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Centra College is committed to providing excellent care to individuals, families, and patients in the community through the development of professional nurses. Graduates will be prepared to engage in best practices through critical thinking, interdisciplinary collaboration, and building community relationships. They will function as effective members of an interdisciplinary team in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing healthcare environment andwill be recognized for their quality and service to the profession of nursing.

The college offers four nursing programs 

Centra College’s Mission:  Educate future caregivers that provide safe, quality, patient-centered evidence-based care.

Centra College’s Vision:   Centra College is committed to developing future caregivers that are competent, professional, compassionate, and support the needs of the community.  Graduates will function as effective members of the healthcare team applying evidence-based practice through life-long learning.  

Centra College's Values:

  1. Respect & Kindness
  2. Equity & Inclusion
  3. Servant Leadership
  4. Integrity
  5. Teamwork & Collaboration
  6. Excellence

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements
Enrollment Requirements

Please visit the individual program pages for specific admission requirements. If admitted, students in any of our four programs are required to meet these enrollment requirements to be registered in classes at Centra College.

Enrollment Requirements
  • Return Enrollment Agreement and Registration Fee
  • Background check and drug screen
  • Valid CPR card for AHA Healthcare Provider
  • Verification of required immunizations
  • Attendance at mandatory orientations
Enrollment Agreement and Registration Fees

Registration fees and signed enrollment agreements must be returned within the specified time as included in the letter of acceptance.

Background Check and Drug Screen

In order to comply with the Joint Commission accreditation standards, clinical sites and affiliates require background checks on all students. Following acceptance to Centra College, students will be required to complete forms for the background check. Failure to complete the forms and/or return them by the deadline, refusal for a background check, failure to disclose information or unacceptable report will result in revocation of acceptance. Criminal findings on background checks, including failure to disclose information, may prohibit enrollment into the college.  

Drug screens are completed by a vendor selected by the Centra College.  Any negative results, including refusal to be tested, may prohibit enrollment into the college.

CPR Card

American Heart Association BLS Provider or American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card valid for the duration of the program.


Information on required immunizations may be obtained from the Student Health Nurse at Centra College.  The individual’s health must permit him/her to meet the physical demands on working conditions required for employment as a nurse.


All accepted applicants will be required to attend the full orientations.  Failure to attend the orientations will result in forfeiture of your position in the program.

Application, Forms, Calendar and Student Handbook

Application, Forms, Calendar and Student Handbook
Application, Forms, Calendar and Student Handbook


Completed applications for the LPN and ADN programs with all supporting documents must be received by the following deadlines:

Fall (August) entry-application deadline is March 31st
Spring (January) entry-application deadline is August 31st

Completed applications for the RN-BSN program with all supporting documents must be received by the following deadlines:

Fall (August) entry-application deadline is June 30th
Spring (January) entry-application deadline is November 15th

Centra College partners with NursingCAS to process and review your online application. Be sure to follow all instructions on the NursingCAS application below to ensure you submit your academic credentials correctly and within the prescribed deadlines.

Interested in our LPN, ADN, or RN to BSN programs?

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Interested in our Nurse Aide Education Program? Don't forget to submit your Reference Form and Coordinator Letter as well! 

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Transcript Forms

Please fill out the following form to receive either an unofficial or official transcript copy for courses completed at Centra College or LGH School of Nursing. Official transcripts may not be sent electronically, and each transcript copy will be charged a $5 processing fee.

Download the Request for Transcript Form

Academic Calendars

Review the academic calendars below for our ADN, LPN, RN to BSN, and NA programs below. 


Student Handbook

All students must read, review, and agree to the Centra College Student Handbook.

Centra College Student Catalog/Handbook 2021-2022

Spring 2022 Addendum Admission Requirements

Fall 2021 Addendum Nurse Aid Education Program Course Sequencing

Enrollment/Graduate Statistics

Enrollment/Graduate Statistics
Enrollment/Graduate Statistics

Current Student Enrollment Spring 2022

RN-BSN Program: 12
ADN Program: 228
PN Program: 50

Current Student Enrollment Fall 2021:

RN-BSN Program: 17
ADN Program: 252
PN Program: 52

Nurse Aide Education Program (Main Campus)  

Spring 2022: 5

Nurse Aide Education Program (Branch Campus)

Fall 2021: 0

Number of Graduates for 2020-2021 Academic Year:

