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 2014 NSO

New students for the fall 2014 semester are required to attend New Student Orientation (NSO) on the following date:

Monday, August 18 - Fall Term Undergraduate & Graduate Students

New Student Orientation will be held at First Baptist Church.  Their address is 515 Third Street, Roanoke, VA 24016. Check-in for NSO is at the church from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. The first presentation starts promptly at 8 a.m.  Information on directions and parking at First Baptist can be found on their website here. 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 very limited. As such, you must register for a session. 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 1:30 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.

Mandatory Convocation Ceremony

Who: Mandatory for all new students starting undergraduate and graduate programs for Fall Semester 2014.

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 19, 2014. Doors open for seating at 8AM. The ceremony will run from 9-11AM.

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.

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.