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Licensed Practical Nurse CAS

The Practical Nursing program is an intensive eleven month certificate program designed to prepare students to practice as Licensed Practical Nurses in a variety of healthcare settings. The curriculum provides students with classroom and clinical experiences in the areas of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Maternal-Child Nursing, Geriatrics and Mental Health Nursing in a variety of acute care, extended care, and outpatient facilities and includes courses in pharmacology and nutrition. The program also is designed for career laddering, awarding appropriate transfer credit allowing for seamless transfer into more advanced nursing programs of study. Upon completion of the Practical Nursing program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council License Examination – Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Successful completion of this examination is required for practical nursing licensure.  For further information, contact Joanna Perry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 304-883-2429.


Application to the School of Practical Nursing Program

Applications for admission to the School of Practical Nursing Program must be submitted to the Director of the Practical Nursing Program before the application deadline.  Potential Practical Nursing students are encouraged to submit the application prior to the end of the semester preceding program entry and to meet with the Practical Nursing faculty or Program Director for academic advising while taking prerequisite courses. This application differs from the Application for Admissions initially completed to enter the College.


Practical Nursing Program Admission Requirements

All applicants seeking admission to the Practical Nursing Program are required to:

  • Submit a completed Practical Nursing Application for Admission which can be found below.
  • Submit all college transcripts or final high school transcript to the Admissions Office.
  • Complete 11 hours of prerequisite courses:
    • English 101
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology II
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
  • Meet Math 091 competency.
  • Score a minimum of 65 on the HESI A2 Preadmission Examination.
  • Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA with a minimum grade of "C" in all required prerequisite courses.
  • Complete a criminal background check before the first day of class.
  • Complete a physical examination with laboratory testing before the first day of class.
  • Complete required drug/alcohol screening before the first day of class.
  • Complete Basic Cardiac Life Support for healthcare providers (BCLS) class prior to the first day of class.
      • Applicants exceeding academic standards will be given first priority for selection. 
      • Students are responsible for all fees associated with background and drug screening tests, BCLS courses, and physical examinations.  All medical forms and instructions for registering for testing will be provided in the acceptance letter.
      • Admittance into the Practical Nursing Program at New River Community and Technical College does not guarantee that the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses will grant the student licensure.  The Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses may deny testing to any applicant proven guilty of certain infractions, such as, but not limited to, fraud, felony, or moral misconduct.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SCHOOL OF PRACTICAL NURSING APPLICATION FORM.  Email  the application form and complete all sections including the essay section. Please note when you using the email option, the application will be attached to the email in your drafts folder.  Please click send once you have located the email.   The completed application may be mailed to: School of Practical Nursing, ATTN: Tina Bryant, 6101 Webster Road, Summersville, WV 26651.  Completed applications may also be personally submitted to the Office of the Director of the School of Practical Nursing located at the Allied Health Training Center, 818 Northside Drive, Summersville, WV  26651.

Potential Practical Nursing students are encouraged to meet with the practical nursing faculty for academic advising while taking the prerequisites courses.  If you should need guidance in completing the application process, please call 304-883-2481.


Licensed Practical Nurse

Total Certificate Hours: 47

Effective as of the 2017-2018 academic year

Program Pre-Requisites (Minimum grade of "C"):
ENGL 101  Composition I
BIOL 231 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 233L Anatomy and Physiology I lab
BIOL 232 Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 234L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

First Semester




LPNU 105

Foundations of Nursing


LPNU 116



LPNU 118

Introduction to Practical Nursing


LPNU 126

Principles of Nutrition for Nursing



Total Semester Hours



Second Semester




LPNU 120

Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing I


LPNU 122

Maternal Nursing for PN


LPNU 124

Clinical Pharmacology/Nursing I


LPNU 127

Clinical Nutrition for Nurses


LPNU 128

PN: Practice, Issues & Trends I


Total Semester Hours



Third Semester




LPNU 125

Clinical Pharmacology/Nursing II


LPNU 130

Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing II


LPNU 132

Mental Health Nursing for PN


LPNU 134

Pediatric Nursing for PN


LPNU 138

PN: Practice, Issues, & Trends II



Total Semester Hours


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Licensed Practical Nursing (CP)


Q. How much will this program cost me?    
A. Tuition and Fees: $7,481.00  
  Books and Supplies $1,780.00  
  On-Campus room & board Not offered  


Q.  What are my financing options to pay for the program?     
A.   In addition to grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, 85.3% of graduates (2010-2011) used loans to finance their education (tuition and fees, books, and supplies and funds including educational costs allowed for living expenses, transportation/personal allowance). The median debt* for program graduates was by year:     
  2010-2011                                                                                   $2,766.00    
  * Median loan debt from the Title IV only-No Completers had private loans or institutional financing during this time period.      


Q. How long will it take me to complete this program?    
A. The program is designed to take 11 months to complete. The percent of graduates from this program that finished in this time by year are:    
  2014-2015                                                                                    100%    
Q. What are the chances of getting a job when I graduate    
A. The job placement rate** for students who complete the program is by year    
  2014-2015                Data calculation will be provided by the National Center for Educational Statistics at a future date    

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The deadline to apply for spring 2018 graduation is Friday, November 10. Applications are available online or you may pick up a paper form on your local campus or from your advisor. Make sure to see your advisor before submitting your application.