In order to work as a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in North Carolina, students must complete a nursing educational program and then apply for licensure with the North Carolina Board of Nursing. A component of obtaining a license as an RN or LPN is passing the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX). Graduates of an RN program take the NCLEX-RN and graduates of a PN program take the NCLEX-PN. In addition, graduates must have a background check conducted prior to the North Carolina Board of Nursing issuing a license as an RN or LPN.
- Practice professional nursing behaviors incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for continued competence.
- Communicate professionally and effectively with individuals, significant support person(s), and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
- Integrate knowledge of the holistic needs of the individual to provide an individual centered assessment.
- Incorporate informatics to formulate evidence-based clinical judgments and management decisions.
- Implement caring interventions incorporating documented best practices for individuals in diverse settings.
- Develop a teaching plan for individuals, and/or the nursing team, incorporating teaching and learning principles.
- Collaborate with the interdisciplinary healthcare team to advocate for positive individual and organizational outcomes.
- Manage health care for the individual using cost effective nursing strategies, quality improvement processes, and current technologies.
*Registered Nurse or other person (s) authorized by law (GS 90-171.20)
|FALL SEMESTER (First Year)
| BIO 163 *** Basic Anatomy & Physiology
| NUR 101 Practical Nursing I
|Total Hours for Semester
|SPRING SEMESTER (First Year)
| ENG 111 * Writing and Inquiry
| NUR 102 Practical Nursing II
| PSY 150 * General Psychology
|Total Hours for Semester
|SUMMER SEMESTER (First Year)
| NUR 103 Practical Nursing III
|TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED FOR DIPLOMA: 41
|[Notes: Students must complete all courses listed in each semester together unless related courses have been previously completed with a "C" or better. Nursing courses are only offered in the semester listed. Course substitution forms will need to be completed for BIO 168 and BIO 169 in lieu of BIO 163. PSY 110 may be accepted in place of PSY 150.]
|Curriculum Program of Study Course Sequence Key
|* Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) Courses
|** General Education Courses
|*** Premajor/Elective Courses
Welcome all students interested in Practical Nursing. Please read the new application process carefully. If you have questions, please reach out to an advisor or the perspective program head.
Our next admission to the LPN Program is Fall 2023: Fall 2023 LPN Admission Requirements (PDF)
Once accepted into the program, students will have to have a criminal background check and drug screen. Findings on the criminal background check or a positive drug screen may prevent the student from remaining in the program. Nursing faculty cannot provide advice about findings on the criminal background check. In addition, students will have to complete a new criminal background check with the North Carolina Board of Nursing when applying for a license as an LPN. More information can be obtained at https://www.ncbon.com/licensure-listing-criminal-background-check-live-scan
Upon acceptance into the program, students will have to provide immunization and health records, including a physical examination by a healthcare provider stating the student is physically and emotionally able to participate in the program. Students are required to be CPR certified through the American Heart Association as Healthcare Providers (only type accepted).
Health insurance is required for all students enrolled in the nursing programs. It is recommended that students obtain health insurance prior to acceptance into the program as Open Enrollment Dates do not correlate with admission dates. A student must have insurance by the start of the program or will be unable to remain enrolled in the nursing program. Please see the links below for health insurance information:
All students in the Nursing Programs must view this MRI Safety Video and complete an MRI Screening Form annually.
An estimation of the fees associated with the Nursing Programs and other important information can be found in the Nursing Programs Student Handbook.
Click here for the VGCC Student Medical Form
Click here for the Job Hazards for Nursing
At the completion of second semester, students who have satisfactorily completed all the skills required and who are currently listed a CNA 1 on the NC registry are eligible for listing as an NA II via the NC Board of Nursing. Students are required to review the following PowerPoint and must submit the application to the Department Chair by the deadline posted in order to be submitted for listing. Once the student's information is submitted to the NC Board of Nursing, the student must create an account on the BON website and pay the listing fee as required by the Board of Nursing. Further information on NA II listings and to complete the process for listing once submitted.
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%); 2019 90% (national average 86%); 2020 77% (national average 83%); 2021 67% (national average 80%). Further information about NCLEX pass rates can be found at https://www.ncbon.com/news-publications-statistics-statistics-statistics-for-nclex
Community and Student update related to Vance-Granville Community College’s Associate Degree and Practical Nursing Programs NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses and Practical Nurses) Scores for 2019, 2020, 2021:
The Vance-Granville Community College Nursing Programs strive for excellence in the education of our nursing students. The NCLEX pass rates for the Associate Degree and Practical Nursing Programs are listed below and noted on the VGCC website. The three-year average for 1st time pass rate for NCLEX-RN is 77% with the NC Benchmark being 82%. The three-year average for 1st time pass rate for NCLEX-PN is 78% with the NC Benchmark being 79%. The nursing programs are working in collaboration with the NC Board of Nursing on opportunities for improvement for the nursing programs as well as how best to support our nursing students. The Associate Degree Nursing Program is on 2nd year warning status and the Practical Nursing Program is on 1st year warning status in accordance with 21 NCAC 36.0320 and 21 NCAC 36.0303 laws related to 1st time pass rates for the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN. Vance Granville Community College has not received notification that the nursing programs are in danger of closure or any other actions that would affect students related to NCLEX scores at this time. Periodically we receive questions related to national accreditation. The VGCC nursing programs have not applied for national accreditation at any point in the past with a national nursing accrediting agency. However, this is a plan for our nursing programs in the future. Students should note that Federal Health Care Agencies may require graduation from a nursing program with national accreditation. We look forward to working with you in the future!
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.