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There are several distinct nursing roles in the healthcare industry. One of the most critical roles is licensed practical nurse (LPN). Virginia employs well over 20,000 LPNs in hospitals, medical centers, and long-term care facilities across the state.

Overview of the LPN role
LPNs deal primarily with bedside patient care. An LPN’s typical day at work may include checking blood pressure, recording patient health information, changing bandages, inserting catheters, discussing patient care, and listening to patient concerns. LPNs also assist patients with everyday tasks like bathing, dressing, feeding, and walking. Practical nurses frequently work under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN).

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Virginia’s LPN programs
Since the job requires hands-on patient care, LPNs are certified with a brief program that emphasizes clinical experience. Most LPN candidates complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program in preparation for the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination. Virginia has over sixty state-approved LPN training programs, including large enrollments at ECPI University’s campuses in Virginia Beach and Newport News.

Virginia’s LPN job market
Employment opportunities are plentiful for Virginia’s LPNs. The state’s largest healthcare providers are constantly hiring new graduates, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, University of Virginia Medical Center, and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Due to this demand, practical nurses are compensated handsomely. Virginia’s LPNs earn close to $40,000 annually. The highest-paid LPNs in the state earn well over $45,000 per year.

Interested in a rewarding career as a practical nurse? You can start your search with our comprehensive list of Virginia’s LPN programs. We’ve grouped them below by metropolitan area and ranked them by students’ NCLEX test scores.

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Greater Richmond metro area

Henrico County / St. Mary's Hospital School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Fortis College - Richmond
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Chesterfield Career & Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2018)
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Petersburg City Public Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
ECPI University - Richmond
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Chester Career College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 71.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Henrico County / St. Mary's Hospital School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.8% 2009 to 2018
Fortis College - Richmond
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.3% 2010 to 2018
Chesterfield Career & Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.4% 2009 to 2018
Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.7% 2018 to 2018
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.9% 2009 to 2018
Petersburg City Public Schools
Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.0% 2009 to 2018
ECPI University - Richmond
Certificate in Practical Nursing 78.7% 2009 to 2018
Chester Career College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 71.9% 2009 to 2018

Hampton Roads

Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Chesapeake Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Rappahannock Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Riverside College of Health Careers
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Fortis College - Norfolk
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Central School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
ECPI University - Newport News
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
ECPI University - Virginia Beach
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Centura College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.1% 2009 to 2018
Chesapeake Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.8% 2009 to 2018
Rappahannock Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.2% 2009 to 2018
Riverside College of Health Careers
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.3% 2009 to 2018
Fortis College - Norfolk
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.7% 2009 to 2018
Central School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.3% 2009 to 2018
ECPI University - Newport News
Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.6% 2009 to 2018
ECPI University - Virginia Beach
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.8% 2009 to 2018
Centura College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 78.4% 2009 to 2018

Lynchburg

Centra College of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Bedford County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Centra College of Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.6% 2009 to 2018
Bedford County School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.1% 2009 to 2018

Roanoke

Virginia Western Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
ECPI University - Roanoke
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Virginia Western Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.7% 2009 to 2018
ECPI University - Roanoke
Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.3% 2009 to 2018

Washington, DC suburbs

Eastern Virginia Career College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Northern Virginia Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Prince William County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Standard Healthcare Services College of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
ECPI University - Northern Virginia
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Global Health College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Monroe Advanced Technical Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Ultimate Health School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
America School of Nursing & Allied Health
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.1% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2018)
Medical Learning Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 60.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2015)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Eastern Virginia Career College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.0% 2009 to 2018
Northern Virginia Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.4% 2013 to 2018
Prince William County School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.5% 2009 to 2018
Standard Healthcare Services College of Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.9% 2009 to 2018
ECPI University - Northern Virginia
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.3% 2013 to 2018
Global Health College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.6% 2009 to 2018
Monroe Advanced Technical Academy
Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.8% 2009 to 2018
Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.1% 2009 to 2018
Ultimate Health School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.7% 2009 to 2018
America School of Nursing & Allied Health
Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.1% 2015 to 2018
Medical Learning Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 60.9% 2009 to 2015

Other Virginia cities

Lord Fairfax Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Valley Career & Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Page County Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Danville Community College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Health Science: Practical Nursing Specialization: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Massanutten Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Smyth Career & Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
New River Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Eastern Shore Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Washington County Career & Technical Education Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Patrick Henry Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Buchanan County Career, Technology & Higher Learning Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Russell County Career & Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Mountain Empire Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Germanna Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Giles County Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Wytheville Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Lee County Career & Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Southwest Virginia Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 76.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 75.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Ridgeview Practical Nursing Program
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 74.1% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2018)
Paul D. Camp Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 66.7% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2018)
Medical Solutions Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Virginia Highlands Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lord Fairfax Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.3% 2009 to 2018
Valley Career & Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.0% 2009 to 2018
Page County Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.8% 2009 to 2018
Danville Community College
Associate of Applied Science in Health Science: Practical Nursing Specialization 95.7% 2009 to 2018
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.5% 2009 to 2018
Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.9% 2009 to 2018
Massanutten Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.8% 2009 to 2018
Smyth Career & Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.1% 2009 to 2018
Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.9% 2009 to 2018
New River Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.7% 2009 to 2018
Eastern Shore Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.0% 2009 to 2018
Washington County Career & Technical Education Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.6% 2009 to 2018
Patrick Henry Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.1% 2009 to 2018
Buchanan County Career, Technology & Higher Learning Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.0% 2009 to 2018
Russell County Career & Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.8% 2009 to 2018
Mountain Empire Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.4% 2009 to 2018
Germanna Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.3% 2009 to 2018
Giles County Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.8% 2009 to 2018
Wytheville Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.5% 2009 to 2018
Lee County Career & Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.0% 2009 to 2018
Southwest Virginia Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 76.3% 2009 to 2018
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 75.2% 2011 to 2018
Ridgeview Practical Nursing Program
Certificate in Practical Nursing 74.1% 2016 to 2018
Paul D. Camp Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 66.7% 2015 to 2018
Medical Solutions Academy
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Virginia Highlands Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing