CIP Code: 51.3901
Length: 3 Semesters (one year)
The purpose of the PN curriculum is to prepare students to provide safe and effective nursing care for clients with common health problems as defined by the role of the practical nurse, as well as to collaborate effectively with all members of the healthcare team. Graduates will provide clinically competent, contemporary care that meets the needs of individuals across the lifespan, families, and communities. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, the graduate will be eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-PN® examination leading to licensure as a practical nurse.
Employment opportunities for the LPN include nursing and staff positions in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, health departments, home health agencies, clinics, prisons, and physicians’ offices. * Gainful Employment Data
Admission Requirements and Prerequisites
In addition to the requirements for admission to the college, the applicant must meet the following prerequisites for admission to the practical nursing program:
- Graduation from high school or satisfactory completion of the General Education Diploma (GED).
- Completion of college placement tests in reading, writing, and mathematics or multiple measures or other assessment equivalents.
- Completed all applicable developmental courses (MTE modules MTT 1 MTT 2 MTT 3 completed) and ENF 3 (eligible to take ENG 111 );
- Completion of one unit of high school biology or the college equivalent (BIO 101 with a grade of “C” or better.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0.
- The Kaplan Nursing School Admissions Test within 2 years with a minimum total score of 40% or greater. The test may be taken up to two times in one academic year.
- Complete and submit an application to the nursing program by the designated time in the semester preceding the start of the program (see nursing link on the RCC webpage for more information).
- If offered a seat in the practical nursing program, the student must accept or deny admission by the stated due date. If the student fails to respond, the seat will be forfeited.
Admission Requirements for High School Programs
The first semester courses in the PN program are currently taught in one Technical Center and STEM Academy. The courses taught are dual enrollment courses and consistent with the requirements in the entire first semester of the PN program.
In addition to the requirements for admission to the college, the applicant must meet the following prerequisites for admission to the practical nursing program in the high school setting:
- Be admitted to the Technical Center and STEM Academy
- Complete the application to the PN program during the first week of classes
- Completed all applicable developmental courses (MTE modules MTT 1 MTT 2 MTT 3 completed) and ENF 3 (eligible to take ENG 111 ); High school students are strongly urged to complete algebra in the 11th grade and take ENG 111 ENG 112 as dual enrollment courses in the senior year.
- Completion of one unit of high school biology or the college equivalent (BIO 101 ) with a grade of “C” or better
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0
- Students in high school are exempt from the Kaplan Nursing School Admissions Test until after completion of their senior year in high school. However, once graduated the student must take the entrance test and earn acceptable scores prior to progressing to PNE 162.
- At the end of the high school courses, the student must declare if she/he plans to continue in the PN program for the following fall.
Guaranteed Admission Status
Students may be admitted to the PN program with guaranteed admission by completing the Career Studies Certificate, Pre-Nursing in its entirety by the end of the application period with a curricular GPA of 3.0 or higher, with no repeated courses in the curriculum and no less than a “C” in any course. Grades must be posted on your transcripts. No student is eligible for guaranteed admission if any curricular courses are missing or incomplete.
Students applying via guaranteed admission must also have completed the following:
- High School diploma or GED
- All VPT placement testing, multiple measures or other assessments as well as developmental coursework as described above
- Have met with a nursing faculty advisor to determine the appropriateness of guaranteed admission and to choose the appropriate nursing program
- Met all of the deadlines for completion and submission of the nursing program application(s).
The Virginia Board of Nursing has the authority to deny licensure to any applicant who has violated any of the provisions of 54.1-3007 of the Code of Virginia. Any student entering the nursing program who has committed any illegal offenses other than minor traffic violations should discuss these matters with the nursing program head for clarification prior to admission. In all cases, the recommendation of the admission committee is the final determinant for admission to the Practical Nursing Program. All admission requirements must be completed prior to entry into the program. In all cases, the recommendation of the admission committee is the final determinant for admission to the Practical Nursing Program. All admission requirements must be completed prior to entry into the program.
The Practical Nursing Program is open to men and women who provide evidence of interest, motivation, and aptitude in the area of health care, and especially in direct patient care.
Students in the Early College (evening program) and in high school dual enrollment PN courses will have guaranteed admission to continue the PN program if the student:
- Has completed and been successful in all of the first semester courses or their equivalents
- Completed and earned acceptable scores on the Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Test prior to the start of PNE 162
- Has submitted a complete background and drug screen through the college’s third-party vendor
- Has declared that she/he intends to continue in the program
- Meets with a nursing program advisor prior to enrolling in PNE 162 ..
