Cultivating servant leaders who are passionate about bringing people and communities to health is central to our mission. Students have several opportunities each year to embark on life-changing mission trips with faculty members from the College and their fellow students. Applications for these opportunities are communicated via Blackboard throughout the year.
Alternative Spring Break
The College offers the opportunity for students to participate in Alternative Spring Break by volunteering locally and serving the community in a variety of ways. From housing and food insecurity to environmental and patient support, students have worked with organizations including the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden; the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House; Housing Families First; the Habitat for Humanity ReStore; James River Trails; and the Richmond Ronald McDonald House.
Haiti Mission Trip
Held annually, the goal of the mission trip is for students to immerse themselves in another culture and provide nursing care to those in need. By working in the field without the convenience of modern technology, students are challenged to assess and address the needs of our patients without the benefit of lab work, diagnostic imaging, and other technological tools. Students make a commitment to physically touch and comfort every person who comes to see them, and minister to their individual needs.
Mountain Mission School (MMS)
The MMS serves as home, church and school to more than 200 children in need, coming to us not only from Appalachia, but also from more than 60 countries worldwide. MMS provides each
child with the foundation of first-rate academics, a loving family environment, positive social support, and a firm commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Students have the opportunity to interact with faculty and students while participating and leading in a variety of activities.
Peru Mission Trip
This mission trip was held for the first time in March 2017 during spring break at the Clinica MADRE De Cristo in Trujillo, Peru. The focus was on maternal and child health.
Remote Area Medical
Remote Area Medical is a stateside outreach program geared toward underserved communities in Appalachia, centered near Grundy, Va. RAM provides clinic events, mobilizes partners and uses health care provider abilities to offer free preventative, dental and vision care to help improve the quality of life of those in the most underserved and impoverished areas.
The Tangier Island Experience
This new outreach experience allows the student the opportunity to spend three days learning about life and health care on this 3-mile island located in the Chesapeake Bay with a population of just under 600 residents. Students will learn about the lifestyle of the ‘watermen,’ interact with residents at the island clinic and in Wednesday evening services, as well as explore the culture
of this unique island and its rich history. Students will learn about health care on the island and how it has evolved over the past few decades.