About Us

About Us

Welcome From the College President

I am thrilled that you are considering applying to Sentara College of Health Sciences. It’s hard to believe we’ve been here for more than 130 years! This institution consistently attracts the very best students in the region and helps transform them into extremely well trained and knowledgeable healthcare professionals.

What is most important to me is that all of our students graduate with a sense of professional self-esteem. We offer a flexible and supportive environment for every kind of student to reach that level of confident, professional capability. And through our uniquely accommodating programs, including distance education and hybrid learning, comprehensive hands-on training, and student support system, we can help you get there.

Students who excel in our programs are truly passionate about delivering quality healthcare. Many members of our faculty were previously students of the College who followed their passions to care for others at area hospitals before returning to us to share their excitement with you. Our students benefit from both our experienced faculty and our innovative teaching methods. This is an amazing place where your education can lead to a gratifying and successful career.

- Dr. Angela Taylor,
College President
Sentara College of Health Sciences

Approach to Education

Envision working alongside fellow students as determined as you are to save a simulated patient’s life. Here, you’ll develop the skills and confidence necessary to step from the classroom into the real world. Through engaging classroom discussion and instruction to comprehensive, hands-on training in our simulation labs, you will learn how to use real skills to care for real patients. This practical understanding and application is what sets our graduates apart, and healthcare administrators locally and across the country know it.

Sentara College of Health Sciences is a thoroughly innovative institution that embraces a hybrid style of teaching and learning. Hybrid learning encourages students to take responsibility for their education through independent study online, while still engaging in traditional classroom discussions and hands-on clinical exercises. Through our online distance education classes, students have access to high-quality education and resources, with added flexibility for working professionals.

As a student, you will have access to Sentara Healthcare’s highly rated, state-of-the-art facilities, as well as doctors and mentors at the leading edge of their fields. Through our certificate programs, degree-granting programs, and hours of unmatched clinical experience, you will have the opportunity to build the professional experience that can support a long and successful career.

Accreditations & Certifications

Sentara College holds multiple accreditations. That means our programs have passed the rigorous standards of independent accrediting bodies. These accreditations provide assurance that your education will be of the highest quality and will be respected by institutions and employers in the field.

Sentara College of Health Sciences is certified to operate an institution of postsecondary education in Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

Sentara College of Health Sciences is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)(abhes.org).

The baccalaureate and master's degree programs in nursing at Sentara College of Health Sciences are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Sentara College of Health Sciences' Traditional Bachelor's of Science in Nursing Program and Master's Entry to Nursing Program are approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

Sentara College of Health Sciences' Cardiovascular Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)(www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology.

Sentara College of Health Sciences' Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)(www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

The Sentara College of Health Sciences Surgical Technology Program meets the standards of the Association of Surgical Technologists Core Curriculum, 6th Edition.

Sentara College of Health Sciences has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

The Patient Care Technician Program at Sentara College of Health Sciences is approved by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).

Sentara College of Health Sciences is approved by the National Healthcareer Association to administer certification exams for the Medical Assistant program.

College History

Founded as the first nursing program in Norfolk, Sentara College of Health Sciences has grown and advanced over its 132-year history to bring students the best in healthcare education. The College’s connection to Sentara Heath allows our students to learn from expert clinicians in world-class healthcare centers. Today, Sentara College serves a broad student population with online learning options and introduces them to the latest technologies in healthcare.

A steadfast commitment to student success meets emerging tools and technologies at Sentara College to create a learning environment that is both grounded in tradition and embracing of the most current trends in healthcare.

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Educational Snapshot

Learn from Passionate Teachers

Our faculty is committed to helping students reach their academic and career goals.


Learn from People Who Know Success

More than a dozen of our faculty and staff graduated from the College, returning to share their love of healthcare...


Individual Attention for You

Small class sizes allow for a more personalized learning environment.


Careers at Our College

Share your expert healthcare knowledge and real-world experiences with students.


Skills Labs, Facilities & Resources

Practice what you learn in advanced labs and real clinical settings.


Sentara College of Health Sciences Mission

Sentara College of Health Sciences is an institution of higher education that provides transformative education in health sciences through undergraduate...


Sentara College of Health Sciences Vision

To be the leader in innovative health sciences education.


Sentara College of Health Sciences Values

Commitment to academic excellence and student success...


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Sentara College values diversity and strives to create a community in which all individuals feel welcomed and respected.


Board of Governors

Sentara College has a Board of Governors to provide oversight for the institution. Read about it here.


Awards & Recognition

We aren't the only ones who think Sentara College is a great place to learn. At Sentara College of Health...


Sentara College Campus Reopening Plan

Colleges wishing to reopen after COVID are required to submit a reopening plan to the State Council of Higher Education...


Student Toolkit

Campus Safety & Security

Students at Sentara College enjoy a safe environment for engaged learning.


Students Requesting Accommodations

Sentara College is a welcoming place for all qualified candidates.


Veterans' Grievance Procedure

How to file a grievance if you use veterans' benefits.


Out of State Authority & Student Complaint Procedure

Sentara College works to find positive outcomes for all students concerns.


Frequently Asked Questions

You should make an informed choice before joining us on campus or online.


Technical Support

Sentara College has a team of hardworking IT experts who are dedicated to making your education as hassle-free as possible.


College Stores

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We are located in Chesapeake, VA, near several major highways and roadways. We are in close proximity to many of the hospitals and healthcare facilities where your clinical experiences will take place. Our campus is also convenient to shops and restaurants where you can spend time off-campus or pick up supplies.

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