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 occasional evening or weekend hours may be required
  • Full-time Evening/Weekend option consisting of two 23-week semesters and one 12-week semester 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
None

Preadmission Testing Requirements
ATI TEAS
Suggested Score: 58.4%

Other Requirements

  • The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited 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

  1. Day Division
    • Approximately 11 months to complete
    • Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m
    • Occasional Evening/Weekend hours
  2. Evening/Weekend Division
    • Approximately 15 months to complete
    • 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: 27.5 credit hours
RCHC Program Hours – Skills Lab: 2.5 credits
RCHC Program Hours – Clinical:10 credit hours

 

PROGRAM APPROVED BY:

  • Virginia Board of Nursing
    Perimeter Center

    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 Henrico, VA 23233-1463
    804-367-4515

PROGRAM ACCREDITED BY:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    404-975-5000, www.acenursing.org

LICENSURE:

  • 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
    804-367-4515, http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Nursing

INSTITUTIONAL CERTIFICATION:

  • Certified by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) to operate in Virginia.
    SCHEV
    101 N. 14th Street, James Monroe Building Richmond, VA 23219
    804-225-2600, www.schev.edu

INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION:

  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 N. Falls Church, VA 22043
    703-917-9503, www.abhes.org

RIVERSIDE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ACCREDITED BY:

Tuition breakdown for Practical Nursing

  • $350 per GEN credit
  • $440 per PN credit

Total Tuition: $17,510

Other Associated Costs

  • Book Estimate: $850
  • Uniform & Shoe Estimate: $150
  • Supplies Estimate: $120
  • Credentialing Estimate: $416

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