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Admission Requirements*

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. Contact the nursing admissions advisor in the admissions office to have your name placed on the nursing admissions contact list.
  3. Complete a placement test for reading, writing and mathematics. Placement tests must indicate readiness for ENG 111 and proficiency in math modules 1, 2 and 3 on the Virginia Math Placement Test. Scores on the math placement test are valid for one year in the February 16-February 15 application period.
  4. Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) by deadline.
  5. Attend program information session with nursing faculty.
  6. Complete a criminal background check.
*Student is responsible for all associated costs.

Information Sessions

You must email Katie Pruett (kpruette@nr.edu) to RSVP for which session you plan on attending. If you do not attend the one in December, you must plan to attend the one in January in order to complete admission requirements. Your attendance at an information session is required by the Virginia Board of Nursing to be considered for the program. Attending an early information session may assist you in preparing your application.

Admission Checklist Requirements for Practical Nursing Program


Other Considerations for Admission

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 plead guilty or nolo contendere 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*

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. Complete an additional criminal background check if applicable; results of which will be reviewed by the clinical agency.
*Student is responsible for all associated costs.

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

Nursing Admission Contact Information

Katie Pruett
Nursing Admissions Specialist
Admissions & Records
Phone: (540) 674-3600, ext. 4222
Office: Rooker Hall 259
Email: kpruett@nr.edu

Practical Nursing Contact Information

General questions and requests about the Practical Nursing should be directed to admission specialist Katie Pruett (540) 674-3600, extension 4222, email kpruett@nr.edu

Practical Nursing Faculty

Call (540) 674-3600 or toll-free 1-866-462-6722, then you will be prompted to add the extension number to reach any employee.

Donna Davis


Clinical Specialist/Adjunct Instructor

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Emily Matherly


Adjunct Instructor

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Stefanie O'Brien


Adjunct Instructor

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Misty Rice


Associate Professor of Nursing

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