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Riverside College of Health Careers

The mission of Riverside College of Health Careers is to enhance the well-being and improve the health of communities of southeastern Virginia and beyond by providing high-quality, residential and online undergraduate education in nursing and allied health, preparing competent and caring professionals for careers within Riverside Health System and the region.

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Program Highlight

Surgical Technology

Interested in working in the operating room? Surgical Technology is the program for you! This 18 month program offers students the opportunity to experience a hands-on learning environment that leads Associate in Applied Science. During the program, students take the National Certification Examination for Surgical Technologists to become Certified Surgical Technologists, in their last semester.

Programs We Offer

Learn about the wide variety of accredited programs available at Riverside College of Health Careers.

One-year certificate program that allows graduates to specialize in Adult Echocardiography or in Vascular Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Technology.


Students of this 18 month Associate Degree program take the National Certification Examination for Surgical Technologists to become Certified Surgical Technologists, in their last semester.


The Respiratory Care Program prepares students to sit for a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) license and enter the practice of respiratory therapy.
An 18 month Associate Degree program that allows graduates to to apply for examination to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).


Graduates of this 18 month Associate Degree program are eligible to take a national examination from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to become a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.
Nurse Aide
6-week certificate program


Graduates from this one-year diploma program are eligible for licensure examinations to become an LPN in Virginia.


An advanced placement option for current LPNs to place one semester into the Professional Nursing program.
A two-year Associate Degree program that allows graduates to apply to sit for the NCLEX-RN©.
A flexible online program that allows Registered Nurses to further their education and graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
86% Graduation Rate
3.8/4 Student Satisfaction
91% Job Placement*
100+ Years in Nursing


*Percentage of students working in a related field within 12 months of graduation

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Our Values

We believe in fostering a learning environment designed to support students' educational and career goals.

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Respect, trust and teamwork among our students, faculty, and staff that positively enhance our learning environment

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Change and its ability to drive creativity and innovation that leads to excellence.

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Health careers education that fosters excellence, compassion, competence, safety, lifelong learning and self-esteem.

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Meaningful community involvement and partnerships that result in improved health care education and community well-being

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Spring 2024

Application Deadlines

Program application deadlines for all Spring 2024 classes are fast approaching! Find the program that is right for you and submit your application today.

Riverside College of Health Careers is certified to operate in the Commonwealth of Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

The College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

This institution is approved to offer GI Bill ® educational benefits by the Virginia State Approving Agency.

Riverside College of Health Careers has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide enrollment and degree verifications. The National Student Clearinghouse can be contacted at

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Our team is here to help you through all aspects of the process. Contact our admissions team to learn more about the college and have your questions answered.