Nursing Programs
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Licensed practical nurses (LPN) use intelligence, care, and compassion to provide direct therapeutic patient care. They serve in a variety of roles and work under the supervision of physicians and registered nurses.

The LPN's competence implies knowledge, understanding and skills that transcend specific tasks and is guided by a commitment to the public and to the high standards of the nursing profession. As an integral part of the health care team, the licensed practical nurse performs functions such as, but not limited to, bedside care, taking vital signs, administering and monitoring medications, inserting catheters, providing wound care and dressing changes, implementing care plans, and providing patient and family education to promote health. The LPN supervises nurses' aides and unlicensed assistive personnel. View our Nursing Program Philosophy.

Apply for Practical Nursing

Riverside is proud to offer:

  • Programs leading to a Diploma in Practical Nursing and be eligible for licensure examinations to become an LPN in Virginia
  • Full-time Day Option consisting of two 16-week semesters and one 8-week summer semester (40 total weeks - 1 academic year) occasional evening or weekend hours may be required
  • Full-time Evening/Weekend Option consisting of two 23-week semesters and one 12-week semester (58 total weeks - 1 academic year) occasional daytime hours may be required
  • Theoretical instruction integrated with laboratory simulations and clinical experience
  • Hands-on clinical experience in our modern medical center and a variety of affiliated clinical sites
  • Financial aid for students who qualify
  • Associated with Riverside Health System Career planning services for current students and alumni

Prerequisite College Courses/Credits

Preadmission Testing Requirements
Suggested Score: 58.4%

Other Requirements

  • The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited U.S. high school with a GPA of 2.0 or higher or have earned a high school equivalency (GED) certificate.
  • High School Seniors may be eligible to apply.**
  • Preadmission testing required.

Class Times

Day Division

  • Approximately 12 months to complete (40 total weeks - 1 academic year)
  • Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Occasional Evening/Weekend hours

Evening/Weekend Division

  • Approximately 15 months to complete (58 total weeks - 1 academic year) 
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Every other weekend (Saturday & Sunday), 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Occasional Daytime hours during the week

RCHC Program Hours – Theory: 412.5 clock hours
RCHC Program Hours – Skills Lab: 112.5 clock hours
RCHC Program Hours – Clinical: 450.0 clock hours

RCHC Total Program Hours: 975.0 clock hours


  • Virginia Board of Nursing
    Perimeter Center

    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 Henrico, VA 23233-1463


  • The Practical Nursing program at Riverside College of Health Careers at 316 Main Street located in Newport News, Virginia, is accredited by the:

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326

    The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at


  • Program graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the NCLEX-PN© (National Council Licensure Examination for PracticL Nurses). Application to the Board is a student responsibility and additional fees are charged. Additional information may be obtained from:
    Virginia Board of Nursing Perimeter Center
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 Henrico, VA 23233-1463
  • RCHC Licensure Disclosure Information


  • Certified by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) to operate in Virginia.
    101 N. 14th Street, James Monroe Building Richmond, VA 23219


  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 N. Falls Church, VA 22043


Tuition breakdown for Practical Nursing

Clock-Hour Based Flat rate per Payment Period:

Payment Period 1: $8,750
Payment Period 2:

Total Tuition: $17,500

Other Associated Costs

  • Book Estimate: $850
  • Uniform & Shoe Estimate: $150
  • Supplies Estimate: $120
  • Credentialing Estimate: $410