Admission Requirements

Nusring Graduation

In addition to the admission requirements established for New River Community College, entry into the practical nursing program requires that the student:

  1. Complete high school or pass the GED examination.
  2. Complete an application to the college and application to the Practical Nursing program
  3. Be proficient in English, reading (ENG 111 level), and basic mathematics. Students who fail to make a satisfactory score on the math, English and reading proficiency test will be required to take appropriate developmental courses.
  4. Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) by deadline.
  5. Attend program information session with nursing faculty.

Application and Requirements for Practical Nursing

Application and Complete Folder/Packet Checklist for PN

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Other considerations for admission

Certificate Degree Nursing Competencies

Applicants should note that the Virginia Board of Nursing has the authority to deny licensure to an applicant who has violated any federal, state, or other statute. Examples include conviction of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, and alcohol or drug related issues. A prospective student who has been convicted, or pled guilty or nolo contendre to any illegal offenses other than minor traffic violations should contact the program director prior to making application to the program. Additional information may be obtained from the Virginia Department of Health Professions, Virginia Board of Nursing, located at Perimeter Center, 9960 Maryland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, VA 23233.

Requirements for clinical experience

Student in Lab

The Practical Nursing program is operated in cooperation with the LewisGale Hospital Pulaski 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:

  1. Sign the Assumption of the Risk document
  2. Purchase complete student uniform, and watch.
  3. Provide evidence of specified health screenings and immunizations. Students are responsible for all costs. The student must also make available to clinical agencies a copy of their health form. A positive drug screen will prevent the student from participating in clinical experiences.
  4. Be certified in CPR from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association (health care providers course).
  5. Pay for the criminal background check; results of which will be reviewed by the clinical agency.

The student is also encouraged to obtain a vaccination for the hepatitis virus prior to beginning the clinical experience.


Phyllis Anderson
Nursing Admission Advisor
Phone: (540) 674-3600 ext. 4206
Office: Rooker 259


Below you will find helpful links to additional college nursing programs and health-related information.

Clinical Sites

NRCC faculty provide individualized mentoring in the clinical area. These clinical practices develop the clinical experiences of our students to prepare them to manage the comprehensive care needs of clients in a variety of clinical settings. Clinical experiences take place in innovative sites such as acute care facilities, outpatient clinics, home care agencies and private practice settings. These practice sites provide students with the diverse background necessary to prepare them to make sophisticated clinical decisions.