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Practical Nursing Program (LPN)

Practical Nursing Program (LPN)

A LPN is a highly respected and vital member of a health care team who provides a wide range of services, focusing on therapeutic, rehabilitative and preventative care for all populations across a diverse range of working environments such as hospitals, primary care clinics, same-day surgery clinics, medical offices, extended care facilities, and home health care settings. The primary role of a LPN is to provide nursing care for clients experiencing common, well-defined health problems in a structured health care setting. In their roles, as members of a disciplinary team, practical nurses actively participate in and subscribe to the legal and ethical tenets of the discipline.

Graduates of this continuing education program will be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN.)

This program will provide you with the opportunity to enter the field of nursing in three consecutive semesters of study.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please email us at cehealth@nvcc.edu or call 703.822.6523.

Lundy Beard
Practical Nurse Program Director
Phone: 703.822.6522
Email: lbeard@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College
Medical Education Campus
6699 Springfield Center Drive, Room 210
Springfield, VA 22150

For teaching opportunities, send your resume to lbeard@nvcc.edu.


Entrance (Application) Requirements

  1. Completed College Application: If you have never taken a class at NOVA or any other Virginia community college, you must complete the Application for Admission online. After submitting your application, you will be given a User ID, which you will need when you register. Click here for VCCS Online Admissions.
  2. Completed LPN Application Form:  click on “LPN Information and Admission Packet.”  Page 11.
  3. Official copy of high school transcripts; applicants much have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on high school or college transcripts.
  4. Copy of High school diploma or GED
  5. Take required nursing pre-admission test: TEAS: Test of Essential Academic Skills for English Comprehension, Math and English Grammar. Applicants must receive a score of 65% or higher in each of the three sections
  6. Admission interview:  Contact the program director to schedule your admission interview via email or phone: lbeard@nvcc.edu 703.822.6522.

International transcripts can only be processed by NOVA after they have been sent to one of the evaluation agencies recognized by NOVA (see below). Students must request that an official evaluation be sent by the selected agency to:

Northern Virginia Community College
Workforce Development Division, #210
6699 Springfield Center Drive
Springfield, VA 22150-1913

The transcript must be evaluated using resource materials approved by the National Council for the Evaluation of Foreign Education. NOVA does not endorse any transcript evaluation agency or guarantee the quality of the work performed. This evaluation takes approximately five weeks. Each agency listed below charges a fee for its services; agency fees may vary. The cost for this service is the student’s responsibility. You must select one of the two agencies for international evaluation from the list below:




Requirements for Enrollment

The following are required for enrollment after being accepted into the practical nursing program.

1. Criminal Background Check and Urine Drug Screen Test
Background checks and drug screen tests are required of all students prior to entry into any clinical course.

The background check and drug screen test must be completed prior to your enrollment in your first clinical course. Applicants who do not pass the background check and drug screen test will not be allowed to enroll in any practical nursing course.

2. Physical Exams and Immunizations

A physical examination, including immunizations, properly documented on the NOVA Health form.
Students who fail to return health forms will not be able to enter or re-enter the program. Please carefully review page 4 of the LPN Physical Exam Form for specific information regarding required immunizations/titers.

Immunity for MMR shall be demonstrated through documentation of 2 MMR immunizations or having positive IGG titers (per lab reference range)

Immunity of Varicella shall be demonstrated through documentation of 2 Varicella immunizations or a positive Varicella titer (per lab reference range)

Immunity for pertussis shall be demonstrated through documentation of Tdap vaccination for persons aged 11 years or older

Documentation of Hepatitis B vaccine or documentation of titer or signed waiver if vaccine was declined   

Documentation of negative tuberculosis (TB) skin test within past 12 months; for those with history of a positive skin test, must show documentation of negative chest  x-ray and no evidence of active disease   

Documentation of flu vaccination.  Those who qualify for an exemption (e.g. for medical or religious observances) must follow the guidelines established for requesting an approval for exemption.Download the NOVA Health form.

At the end of the background check process, you will be prompted to visit Castlebranch to build your profile in order to track your immunizations and to upload specific documents required by NOVA for immunization, medical or certification records.

All documentation regarding immunizations must be submitted by the specified deadline to Castlebranch.

3. Healthcare CPR: Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (HCP)
Learn about the American Heart Association Basic Life Support Course.

4. Liability Insurance
Nursing students have responsibility for their personal actions when in contact with clients even though they are not yet licensed.

Students are legally and financially responsible if another person is injured or suffers loss as a result of their negligence.

Clinical affiliate agreements require that students carry personal malpractice insurance.

Minimum coverage amounts are $1,000,000 individual and $6,000,000 aggregate.

This program will provide you with an opportunity to enter the nursing field in three consecutive semesters of study.

  • one-year adult program begins each Spring
  • 24 students are accepted each class
  • hours -- you must be available all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • All courses must be taken in the order shown below.


Spring Semester
Human Biology (1)
Foundation Skills in Nursing (1)
Orientation & Study Skills
Medical Terminology
Summer Semester
Foundation Skills in Nursing (2)
Human Biology (2)
Pharmacology for Practical Nurses
Fall Semester
Foundation Skills in Nursing (3)
Information Literacy
  • The tuition for each semester is $5,500 and there are 3 semesters.
  • The total cost of tuition is $16,500.
  • Financial assistance information is available at https://www.nvcc.edu/financialaid/support/faq.html.
  • Criminal Background check, Drug screen test & immunization tracker: $ 114.00
  • Liability insurance: $ 38
  • Books: $ 800
  • Uniforms/supplies: $ 250 ($100 / skill pack: $75 / supplies: $100 )
  • Licensure fees upon graduation: $ 330 (Virginia Board of Nursing $170 / Testing Company $200)
  • Parking: $105/semester ($95 if purchased online) CPR/BLS: $120
  • CPR material: $ 17.10
  • TEAS test: $ 55
  • HESI Testing Packet: $212

Funds available:

      1. Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation for low-income women and children.
      2. The Ladies Board of INOVA Loudoun Hospital for students who live or work in Loudoun County.
      3. Mildred A. Mason Memorial scholarship foundation.
      4. Health Occupations Students of America
      5. Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship Program for Registered Nurses
      6. Virginia Association for Family and Community Education – Mrs. Guy Roof Scholarship
      7. Mawista Scholarship

Class of 2018: Important Calendar Dates

August 1, 2017 Application submission begins
November 1, 2017 Deadline for application submission
November 15, 2017 Deadline for notification to all applicants
December 6, 2017 Orientation (mandatory)
January 2, 2018 Last date to drop with tuition refund
January 5, 2018 First semester begins
TEAS Information