Program Overview

Practical Nursing
Degree Level 
Program head 
Jastrow, Erica

Our Practical Nursing Program, which leads to licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse, admits students every Fall.  Our next admission for the PN program is Fall 2019. 

The PN program is a selective admission program and therefore has it's own admission process in addition to the college application.  Students are advised to apply early! 

There are two deadlines to be aware of in the admission process.  A college application must be complete first by the deadline provided.  Students completing college applications after the college application deadline, will be eligible for the following year's admission.  Once a college application has been completed, an Eligibility Checklist will be completed with a pre-health advisor. 

Start the application process today!  Please email our Student Success Coach Mrs. Tonya Waddle at 252-738-3317. Mrs. Waddle is located at Main Campus and speciliazes in working with students applying to the PN program.

Please see the Resources tab to the left for the current Admission Requirements. 

Important: All students enrolled in the Nursing programs must have health insurance.  It is recommended that students obtain health insurance prior to acceptance into the program as Open Enrollment dates do not correlate with admission dates.  Students must have health insurance by the start of the program or will be unable to remain enrolled in the program.  Please see the Resources tab for more information.

Started in 1971, the Practical Nursing Program has graduated many successful LPN's who provide safe, quality, and professional care to our community's residents. The program provides strong clinical experiences as well as challenging didactic class work.

Courses are taught by a team of instructors using a variety of teaching strategies in order to meet the learning needs of all our students.  Beginning in Fall 2016, the program will utilize a concept-based curriculum with each semester building on the previous.  Clinical experience takes place at local healthcare facilities and includes rotations in long term care, med-surg, and mental health.  During the final semester, students participate in a preceptorship rotation in which they work one-on-one with an assigned nurse preceptor. Upon graduation from the program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN.

Our NCLEX-PN pass rates are as follows: 2016 91% (national average 84%); 2017 88% (national average 84%). Further information about NCLEX pass rates can be found at

Students who complete the PN program also have the option to continue their education at VGCC by entering the LPN to ADN Transition Program which is a three-semester program designed to prepare the LPN as an RN. 

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Nursing Admissions