Practical Nursing

This certificate prepares students to take care of patients in extended care and other non-acute care settings.

This is a G3 program.  Students may qualify for free tuition, fees, and books.  

PN students in lab

Area of Interest

Program Dean

Health and Life Sciences Division

Faculty Contact



Credit Hours


Required Courses

  • SDV 100: College Success Skills - 1 credits
  • ENG 111: College Composition I - 3 credits
  • BIO 145: Human Anatomy & Physiology for Health Sciences - 4 credits
  • PSY 230: Developmental Psychology - 3 credits
  • HLT 141: Introduction to Medical Terminology - 2 credits
  • PNE 173: Pharmacology for Practical Nurses - 2 credits
  • PNE 186: Nursing Concepts I - 6 credits
  • PNE 187: Nursing Concepts II - 9 credits
  • PNE 116: Nutrition and Diet Therapy or HLT 130: Normal Nutrition - 1 credits
  • PNE 188: Nursing Concepts III - 6 credits

Admissions Requirements

In addition to admission to the college, students must also meet eligibility requirements specific to this program, and only a limited number of students are admitted into a given cohort.  If there are more applicants during a cycle than there are available positions in the cohort, eligible applicants will be ranked according to specific criteria and students are admitted or deferred according to that rank.

Please see the Admissions Information Book below for program requirements, minimum eligibility requirements, applicant ranking criteria, and other important information for prospective students.



Note that Health and Life Sciences will treat final grades of “P+” as a ”C+” with a GPA of 2.5 when determining GPA/points for competitive admissions decisions.  Other final grades which are outside of the standard A-F scale will be assigned values at the discretion of the admissions committee and/or in accordance with the admissions information book.

Information Sessions

Attendance at an information session is strongly encouraged for all students. Refer to the current Admissions Information Book for information regarding whether your application will be ranked based on attendance.


Apply for Admission

Applications are accepted through the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal.  Hardcopy applications and applications received outside of the portal will not be considered for admission.  Applying to other health sciences programs has no impact on an applicant’s qualifications for this program.  Applications for previous years are not valid for current or future application years.

All applicants must be current PVCC students to begin their health sciences application.  If you are not a current PVCC student, please click the “Apply Now” link at the top of this page and complete a VCCS/PVCC application.

Applications for the 2023 admission cycle open at 9:00am on August 29, 2022 and will close at 5:00pm on October 14, 2022.  Sign into the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal to begin your application.

Changes to Application Requirements

TEAS scores from tests taken at an ECPI location are no longer accepted.

TEAS Test & Prep

Click here for TEAS test study materials and practice tests.
Only currently enrolled PVCC students can access these materials off campus.  Non-PVCC students will need to access these materials from the PVCC network on campus.  Computers are available for use in the Betty Sue Jessup Library to access these materials.

The TEAS test can be taken at any authorized testing center that offers the complete and most current revision of the exam, including the PVCC Testing Centers.

Program Information

The PVCC Practical Nursing (PN) Program prepares graduates to successfully function in the role of an entry-level licensed practical nurse under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician in structured settings, providing direct care to clients with common health problems that have predictable outcomes.

The purpose of the Practical Nursing Program is to educate individuals who are concerned with basic therapeutic, rehabilitative, and preventative care for people of all ages and diverse cultures in various stages of dependency. The graduate of PVCC’s PN program will be eligible to apply for licensure after successful completion of the NCLEX-PN examination.

The problem-solving process is used as a framework for critical thinking and practice. Concepts that provide further structure for the development of practical nursing competency are assessment of patients with emergent needs, communication skills, and development of professional attitudes and characteristics.


This student handbook is effective immediately for all current students.


Clinical Compliance

All students in this program of study are required to meet clinical compliance requirements as directed by the clinical compliance coordinator.  These requirements may include a criminal background check, immunization documentation, drug use screenings, and other standards for on-site clinical training.
Background and drug screenings are not conducted prior to admission.  Consult the admission information book or contact the head of the program with inquiries regarding barrier crimes and drug usage regulations.

PVCC Practical Nursing Conditional Approval

For more information about VBON conditional approval, see the attached order:

PVCC Practical Nursing NCLEX Rates

Graduating Class (December of year) Students Tested Students Passed Pass Rate (%)
2016 21 19 90.50
2017 15 10 66.67
2018 14 13 92.86
2019 18 12 66.67
2020 11 10 90.91


Please direct questions regarding the Practical Nursing program to Brittany Pokrifka via email at

Potential Careers

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)