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Practical Nursing Program

Change your career path, change your life! Become a Licensed Practical Nurse in just 17 months with Centra College.

Centra College offers a 17-month practical nursing program. Students are admitted three times a year, in January, June, and August. Completion of the program qualifies a student to take the national licensing exam (NCLEX-PN). Licensure is required for employment as a licensed practical nurse. The Practical Nursing program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and is a member of the National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, Inc.

Our graduates must obtain licensure to practice as an LPN through successful completion of the NCLEX-PN examination, will work as a beginning nurse in acute, intermediate, long-term, and ambulatory healthcare settings, and be trained in best practices.

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.

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Advantages of a Practical Nurse education include:

  • Short program length
  • Transition to RN
  • Affordable cost


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Admission Requirements

Requirement for Practical Nursing Program

Application Instructions:

  • Complete the NursingCAS application, including the Program Requirements for Centra College.
  • Under 'Academic History' > 'Colleges Attended' ensure all colleges and/or universities you have attended are listed and transcripts are ordered from the 'Order' button via NursingCAS. Every transcript is required, even if you have withdrawn from all courses at the institution.
  • Request at least 1 letter of recommendation be sent through the NursingCAS Reference Portal.
  • Upload an optional personal statement in the Documents section of NursingCAS.
  • Submit official ATI TEAS score report(s) to Centra College via your ATI account.
    • Test scores must be no more than 12 months old from the application deadline.
    • ATI TEAS testing is available at Centra College and remotely. Please contact for testing information.
  • Submit official, final High School transcripts, or official passing GED Score Report. HS transcripts/GED Score Report is required and must be sent to Centra College by the application deadline. High School transcripts are accepted electronically to or by mail to the address below:

    Centra College
    Attn: Admissions
    905 Lakeside Drive, Suite A
    Lynchburg, VA 24501

Characteristics of a Successful Candidate:

  • High school GPA of 2.2 or higher
  • Collegiate courses will also be taken into consideration, if applicable 

Additional Requirements for Admitted Students

  • Background check and drug screen (conviction of certain crimes may preclude admission to the College).
  • BLS Provider by American Heart Association (Adult, Child, Infant, and AED taught in course). If card expires while attending the program, the student must enroll into a BLS Provider CPR re-certification course to maintain an unexpired status for clinical settings. 
  • All new students are required to have a device, such as a laptop or tablet.

  • All admitted students will be required to attend the full orientation session. Failure to attend the orientation will result in forfeiture of your position in the program.



Tuition, Fees & Calendar

Tuition, Fees & Calendar
Tuition, Fees & Calendar



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.