Practical Nursing Program

Practical Nursing Certificate

The Practical Nursing Certificate is a 42 credit hour certificate program designed to prepare individuals to function as entry level practical nurses. This program is offered in the Rockbridge area, but students who reside in any location may apply for admission.

LPNs are vital to the health care industry. Many LPNs measure and record patients' vital signs such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration. They also prepare and give injections and enemas, monitor catheters, dress wounds, and give alcohol rubs and massages. To help keep patients comfortable, they assist with bathing, dressing and personal hygiene, moving in bed, standing and walking. They may also feed patients who need help eating. Experienced LPNs may supervise nursing assistants and aides.

The curriculum for this program complies with VCCS standards and has been approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination leading to licensure as a practical nurse (NCLEX-PN exam).

Completion of this certificate program, however, does NOT allow the student to automatically be enrolled in the DSLCC program leading to an associate degree in nursing (ADN) which is a program based on the main campus. Students who have completed the Certificate and wish to pursue additional nursing credentials MUST apply to the ADN program and be accepted.

Students wishing to learn more or apply to the Practical Nursing program should download and complete the Nursing Information Packet Nursing Information Packet aand return it to the Rockbridge Regional Center, to the attention of the Practical Nursing Director.

Program Requirements

The classroom and clinical schedule are 7 to 10 hours daily, and include extensive practical learning experiences associated with hospital procedures and routines. Clinical experiences in geriatrics, medical, surgical, obstetrics, and pediatrics are coordinated through various local facilities.