Becoming an LPN in Virginia

Virginia strives to provide safe patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards, and educating the public about quality care. To become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Virginia, applicants must apply by exam or endorsement. Virginia also participates in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)—1 of 24 states that allow nurses to practice without additional licensure if they’re licensed in another NLC state. Predictions for the state of Virginia made by The Bureau of Labor Statistics state a 24% increase in LPN jobs per year is expected by 2020.

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    LPN Programs in Virginia

    With about 70 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs in the state, Virginia is making it easy for nurse hopefuls to find a school nearby to meet education requirements and become licensed in the state. Large cities like Arlington, Richmond, and Virginia Beach provide easy access to vocational centers, private schools, and community colleges. To aid in your decision, we've been thoughtfully collecting school information such as NLCEX-PN pass-rates and test results, and we've used this information to create a ranked listing of the top 20 schools across Virginia.

    For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)

    Ranked: 1
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%

    Valley Vocational Technical Center

    49 Hornet Rd, Fishersville, VA (540) 245-5002 Visit Homepage

    Valley Vocational Technical Center (VVTC) is located in Fishersville, Virginia. VVTC prepares students through career development, workforce readiness, and industry-specific job skills through individualized coursework and hands-on training by industry-experienced faculty, utilizing state-of-the-art technology to ensure student success.

    Ranked: 2
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%

    5251 State Road 373, Dublin, VA (540) 674-3600 Visit Homepage

    New River Community College (NRCC) is a comprehensive community college located in Dublin, Virginia. NRCC prepares students for the future with a variety of occupational programs and college transfer courses, as well as workforce development programs and adult education to meet student goals and ensure success.

    Get More Information About: New River Community College

    Ranked: 3
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%

    1008 S Main St,  danville, VA (434) 797-2222 Visit Homepage

    Danville Community College (DCC)-AAS program, located in Danville, Virginia, is dedicated to providing quality higher education and workforce training and services, promoting student success and enhancing business development. DCC offers academic programs to assist students in achieving their educational and career goals.

    Get More Information About: Danville Community College – AAS Program

    Ranked: 4
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 98.91%

    Suffolk Public Schools / Obici Memorial Hospital

    100 N. Main St. , Suffolk , VA (757) 925-6750 Visit Homepage

    Suffolk Public Schools / Obici Memorial Hospital, located in Suffolk, Virginia, offers a one year training program, gaining clinical experience in a hospital setting. Nursing program student prepare on-the-job, combining theory and clinical hours to meet state requirements before testing.

    Ranked: 5
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 98.34%

    173 Skirmisher Ln, Middletown, VA (540) 868-7000 Visit Homepage

    Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus public institution located in Middletown, Virginia, with additional centers located in Warrenton and Luray. LFCC offers more than 45 associate degree and certification programs in a variety of disciplines, as well as providing advanced degrees onsite, and providing workforce development programs and industrial courses.

    Get More Information About: Lord Fairfax Community College

    Ranked: 6
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 98.30%

    Dabney S. Lancaster Community College – Rockbridge Regional Center

    35 Vista Links Drive, Buena Vista, VA (540) 261-1211 Visit Homepage

    Dabney S. Lancaster Community College-Rockbridge Regional Center (RRC) is located in Buena Vista, Virginia. RCC has a flexible schedule, designed to ensure student success with developed curriculum to ensure knowledge, skills, and the ability to deliver safe and competent patient care. Some programs have specific criteria that must be met before admission is considered.

    Ranked: 7
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 98.29%

    Page County Technical Center (PCTC)

    525 Middleburg Rd, Luray, VA (540) 778-7282 Visit Homepage

    Page County Technical Center (PCTC) is located in Luray, Virginia. PCTC provides technical training leading to productive, marketable skills that meet the needs of both secondary and adult learners, offering individualized instruction on state-of-the-art equipment and curriculum focused on not only on knowledge and skill, but also on the attitude required to work successfully in any career.

    Ranked: 8
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96.91%

    Lord Fairfax Community College – Fauquier

    6480 College St., Warrenton, VA (540) 351-1505 Visit Homepage

    Lord Fairfax Community College ? Fauquier is located in Warrenton, Virginia, with additional centers in Middletown and Luray. LFCC offers a multitude of associate degree and certification programs, as well as providing advanced degrees onsite, and providing workforce development programs and industrial courses.

    Ranked: 9
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96.67%

    Portsmouth Public Schools

    801 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, VA (757) 393-8751 Visit Homepage

    Portsmouth Public Schools (PPS), located in Portsmouth, Virginia, challenges minds, bodies, and dreams of all students while focusing on excellence. PPS assists students by helping them develop a desire for knowledge and respect for learning, as well as developing a sense of responsibility and good more character.