RN-BSN Program: 17 = 9% of all programs

ADN Program: 103 = 54% of all programs

PN Program: 39 = 21% of all programs

Nurse Aide Education Program: 31 = 16% of all programs

NCLEX Pass, Completion and Job Placement Rates

NCLEX Pass, Completion and Job Placement Rates
NCLEX Pass, Completion and Job Placement Rates
NCLEX Rates for ADN and PN:

First Time Pass Rate

Completion Rate
Job Placement
May 2021 53% 87.5% 49%
Dec 2020 80% 60% 70% 
May 2020 88% 62% 72%
Dec 2019 87% 76.9% 80%
May 2019 92.8% 59% 74%
Dec 2018 80.39% 86% 74.5%
May 2018 86% 69.4% 88%
First Time Pass Rate
Completion Rate
Job Placement
Aug 2021 86.67% 45% In Progress

Dec 2020

78% 71% 80%
Aug 2020 75% 52% 70%
Dec 2019 95% 52.5% 89%
Aug 2019 92.8% 37.8% 92.8%
Dec 2018 82.35% 83% 80%
Aug 2018 80.9% 65% 85%
First Time Pass Rate
Completion Rate
Job Placement
Aug 2021 N/A 100% In Progress
Dec 2020 N/A 100% 100%
Aug 2020 N/A 73% 91%
Dec 2019 N/A 90% 89%
Aug 2019 N/A 100% 100%
Dec 2018 N/A 100% 100%
Aug 2018 N/A 71% 100%

Upon graduation or completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to file an application to take the examination for licensure in the state where the graduate expects to practice. Satisfactory results on the examination confers licensure and allows the nurse aide, practical nurse, or registered nurse to practice and seek licensure by endorsement in other states. Please note, curriculum regulations of the programs have been verified with Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maryland licensure requirements.

Nurse Aide Class

NNAAP Examination by Pearson Vue
First Time Pass Rates

Completion Rates
Job Placement
December 2021 100% 100% 57%
June 2021 100% 100% 69%
December 2020 100% 100% 87.5%
December 2019 97.14%


June 2019


97% 93%

December 2018

92% 97% 92.7%
June 2018 94.59% 92% 92%

Military & Veteran Recognition

Military & Veteran Recognition
Military & Veteran Recognition

At Centra College, we acknowledge the sacrifices made by women and men who serve or have served our country in the military. We are honored to be able to offer students from all branches of the military a 15% tuition discount; the discount is our way of saying "Thank you" for your service to our country.

The tuition discount applies to active-duty service members, reservists/National Guard, Veterans and spouses of these military personnel.*

*Active duty and military reservists/National Guard must provide valid military ID cards with expiration dates. Veterans must supply a copy of DD-214 with an Honorable Discharge. Spouses of active duty and military reservists/National Guard must provide dependent ID card or sponsor's DoD ID card that is not expired.

*This institution is approved to offer GI Bill ® educational benefits by the Virginia State Approving Agency

Consumer Information

Consumer Information
Consumer Information

Final regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 [FR 66665 and FR 66832], by the U. S. Department of Education (the Department), require institutions that participate in the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (the HEA), to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE Programs). Those regulations also provide that institutions must disclose to prospective students certain information about their GE Programs.

Currently Centra College has one GE Program eligible for Title IV funding: Licensed Practical Nursing Program.

The required information is included in the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

General Information

National Center for Education Statistics (General Information, Characteristics, Enrollment, Financial) or the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

Campus Crime

Campus Crime Statistics are available upon request from the office of the Coordinator, Financial Aid/Enrollment at (434) 200-7033 or at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education. State information of registered sex offenders may be obtained at the Virginia State Police’s Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid information is available upon request from the office of the Coordinator, Financial Aid/Enrollment at (434) 200-7033 or at the U.S. Department of Education Student Loan site or  Federal Student Aid site.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, 78% of enrolled students used some form of federal financial aid.

For students who graduated during the 2020-2021 academic year with federal and/or private loan debt, the average loan debt was $12,999.71

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Centra College is Certified to Operate by State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
10th Floor, James Monroe Building
101 N. 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

The pre-licensure ADN, PN and Nurse Aide Education program are approved by:

Virginia Board of Nursing
Commonwealth of Virginia
Department of Health Professions
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Perimeter Center
Richmond, VA 23230

Centra College holds institutional accreditation through:

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314
North Falls Church, VA 22043

Centra College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN, Distance), Associate Degree in Nursing, and Practical Nursing programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037.

Branch Campus Location:

Centra College
1613 Oakwood Street
Bedford, VA 24523
Phone: 540.425.7526