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Virginia, VA | LPN to RN Nursing School Program

Why Enter a Virginia LPN to RN Program?

The move from Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse in Virginia may only take a year, but it can reap great rewards. An RN’s average salary in the state is above $60,000 a year, not including extensive benefits that staff nurses typically receive. In addition to greatly increased salary, the possibility for more interesting work is another reason to enter an LPN to RN program in Virginia. Registered Nurses receive much more responsibility than LPNs as they oversee and manage Licensed Practical Nurses and lesser trained caregivers such as Certified Nursing Assistants, assess patient needs, and even create and modify a plan of care based on their own assessments. While close to two thirds of RNs work in hospitals, job opportunities from doctor’s offices to long term care facilities and public settings such as schools and community centers are also plentiful. In addition, RNs can be community educators with regards to public health. From occupational and mental health to anesthesia, radiology, rehabilitation, and beyond, the opportunity for specialization extends to all areas of health care. Clearly, an LPN to RN program in Virginia opens the door to many opportunities that are not available to Licensed Practical Nurses.

How to Do a Virginia LPN to RN Program

An LPN to RN program takes around a year and can be done in both a traditional classroom setting as well as online. Prerequisites include current certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse and often a year of experience working as an LPN. Course work is an extension of LPN training and covers topics like statistics, microbiology, communications, chemistry, and, of course, a heavy focus on nursing specific topics such as patient care and medication. And, because LPN to RN training in Virginia adds another year of specialized nurse courses as well, it is possible to receive an Associate Degree of Nursing as well.

Upon completion of the program, LPN to RN students take the RN version of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), for which The Virginia Board of Nursing charges a $130 application fee in conjunction with the $200 test fee charged by test administrator Pearson Vue. The NCLEX is the final step to licensure as a Registered Nurse and pass rates are above 85 percent for the nationally-standardized test.

An LPN to RN program in Virginia is a great boost to a nurse’s earning potential and ability to pursue a career that fulfills their personal interests in health care. But it is not the highest level of training available in the nursing world—a Bachelor of Science, Nursing and graduate programs in both health and education are available for those who wish to take their skills and knowledge even further, which lead to even more diverse careers in the education system, public health, and patient care and beyond.

Virginia Campus Schools:
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South University
Campus Locations:   High Point
Programs: Nursing (BS)

Kaplan University - KHE
Campus Locations:   Hagerstown
Programs: MS in Nursing , Bachelor of Science in Nursing , Associate of Science: Nursing

Bryant and Stratton College
Campus Locations:   Richmond | Virginia Beach
Programs: Nursing Generalist-BS , Nursing-AAS , RN to BSN

Medical Career Institute
Campus Locations:   Manassas | Henrico | Newport News | More...
Programs: Nursing (RN)

Online Schools:
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The College Network
Online Programs:   LPN/LVN to RN - AS in Nursing (Licensed LPN/LVNs only) , LPN/LVN to RN - BS in Nursing - Indiana St. - (Licensed LPN/LVNs only)

South University, Online Programs
Online Programs:   Doctor of Nurse Practice , Nurse Educator (PGC) , Adult Health Nurse Practitioner (PGC) , more...

King University
Online Programs:   Bachelor of Science in Nursing , Master of Science in Nursing

Salem International University
Online Programs:   International Business (MBA)

Capella University
Online Programs:   MSN - Nursing, General (CCNE-accredited) , MSN - RN-to-MSN Nursing, General (CCNE-accredited) , MSN -Diabetes Nursing (CCNE-accredited) , more...

University of San Francisco
Online Programs:   Online Associate Degree to Master Degree Nursing program , Online Bachelor Degree to Master Degree Nursing program

Kaplan University
Online Programs:   MS in Nursing , Doctor of Nursing Practice , MS - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice) , more...

American Sentinel University Online
Online Programs:   MS Nursing - Case Management , MS Nursing - Infection Prevention and Control , RN to BS Nursing , more...

Maryville University
Online Programs:   Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP) - Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) , Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) , Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP) -Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)

Post University
Online Programs:   Certificate: Legal Nurse Consulting