Jefferson College of Health Sciences

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Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Jefferson College Logo.png
Established 1982
Type Private, Allied Health College
President Nathaniel L. Bishop
Academic staff 80
Undergraduates 813
Location Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Campus Urban
Nickname Blue Healers
Mascot Jeff (a Saint Bernard)

Jefferson College of Health Sciences is an independent, private, coeducational, health sciences college located in Downtown Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.A.. Officially chartered as a College in 1982, Jefferson College is the oldest hospital-based college in Virginia.

Jefferson College of Health Sciences has approximately 1,039 students based on the enrollment statistics from fall 2013 (81% female, 19% male) who represent approximately 29 states. The college offers 15 majors in various healthcare disciplines. Jefferson College of Health Sciences awards the Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science degree.


Jefferson College of Health Sciences was founded in 1982, but its history can be traced as far back as the early 1900s. In 1907, Dr. Hugh Trout Sr. founded a small, 40-bed facility in Roanoke, Virginia named Jefferson Hospital. In order to address the shortage of nurses in the area, he established the Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing. At about the same time, Dr. James Newton Lewis and Dr. Sparrell Simmons Gale founded Lewis-Gale Hospital. In 1911 they created the Lewis-Gale school of nursing. The two schools operated side-by-side for many years. In 1965 it was decided that the two schools would combine under the direction of the newly constructed Community Hospital. The merged school was named the Community Hospital of Roanoke Valley School of Nursing. The new school operated in this manner for the next fifteen years. In 1980, a task force was commissioned to determine the feasibility of creating a hospital-based college that would grant 2-year degrees in nursing and allied health. The next year the Community Hospital Board of Trustees made a commitment to such a school. This led to the establishment of the Community Hospital of Roanoke Valley College of Health Sciences in 1982. The College of Health Sciences was the first hospital-based college in Virginia. The College obtained initial accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to give associate's degrees in 1986, bachelor's degrees in 1995, and Master's degrees in 2005. In 2003, the College officially changed its name to Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

Presidents of Jefferson College of Health Sciences[edit]

Dr. Harry C. Nickens (first President) - 1989-2002
Dr. Carol Seavor - 2002-2010
Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop - 2010- [1]


Jefferson College of Health Sciences has 15 majors in four academic departments:

Department of Community Health Sciences[edit]

  • Emergency Services
  • Healthcare Management
  • Physician Assistant (Ranked #62 according the U.S. News & World Report)
  • Respiratory Therapy

Department of Nursing[edit]

  • Bachelor Degree in Nursing (Ranked #265 according the U.S. News & World Report)
  • Master's Degree in Nursing

Department of Arts and Sciences[edit]

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Health Psychology
  • Science
  • Public Health (starting in 1–2 years)

Department of Rehabilitation and Wellness[edit]

Nickname and Mascot[edit]

Jefferson College of Health Sciences' nickname is the "Blue Healers". The school's mascot is the St. Bernard, who is often called "Jeff".

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°15′54.4″N 79°56′27.3″W / 37.265111°N 79.940917°W / 37.265111; -79.940917