- Attend orientation program in the semester prior to the start of clinical nursing courses.
- Health Records Requirement: Physical examination, including immunizations, must be completed prior to the start of the first clinical nursing course. The required medical forms will be provided at orientation or during the first week of classes for high school and early college students. Applicants must be free of any physical or mental condition that might adversely affect their acceptance or performance as nurses. More detailed information is provided in the Nursing Student Handbook.
- CPR certification (American Heart Association, BLS for the Health Care Provider) is required of all students prior to entry into the first clinical course. Information, including a schedule of CPR classes, will be provided at nursing program orientation or may be found on the website under Workforce Programs.
- Maintain a grade of “C” or higher in all courses in the curriculum.
- Maintain professionalism in both campus and clinical settings, especially in attitude and responsibility. Failure to meet this requirement can result in termination from the program.
- Students are responsible for purchasing the required clinical uniforms and name tags through the college’s designated supplier.
- Standardized tests are integrated throughout the nursing program. The cost will be the responsibility of the student.
- Conviction of a felony, misdemeanor or any offense substantially related to the qualifications, functions, and duties of a registered nurse may constitute grounds for not allowing a candidate to take the licensing exam. This decision is made by the State Board of Nursing. For questions regarding this issue, call the Virginia Board of Nursing 804-367-4515.
- Nursing students must be in good standing from all previous health care employers. Students may be denied clinical placement based on previous work history and thus, cannot be entered into or possibly complete the nursing program.
- Nursing students enrolled in clinical nursing courses are required to have malpractice insurance. Students may purchase malpractice insurance from independent providers.
- Students are responsible for following the clinical policy for safe handling of biohazards and utilizing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in the prevention of blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases. Additionally, students are responsible for employing appropriate ergonomics to prevent injury. Students will be responsible for medical costs for any injury received while in a clinical setting, including injuries for which testing is required by clinical agencies. Rappahannock Community College is not responsible for student injuries in a clinical or lab setting.
- The College does not assume responsibility for accidents/incidents which occur in clinicals, nor does it provide any student health services. The student assumes financial responsibility for accidents/incidents requiring medical attention. Students will sign an Assumption of Risk form at the beginning of the program.
- Some agencies require health insurance coverage as a condition of attending clinical. Students are advised to have health insurance in place.
- The student must complete all support courses either preceding or concurrently with the appropriate nursing course, as indicated in the curriculum plan.
- The student is required to complete a sequence of courses and learning experiences provided at the college and selected community agencies. The nursing faculty will observe and evaluate the student’s performance in nursing and with direct patient care in the clinical sites.
- A student must obtain permission from the program head to continue in the nursing program under the following conditions: 1) receiving a grade below “C” or 2) withdrawal from a nursing course. In accordance with VCCS policy, a student cannot enroll in the same course more than twice without administrative approval. Additional policies for the program are listed in the Nursing Student Handbook. The handbook is given to all entry-level nursing students and is available online via Blackboard to admitted students.
- Clinical agencies reserve the right to deny access to or dismiss a student from their agency at any time with due cause.
- The student releases the hospital, its agents, and its employees from any liability for any injury or death to himself or damage to his property arising out of the clinical agreement or use of hospital’s facilities.
Approvals and USDOE Standards:
The Certificate in Practical Nursing Program at Rappahannock Community College is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Richmond, Virginia 23233
The Practical Nursing Program at Rappahannock Community College is not nationally accredited by the NCEA or ACEN.
Pursuant to United States Department of Education (US DOE) regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the Rappahannock Community College Certificate Practical Nursing (PN) Program provides the following information for all prospective and current students:
The Rappahannock Community College PN program meets all Virginia Board of Nursing requirements for pre-licensure nursing education programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, the Rappahannock Community College PN program meets all requirements for practical nursing education per the Virginia Board of Nursing and is a fully approved program.
The Commonwealth of Virginia participates with 32 other states in the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) National Licensing Compact (NLC) to allow nurses licensed in one state to provide nursing care across state lines in other compact states. The Uniform Licensing Requirements (ULRs) are found at: https://www.ncsbn.org/NLC_ULRs.pdf.
States currently in the NLC are found at: https://www.ncsbn.org/nlcmemberstates.pdf. Prospective and current students are strongly encouraged to evaluate all state requirements in jurisdictions where they intend to practice nursing. A list of all state requirements is found at: https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm.
Rappahannock Community College has not determined if the PN program meets all of the requirements of any other states. The preliminary evaluation of state requirements is found in the attached table.
This statement serves to meet the USDOE regulation until further notice.