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Practical Nursing Program (LPN)

Practical Nursing Program (LPN)

The LPN is a highly respected and vital member of the 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 an 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.

LPN 2017 program applications will be accepted June 29th 2016 through November 1, 2016 for Spring semester, classes begin January 2017.

LPN Information & Admissions Packet

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

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

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


Entrance (Application) Requirements

The following are required for consideration into the program:

  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. Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Exam. You must receive a score of 65% or higher, or a total cumulative score on all three sections of 180. TEAS scores are only good for one year from the due date for enrollment. Download the TEAS Form.
  3. Complete the Practical Nursing Program Application Form.
  4. Personal interview

Enrollment (Admission) Requirements

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.

This process can be completed online at castlebranch.com include Packet code: NB08.

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 (Hep B, Varicella, MMR, Tdap) and Negative PPD or CXR

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.

the NOVA Health form.

All students must show proof that they are free from tuberculosis (TB). Students are required to demonstrate proof of immunity for rubella, measles, mumps and chickenpox, varicella and hepatitis. Tetanus/Diphtheria immunization must be within the past 10 years. A three-dose Hepatitis B (HBV) immunization series is also required.

At the end of the background check order process you will be prompted to visit castlebranch.com to build your immunization tracker and upload specific documents required by NOVA for immunization, medical or certification records.

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

3. Healthcare CPR

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.

Criteria for Admission

Admission to the LPN is competitive and only a limited number of students will be accepted. Fully-qualified students will be ranked according to previous education, experiences, and TEAS scores.

Legal Restrictions: The State Board of Nursing has the authority to deny licensure to any applicant who has violated any of the provisions of 54.1-3007 of the Code of Virginia. There is also a July 1992 change in Virginia law that prohibits licensed nursing homes, home care organizations, licensed homes for adults, and licensed adult day care centers from hiring any individual who has been convicted of a broad range of criminal acts. Any student entering the program who has committed any illegal offenses other than minor traffic violations should discuss these matters with the Program Head or Nursing Coordinator prior to admission.


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
  • Twenty-four 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

Tuition for one semester is $5,500. This program is one year course with three semesters, so total tuition of the program is $16,500.

Funds available:

To get more information about funds, please, contact the main office at (703) 822-6523.

Estimate Expenses:

Criminal background check, drug screen test and immunization tracker: $114

Liability insurance: $38

Books: $600

Uniforms/supplies: $275 ($100 /skill pack; $75 /supplies $100 )

Licensure fees upon graduation: $370 (Virginia Board of Nursing $170 / Testing Company $200)

Parking: $105 ($95 online)
The college offers free Evening and Weekend Student Parking. Students will be able to park for free on all campuses when classes end after 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends in Student (B Lots) only. Students are not permitted to park in Faculty/Staff parking lots. Please contact parking service: 703.822.6688 or visit https://nvccparking.t2hosted.com/

CPR/BLS: $120

CPR material: $17.10

TEAS test: $55

HESI testing packet: $212

Clinicals are held in hospitals and extended care facilities in the Northern Virginia area.


Class of 2017: Important Calendar Dates

June 29, 2016Application begins
November 1, 2016 Deadline for application
November 14, 2016 Deadline for notification to all applicants
December 7, 2016 Orientation
January 2, 2017 Last date to drop with tuition refund
January 6, 2017 First semester begins
TEAS Information