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.


Best LPN Programs in Virginia

Are you looking to become a licensed practical nurse in Virginia? The school you choose is important when it comes to getting your license. Approved programs in Virginia are offered at community colleges, technical centers, and private career schools - we list 52 schools across the state. After careful review of NCLEX-PN exam first-time pass rates over the past several years, we have ranked the top 20 programs. For more information on our LPN program rankings, see our Methodology page.

To see all the top ranked LPN programs in Virginia click here.

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. 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:

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:

Virginia LPN licenses expire every 2 years.

Learn more about Virginia LPN Jobs & Employment Outlook.

LPN Salary in Virginia 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 News4,400$19.46$40,480
Staunton, Waynesboro430$20.06$41,720
Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford350$17.39$36,160

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

Top Ranked Virginia LPN Programs


Lord Fairfax Community College

173 Skirmisher Ln, Middletown, VA 22645 - (540) 868-7000 - Visit Homepage

Lord Fairfax Community College 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.

Overall Score: 100.00

Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing

2925 North Landing Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456 - (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.

Overall Score: 98.46 - Request Info on Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing

Northern Virginia Community College

6699 Springfield Center Dr, Springfield, VA 22150 - (703) 323-3000 - Visit Homepage

Graduates of the Northern Virginia Community College Practical Nursing program are prepared and eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN.) The program provides students with the opportunity to enter the field of nursing in three consecutive semesters of study.

Overall Score: 98.33

Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston

820 Bruce St, South Boston, VA 24592 - (434) 572-5451 - Visit Homepage

The Practical Nursing program at Southside Virginia Community college prepares students to care for people, newborn through aged, who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. Students are trained to measure and record clients' vital signs, prepare and give injections and enemas, monitor catheters, and dress wounds. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to sit for the NCLEX-PN.

Overall Score: 96.68

Page County Technical Center

525 Middleburg Rd, Luray, VA 22835 - (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. Students are offered 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.

Overall Score: 96.67

Valley Career and Technical Center

49 Hornet Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939 - (540) 245-5002 - Visit Homepage

Valley Career and Technical Center is located in Fishersville, Virginia. VCTC 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.

Overall Score: 96.52

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, VA 30326 - (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.

Overall Score: 95.77

Eastern Shore Community College

29300 Lankford Hwy, Melfa, VA 23410 - (757) 789-1789 - Visit Homepage

At Eastern Shore Community College, practical nursing students are prepared for becoming practitioners for a career as a Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) with the knowledge and skills to care for clients of all age groups and function as contributing members of the health care team in a variety of health service facilities.

Overall Score: 95.00 - Request Info on Eastern Shore Community College

Danville Community College

1008 S Main St, Danville, VA 24541 - (434) 797-2222 - Visit Homepage

Danville Community College offers a Practical Nursing curriculum that is designed to prepare beginning practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed to care for patients of all age groups. In Virginia, a state license is required for this profession. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN).

Overall Score: 95.00 - Request Info on Danville Community College

Prince William County Schools

14715 Bristow Rd, Manassas, VA 20112 - (703) 791-7200 - Visit Homepage

The School of Practical Nursing at Prince William County Schools is designed for high school seniors and adults. The overall program is 18 months in length. The preclinical and clinical instruction each run 9 months and follow the public school calendar for holidays and vacations. Upon completion, students are prepared to take the NCLEX-PN to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Overall Score: 94.24

Eastern Virginia Career College

10304 Spotsylvania Ave, Suite 400, Fredericksburg, VA 22408 - (540) 373-2200 - Visit Homepage

The Practical Nursing program at Eastern Virginia Career College prepares quality nurses to meet the needs of the region’s health care providers. The high quality of theoretical and clinical education ensures the Practical Nursing student opportunities to develop as a nurse and as an individual while practicing in various settings and ensures the student possesses the ability to meet and exceed employer expectations in the job market.

Overall Score: 94.02 - Request Info on Eastern Virginia Career College

Henrico County Public Schools / St. Mary's Hospital

3751-C Nine Mile Road, Henrico, VA 23223 - (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.

Overall Score: 93.62

Massanutten Technical Center

325 Pleasant Valley Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 - (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.

Overall Score: 93.60

Southside Virginia Community College - Chase City

316 N. Main St., Chase City, VA 23924 - (434) 372-0194 - Visit Homepage

The Practical Nursing program at Southside Virginia Community college prepares nursing students to care for people of all ages under the direction of a physician or a registered nurse. Once the program is completed, students are ready to confidently take the licensing exam for Practical Nursing 0 the NCLEX-PN.

Overall Score: 93.00

Fortis College - Norfolk

6300 Center Dr #100, Norfolk, VA 23502 - (757) 499-5447 - Visit Homepage

The LPN program at Fortis college provides the theory, laboratory, and clinical experiences to prepare students for an entry-level position in Practical Nursing. Nursing theory guides clinical practice. The clinical portion of the PN nursing program provides students with hands-on experience; providing nursing care to patients of all ages, ethnic and cultural groups, and stages of wellness/illness in hospitals and other health care agencies affiliated with Fortis.

Overall Score: 92.40 - Request Info on Fortis College - Norfolk

Centra College of Nursing

1920 Atherholt Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501 - (434) 200-3070 - Visit Homepage

The Practical Nursing program at Centra College of Nursing is committed to providing excellent care to individuals, families, and patients in the community. Graduates will be prepared to engage in best practices through critical thinking, interdisciplinary collaboration, and building community relationships.

