Overview

The Licensed Practical Nursing program’s goal is to provide opportunities for learning, training, and application of knowledge as it relates to the nursing care of individuals, families, and communities in health and illness.  The program is responsive to the emerging technologies in the field of healthcare and the changing health care needs of individuals, families and communities. Our goal is to prepare our graduates for successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses.

PROGRAM CONTACT

Annette Arnett
Assistant Professor / Program Coordinator, Licensed Practical Nursing

Full-Time one year certificate program

Curriculum is divided into courses of study proceeding from the simple to the complex, including theory, college laboratory and clinical practice.

Fully accredited by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses

Employment of LPN’s is expected to grow by 16 percent through 2024.

Career Opportunites

Career opportunities for a licensed practical nurse can be found in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities, physician offices and in home care.

$44,090*

Median annual wage

*US Department of Labor

Course Catalog

To see a model schedule for this program, please see our academic catalog.

Admission

This program is a selective program and has additional requirements for admission. Successful candidates must complete the following academic and technical standards:
  1. Apply to Pierpont Community and Technical College for the term you want to begin the program and meet the general admission requirements or be a current student.
    1. First-time students should select “Health Sciences: Licensed Practical Nursing” as their educational goal on their application.
    2. 2.5 GPA from high school or college courses
  2. Complete the LPN application ($20 fee). Applications and supporting documentation are due to the Admission’s Office by June 1. Applicants who are not admitted must reapply if they wish to be considered for the next academic year.
  3. Applicants must take a pre-nursing entrance test, TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills). A minimum score of 58 percent, adjusted individual total score, is required for consideration. Information on TEAS testing can be found on our website.
  4. Students must complete ten credit hours of prerequisite courses to enter the program (HLCA 1170 HLCA 1171, MTH 1207 or higher and ENGL 1104 Written English I or higher). These courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.
  5. Submit all required documents (High School or College Transcripts, and TEAS score) to the Admission’s Office prior to the LPN application deadline.

Qualified students are accepted into the program until capacity is met.

*Students can begin the program in the fall semester.

An impartial scoring system is used to rank applicants applying to the Licensed Practical Nursing program.  The evaluation process considers the TEAS scores; high school or college grade point average or GED scores.  The highest scoring applicants will be offered admission into the program until capacity is met. 

Program Requirements

  • Students must pass a criminal background clearance check, meet health and immunization requirements, and drug testing.
  • Students must be able to meet the essential functions of the program and classes, with or without accommodations.
  • Students will need to provide their own transportation to assigned clinical sites.

Students must complete each course in the LPN program model schedule with a grade of “C” or higher and maintain an overall 2.0 GPA to remain in the program. Any classes accepted as substitutes for curricular classes also require a grade of “C” or higher. Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in dismissal from the program.  Students who have been dismissed may reapply to the program and their credentials will be reevaluated.