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Practical Nursing Certificate

Nursing Pics 2013 027The certificate program in Practical Nursing is designed to prepare beginning practitioners for a career as a Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) with the knowledge and skills to care for clients of all age groups and function as contributing members of the health care team in a variety of health service facilities. At the successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) leading to licensure as a practical nurse. It is a three semester program leading to a certificate in practical nursing. The Practical Nursing program has full approval by the Virginia State Board of Nursing. Check our NCLEX Pass Rates 2008-2014.

This program is committed to providing each individual an equal opportunity for success and does not discriminate in admissions and/or during matriculation based upon an applicant’s or student’s race, color, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, non-disqualifying disability or age.

Graduate Careers

Students will find employment as practical nurses in:

  • civil service
  • clinics
  • long term care centers
  • emergency care facilities
  • health departments
  • hospital
  • industrial settings
  • nursing homes
  • physician offices

LPN Gainful Employment

Required Courses and Semester Plan


Linda Pruitt, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.H.A., is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Program Director, and has had a variety of clinical and managerial experiences in nursing.

Further Information

You may wish to visit the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook online (keywords: Practical Nursing) or O*Net (occupational profiles).