Practical Nursing

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

PN students in lab

Area of Interest

Program Dean

PVCC Academic Division

Faculty Contact


Credit Hours


Required Courses

  • SDV 100: Orientation - 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 - 3 credits, 6 credits
  • PNE 116: Nutrition and Diet Therapy or HLT 130: Normal Nutrition - 1 credits
  • PNE 188: Nursing Concepts III - 6 credits

Transfer Information


Admissions Requirements

In addition to admission to the College, there are specific admission requirements for this program. These requirements may change on an annual basis, and students can find the most up-to-date information on the program in a booklet, which can be found on the program’s web page, in the Admissions and Advising Center, and in the Health and Life Sciences Division office.

Please review the PVCC Practical Nursing Admission Requirements & Program Information 2020.

The Practical Nursing Application is now open, please complete your application and upload required proof no later than 5 PM, October 4, 2019. Click here for the Application Portal.

The Kaplan Entrance Exam will Open, Monday, August 26th and close October 4th.  Kaplan testing is available by appointment. You can either stop by the PVCC Main Campus Testing Center or call 434.961.5320 to set up an appointment. Scheduled testing is offered at 9 AM and 1 PM, Monday through Friday. You will have up to two hours and forty-five minutes to complete the exam. Kaplan testing is a requirement, remember to upload your score to the Practical Nursing Application.

Program Information

The one-year certificate program is designed to provide the community with graduates who, after receiving licensure and under the guidance of a registered nurse or licensed physician/dentist, provide therapeutic, rehabilitative and preventative care for people of all ages and diverse cultures in various stages of dependency. The practical nurse takes care of patients in extended care and in 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).

Occupational Objectives: Employment opportunities for licensed practical nurses include staff positions in long-term care facilities, doctors’ offices, correctional facilities, clinics, schools and other structured health care settings.

PVCC Practical Nursing Conditional Approval

For more information about VBON conditional approval, please see the July 31, 2019 order.

PVCC Practical Nursing NCLEX Rates


























(1)    VBON NCLEX-PN Results

(2)    Reflects 1st and 2nd quarter of 2019


You can also review the more detailed specifics of the 2019 Practical Nursing Cohort.