of NursingNot Met
MinnesotaMinnesota Board of NursingNot Met
MissouriMissouri Division of Professional RegistrationMet
MississippiMississippi Board of NursingMet
MontanaMontana Board of NursingMet
NebraskaNebraska Department of Health and Human ServicesMet
NevadaNevada State Board of Nursing Not Met
New HampshireNew Hampshire Board of NursingMet
New JerseyNew Jersey Board of NursingNot Met
New MexicoNew Mexico Board of NursingMet
New YorkNew York Board of Nursing Not Met
North CarolinaNorth Carolina Board of NursingMet
North DakotaNorth Dakota Board of NursingMet
OhioOhio Board of NursingNot Met
OklahomaOklahoma Board of NursingMet
OregonOregon State Board of NursingNot Met
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Department of StateNot Met
Rhode IslandRhode Island Department of HealthNot Met
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Board of NursingMet
South DakotaSouth Dakota Board of NursingMet
TennesseeTennessee Board of NursingMet
TexasTexas Board of NursingMet
UtahUtah Board of NursingMet
VermontVermont Board of NursingNot Met
WashingtonWashington State Department of HealthNot Met
West VirginiaWest Virginia RN BoardMet
WisconsinWisconsin Board of NursingMet
WyomingWyoming State Board of NursingMet