Practical Nursing

Health Services ICON100PRACTICAL NURSING I Course No. 8357

acecolorhermemailHigh School Seniors only – 3 credits – Program Length: 18 months – Advanced Career Education Centers at Hermitage

ACE @ Hermitage Instructor:  Lisa Babilonitshere200

State Course Title: Practical Nursing I, Practical Nursing II, Practical Nursing III.

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) care for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. They can be employed in settings that include hospitals, physician offices, public health agencies, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, or other industries with health-related interests.

Practical Nursing I&II (first nine months) is part-time and taught at Advanced Career Education (ACE) applytoACEbutton200Center at Hermitage in a morning or afternoon session and Advanced Career Education (ACE) Center at Highland Springs in an afternoon session. Senior students attend their home school for half of each school day and the ACE center for the other half day.

Courses include Practical Nursing I&II

  • Anatomy and Physiology (80 hrs.)
  • Foundations of Nursing (320 hrs.)
  • Pharmacology (80 hrs.)outcomes flyer300

Practical Nursing III (second nine months) is full-time, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. Classes are held at the Mount Vernon Adult Education Complex. Students gain clinical experience in a variety of community settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health settings, doctors’ offices, and other healthcare environments.

Courses include: Practical Nursing III

  • Nursing Care of the Adult I (252 hrs.)
  • Nursing Care of the Adult II (252 hrs.)
  • Nursing Care of the Family (220 hrs.)
  • Nursing Care of Mental Health (110 hrs.)
  • Nursing Leadership (110 hrs.)

Program Costs

High School Students:
Practical Nursing, I                  $ 0.00
Practical Nursing, II                 $ 520.00
Total $ 520.00
Miscellaneous Expenses:
Practical Nursing, I/payable to School:
Name Pin/Patches                  $ 12.00
Insurance                                $ 20.00
Uniforms, stethoscope            $ 80.00
Books                                      $ 204.00
Total $ 316.00

Practical Nursing, I & II/purchased by Student:
Books                                     $ 400.00
Shoes, Scissors, etc.                $ 80.00
Graduation Expenses              $ 450.00
Online Learning Resources     $ 1000.00
Total $ 1,930,00

Updated 09/25/2023

A final grade of a “77” (C+) or better must be earned in each course to progress to the next course. *

Access to a computer, printer and the Internet is required for coursework. High school students are issued a laptop through Henrico County Public Schools for coursework during the school year. If for any reason the student does not have access to a computer or Internet during the nursing program, the school will make available computers with Internet access and printing capabilities during normal business hours. If Internet and computer access is not available outside of school hours, local Henrico County libraries are available to the students for assigned coursework. Training/tutorials related to computer, printer, and Internet use are integrated into the nursing curriculum and made available through Henrico County Public Schools.

What is the procedure for admissions?

Rising high school seniors must submit an ACE Center application and a nursing program application. After the applications are received, the Admissions Committee will review the following criteria:

  • Three educational/work references
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8
  • High School Transcript
  • Applicant Interview

Immunization records, CPR certification, criminal background checks, and urine drug screening will be required after admission to the program.

Transportation to the ACE Centers during Practical Nursing I will be furnished for seniors by the Henrico County Transportation Department. However, seniors are required to provide their own transportation to the clinical sites. After students enter Practical Nursing III, they provide their own transportation.

What happens after I finish the program?
Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). The Practical Nursing program is a technical program and credits earned may not necessarily be transferable to other institutions of higher learning, as the transferability of courses and/or credits offered by the school is up to the receiving institution.
Financial Aid
Financial aid is available through several sources when you move to Practical Nursing III. Please contact your high school counselor or the School of Practical Nursing for more information.

This program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and the Virginia Department of Education. It is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) at 3390 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326 and certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) at North 14th Street, 10th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219, phone: (804) 225-2600.

Students who complete the Practical Nursing program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). They are also eligible to take the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) State Examination upon completion of their first year of study.

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Adult Practical Nursing Brochure – Click Here
LPN 2022/2023 Application Packet – Click Here
High School Student Practical Nursing Brochure – Click Here
Nursing Program Curriculum – Click Here
Nursing Student Handbook – Click here

Henrico County – St. Mary’s Hospital
School of Practical Nursing
Western Adult Education Complex
1420 North Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23229

Approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing.
9660 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463
(804) 367-4515

Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
3390 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

Certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
James Monroe Building
101 North Fourteenth Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 225-2600

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Updated 09/25/2023