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Practical Nursing Certificate

The 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 apply 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 Rate 2016 to 2022.  The ESCC Practical Nursing Program is not ACEN or CNEA accredited.

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


  • Peggy Bennett- Assistant Professor of Nursing and Program Director
  • Bonnie Nordstrom – FT Faculty
  • Felicia Blake – FT Faculty

Further Information

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

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