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.

Program at a Glance
Day Division

  • Approximately 11 months
  • Hours vary Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Occasional evening & weekend hours may be required
  • Includes onsite and online course requirements

Program at a Glance
Evening/Weekend Division

  • Approximately 15 months
  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Every other weekend, Saturday and Sunday, hours vary 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Occasional daytime hours may be required during the week
  • Includes onsite and online course requirements

Start Dates, Application for Admission, and Tuition Information

Admission Criteria

  • Graduation from an accredited high school with a required overall grade point average of 2.0 or better; or a GED certificate. (High school seniors, graduating no later than June, are eligible to apply for summer or fall programs if their GPA is 2.0 or higher at time of application and a positive recommendation from their guidance counselor has been provided).
  • Preadmission entrance test.
  • Must be able to meet essential requirements of the program.
  • Official TOEFL results if English is your second language. Minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet-based)
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. 
  • Documentation of previous health care experience (including volunteer hours) is recommended.
  • Current or past employees of Riverside Health System will be evaluated for job performance and eligibility for rehire.
  • All students must reside in Virginia during enrollment at the College.

Admission is on a competitive basis. Riverside College of Health Careers reserves the right to select those applicants who are deemed best qualified for both the program of study and potential employment by Riverside Health System.

Practical Nursing Program Philosophy

The Practical Nursing Program is:

Institutional Accreditation
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

Riverside College of Health Careers is certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

Gainful Employment Disclosure - Practical Nursing (Day Division only)

Gainful Employment Disclosure - Practical Nursing (Evening/Weekend Division only)

The information contained in this website is informational only, and not intended to be contractual in nature. We reserve the right to change or alter any statements herein without prior notice.