Jefferson College of Health Sciences Signs Articulation Agreements with New River & Virginia Western Community Colleges

From left to right, Dr. Jack Lewis, President of New River Community College; Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, President of Jefferson College of Health Sciences; and Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer, Vice-President at Virginia Western Community College.

On March 18, 2014, Jefferson College of Health Sciences President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop was joined by New River Community College President Dr. Jack Lewis and Virginia Western Community College Vice-President Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer on the JCHS campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital in Roanoke to sign articulation agreements with both institutions. The agreements pave the way for the community colleges’ students to seamlessly enter programs at JCHS, where they can continue their education to the bachelor's level and beyond.

“These kinds of collaborative partnerships are important not only to Jefferson, Virginia Western and New River,” Dr. Bishop said of the agreements, “they are also vital to students seeking a clear path to their higher education goals. As these students learn on our campuses, we’re preparing them to step into a variety of healthcare roles, which will benefit patients and the healthcare community at large for years to come.” 

At the ceremony, JCHS signed agreements with New River Community College for the Healthcare Management and Respiratory Therapy Programs, and with Virginia Western Community College for the Respiratory Therapy, Health and Exercise Science and Health Psychology programs.

In addition to Dr. Bishop, Dr. Lewis and Dr. Wilmer, we were joined at the signing ceremony by academic leaders from all three institutions.

“These agreements are another great step toward helping students from across the region realize their dreams of healthcare careers by partnering with our fellow institutions of higher learning,” Dr. Bishop said.


Front row, left to right, Dr. Jack Lewis, President of New River Community College; Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, President of Jefferson College of Health Sciences; and Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer, Vice-President at Virginia Western Community College; back row, left to right, Dr. Francis Dane; Dr. Janet Phillips; Dr. Glenn Kent; Dr. Chase Poulsen; Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones; Dr. Sharon Hatfield; Dr. Robert Reese; Dr. Ally Bowersock; and Dr. Susan Polich.

JCHS is a private higher education institution that “prepares, within a scholarly environment, ethical, knowledgeable, competent and caring healthcare professionals.”  The College focuses on providing healthcare education and is an affiliate of Carilion Clinic. Founded in 1914 as the Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing, JCHS now provides more than 1,000 students with opportunities to become part of the healthcare profession, serving communities from southwest Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The school’s graduates are building healthier tomorrows in our region and across the country every day.