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Practical Nursing Program Adds Pre-Entrance Examination Opportunity

There will be one more opportunity for interested applicants to take the required Practical Nursing Program pre-entrance examination for the nursing class that begins in May.  The session is limited to the first 10 applicants who call the Rockbridge Regional Center at 540-261-1211 and register for the examination.  The fee is $20.00 and is non-refundable.

Applicants should bring the nursing school application, and if appropriate, the application to DSLCC with them the day of the examination.

The test date is Tuesday March 31st at 9:00 am (applicants should be there by 8:30 am).

Preparation Courses Available for 2015 DSLCC Practical Nursing Program Applicants

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College invites individuals who wish to enter the Practical Nursing Program to complete required skills assessments now.  Program Head Penny Fauber encourages applicants to take the assessments and use the upcoming semester to complete any courses that they may need to take in order to be more competitive for the limited number of seats available for the 2015-2016 program.

“By taking the Virginia Placement Test at DSLCC, individuals interested in preparing to become practical nurses can have a current assessment of their strengths and challenges”, stated Fauber.  “For example, if someone is weak in mathematics, they can take a course to gain skills and be ready to apply for the Practical Nursing Program”.  For information about the placement testing, call Student Services on campus at 863-2820 or the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center at 261-1211.  There is no fee and no time limit when testing.
Fauber went on to explain more about the requirement to take the mathematics test. “Prospective students have to document a specific level of ability in math; it will allow us to select those who have the most likelihood for success in the program, and mathematics is a skill needed in tasks such as calculating dosage for patient medications.  Our team is committed to student success and ensuring a quality program with outstanding graduates ready for the workplace.  This step will assist us in filling spaces with the most qualified individuals to begin classes next June”.

Interested individuals should visit the College’s web site www.dslcc.edu, click the Programs of Study button, and go to Practical Nursing.  There is an Information/Application Packet which should be carefully reviewed before beginning the application process. For information about program requirements, email pfauber@nulldslcc.edu.

2014 Practical Nursing Program Graduates

practical nursing RRC pinning group_May 2014Ten students graduated and received their pins during the Pinning Ceremony for the Practical Nursing Program at the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Rockbridge Regional Center on May 7th, 2014. Front row, from left: Rebecca Chaplin of Warm Springs; Karla Hamilton of Buena Vista; Kristen Brammer of Buchanan; Brittany Fitzgerald and Kirsten Gibbons, both of Buena Vista. Back row: Amber Stephens of Millboro; Chrystal Knick, Damien Farris and Stephanie Hostetter, all of Lexington; Cynthia Lively of Glasgow; and Program Head Penny Fauber, RN. Guest speaker was Marlene Cooper, RN, Nurse Manager of ICU and Medical-Surgical at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.

Each student also received a Certificate in Practical Nursing during commencement exercises May 13 on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus.

Health Care Online Courses for Entry-Level Employment

Earn a Career Studies Certificate or a Certificate/License through online healthcare related credit courses beginning this spring! Select Health Information Technology, Health Information, Medical Coding, or Electronic Medical Records Specialist.  Two non-credit options are Certified Billing and Coding Certificate and Certified Professional Coder Prep Course, both on line. For more information about these courses and referrals for help with applying for financial aid for selected options, contact Gary Keener at gkeener@nulldslcc.edu after January 1.

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