Virginia LPN Programs
Typically, in just 12 months you can be trained in an approved LPN program and ready to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) in Virginia. Some LPN programs in Virginia can take a little longer depending on if they are part-time or full time. A link to a list of the Virginia Board of Nursing approved LPN schools in Virginia can be found below.
Admission requirements to the LPN schools in VA will definitely vary, however, some common requirements to keep in mind and make sure you are ready for include possessing a high school diploma or GED, CPR certification (also required by most employers), pre-requisite courses (check with program coordinator), completion of a nursing entrance exam (testing math and english skills), an interview, a drug screen and a background check. Again, these are just some common requirements. Some schools may require less and some may require more.
LPN program Students are prepared for the NCLEX-PN exam as well as for practice as an LPN under the laws governing the practice of nursing and health professions in the General Code of Virginia. Students will receive classroom instruction covering a variety of LPN topics, like nutrition and diet, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and related courses required by laws and regulations governing Licensed Practical Nursing in Virginia. Students will also need to complete required hours in the laboratory as well as clinical hours where students gain "real world" or direct patient contact experience under the direct supervision of an instructor or RN. Clinicals are an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience interacting with patients and applying their classroom and lab knowledge to patient care.
After graduating from LPN schools in Virginia, the Board of Nursing requires graduates to apply for licensure (form can be found on the VA Board of Nursing website) as well as register for the NCLEX-PN exam on the Pearson Vue website. Pass the exam and the Board will contact you with your score and their approval for licensure as a practical nurse in Virginia as long as there was nothing in your application to prevent licensure. Review the Virginia Board of Nursing website for items that may disqualify an individual from licensure if you have any concerns. A link to the Virginia Board of Nursing can be found below.
LPN Salary, Job Outlook and Employers in Virginia
The Virginia Workforce Connection State Wage Survey found that LPNs in Virginia made an average annual salary of $38,044.90. This number will have variances based on many factors including work experience, geographic location, facility type and other influences. The Virginia Workforce Connection also provides long-term job growth projections. LPNs in Virginia are projected at 17% job growth through 2016. This data is good for gauging the state of the field and what to expect as you grow in the career, however, the numbers can get very distorted and the only way to get a true idea of your local job market for an LPN is to contact employers and ask if they are hiring or intend to hire LPNs and what they pay an entry-level LPN.
Employers that have recently been posting LPN jobs in Virginia include Ginter Hall Assisted Living Communities, Care Advantage, Riverside Health System, Brookdale Senior Living, Clarity Service Group (staffing agency), Genesis Healthcare, Fauquier Health, Fairfax County Government and Vitas Innovative Hospice and Home Care. There are many others. These are good companies to contact regarding employment information.
People researching LPN programs in Virginia were also interested learning more about the Medical Assisting programs in Virginia. Medical Assistants in Virginia have similar job growth projections and training time requirements.
Approved LPN Programs in Virginia
LPN Programs Approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing
Follow the link below to be directed to the Virginia Board of Nursing website and the most current list of Virginia Board of Nursing approved LPN programs.
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