Program of Studies

Nusring Graduation

Practical Nursing Certificate


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).

Occupational Objectives:

Employment opportunities for the Licensed Practical Nurse include nursing and staff positions in: Clinics • Health Departments • Home Health Agencies • Hospitals • Industry • Nursing Homes • Physicians' Offices

Course Sequence

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 will be ineligible to progress in the nursing program. Further, satisfactory performance in the clinical area must be achieved. 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:

  1. Apply in writing to the Coordination of Admission & Records at least one full semester before requested re-admission date.
  2. Have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the time of application.

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.

Practical Nursing Certificate


Catalog Class # Class Name Credits
PNE 155 Body Structure and Function 3
PNE 161 Nursing in Health Changes I 6
PNE 173 Pharmacology for Nurses 2
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
ENG 111 College Composition  3


Catalog Class # Class Name Credits
PNE 162 Nursing in Health Changes II 11
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3


Catalog Class # Class Name Credits
PNE 145 Trends in Practical Nursing 1
PNE 158 Mental Health & Psychiatric Nursing 2
PNE 163 Nursing in Health Changes III 9
PNE 290 Coordinated Internship 2
    Total Minimum Credits    43



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


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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.