History, Mission & Goals
Danville Regional Medical Center School of Health Professions originated with a registered diploma nursing program over one hundred years ago. This nursing program was established in 1898 and began with two students enrolled in a two-year program. Its purpose was to prepare registered nurses who would help enhance the level of health care available in our community. We remain steadfastly dedicated to that same purpose today.
For many years, the ownership of the educational programs was a hospital. The hospital has grown and changed over the years, beginning in 1884 with the “Home of the Sick”, and progressing through names such as Danville General Hospital, The Memorial Hospital, and then as it is known today, Danville Regional Medical Center. The changes in modernization and service expansion brought a need for additional health technology programs. The Radiologic Technology Program opened in February of 2003 due to an increased demand for Radiologic Technologists.
Danville Regional Medical Center School of Health Professions, LLC, owns and operates the School of Health Professions and its programs and is a wholly owned and operated subsidiary of Danville Regional Medical Center, LLC which is a wholly owned subsidiary of LifePoint Hospitals, Incorporated, a publicly traded company, of Brentwood, Tennessee. The School is composed of the merging of Danville Regional Medical Center School of Nursing and Danville Regional Health System Radiologic Technology Program into one entity. The merger allowed for one School to be created with two programs, the diploma Nursing Program and the certificate Radiologic Technology Program.
Today, the Danville Regional Medical Center School of Health Professions has a faculty of approximately 13 and an annual student body of 95 men and women. The faculty is qualified by professional preparation and experience, and committed to creating successful learning experiences. The students will find our School fosters a warm and innovative learning environment where they are challenged to provide excellence in health care in a variety of health care settings. The School and faculty provide mentorship for accountability and responsibility for professionalism and for valuing life-long learning. A large number of graduates become members of Danville Regional Medical Center’s highly motivated and progressive staff. Additionally, the strong clinical background obtained in the School can be utilized as a basis for advanced educational opportunities.
Location and Leisure Activities:
Danville Regional Medical Center School of Health Professions is located within the city of Danville, VA. Danville is an independent city of more than 46,000 residents located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Piedmont region of Virginia. Our central location is within a day’s drive to more than two thirds of the United States population. History abounds in Danville and the Victorian architecture of the Main Street mansions is proudly displayed. This is the site of the Museum of Fine Arts and History, fourteen Civil War sites and the American Armored Foundation Tank Museum. Outdoor recreation can be enjoyed all year thanks to Danville’s mild, four-season climate. The Dan River is a natural resource for fishing and the Dan Daniel Memorial Park offers many activities. This park covers 150 acres along the Dan River and contains picnic grounds, a variety of hiking trails, bicycle trails, athletic fields, and other facilities, including the home of the Danville Braves, farm club of the Atlanta Braves.
The mission for the Danville Regional Medical Center School of Health Professions is to provide healthcare excellence close to home by educating competent entry level health care professionals with eligibility to take program-specific licensure /certification examinations.
The goals of the DRMC School of Health Professions Radiologic Technology Program are:
- To provide students with sound problem-solving and critical-thinking skills necessary to function effectively in the clinical environment
- To provide an education that promotes compassion, ethical behavior and professionalism in the healthcare setting
- To provide students the skills required to become clinically competent and prepared to meet the entry-level expectations of their employers.
- To provide our students with an effective program
The goals of the DRMC School of Health Professions Nursing Program are:
- Provide diploma nursing education for individuals to function in an entry-level registered nurse position in a variety of health care settings, who can provide efficient, effective, quality nursing care
- Prepare individuals for eligibility to write the NCLEX-RN
- Provide opportunities for health promotion and teaching in the community
- Provide mentorship for accountability and responsibility for professionalism and life-long learning
- Promote the maintenance and development of life skills for being a productive member of society