Where Can I Find LPN Programs in Virginia?

Find out which Virginia schools offer LPN programs. See requirements and school information, and learn about admissions and tuition for a licensed practical nursing education in Virginia. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

As a licensed practical nursing student in Virginia, you will take basic nursing courses in patient care, anatomy, pharmacology and medical terminology preparing you for employment upon graduation and to pass the licensing exam. Programs are offered through several Virginia schools to prepare you for your LPN career.

What You Need to Know

Licensed practical nurse (LPN) training is offered through certificate programs in Virginia, which can vary in length from 3 semesters to 2 years. You need to be a high school graduate to apply, or hold an equivalent credential. You also need to complete placement testing. Admission requirements often include CPR certification and a nursing admission exam. Students complete classes and clinical training; graduates are typically qualified to sit for the professional licensing exam. These programs can be very competitive. Read on to see if any of the programs offered through the 2-year public schools listed below are right for you.

LPN Certificate Programs in Virginia

Danville Community College (DCC)

Located on an 86-acre campus in Danville, VA, the Arts and Sciences Department at DCC offers a practical nursing program that prepares you to pass the NCLEX-PN. The 3-semester program includes courses in nutrition and diet therapy, anatomy, pharmacology and mental health nursing. To earn the certificate, you need to complete 54 credit-hours of coursework and clinical experiences.

  • Program Name: Practical Nursing Certificate
  • Program Length: 3 semesters
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,365 per year for state residents; $10,203 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED certificate
  • Requirements: Placement test, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification, nursing entrance exam
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 4,000 students (all undergraduate)

Germanna Community College (GCC)

GCC is located in Locust Grove and is one of 23 schools in the Virginia Community College System. In less than a year of study in the practical nursing program, you can acquire the skills necessary for a career as a LPN. You are required to complete 32 credits of nursing coursework in addition 10 hours of English, student development, natural and social science classes.

  • Program Name: Practical Nursing Certificate
  • Program Length: 11 months
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,560 per year for state residents; $10,398 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED certificate; 'C' or higher in high school biology, chemistry, algebra and computer courses
  • Requirements: Placement, computer competency and pre-admission nursing tests
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 7,300 students (all undergraduate)

New River Community College (NRCC)

Housed on the Dublin campus of NRCC, the practical nursing program prepares you for state licensure through classroom lectures and clinical work with actual patients at Pulaski Community Hospital and other health facilities in the area. In 2011, 100% of program graduates at NRCC passed the NCLEX-PN. Some classes you may take include surgical nursing, body structure, nursing trends and psychology.

  • Program Name: Certificate of Practical Nursing
  • Program Length: 3 semesters
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,352 per year for state residents; $10,190 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED certificate
  • Requirements: English, reading and math proficiency tests, Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 4,600 students (all undergraduate)

Virginia Western Community College (VWCC)

VWCC in Roanoke offers a practical nursing certificate that you can complete in 2 years of full-time study. The program is highly competitive and will only admit 30 students in 2013. Once accepted, you can study gerontological nursing, health and diseases, nursing processes and drug dose calculating. The certificate program's 56 credit-hours include 10 hours of clinical experience.

  • Program Name: Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,713 per year for state residents; $10,551 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED certificate, 'C' or higher in high school or college biology class
  • Requirements: 2.0 high school or college GPA, CPR certification, college evaluative tests
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 8,600 students (all undergraduate)

Schools offering LPN students in Virginia the ability to earn a Certificate in Practical Nursing include Danville Community College, Germanna Community College, New River Community College and Virginia Western Community College.

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