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 21% increase in LPN jobs per year is expected by 2024.

  • LPN Programs in Virginia

    ProgramDetails
    American School of Nursing & Allied Health
    14910 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Woodbridge, VA 22191
    (703) 490-8402 Visit Homepage
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    Bedford Science and Technology Center
    310 South Bridge Street, Bedford, VA 24523
    (540) 586-1045 Visit Homepage
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    Buchanan County Technical and Career Center
    1176 Booth Branch Road, Grundy, VA 24614
    (276) 935-4551 Visit Homepage
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    Centra College of Nursing
    1920 Atherholt Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501
    (434) 200-3070 Visit Homepage
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    Centura College - Norfolk
    7020 N. Military Highway, Norfolk, VA 23518
    (757) 853-2121 Visit Homepage
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    Centura College - Richmond
    7914 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, VA 23235
    (804) 330-0111 Visit Homepage
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    Chesapeake Center for Science & Technology
    1617 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322
    (757) 547-0134 Visit Homepage
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    Chester Career College
    751 W Hundred Rd, Chester, VA 23836
    (804) 751-9191 Visit Homepage
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    Chesterfield County Public Schools
    10101 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832
    (804) 748-1405 Visit Homepage
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    Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, VA 30326
    (404) 975-5000 Visit Homepage
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    Danville Community College
    1008 S Main St, Danville, VA 24541
    (434) 797-2222 Visit Homepage
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    Eastern Shore Community College
    29300 Lankford Hwy, Melfa, VA 23410
    (757) 789-1789 Visit Homepage
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    Eastern Virginia Career College
    10304 Spotsylvania Ave, Suite 400, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
    (540) 373-2200 Visit Homepage
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    ECPI University - Newport News
    1001 Omni Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606
    (757) 838-9191 Visit Homepage
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    ECPI University - Northern Virginia
    10021 Balls Ford Rd. #100, Manassas, VA 20109
    (703) 348-4062 Visit Homepage
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    ECPI University - Virginia Beach
    5555 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
    (757) 671-7171 Visit Homepage
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    Fairfax County Public Schools
    8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042
    (571) 423-3000 Visit Homepage
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    Fortis College - Norfolk
    6300 Center Dr #100, Norfolk, VA 23502
    (757) 499-5447 Visit Homepage
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    Fortis College - Richmond
    2000 Westmoreland Street, Suite A, Richmond, VA 23230
    (804) 323-1020 Visit Homepage
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    Germanna Community College
    10000 Germanna Point Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22408
    (540) 891-3000 Visit Homepage
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    Giles County Technology Center
    1827 Wenonah Avenue, Pearisburg, VA 24134
    (540) 921-1166 Visit Homepage
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    Global Health College
    25 South Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314
    (866) 440-3535 Visit Homepage
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    Henrico County Public Schools / St. Mary's Hospital
    3751-C Nine Mile Road, Henrico, VA 23223
    (804) 781-1814 Visit Homepage
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    J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
    1851 Dickinson Rd, Goochland, VA 23063
    (804) 371-3000 Visit Homepage
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    Leet County Career & Technical Center
    3800 Michigan Avenue, Fort Myers, VA 33916
    (239) 334-4544 Visit Homepage
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    Lord Fairfax Community College
    173 Skirmisher Ln, Middletown, VA 22645
    (540) 868-7000 Visit Homepage
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    Loudoun County School of Practical Nursing
    21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA 20148
    (571) 252-1000 Visit Homepage
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    Massanutten Technical Center
    325 Pleasant Valley Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    (540) 434-5961 Visit Homepage
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    Medical Learning Center
    1840 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22201
    (703) 527-0055 Visit Homepage
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    Mountain Empire Community College
    3441 Mountain Empire Rd, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
    (276) 523-2400 Visit Homepage
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    New River Community College
    5251 State Road 373, Dublin, VA 24084
    (540) 674-3600 Visit Homepage
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    Northern Virginia Community College
    6699 Springfield Center Dr, Springfield, VA 22150
    (703) 323-3000 Visit Homepage
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    Page County Technical Center
    525 Middleburg Rd, Luray, VA 22835
    (540) 778-7282 Visit Homepage
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    Patrick Henry Community College
    645 Patriots Ave, Martinsville, VA 24112
    (276) 638-8777 Visit Homepage
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    Paul D. Camp Community College - Franklin
    100 North College Drive, Franklin, VA 23851
    (757) 569-6700 Visit Homepage
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    Paul D. Camp Community College - Suffolk
    271 Kenyon Road, Suffolk, VA 23434
    (757) 925-6312 Visit Homepage
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    Petersburg Public Schools
    100 Pleasants Ln, Petersburg, VA 23803
    (804) 732-0510 Visit Homepage
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    Piedmont Virginia Community College
    501 College Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22902
    (434) 977-3900 Visit Homepage
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    Prince William County Schools
    14715 Bristow Rd, Manassas, VA 20112
    (703) 791-7200 Visit Homepage
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    Rappahannock Community College
    52 Campus Dr, Warsaw, VA 22572
    (804) 333-6700 Visit Homepage
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    Riverside College of Health Careers
    316 Main Street, Newport News, VA 23601
    (757) 240-2200 Visit Homepage
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    Russell County Career & Technology Center
    1 Vocational School Rd, Lebanon, VA 24266
    (276) 889-6550 Visit Homepage
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    Smyth County School of Practical Nursing
    121 Bagley Circle, Suite 300, Marion, VA 24354
    (276) 783-8865 Visit Homepage
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    Southside Virginia Community College - Chase City
    316 N. Main St., Chase City, VA 23924
    (434) 372-0194 Visit Homepage
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    Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston
    820 Bruce St, South Boston, VA 24592
    (434) 572-5451 Visit Homepage
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    Standard Healthcare Services, Inc. - College of Nursing
    1073 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046
    (703) 891-1787 Visit Homepage
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    Ultimate Health School
    7839 Ashton Ave, Manassas, VA 20109
    (703) 933-9430 Visit Homepage
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    Valley Career and Technical Center
    49 Hornet Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939
    (540) 245-5002 Visit Homepage
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    Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing
    2925 North Landing Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
    (757) 648-5889 Visit Homepage
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    Virginia Western Community College
    3094 Colonial Ave, Roanoke, VA 24015
    (540) 857-8922 Visit Homepage
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    Washington County Career & Technical Education Center
    255 Stanley Street, Abingdon, VA 24210
    (276) 739-3100 Visit Homepage
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    Wytheville Community College
    1000 E Main St, Wytheville, VA 24382
    (276) 223-4700 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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  • 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.

    Learn more about Virginia LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.

    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/)

    For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Virginia LPN to RN programs page.