Three-Semester (One-Year) Program
The one-year Certificate program in Practical Nursing is designed to prepare selected students to qualify as contributing members of a health team, rendering patient care in a variety of health service facilities. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Virginia Board of Nursing examination leading to licensing as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
Employment opportunities for the Licensed Practical Nurse include nursing and staff positions in:
In addition to the admission requirements established for New River Community College, entry into the practical nursing program requires that the student:
The Practical Nursing program is rigorous. All nursing courses in each semester are prerequisite to the succeeding semester. A student receiving a final grade lower than a "C" in any nursing course (including HLT 130) will be ineligible to progress in the nursing program. Further, satisfactory performance in the clinical area must be achieved.
The Practical Nursing program is operated in cooperation with the Pulaski Community Hospital and other clinical agencies. The first semester consists of classroom instruction. During the second semester, students are scheduled for selected learning experiences in the clinical setting. As a prerequisite to beginning the clinical experience the student must:
The student is also encouraged to obtain a vaccination for the hepatitis virus prior to beginning the clinical experience.
A student who has failed to achieve a "C" or above in each nursing course and achieve a "satisfactory" clinical grade is eligible for readmission dependent on the following criteria:
In addition to the criteria, re-admission will depend upon the availability of a clinical opening. Students will be notified of a decision affecting their re-admission at the end of the semester before requested re-admission date.
Upon completion of the three-semester curriculum listed, the student will be awarded the Certificate of Practical Nursing.
In addition to the general school recognition, the practical nursing school is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing.
FIRST SEMESTER (Fall)
SECOND SEMESTER (Spring)
THIRD SEMESTER (Summer)
1 Students may choose from college approved Social Science electives.