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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.

Featured Schools

Greater Richmond metro area

Saint Mary's Hospital
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Fortis College - Richmond
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-3 2013)
Chesterfield Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Centura College - Richmond
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
ECPI University - Richmond South
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Petersburg City Public Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 77.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
ECPI University - Richmond West
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 77.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Chester Career College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 69.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Asher Comprehensive Training Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Saint Mary's Hospital
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.8% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Fortis College - Richmond
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.5% 2010 to Q1-3 2013
Chesterfield Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.5% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Centura College - Richmond
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.1% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
ECPI University - Richmond South
Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Petersburg City Public Schools
Certificate in Practical Nursing 77.1% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
ECPI University - Richmond West
Certificate in Practical Nursing 77.0% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Chester Career College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 69.0% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Asher Comprehensive Training Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing

Hampton Roads

Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Rappahannock Community College - Glenns
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Central School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Riverside College of Health Careers
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Chesapeake Center for Science and Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
ECPI University - Virginia Beach
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Fortis College - Norfolk
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
ECPI University - Newport News
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Centura College - Norfolk
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 80.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Rappahannock Community College - Glenns
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.9% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Central School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Riverside College of Health Careers
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.4% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Chesapeake Center for Science and Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.7% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
ECPI University - Virginia Beach
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.5% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Fortis College - Norfolk
Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.9% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
ECPI University - Newport News
Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.8% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Centura College - Norfolk
Certificate in Practical Nursing 80.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013

Lynchburg

Centra College of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Bedford County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Centra College of Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Bedford County School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013

Roanoke

Patrick Henry Community College - Franklin
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Virginia Western Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Skyline College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Patrick Henry Community College - Franklin
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.9% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Virginia Western Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Skyline College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.8% 2009 to Q1-3 2013

Washington, DC suburbs

Northern Virginia Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Lord Fairfax Community College - Fauquier
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Eastern Virginia Career College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Prince William County Public Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Standard Healthcare Services
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
ECPI University - Northern Virginia
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Global Health College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Loudoun County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Alexandria City Public Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Ultimate Health School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 73.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Star College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 36.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Northern Virginia Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Lord Fairfax Community College - Fauquier
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Eastern Virginia Career College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.5% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Prince William County Public Schools
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.5% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Standard Healthcare Services
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.4% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
ECPI University - Northern Virginia
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.2% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.9% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Global Health College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.4% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.7% 2009 to 2012
Loudoun County School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Alexandria City Public Schools
Certificate in Practical Nursing 78.7% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Ultimate Health School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 73.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Star College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 36.4% 2011 to Q1-3 2013

Other Virginia cities

Danville Community College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Health Science - Practical Nursing Specialization: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Valley Career and Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Lord Fairfax Community College - Middletown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Washington County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Dabney S Lancaster Community College - Rockbridge
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Tazewell County Career and Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Dabney S Lancaster Community College - Clifton Forge
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
New River Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Page County Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Smyth County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Massanutten Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Rappahannock Community College - Warsaw
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Southside Virginia Community College - Chase City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-3 2013 through Q1-3 2013)
Southampton Memorial Hospital
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Russell County Career & Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Buchanan County Technology and Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Eastern Shore Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Patrick Henry Community College - Martinsville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Southside Virginia Community College - Farmville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Germanna Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Giles County Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Wytheville Community College - Galax
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Mountain Empire Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Lee County Career & Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 76.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Southwest Virginia Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 73.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
Blue Ridge Job Corps Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 67.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-3 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Danville Community College
Associate of Applied Science in Health Science - Practical Nursing Specialization 100.0% 2009 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.4% 2009 to 2012
Valley Career and Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Lord Fairfax Community College - Middletown
Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.0% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Washington County School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.4% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Dabney S Lancaster Community College - Rockbridge
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Tazewell County Career and Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.3% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Dabney S Lancaster Community College - Clifton Forge
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.9% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
New River Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.8% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Page County Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.7% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.9% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Smyth County School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.8% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Massanutten Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.5% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Rappahannock Community College - Warsaw
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.1% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Southside Virginia Community College - Chase City
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.9% Q1-3 2013 to Q1-3 2013
Southampton Memorial Hospital
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.7% 2009 to 2012
Russell County Career & Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.4% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Buchanan County Technology and Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.2% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Eastern Shore Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.0% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Patrick Henry Community College - Martinsville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.8% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Southside Virginia Community College - Farmville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.7% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Germanna Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.5% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Giles County Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.0% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Wytheville Community College - Galax
Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Mountain Empire Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.7% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Lee County Career & Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 78.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 76.1% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Southwest Virginia Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 73.0% 2009 to Q1-3 2013
Blue Ridge Job Corps Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 67.6% 2009 to Q1-3 2013