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NOVA’s LPN program ranked among top three in the state

The Licensed Practical Nursing Program (LPN) at Northern Virginia Community College has earned recognition as one of the top three LPN programs in Virginia for 2017, according to rankings recently released by PracticalNursing.org.

NOVA’s LPN program was ranked third among 20 community colleges, technical colleges and public school districts across the state. Of the 50 state-approved practical nursing programs in Virginia, PracticalNursing.org. ranked the top 20, based on state test results and National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) pass rates for the last five years. The NCLEX-PN exam is used by state boards of nursing to test proficiency and grant licensure for each licensed practical nurse. 

Graduates of the Northern Virginia Community College Practical Nursing program are prepared and eligible to take the NCLEX-PN. The program provides students with the opportunity to enter the field of nursing in three consecutive semesters of study. Lundy Beard, practical nurse program director said for the past four years, the 12-month program has a 100 percent student passing rate.

“What makes the LPN program so successful is the hard work, preparation, organization and collaboration of NOVA faculty, administrative staff and our students,” Beard said. “We send out surveys to our former students six months after they complete the program, and from their responses we are able to confidently conclude that 99 percent of them are working a full-time job as an LPN within six-months of completion, and the majority of those students are employed within four to eight weeks.” 

As part of NOVA’s Workforce Development program, the LPN program is specifically designed for working students. All course lectures, clinical rotations and skills labs are held on weekends between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at NOVA’s Medical Education Campus in Springfield. Upon completion of the program, for the past four years, 78 percent of LPN students enrolled into either an associate or bachelor of science degree program to become a registered nurse.

“Our LPN program is a challenging one, but its goal is to produce nurses who are able to provide safe and effective care, to advocate on behalf of those in their care, to communicate therapeutically with their clients and to collaborate with all healthcare team members in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for the patient,” Beard said. “We keep the class sizes small in order to be able to spend as much one-on-one time as needed with each student to help him/her meet their academic and professional goals.” 

For additional information on NOVA’s LPN program, visit their website.

Media Contact: Kristina Ogburn | 703.503.6338 | kogburn@nvcc.edu

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.

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