Career and Technical Studies
Certificate: Practical Nursing with a major in Practical Nursing
Five-semester sequential program to include a summer semester. The program begins on sequence each fall semester with two preclinical semesters followed by three clinical semesters.

The Practical Nursing Program prepares students educationally to qualify as contributing members of the health care team, rendering patient care as practical nurses in a variety of health services facilities. At the successful completion of the program, students will be educationally eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam leading to licensure as a practical nurse.

Occupational Objectives: 

Positions in health-related facilities such as hospitals, physicians’ offices, long-term care facilities, or other health-related agencies.

Admission Requirements:

To enter the Certificate Practical Nursing Program, the student must be a rising senior in a dual-credit high school program, a high school graduate, or the equivalent. High school courses must include one unit of biology with a grade of “C” or better. Competency in English as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required developmental courses. Students enrolled in the first year Practical Nursing class must complete developmental courses before beginning PNE 162

Application Requirements:

Applications for the Practical Nursing Program will be processed in the following manner:

  1. High school applicants will apply through the guidance department of their respective high schools.
  2. Adult applicants will submit applications directly to the Office of Admissions and Records at Wytheville Community College. High school transcripts, transcripts from any and all non-VCCS colleges attended, and placement test scores will be required.
  3. Preference will be given first to rising high school seniors from area participating high schools and then to adult applicants from the service regions of Wytheville Community College and from service regions of other Virginia community colleges that do not provide access to a Practical Nursing program.

The following is a list of technical abilities and skills applicants for admission should possess:

  • Critical Thinking: Critical thinking ability sufficient
  • Interpersonal: Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds
  • Communication: Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form
  • Mobility: Sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces
  • Motor Skills: Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe care
  • Hearing Acuity: Ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs
  • Visual: Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care
  • Tactile: Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment

Program Requirements:

Upon acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program, the following are necessary:

  1. Completed health form submitted before admission to PNE 161;
  2. Current CPR certification (AHA Health Care Provider Course or Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuer);
  3. A grade of “C” in all Practical Nursing courses is necessary to progress through the program;
  4. Criminal background checks and drug screenings.

Program Readmission:

All Students who wish to return to the Practical Nursing Program must contact the program head in writing.

Students who withdraw or make a grade less that “C” in PNE courses must reenter the program and retake the affected course or courses the next time the courses are offered. Before readmission, students must have a WCC GPA of 2.5 or better, complete all developmental courses, update clinical eligibility forms, have current Healthcare Provider CPR card, complete criminal background and drug screens, complete a drug dosage and calculation review, and pass exams for all previous courses. Faculty may create an individualized developmental plan with additional requirements. Readmission to second year will be contingent on available clinical slots. Student must reapply by February 15 for summer and fall semester and deadlines established by program head for spring semester. Students are not eligible for readmission after two attempts; only extenuating circumstances may be considered by the Practical Nursing faculty committee. Any student who is eligible for readmission and has been out of the program for more than a year must repeat all PNE courses. Students who are withdrawn because of honor code violations are ineligible for readmission.

Special Accreditation Status:

The program is approved by the Virginia Community College System and the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

NCLEX-PN Pass Rates:

2016 89%
2015 89%
2014 70%
2013 91%
2012 80%
2011 71%

The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.

Other Information: 

Applicants should be advised that the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Nursing Statutes and Reglulations (54.1-3007) state the following:

Refusal, revocation or suspension, censure or probation: The Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Nursing may refuse to admit a candidate to any examination, refuse to issue a license or certificate to any applicant and may suspend any license or certificate for a stated period or indefinitely, or revoke any license or censure or reprimand any licensee or certificate holder or place him/her on probation for such time as it may designate for any of the following causes:

  1. Fraud or deceit in procuring or attempting to procure a license;
  2. Unprofessional conduct;
  3. Willful or repeated violation of any of the provisions of this chapter;
  4. Conviction of any felony or any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
  5. Practicing in a manner contrary to the standards of ethics or in such a manner as to make his/her practice a danger to the health and welfare of patients or to the public;
  6. Use of alcohol or drugs to the extent that such use renders him/her unsafe to practice, or any mental or physical illness rendering him/her unsafe to practice;
  7. The denial, revocation, suspension or restriction of a license or certificate to practice in another state, District of Columbia, or a United States possession or territory; or
  8. Abuse, negligent practice, or misappropriation of a patient’s or resident’s property.

Please Note:  All PN classes are held at the Crossroads Institute In Galax, Va.  Classes are held two days per week the first two semesters.  Classes are held 4 days per week during the last three semesters.

First Year
First Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
PNE 141 Nursing Skills I 2 3 3
PNE 155 Body Structure and Function 3 0 3
SDV 1001

Students may also take SDV 101 or SDV 104.

College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 6 3 7
Second Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
HLT 1052

HLT 105 or any other general education elective approved by the program.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1 0 1
PNE 142 Nursing Skills II 2 3 3
PNE 173 Pharmacology 2 0 2
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 5 3 6
Second Year
Third Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
PNE 161 Nursing in Health Changes I 2 12 6
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 2 12 6
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 0 3
PNE 162 Nursing in Health Changes II 4 21 11
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 10 21 17
Third Year
Fifth Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
PNE 130 Maternity Nursing 3 3 4
PNE 157 Pediatrics 4 3 5
PNE 158 Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing 2 0 2
PNE 181 Clinical Experience I 0 15 5
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 9 21 16