Virginia Campus: Class of 2026 Orientation will be July 18-19 and is mandatory for all incoming students.
Louisiana Campus: Class of 2026 Orientation will be July 11-12 and is mandatory for all incoming students.
Carolinas Campus: Class of 2026 Orientation will be July 18-19 and is mandatory for all incoming students.
Basic Life Support
Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification for Healthcare Providers through the American Heart Association is required before you begin classes at VCOM. It is highly recommended that you take a course near you well in advance of June 1 so that you will have your certification card in hand when classes start. VCOM students need to do both the knowledge component and the skills check. The AHA offers these as a classroom training *or* as an online class and then a separate in-person skills check.
- Locate a course near you
- The BLS certification course must be through the AHA as some clinical sites (including sites you may go to in year 2) will have this specific requirement. Certifications from the Red Cross, EMS training, nursing licensure or other sources will not substitute. Please complete the training at a site convenient to you before classes begin to assure you meet the requirement.
Please provide a copy of your certification card to the Student Health Coordinator on your campus or bring a copy of the certification card with you to Accepted Students Day or Orientation.