Overall Score: 91.76 - Request Info on Centra College of Nursing

Riverside College of Health Careers

316 Main Street, Newport News, VA 23601 - (757) 240-2200 - Visit Homepage

The Practical Nursing program at Riverside College of Health Careers trains nursing students to use intelligence, care, and compassion to provide direct therapeutic patient care. Students learn to work in a variety of roles and work under the supervision of physicians and registered nurses. The LPN's competence implies knowledge, understanding, and skills that transcend specific tasks and is guided by a commitment to the public and to the high standards of the nursing profession.

Overall Score: 91.61 - Request Info on Riverside College of Health Careers

New River Community College

5251 State Road 373, Dublin, VA 24084 - (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.

Overall Score: 91.38 - Request Info on New River Community College

Chesapeake Center for Science & Technology

1617 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322 - (757) 547-0134 - Visit Homepage

The Practical Nursing program at Chesapeake Center for Science and Technology is an 18-month program designed for enthusiastic high school seniors and adults who wish to work closely with doctors and other health care professionals to serve as advocates for patients and families. Upon successful completion of this program, students may earn a certificate of completion and are eligible to take the licensure examination written by the National Council of State Board of Nursing.

Overall Score: 90.33

Bedford Science and Technology Center

310 South Bridge Street, Bedford, VA 24523 - (540) 586-1045 - Visit Homepage

The practical nursing program at Bedford Science and Technology Center is 18 months in length. The first nine months of instruction is received at Bedford Science and Technology Center. High school students will receive three units of high school credit for the first year. The remaining nine months of study are at Bedford Memorial Hospital. Students will have assigned learning experiences in the care of medical, surgical, pediatric, and obstetric patients and newborn infants.

Overall Score: 90.12

Continued List of All Programs in Virginia

#21 Washington County Career & Technical Education Center
255 Stanley Street, Abingdon, VA 24210
(276) 739-3100 Visit Homepage
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#22 Smyth County School of Practical Nursing
121 Bagley Circle, Suite 300, Marion, VA 24354
(276) 783-8865 Visit Homepage
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#23 Standard Healthcare Services, Inc. - College of Nursing
1073 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 891-1787 Visit Homepage
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#24 Virginia Western Community College
3094 Colonial Ave, Roanoke, VA 24015
(540) 857-8922 Visit Homepage
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#25 Germanna Community College
10000 Germanna Point Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22408
(540) 891-3000 Visit Homepage
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#26 Buchanan County Technical and Career Center
1176 Booth Branch Road, Grundy, VA 24614
(276) 935-4551 Visit Homepage
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#27 Russell County Career & Technology Center
1 Vocational School Rd, Lebanon, VA 24266
(276) 889-6550 Visit Homepage
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#28 Chesterfield County Public Schools
10101 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832
(804) 748-1405 Visit Homepage
86.47Request Information
#29 ECPI University - Northern Virginia
10021 Balls Ford Rd. #100, Manassas, VA 20109
(703) 348-4062 Visit Homepage
85.92Request Information
#30 Mountain Empire Community College
3441 Mountain Empire Rd, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
(276) 523-2400 Visit Homepage
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#31 Petersburg Public Schools
100 Pleasants Ln, Petersburg, VA 23803
(804) 732-0510 Visit Homepage
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#32 Loudoun County School of Practical Nursing
21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA 20148
(571) 252-1000 Visit Homepage
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#33 Centura College - Richmond
7914 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, VA 23235
(804) 330-0111 Visit Homepage
84.19Request Information
#34 Patrick Henry Community College
645 Patriots Ave, Martinsville, VA 24112
(276) 638-8777 Visit Homepage
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#35 Ultimate Health School
7839 Ashton Ave, Manassas, VA 20109
(703) 933-9430 Visit Homepage
83.98Request Information
#36 ECPI University - Newport News
1001 Omni Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606
(757) 838-9191 Visit Homepage
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#37 Rappahannock Community College
52 Campus Dr, Warsaw, VA 22572
(804) 333-6700 Visit Homepage
83.40Request Information
#38 Fortis College - Richmond
2000 Westmoreland Street, Suite A, Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 323-1020 Visit Homepage
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#39 Leet County Career & Technical Center
3800 Michigan Avenue, Fort Myers, VA 33916
(239) 334-4544 Visit Homepage
82.89Request Information
#40 J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
1851 Dickinson Rd, Goochland, VA 23063
(804) 371-3000 Visit Homepage
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#41 ECPI University - Virginia Beach
5555 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 671-7171 Visit Homepage
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#42 Global Health College
25 South Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314
(866) 440-3535 Visit Homepage
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#43 Giles County Technology Center
1827 Wenonah Avenue, Pearisburg, VA 24134
(540) 921-1166 Visit Homepage
78.36Request Information
#44 Wytheville Community College
1000 E Main St, Wytheville, VA 24382
(276) 223-4700 Visit Homepage
77.71Request Information
#45 Chester Career College
751 W Hundred Rd, Chester, VA 23836
(804) 751-9191 Visit Homepage
77.57Request Information
#46 Centura College - Norfolk
7020 N. Military Highway, Norfolk, VA 23518
(757) 853-2121 Visit Homepage
76.06Request Information
#47 Medical Learning Center
1840 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 527-0055 Visit Homepage
74.85Request Information
#48 Piedmont Virginia Community College
501 College Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 977-3900 Visit Homepage
72.98Request Information
#49 Fairfax County Public Schools
8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042
(571) 423-3000 Visit Homepage
69.02Request Information

Programs Not Included In Rankings

American School of Nursing & Allied Health
14910 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Woodbridge, VA 22191
(703) 490-8402 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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