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Practical Nursing (LPN) - Certificate

The Certificate program in Practical Nursing is designed to prepare students for a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The program will provide instruction leading to licensure as a practical nurse, preparing qualified students to meet the health care needs of the community within the scope of practice of practical nursing, as defined by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Graduates of this program earn a Certificate in Practical Nursing and will be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN examination.

About Licensed Practical Nurses (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

If you are interested in applying to the VWCC Practical Nursing program, we encourage you to explore the information linked in the left menu to learn more about the process.  Once your application and transcripts have been reviewed, our office can provide academic guidance to help prepare students for possible entry into this program.  If you need further assistance, you may contact our office. 

Mission Statement

The Virginia Western Community College Practical Nursing Program’s mission is to prepare students to provide competency based, empathetic, safe, and effective health care in a culturally diverse society and in a wide variety of health care settings.

Goals

To effectively implement the program mission, the college and program faculty have made a commitment to:

  • Utilize the Nursing Process to meet clients' needs and promote collaborative care.
  • Perform nursing interventions (client assessment, skills performance, dosage calculation, medication administration, and client teaching) based on assessed need.
  • Explain factors that impact client care (environment, culture, family, and biopsychosocial) across the lifespan.
  • Incorporate professional communication skills (verbal, nonverbal, written, and electronic) to promote optimum outcomes.
  • Attain eligibility to sit for NCLEX-PN.
5 Year NCLEX-PN Pass Rates
  • 2012 - 93.75%
  • 2013 - 92.86%
  • 2014 - 86.36%
  • 2015 - 93.75%
  • 2016 - 100%

Program Approval

This program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Virginia Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center, 9960 Maryland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, VA, 23233-1463.

Advising/Info Office

Location: Fralin Center HP339
Phone: 540-857-7306
Fax: 540-857-6640

Mailing address:
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

Program Head

Jill Bass, DNP, MS, RN, GCNS-BC
Program Head, Practical Nursing

Diploma – Roanoke Memorial Hospital School of Professional Nursing, 1974
A. S. & A.A.S- Virginia Western Community College, 1984, 1988
B.A – Mary Baldwin College, 1988
B.S. – Radford University, 1995
M.S. – Radford University, 1997
Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist- Board Certified, 1999
Doctorate in Nursing Practice – Case Western Reserve University, 2009
Post Masters Graduate Certificate Nursing Education - Walden University, 2016

Gainful Employment

College Catalog

School of Health Professions

Carole S. Graham, Dean
Administration & business contacts
Location: Fralin Center HP214C
Phone: 540-857-6717