As versatile caregivers, Licensed Practical Nurses care for those who are sick or injured. They collaborate with other healthcare professionals to restore health and educate individuals, families, and communities on the prevention of diseases. Licensed practical nursing programs are not as comprehensive as registered nursing programs, yet they equip students with essential skills to practice as a licensed nurse in West Virginia. Students acquire knowledge and learn how to monitor vital signs, perform IV therapy, provide wound care, monitor patients’ physical and emotional well being, assist patients with the activities of daily living, advocate for patients, collect samples for lab tests, monitor medical equipment, and perform routine lab tests. The duration of the LPN program is approximately 12 months. It provides a solid foundation for further study, giving trained and licensed nurses the opportunity to apply for advanced placement in registered nursing programs.
Licensed Practical Nursing graduates must apply to the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses to practice in the state. LPNs can work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, physicians’ offices, clinics, home health agencies, nursing homes, and emergency rooms.
According to the US Department of Labor, employment of LPNs is expected to grow by 12 percent between 2016 and 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The projected growth is a response to the long-term care needs of the senior population and the increasing demand for health care services. The median annual wage for LPNs is $45,030 per year or $21.65 per hour.
West Virginia Junior College
West Virginia Junior College facilitates a Practical Nursing program that providers students with the skills to pass the licensing exam and assume an entry-level position in an acute or long-term care setting. The curriculum covers 1401 contact hours of classroom theory and clinical instruction. The clinical activities will take place in both acute and long-term care settings and will include hands-on practice in the areas of gerontological, medical, surgical, pediatric, and obstetric nursing. Some of the clinical sites are VA Medical Center, United Hospital Center, and Davis Elkins Medical Center. Course modules include Nursing Fundamentals, Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology, Practical Vocational Nursing I, Medical Surgical Nursing I, Nutrition for Practical Nursing, Nursing Pharmacology I, Nursing Pharmacology II, Maternity Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Practical Vocational Nursing II, Medical Surgical Nursing II, Practical Vocation Nursing III. Students who maintain a minimum overall grade C (2.0) GPA and complete all other requirements will receive a Practical Nursing Diploma and will be eligible to apply to sit for the NCLEX for licensure as a Practical Nurse. The duration of the program is 48 weeks.
- Take and pass the HESI A2 entrance exam – English Language Composite Score 70%, Math 65%
- Attend an interview with the Practical Nursing Program Director and Clinical Coordinator
- Submit references from educators, current or former employer, and spiritual leader. Must be submitted on a business letterhead and include contact information
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Complete a physical exam – the healthcare provider must fill out all areas of the History and Physical Exam Form
- Submit Immunization Record – the healthcare provider must fill out all areas of the form
- Complete TB screen
- Complete a state and federal criminal background check with an acceptable status
- Submit negative results from a urine drug screen
- Provide proof of current CPR card – American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider
- Complete the Child Abuse Clearance form
Tuition for the program is $20,405. Books and supplies will cost approximately $337.
Address: 176 Thompson Dr. Bridgeport, WV 26330
Phone: (304) 842-4007
NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100%
Fred W. Eberle School of Practical Nursing
The Fred W. Eberle School of Practical Nursing facilitates a comprehensive practical nursing program that is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The curriculum includes both classroom instruction and supervised patient care opportunities in various health care facilities. Clinical activities will be conducted in places such as Holbrook on the Hill Nursing Home, Davis Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, United Hospital Center, and Crestview Manor. The activities at the clinical sites will account for more than half the total program hours. Students must arrange their own transport to and from the clinical site. Classroom sessions meet Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Clinical sessions meet Monday through Friday from 7:30 a to 3:00 pm – will not exceed 32 hours per week. Course modules include Nursing Fundamentals, Anatomy and Physiology, Practical Vocational Nursing I, Nutrition, Geriatric, Mental Health, Pharmacology, Medical Surgical Nursing, Pediatrics, Maternal Child Nursing, Practical Vocational Nursing II, Leadership, The duration of the program is 12 months. New students are admitted each January. The application period runs from March 1 to August 15 of each year.
- A high school diploma or GED – high school students must complete all the requirements for the diploma before applying to the program. Classes in anatomy physiology, basic math, and chemistry are recommended
- Take and pass the TEAS test – final selection will be based on TEAS scores, transcripts, references, and interviews
- Complete drug screening
- Complete a criminal background check
- Attend an interview with the Administrator
- Submit personal references
- Provide documentation of up-to-date immunizations – Hepatitis B, Varicella, Tdap Booster, MMR, annual flu vaccine
- Complete a physical and dental exam
- Submit a valid CPR card
Tuition costs $3,760. Other costs include uniforms, books, diploma, pin and case, temporary PN permit, background check, state board application. Material fee, and NCLEX review course. Financial aid is available to qualifying students.
