Practical Nursing

Mission Statement

The School of Nursing prepares qualified adult students of all ages and backgrounds to:  earn a certificate in Practical Nursing, prepare to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses, and to seek employment as a professional practitioner in a diverse nursing workforce.

The School of Nursing strives to help students achieve their professional goals, enhance lifelong learning, promote excellence in nursing to advance healthcare in their work setting, and contribute as citizens to the vitality and quality of life of their communities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Provide safe, quality, evidence-based, patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to diverse patient populations across their lifespan.
  • Engage in critical thinking to make patient-centered care decisions.
  • Participate in quality improvement processes to improve patient care.
  • Participate in collaboration and teamwork with members of the interdisciplinary team, the patient, and the patient’s support persons.
  • Use information management principles, techniques, systems, and patient care technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support the decision making process.
  • Assimilate management, legal, and ethical guidelines in practice as a professional nurse.
  • Promote a culture of caring through holistic and compassionate patient care.

HESI Admission Testing

Students are required to take the HESI A2 admission test before applying.

Apply to the Practical Nursing Program

Complete the Application below and include the completed Computer Competency Form.

This program is available only at the Middletown Campus and additional steps are required after the application is submitted. 

All students enrolled in the Practical Nursing programs must have health insurance by the start of the Fall semester and maintain it throughout their enrollment in the program. It is recommended that students obtain health insurance prior to being accepted into the program as Open Enrollment dates do not correlate with admission dates.  Failure to have health insurance by the start of the program will require the student to be unenrolled from the program.

Estimated Program Costs


The Virginia Board of Nursing Approval

The Certificate in Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing

9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300

Richmond, Virginia 23233

Phone: (804)367-4515


The Practical Nursing Program is not certified by a national accreditation body.

Contact Us

Samantha Baugher

Samantha Baugher

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Carol Williams

Carol Williams

Administrative Assistant for Nursing and Health Professions