Paul D. Camp Community College Hires New LPN Program Coordinator

PDCCC Courtney Darden

Paul D. Camp Community College is poised to expand its nursing program to include a one-year certificate in Practical Nursing. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide basic nursing care under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.
“The Practical Nursing certificate is a good match for Paul D. Camp Community College’s mission of providing education and employment training to the community. And we are thrilled with the arrival of Courtney to our College team. She brings a wealth of experience and she started her career right her at the College in obtaining her certification through our program,” says Dr. Candace Rogers, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health.
Ms. Darden began her nursing career as a graduate of Southampton Memorial Hospital’s School of Practical Nursing in 2006. She then continued her formal program training with Paul D. Camp Community College, obtaining an Associate’s degree in Nursing in 2009. Ms. Darden will be graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing in December. She plans to attend Old Dominion University in the Spring of 2014 in her quest to obtain her Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing. Ms. Darden’s background lies in the areas of critical care, management, geriatrics, and education.
Ms. Darden said, “I absolutely love my job and am in awe of this opportunity to return to the family that I learned so much from. Paul D. Camp is filled with amazing faculty dedicated to student success and this program will only further solidify the dedication of this College in western Hampton Roads.”
She added, “The new LPN program is going to be such an amazing opportunity for the community, the students, and the college and I am blessed to be a part of it. If I can help my students achieve the same success I have, then I will have accomplished a big part of my goal as an educator.”
Demand for the College’s Practical Nursing certificate is expected to be high. Sixteen of the 24 colleges in the Virginia Community College System offer a Practical Nursing program. Goals for the initial year of the program include the following:

  • Receive approval from Paul D. Camp Community College to offer a Practical Nursing program
  • Receive approval from the Virginia Community College System
  • Receive approval from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV)
  • Receive approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Receive approval from the Virginia Board of Nursing
  • Market the program to prospective students
  • Equip the skills lab for Practical Nursing
  • Admit the first class of students in the Practical Nursing program