Practical Nursing


Code: 157

General Information

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 2018-2019 Practical Nursing program should download and complete the PN Information Packet and return it to the Director of Practical Nursing Program at the Rockbridge Regional Center.

Download a set of sample Entrance Testing Questions (PDF)

Program Requirements

Practical Nursing – Certificate – Program Information sheet



General Education classes and selected nursing classes will be held at DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center. Lab and clinicals will be scheduled at a variety of locations.

Tools, Equipment and Supplies

Nursing Aptitude Examination Fee $20.00 each time taken
Urine Drug Screen $44.00*
Criminal Background Check $44.00*
Health Preadmission Screen Varies check with your primary care provider
Total Pre-Entrance Fees $108.00
+ Health Preadmission Screen
NLN Achievement Tests $20.00 3 $60.00
Textbooks $500.00 varies $500.00
White scrub uniform top and pants with emblem $70.00 2 $140.00
Navy scrub uniform top and pants with emblem $70.00 2 $140.00
White Lab coat with emblem $30.00 1 $30.00
Hose/socks $5.00 4 $20.00
Black pens $2.00 1 $2.00
Name tag $10.00 1 $10.00
First semester Skills Lab Kit $120.00 1 $120.00
Second semester Skills Lab Kit $120.00 1 $120.00
Nursing School pin $50 1 $50.00
Nursing School lamp $50 1 $50.00
Graduation uniform $50 1 $50.00
Watch with second hand $30.00 1 $30.00
Nursing Cap $20.00 1 $20.00
Total for Program $1,342.00
Post Graduation ESTIMATED COST
Licensure Fee $170.00
NCLEX-PN Examination $200.00
Total for Post Graduation $370.00
Approximate total cost, in addition to tuition and fees …
**** All costs are approximate and are subject to change ****

Employment Outlook

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information


VA State Board of Nursing

NAPNES, National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, Inc.

NFLPN, National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses


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