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.

Spring 2016 New Student Orientation

New students for the spring 2016 semester are required to attend New Student Orientation (NSO) on the following date:

Monday, January 11 - 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.  

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 12:30 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.

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 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.