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.

Fall 2015 New Student Orientation

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

Monday, August 17 - Undergraduate & Graduate Students

In order to accommodate all new students, orientation will be held at First Baptist Church (515 3rd Street, SW) in the Faith Chapel. Directions and a parking map can be found here. Check-in for NSO is from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., with the first presentation beginning promptly at 8 a.m.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided for new students.  

Please note that seating is limited. As such, you must register to attend. Registration instructions can be found at the bottom of this page. Additionally, orientation is for students only. Please 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.

In addition, new students are required to attend the Convocation Ceremony as part of orientation. Details about this event are available below. Information about college ID badges is also available below.

Convocation Ceremony

Who: Mandatory for all new students starting undergraduate and graduate programs for the fall 2015 semester.

What: The Convocation Ceremony is the formal start to your College experience--much as commencement is the formal conclusion. Faculty will process, during the ceremony, with caps and gowns. Students should dress appropriately (something you would wear to a graduation ceremony). A reception will follow the ceremony.

When: Tuesday, August 18, 2015. Doors open for seating at 8 a.m. The ceremony will run from 9 to 11 a.m.

Where:  St. John's Episcopal Church (1 Mountain Avenue Southwest, Roanoke). Students will be able to park in College parking areas and walk to the ceremony.

*As with New Student Orientation, this event is for Jefferson College students, faculty, and staff only. Due to limited seating, please do not bring parents, family, friends, or children with you; there will not be space to accommodate them.  Thank you!

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.  You will repeat this process to register for Convocation.

We ask that you register at least two weeks prior to orientation and Convocation. If you have questions about NSO or Convocation, or if you 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.  

Student Affairs also issues parking passes.  These passes are free, but students must fill out a registration form with their car and license plate information.