Fall 2021 Admissions: If you are not a current student at VGCC, please apply to the college now. Once you have applied to the college (or if you are a current student), you will work with an Academic Advisor to complete the PN Admissions steps.
Click here to apply to VGCC: https://www1.cfnc.org/applications/nc_community_college/apply.html?application_id=1531
Please review the PN Admission Requirements before meeting with an Academic Advisor/Pre-Health Advisor. Students should print a PN Planning Checklist to complete the items required for the PROGRAM APPLICATION and to review the instructions for submitting a PROGRAM APPLICATION.
Students are required to complete a state-approved NA I training course and be currently listed on the CNA I Registry. For information about the state-approved NA I training course offered at VGCC, including the schedule, please click here: http://www.vgcc.edu/coned/occupational-healthcare
Other state-approved NA I training programs: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/hcpr/pdf/trainingprograms.pdf
A Waiver Request Form may be completed by students who have degrees or certificates that are equivalent to the NA I course and CNA registry listing. Please click here for the Waiver Request Form , complete it, and submit it as instructed in the form.
Since students are required to be currently listed on the CNA I registry prior to entry into the program and must maintain the listing through the first year of the program, the NA I skills will not be retaught and students can independently perform in clinical. Students admitted via a waiver of the CNA I requirement are responsible for knowing and demonstrating correct performance of NA I skills. If a student demonstrates unsafe or unsatisfactory performance of a NA I skill, the student will be required to satisfactorily complete the skill in the lab under the supervision of an instructor. Failure to satisfactorily demonstrate any NA I skill in lab after three attempts will result in dismissal from the program.
Six-months of work experience as a CNA 1 OR a letter from your NA I instructor recommending you for the program is required. Please complete the Work Experience Verification Form to demonstrate that you meet this requirement.
Completion of the TEAS V test with a minimum score of 58.7% (Adjusted Individual Score) is required for admission into the program. The TEAS V test can be taken at VGCC or official scores from other schools may be transferred in. The TEAS V must have been taken within 5 years of the Eligibility Checklist deadline. Study guides and practice tests for the TEAS V are available on the ATI Testing Website at https://www.atitesting.com/ati_store/TEAS-Products.aspx . It is strongly recommended that students complete a Practice Test before taking the TEAS.
For more information on the TEAS test please see our new TEAS LibGuide at http://lrc.vgcc.edu/TEAS
Transfer Students: VGCC may accept students into the VGCC nursing programs that have completed nursing courses at other community colleges or universities. In order to be eligible for transfer into the PN program, students must meet all admission criteria and complete a Transfer Student Program Application with a Student Success Coach prior to the deadline for admission. Nursing courses taken will be reviewed for the number of attempts/program admissions, the year taken, content covered, and grade equivalency and acceptance of transfer credit for nursing course(s) is at the discretion of the Department Chair/Program Head. Even if students meet eligibility criteria and nursing courses are accepted for transfer, enrollment in the nursing programs as a transfer student is based on space available.
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 http://www.ncbon.com/dcp/i/licensurelisting-criminal-background-checks-cbc-requirements
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%). Further information about NCLEX pass rates can be found at https://www.ncbon.com/news-publications-statistics-statistics-statistics-for-nclex
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.