Address: 208 Morton Ave, Buckhannon, WV 26201, USA
NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 82.3%
Pierpont Community & Technical College
The Practical Nursing Program at Pierpont Community & Technical College provides opportunities for students to learn, train, and apply knowledge in the care of individuals, families, and communities. The program addresses new technologies and complex changes in the care of patients. The certificate program is designed to be completed in 5 semesters and covers topics that progress from simple to complex. The curriculum includes theory, skills lab, and clinical practice. Course modules include Nutrition, Fundamental Nursing I, Geriatric Nursing, Pharmacology I, Fundamentals/Geriatric Clinical Practice I, Fundamental Nursing II, Mental Health Nursing, Pharmacology II, Maternal/Pediatric Nursing, Maternal/Pediatric Clinical Practice, Fundamental Nursing II, Medical Surgical Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical Practice, Medical Surgical Nursing II, and Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical Practice II. The program covers 1390 contact hours or 43 credit hours. Students must score a minimum grade C to complete the program. Graduates of the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses will be prepared for success on the NCLEX for Practical Nurses. They will know how to use the nursing process to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care plans, use therapeutic communication to promote health and wellness among patients of all ages, function as a manager of care, educator, advocate and member of the health care team, and demonstrate professional accountability in practice. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
- Apply for admission to Pierpont Community and Technical College
- Submit a completed application to the nursing program – by the March 1 deadline
- Take and pass the entrance assessment – TEAS. Minimum score of 50 percent adjusted individual total score is required.
- Complete the prerequisite courses – 6 credit hours
- A high school diploma or GED
Tuition for the program is $10,118. Books and supplies cost $1,200.
Address: 1201 Locust Ave, Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: (304) 368-7235
NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100%
United Technical Center
United Technical Center School of Practical Nursing hosts a practical nursing program that includes theory and clinical experiences to prepare students for success on the NCLEX-PN. Areas of study include Math for Medications, Computers in Nursing, Fundamentals in Nursing I, Social Science I, Geriatrics I, Anatomy and Physiology, Social Science II, Fundamentals in Nursing II, Nutrition and Diet Therapy, Pharmacology, Pediatrics, Geriatrics II, Maternal Child Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Leadership in Nursing, and Medical Surgical Nursing. The school has consistently held a pass rate above 99 percent since its inception in 1966. Graduates will be eligible to take the licensing exam to be licensed in the state. The program starts on July 1 and runs until June 30 each year.
- Submit a completed application and fee to the LPN Department
- Must be at least 17 years old by the first day of school
- Complete Medical Terminology with a grade C or better
- A basic understanding of math principles is recommended
- Attend an admission interview
- Take and pass the TEAS test
- Submit high school transcript or GED – official transcript required
- Submit any applicable college transcripts
- Provide three letters of references
- Complete a West Virginia State Police criminal background check – subject to the State Board review
- Pass a physical and dental exam – provide evidence of good physical health
- Submit immunization record
- Pass a drug screen
Tuition for the program is $4,110. Additional expenses include fingerprinting fee, uniforms, book, CPR card, dental exam, lab fee, insurance, and vaccines.
Address: 251 Marietta Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301
Phone: (304) 326-7580
NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100%
Mineral County School of Practical Nursing
The Mineral County Technical Center operates the Adult Preparatory Practical Nursing Program at the Mineral County School of Practical Nursing. Students will participate in classroom lectures and clinical rotations in a variety of settings. Course topics include anatomy, behavioral health, fundamentals of nursing, geriatrics nursing, growth and development, nutrition, obstetrics, pediatrics, growth and development, pharmacology, social concepts of nursing, medical surgical nursing, and body structure and function. The program is accredited by the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses and the Council on Occupational Education. The application period is May 1 through July 31. The class size is limited to 25 students with each cycle. Classes begin in January.
- Be 18 years or older
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Take and pass the pre-admission examination – a minimum national program composite percentile score of 50
- Demonstrate physical and mental health
- Provide immunization records – PPD test, Tdap, MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, and seasonal influenza
- Pre-entrance dental exam and clearance by a licensed dentist
- Complete medical terminology with a grade B or higher – within 5 years of applying to the program
- Attend an interview with the program coordinator and member of faculty
The cost of attendance is $6,111 and includes tuition, administration fees, uniforms, textbooks, laptop, lab supplies, drug testing, HOSA dues, parking, lockers, achievement tests, graduation fees, NCLEX Review, NCLEX fee, and Board of Nursing fees. Pell Grants may be available for eligible students.
Address: 981 Harley O. Staggers Sr. Drive, Keyser, WV 26726
Phone: (304) 788-4240, ext. 16 or 17
Fax: (304) 788-4243
NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100%