    Ranked: 10
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96.63%

    12745 College Dr, Saluda, VA (804) 758-6700 Visit Homepage

    Rappahannock Community College (RCC) is a two-year, public institution of higher education located in Saluda, Virginia, with additional campuses located in Glenns, Warsaw, King George, and Kilmarnock. RCC provides access to high-quality education for the community, preparing them for success as learners and employees.

    Get More Information About: Rappahannock Community College

    Ranked: 11
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.82%

    Tazewell County Career and Technical Center

    114 Maplewood Ln, Tazewell, VA (276) 988-2529 Visit Homepage

    Tazewell County Career and Technical Center (TCCTC), located in Tazewell, Virginia, is dedicated to preparing students for successful employment. TCCTC nurtures students so they will reach their full potential, recognizing their individuality and unique characteristics, talents, and needs, helping them develop lifelong learning abilities.

    Ranked: 12
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.32%

    Smyth County School of Practical Nursing

    121 Bagley Circle, Suite 300, Marion , VA (276) 783-8865 Visit Homepage

    Smyth County School of Practical Nursing, located in Marion, Virginia, provides the highest quality learning experience through applied learning and hands-on training. The School of Practical Nursing provides qualified applicants an opportunity to develop into safe practitioners in all areas of practical nursing.

    Ranked: 13
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.23%

    Washington County Career and Technical Education Center

    255 Stanley Street, Abingdon, VA (276) 739-3100 Visit Homepage

    Washington County Career (WCS) and Technical Education Center, located in Abingdon, Virginia, provides opportunities to its students to develop skills that lead to career advancement, and continued postsecondary education. WCS's faculty and staff believe in providing excellent, state-of-the-art training, allowing students to explore occupations while also creating an atmosphere of mutual respect.

    Ranked: 14
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.85%

    10304 Spotsylvania Ave. Suite 400, Fredericksburg, VA (540) 373-2200 Visit Homepage

    Career Training Solutions (CTS) is located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. CTS provides quality career education and training, as well as quality instructors, equipment, and curriculum, to educate students, achieving competency levels, qualifying for employment or advancement within the occupation of their choice.

    Get More Information About: Career Training Solutions

    Ranked: 15
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.34%

    Dabney S. Lancaster Community College – LPN to RN Ladder Program

    3343 Peachtree Road Ne, Suite 850,, Altanta, VA (404) 975-5000 Visit Homepage

    Dabney S. Lancaster Community College-LPN to RN Ladder Program is located in Atlanta, Virginia, designed to create independent nurses with developed curriculum to ensure knowledge, skills, and the ability to deliver safe and competent patient care. Some programs have specific criteria that must be met before admission is considered.

    Ranked: 16
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 93.55%

    2925 North Landing Road, Virginia Beach, VA (757) 648-5889 Visit Homepage

    Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing (VBSPN), located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is an 18-month nursing program, utilizing state-of-the-art labs and on-site hospital experiences. VBSPN offers over 40 years experience producing quality nurses, utilizing small class sizes and hands on instruction to ensure student success.

    Get More Information About: Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing

    Ranked: 17
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 93.17%

    Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) – John H. Daniel Campus

    200 Daniel Road, Keysville, VA (434) 736-8182 Visit Homepage

    Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC)-John H. Daniel Campus is located in Keysville, Virginia, with eight additional locations across the state. SVCC consists of a professional faculty and staff, as well as small classes that are able to provide quality education for transfer programs, occupational programs, and workforce development.

    Ranked: 18
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 92.89%

    Henrico County Public Schools – School of Practical Nursing

    3751-C Nine Mile Road, Henrico, VA (804) 781-1814 Visit Homepage

    Henrico County Public Schools-School of Practical Nursing is located in Henrico, Virginia, with an additional location in Highland Springs. The Practical Nursing program is designed for student success with a combination of academic coursework and hands-on clinical training to ensure the student is adequately trained to perform the duties of a licensed practical nurse.

    Ranked: 19
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 91.96%

    109 Campus Drive , Alberta, VA (434) 949-1005 Visit Homepage

    Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC)-Christanna Campus is located in Alberta, Virginia, with eight additional locations across the state. SVCC consists of small classes and a professional faculty and staff, providing quality education for transfer programs, occupational programs, and workforce development.

