New Student Orientation

Welcome to Jefferson College of Health Sciences! We’re pleased you’ve decided to attend our college. Our sole mission is to help you become an outstanding healthcare professional.

Summer 2015 NSO

New students for the summer 2015 semester are required to attend New Student Orientation (NSO) on the following date:

Monday, May 18 - Fall Term Undergraduate & Graduate Students

Check-in for NSO is from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. in the main lobby (3rd floor) of Jefferson College of Health Sciences, 101 Elm Ave., Roanoke, VA 24013. The first presentation starts promptly at 8 a.m.   Students must register for NSO.  Registration instructions can be found at the bottom of this page.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided for new students. Informational sessions at NSO cover topics essential to your success as a student at Jefferson College. Seating is limited. As such, you must register to attend. Orientation is for students onlyPlease do not bring parents, family, friends, or children with you; there will not be space to accommodate them. Thank you!

NSO will end by 1:00 p.m. Following NSO, College facilities and offices will be open for you to visit on their regular department schedules. If you are interested in meeting with your advisor or professors during these open-house periods, please contact them or your department secretary directly to make an appointment.

Online New Student Orientation

Due to the online nature of these programs, students enrolled in the following may complete an online version of orientation:

  • Healthcare Management 
  • Healthcare Administration
  • RN- BSN Program
  • MSN Program
  • Family Nurse Practitioner 



You must register to attend NSO. To register, access your Blackboard account and enter your username and password. Once in Blackboard, click the Starfish access link.

starfish logo

Starfish is an online program students can use to schedule appointment with services on campus. When you click on the Starfish link, a new window will open. Click SUCCESS NETWORK at the top of the page, then scroll down and click New Student Orientation.

starfish nso

Read through the description and follow the on screen directions to register.

We ask that you register at least two weeks prior to orientation. If you have questions about NSO or need help registering, contact Elizabeth Costa, Student Life Administrator, at (540) 985-9701 or


College ID badges are available to be made between the hours of 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. 

New students should bring one form of photo identification with them to the Student Affairs Suite on the 4th Floor of Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital (CRCH) to have their College ID made.