Jefferson College of Health Sciences is an independent, coeducational college located in Roanoke, Virginia. Dr. Hugh Trout founded this school as the Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing in 1914. It merged with the Lewis-Gale School of Nursing in 1965, and formed the Community Hospital of Roanoke Valley School of Nursing. This led to the creation of the Community Hospital of Roanoke Valley College of Health Sciences in 1982. In October of 2003, the college was given its current name.
Jefferson College of Health Sciences awards Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science degrees in the fields of humanities, social sciences, nursing, occupational therapy, healthcare management, biomedical sciences, and emergency services. Several professional and continuing education programs, along with distance learning opportunities, are also available.
Students of JCHS organize various annual activities, like a flag football tournament, talent shows, COW Day, and JCHS Juice and Java. In addition, the college supports student organizations like the Student Senate, the Student Nurses Association, the Fishing Club, the Jefferson Activities Group, and Hands of Healing.
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