    Get More Information About: Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC)- Christanna Campus

    Ranked: 20
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 91.82%

    Massanutten Technical Center

    325 Pleasant Valley Rd, Harrisonburg, VA (540) 434-5961 Visit Homepage

    Massanutten Technical Center (MTC) is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. MTC plays a role in the community directly benefitting both students and area businesses, creating high-quality employees and allowing men and women to acquire new skills and enhance their career prospects.

    Continued List of All Licensed Practical Nursing Programs in Virginia

    RankedProgramPass RatesWebsite
    #21Russell County Vocational School
    1 Vocational School Rd, Lebanon, VA 24266
    (276) 889-6550
    91.69%Visit Website
    #22Fortis College – Richmond
    2000 Westmoreland Street, Suite a, Richmond, VA 23230
    (804) 323-1020
    91.68%Visit Website
    #23Fairfax County Public Schools
    8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042
    (571) 423-3000
    90.96%Visit Website
    #24Riverside School of Health Careers
    316 Main Street, Newport News, VA 23601
    (757) 240-2200
    90.31%Request Information
    #25Central School of Practical Nursing
    1330 North Military Highway, Norfolk, VA 23502
    (757) 892-3300
    90.29%Request Information
    #26Amherst County Public Schools
    153 Washington Street, Amherst, VA 24521
    (434) 946-9387
    90.27%Visit Website
    #27Radford City Schools
    1612 Wadsworth Street, Radford, VA 24141
    (540) 731-3647
    90.15%Visit Website
    #28Rappahannock Com Coll-Warsaw
    52 Campus Dr, Warsaw, VA 22572
    (804) 333-6700
    89.97%Visit Website
    #29Prince William County Schools
    14715 Bristow Rd, Manassas, VA 20112
    (703) 791-7200
    89.87%Visit Website
    #30Southampton Memorial Hospital
    100 Fairview Dr, Franklin, VA 23851
    (757) 569-6100
    89.72%Visit Website
    #31Eastern Shore Community College
    29300 Lankford Hwy, Melfa, VA 23410
    (757) 789-1789
    89.20%Request Information
    #32Lafayette School of Practical Nursing
    4460 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
    (757) 565-4270
    89.04%Visit Website
    #33Chesapeake Center for Science and Tech
    1617 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322
    (757) 547-0134
    88.00%Visit Website
    #34Standard Health Care
    1073 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046
    (703) 891-1787
    87.95%Visit Website
    #35Chesterfield County Public Schools
    Chesterfield County Public Schools, Chesterfield, VA 23832
    (804) 748-1405
    87.75%Visit Website
    #36Danville Community College
    1008 S Main St, Danville, VA 24541
    (434) 797-2222
    87.67%Request Information
    #37Centura College – Richmond Metro
    7914 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, VA 23235
    (804) 330-0111
    87.51%Visit Website
    #38Patrick Henry Community College
    645 Patriots Ave, Martinsville, VA 24112
    (276) 638-8777
    87.11%Request Information
    #39Loudoun County Public Schools
    21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA 20148
    (571) 252-1000
    86.80%Visit Website
    #40Global Health Nurse Training Services
    25 South Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314
    (866) 440-3535
    86.56%Visit Website
    #41Bedford Science and Technology Center
    310 South Bridge Street, Bedford, VA 24523
    (540) 586-1045
    85.83%Visit Website
    #42Virginia Western Community College
    3094 Colonial Ave, Roanoke, VA 24015
    (540) 857-8922
    85.26%Request Information
    #43Skyline College – Roanoke
    5234 Airport Rd Nw, Roanoke, VA 24012
    540563800
    85.00%Visit Website
    #44Fortis College – Norfolk
    6300 Center Dr #100, Norfolk, VA 23502
    (757) 499-5447
    84.77%Visit Website
    #45ECPI University – Newport News
    1001 Omni Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606
    (757) 838-9191
    83.85%Visit Website
    #46Centra School of Practical Nursing
    1920 Atherholt Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501
    (434) 200-3070
    83.81%Request Information
    #47ECPI University – Virginia Beach
    5555 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
    (757) 671-7171
    83.78%Visit Website
    #48J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
    1851 Dickinson Rd, Goochland, VA 23063
    (804) 371-3000
    82.79%Request Information
    #49Southside VA Community College Farmville
    1803 Cobb Street, Farmville, VA 23901
    (434) 392-1834
    82.61%Visit Website
    #50Buchanan County Public Schools
    1176 Booth Branch Road, Grundy, VA 24614
    (276) 935-4551
    82.45%Visit Website
    #51Fredericksburg Area School
    817 Princess Anne St. , Fredericksburg, VA
    (540) 372-1130
    81.18%Visit Website
    #52Giles County Technology Center
    1827 Wenonah Avenue, Pearisburg , VA 24134
    (540) 921-1166
    81.17%Visit Website
    #53Germanna Community College
    10000 Germanna Point Dr, , Fredericksburg, VA 22408
    (540) 891-3000
    81.02%Visit Website
    #54Lee County Vocational Technical School
    3800 Michigan Avenue, Fort Myers, VA 33916
    (239) 334-4544
    80.88%Request Information
    #55Centura College – Norfolk
    7020 N. Military Highway, Norfolk, VA 23518
    (757) 853-2121
    80.48%Request Information
    #56Mt. Empire Community College
    3441 Mountain Empire Rd, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
    (276) 523-2400
    80.39%Request Information
    #57Wytheville Community College
    1000 E Main St, Wytheville, VA 24382
    (276) 223-4700
    79.78%Request Information
    #58Piedmont Virginia Community College
    501 College Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22902
    (434) 977-3900
    79.74%Request Information
    #59Alexandria City Public Schools
    3330 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302
    (703) 824-6858
    78.69%Visit Website
    #60Centura College – Beta Tech
    7914 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, VA 23235
    (804) 330-0111
    78.29%Request Information
    #61ECPI University – Moorefield
    800 Moorefield Park Drive, Richmond, VA 23236
    (804) 330-5533
    77.37%Visit Website
    #62Southwest Community College
    724 Community College Rd, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609
    (276) 964-7332
    77.07%Visit Website
    #63ECPI University – Emerywood
    2809 Emerywood Parkway, Suite 400, Richmond, VA 23294
    (804) 521-5999
    75.47%Visit Website
    #64Petersburg Public Schools
    100 Pleasants Ln, Petersburg, VA 23803
    (804) 732-0510
    70.47%Visit Website
    #65Ultimate Health School
    7839 Ashton Ave, Manassas, VA 20109
    (703) 933-9430
    69.74%Visit Website
    #66Wise County Vocational – Technical School
    621 Lake Street Northeast, Wise, VA 24293
    (276) 328-6113
    66.72%Visit Website
    #67Blue Ridge Job Corps Center
    245 West Main Street, Marion, VA 24354
    (276) 783-7221
    63.09%Visit Website
    #68Medical Learning Center
    1840 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22201
    (703) 527-0055
    57.06%Visit Website
    #69Star College
    6066 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041
    (703) 560-7701
    32.36%Visit Website

