Program: Practical Nursing (157)
Award: Certificate 

The Practical Nursing Program (157) participates in a selective admissions process.

Program Purpose:

This program is designed to prepare students to qualify as practitioners of practical nursing in a variety of health care facilities.  After successful completion of the program, students will be eligible for the National Council Licensure Exam Practical Nurse.

What will I learn?

Students successfully completing this program will be able to…

  • Apply nursing concepts based on bio-psycho-social cultural and spiritual components of individual patients across the life span.
  • Utilize legal and ethical principles while providing safe, patient centered care to culturally diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate safe and competent care in the performance of basic clinical nursing skills while utilizing information technology.
  • Collaborate professionally with members of interdisciplinary health care teams.
  • Utilize the concepts of the nursing process that include conducting a focused nursing assessment of the patient status, be able to make appropriate decisions about who and when to inform, identify patient needs, plan for nursing care, implement appropriate aspects of nursing care, and contribute to the evaluation of patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrate professional growth and development by acquiring knowledge and skills through lifelong learning.

How long will I need to be in college?

A college-ready student attending Camp full-time can complete this certificate in three semesters. 

What job or career can I get with this certificate?

Upon completion of the certificate, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required to be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam Practical Nurse, which is a requirement to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.  Employment opportunities include staff positions in hospitals, nursing homes, health departments, physicians’ offices, clinics, day care centers, industry, hospices, mental health facilities, rehabilitation centers, and home health care agencies.

What is the job outlook for graduates of this program?

As of September 2019, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for Licenses Practical Nurses was 4,520.  Over the last three years, this field shed 127 in the region (Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, December 2019).

How much can I earn with this certificate?

Below are the 2018 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.

 

Entry Level

Mean

Experienced

Licensed Practical Nurses

$34,300

$42,000

$45,800

(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, November 2019)

Want to know more?  Check out the program map and program requirements in the College Catalog.