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Practical Nursing (LPN) :: Apply Now

The Practical Nursing program has been revised into a one year curriculum effective 2020. The sequence will be spring/summer/fall (January-December 2022). Applications for the 2022 class are being accepted now and must be completed by no later than September 1, 2021. Early application is encouraged for advising purposes. This will allow us to help you plan and suggest proper courses to begin your studies. Current enrollment in missing prerequisites is not required to apply early, but to be considered, they must be successfully completed before entering the program. Note: We began a part-time, four semester program that began in Fall 2020. We anticipate beginning another part-time program for fall 2022. Information for the part-time fall 2022 program will be placed on the website later in 2021.

How To Apply

We require all application material(s) be submitted directly to Health Professions - if you fail to do so, be aware we will not be responsible for any delays in processing your file. Complete the following and submit (if applicable) in one envelope to Pam Woody, VWCC-Health Professions, 3091 Colonial Ave., Roanoke, VA 24015.

1. Apply to VWCC.

If you are not a current VWCC student, apply to the college by completing a VWCC Application. You are encouraged to complete the application online at Please make sure you indicate your plan of study as Career Studies Certificate: Introduction to Practical Nursing on the college application.

2. Apply to the Practical Nursing Program.

Apply to the Practical Nursing Program by submitting a 2022 Practical Nursing Application Form. An application is also available in the Health Professions office in the Fralin Center for Science and Health Professions, Room HP339 (you cannot submit online). Students will need an appointment, currently, to access the office on campus.

3. Submit A Handwritten Essay

The instructions for your handwritten essay are on the back of the application. Note: If both the program application form and the essay are not received by September 1, the person will not be considered. No exception.

4. Obtain your transcripts.

Have all official transcripts (high school and college in original intact sealed envelope) and a copy of GED scores (if applicable). We strongly suggest applicants request transcripts be sent to the applicant's mailing address, so you are fully aware of whether your request is filled and all material can be placed by you in one larger envelope for submission. Remember, do not open any envelope which contains a transcript, they are no longer "official" to us when you open.

If any school refuses to issue "official" transcripts directly to you, please request they be sent addressed directly to Pam Woody at the address above. Please do not request transcripts from VWCC or any other community college in Virginia. HS transcripts are required even if you are a college graduate. GED holders must also submit official high school transcripts if completed at least through the 9th grade. If you were home-schooled, a detailed academic curriculum report showing completion by the school administrator is required (including a statement indicating if a lab component was completed for Biology and Chemistry).

Note: Some high schools and colleges use electronic forms of transcripts (such as e-transcript, Parchment, etc.) and they are acceptable. When using Parchment, please select Allied Health-Undergraduate.

Transcript Request Form (PDF)

5. Submit your application materials.

We suggest mailing your application packet to Miss Woody at the address above. It is the applicant's responsibility to request their own transcripts and pay any required fees. Faxed transcripts are not considered "official" for application. Neither are transcripts opened by the student or electronic transcripts sent directly to the student. Please have all electronic transcripts, sent to Pam Woody at VWCC.

6. Review the Practical Nursing Checklist

Complete the Practical Nursing (LPN) Checklist (PDF)

Tuition: $
Credits: 43 Hours
Time: 1 year


Location: Fralin Center HP 214A or HP 339
Phone: 540-857-6325, 857-6644 or 857-7307
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

School of Health Professions

Martha Sullivan, Dean