    Recent Articles

  • Virginia LPN Licensing Requirements

    A minimum for 400 hours of supervised direct patient care in addition to attending a state-approved nursing program is required to become an LPN in Virginia.

    Working as an LPN may require physical strength and endurance to carry out the daily activities.

    Virginia is 1 of 24 states that make up the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC - https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm). If an LPN holds a license in a NLC state, he or she does not need an additional license to work in other NLC states. However, if LPN's for states outside of the compact area are seeking licensure in the state of Virginia, they can apply for a license by endorsement. Requirements for these applicants include having a current license in another state and completed that state’s approved education program. They must also have taken and passed the NCLEX exam in another state or be scheduled to sit for the exam in another state.

    License Verification Form (http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Forms/nursing/Verification_RN_LPN.pdf)

    If the applicant is not a recent graduate of a practical nursing program with at least 400 hours of supervised direct patient care in the state of Virginia or outside of the state of Virginia, or if the applicant was educated in a foreign country, the applicant must contact the Board of Nursing (804-367-4555).

    Applications for licensure by exam or endorsement are accepted exclusively online (https://www.license.dhp.virginia.gov/apply/)

    Virginia LPN licenses expire every 2 years.

    Additional VA Nursing Resources

    Virginia Board of Nursing

    6603 West Broad Street, 5th Floor
    Richmond, VA 23230-1712
    Phone: (804)662-9909
    Fax: (804) 662-9512
    http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing/

    1. Virginia Nurses Association (http://www.virginianurses.com/)

  • LPN Salary: Virginia vs National Salary Comparison

    Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2011

    Virginia LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook

    In 2012, the median income for LPNs in the state of Virginia was $39,200. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Virginia (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=51&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 24% increase in LPN jobs in Virginia by 2020. This prediction translates to approximately 1,060 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.

    Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)

    Virginia Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area

    The table below lists career information retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in Virginia. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

    AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
    Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News4,270$17.61$36,620
    Richmond4,100$19.43$40,410
    Roanoke1,100$18.39$38,240
    Charlottesville750$20.21$42,050
    Lynchburg670$18.08$37,610
    Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford400$16.76$34,860
    Danville340$18.82$39,140
    Harrisonburg330$17.58$36,560
    Winchester290$19.36$40,270