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Practical Nursing

Degree Type: 

Practical Nursing Certificate LPN

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


  • CTE
    CTE (Career & technical education programs for job training)

The Practical Nursing Certificate at Piedmont Virginia Community College is a one-year program that prepares you to take care of patients in extended care and other non-acute care settings. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for licensure after successful completion of the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

  • Correctional Facilities
  • K-12 School Nurses
  • Medical & Surgical Hospitals
  • Nursing Care Facilities
  • Offices of Physicians
  • Outpatient Care Services
  • Residential Facilities

Required Courses: 

Linked classes are classes that are currently available in the class search.
ITE 119 Information Literacy / 3 Credit Hours
PNE 186 Nursing Concepts I
PNE 187 Nursing Concepts II
PNE 116 Nutrition and Diet Therapy
PNE 188 Nursing Concepts III / 6 Credit Hours

Additional Program Information: 


After applying to PVCC, students must also Apply to the Practical Nursing Program. Completion of general education courses is one criteria used to make admissions decisions. The application for the Practical Nursing program for spring 2015 has now closed, and will reopen for spring 2016 on July 1, 2015.

Practical Nursing Admission Requirements & Program Information.

Printable Practical Nursing Certificate Requirements.

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