College of Health Careers


Riverside College of Health Careers evolved from a group of individual educational programs into a diverse yet unified college that educates nurses and other allied health professionals. The educational programs include: Professional Nursing (1916), Practical Nursing (1961), Radiologic Technology (1964), Surgical Technology (1969), Physical Therapist Assistant (2012), Nurse Aide (2017) and RN-to-BSN Program (2020). The leadership of the programs came together in 2003 with the purpose of uniting as one educational institution on a single campus known as Riverside School of Health Careers. The newly formed leadership team from the founding programs designed the infrastructure of the campus and construction was completed in September 2005. The result was a new educational campus (containing over 96,000 square feet) with modern classrooms, skills laboratories, computer laboratories, and a library with wireless internet access throughout. Our name was changed to Riverside College of Health Careers January 1, 2015. 

The campus is approximately three miles from Riverside Regional Medical Center (RRMC) which serves as the College’s main clinical practice facility. Today, Riverside College of Health Careers has nearly 70 faculty and staff team members and an average annual student enrollment of over 350 men and women. The Newport News Main Street campus is located on Virginia’s Greater Peninsula in the southeastern area of the state. Many exciting and famous historical, recreational, and cultural attractions are located on the Peninsula or within an hour’s drive of the campus.

Faculty & Staff

College Administration

Robin Nelhuebel, PhD, RN, RT(R), Executive Director, Campus Administrator
Deborah Sullivan-Yates, MSN, RN, Senior Director of Education Programs 
Terri Del Corso, MSN, MPS, RN, Director of Academic Affairs 
G. Michael Hamilton, MEd, Director of Campus Resources 

Program Administration

Christina Barley, MMHPE, BS, CST, CRCST, Surgical Technology Program Director 
Beth Compton, MSN, RN, Professional Nursing Program Director 
Sonja Fine, BSRS, RT(R)(M), Radiologic Technology Program Director 
Charlene Jensen, DPT, PT, MMHPE, Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director 
Deborah Outlaw, BSN, RN, Practical Nursing & Nurse Aide Program Director 
Wendy Unison-Pace, PHD, RN, BCETS, RN-to-BSN Program Director

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