Mountain Empire Community College
Name E-mail Phone Number
Norma Calhoun 276-523-2400, ext. 672
Brigitte Casteel 276-523-2400, ext. 421
Deborah Clarkson 276-523-2400, ext. 222
Donna Cluesman 276-523-2400, ext. 300
Emma Delph  
Brandy McCarroll 276-523-2400, ext. 275
Faith Sturgill 276-523-2400, ext. 425
Deborah Wright 276-523-5457, ext. 457
Registered Nurses (RN) assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate the nursing needs of patients. The role of the RN is to be a healthcare advocate to ensure that the physical and emotional needs of patients are being met. RNs coordinate the care provided by social, dietary, cardiopulmonary, physical therapy, radiological, and spiritual services.
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) work under the direction of a Registered Nurse or Physician to provide nursing care for patients with a variety of medical problems. MECC’s Practical Nursing program is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.
NCLEX-PN Passage Rates [PDF]
LPN Clinical Sites [PDF]
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) provide physical, bedside care to patients. MECC’s Health Care Technician program, approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing, prepares students for careers as CNAs.


  • RN
    MECC Nursing graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and are prepared for the National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).
  • LPN & CNA
    Students in MECC’s Health Care Technician program are prepared for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination for certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. MECC’s Practical Nursing graduates are prepared for the National Council Licensure Examination - Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN).


  • The entry-level salary for LPNs in southwest Virginia is over $21,000.
  • Entry-level salaries for RNs in southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee range from $31,000 to $35,000.


  • Using MECC’s LPN to RN Bridge program, practical nurses may continue their nursing studies to become registered nurses.
  • Registered nurses may advance into supervision and management or specialized areas of practice. Education can extend to the B.S.N., M.S.N., and doctorate levels.

Employers want nurses who:

  • Are skilled in theory and clinical procedures.
  • Have excellent communication skills.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Have excellent critical thinking and problemsolving skills.
  • Work as a health care team member.
  • Possess professional ethics and integrity.

Employment Outlook

The need for nurses is growing in acute, long-term, and home-health care as technology advances and health needs expand. Employment opportunities are available in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and physicians’ offices.

RN Accreditation

MECC’s nursing program is part of the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (VATNP) - www.vhcc. edu/vatnp/default.htm. VATNP is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

Student Spotlight

Luke Mullins Mitch Kennedy is a graduate of MECC’s Nursing program. He is an RN, Director of Surgical Services at Norton Community Hospital in Norton, VA.
Peggy Pendleton is a graduate of MECC’s Practical Nursing program. She is an LPN with the Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation in Weber City, VA.

You will find other MECC graduates at:

Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation, Dickenson County Health Department, Dickenson County Hospital, Heritage Hall Health Care — Big Stone Gap/Wise, Holston Medical Group, Indian Path Medical Center, Johnson City Medical Center Hospital, Johnston Memorial Hospital, Lee County Health Department, Lee Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wellmont Mountain View Regional Medical Center, Ridgecrest Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation, Sunbridge Health Care Brookhaven, Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center, Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital & Medical Center, Wellmont Lee Regional Medical Center, Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital, Wellmont Mountain View Regional Hospital
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