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Steps to Become a Practical Nurse
We’re happy to help you along your journey of becoming a practical nurse! Licensed practical nurses (LPNS) are in high demand in a number of different roles and at a variety of healthcare facilities, ranging from hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities to hospice care, rehab clinics and medical offices. 

With both a day and evening practical nurse program, there’s much flexibility at Virginia Highlands for those who want to a career as a practical nurse.

  1. Meet with our Nurse Ready Coach. Your first step is making an appointment to meet with our nurse ready coach, Rachel Law. Rachel will guide you in getting started and will help you with everything from completing the financial aid process to making sure you have all the tools you need to be well-prepared to take the TEAS. 

  2. Apply to Virginia Highlands. Please note, admission to the college is the first of two applications. This first step does not guarantee admittance to our practical nurse program. 

  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Need help with the FAFSA? We’re happy to walk you through the online application. Visit us in the Campus Connection Center of the ISC building or give us a call at 276-739-2438.

  4. Complete any needed pre-requisites. Not sure of the pre-requisites you need? We’ll create a list of everything required when you meet with our nurse ready coach!

  5. Take the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Admission to the practical nursing program requires a minimum score of 40th program percentile. Concerned about the test? Talk with your nurse ready coach. She’ll direct you to the tools to help you prepare.

  6. Apply to the VHCC Practical Nurse Program*. After completing all of the steps above, you’re ready to apply for our practical nurse program! 

April 15 is the early application deadline for priority admission to the practical nursing program. Applications submitted after this date will be considered according to remaining seats available.    Application deadline has been extended through May 22, 2020.

NOTE: At this time, due to COVID-19, we are finalizing an agreement with the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) and a distance proctoring company to allow students to test from home and still be proctored. Details will be emailed to applicants who still need to take the TEAS test. Details will include specific test dates, how to register and pay, and technical requirements will also be posted on our website.