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December 2014 Associate Degree Nursing Graduates

Emergency Medical Services - Philpott Hall Room 126 Kari Whitney, EMS Coordinator (276)656-0328 Advising by Appointment.:   
Nursing/Health Careers - Philpott Hall room 123 you can receive advising for Associate Degree Nursing, RN - BSN, Practical Nursing, Therapeutic Massage, Health Science Certificate (Pre-Allied Health Careers), Nurse Aide, & Pharmacy Technician.  Please come to the nursing office to see Susan Selman, Health Career Advisor, (276-656-0282) or Amy Webster, Program Head for Nursing & Health Sciences   (276-656-0248) for advising &/or registration for classes.

Nursing Application Periods 

EXTENDED due to inclement weather!! 
LPN application week is now February 23 - March 6, 2015. 

RN application week is March 9 - 13, 2015.

  • Applications are available on the door of the nursing office (Philpott 123) or from the link below under "Nursing & EMS Application Periods." 
  • All Nursing applications should be hand delivered to the nursing office (Philpott 123) during the posted application periods.
  • Information about both nursing programs can be found under "Health Science Information Links." 
  • Information about pre-admission testing for both programs can be found under "Pre-Admission Testing Practice."

For RN-BSN Information at area colleges & universities ( RN-BSN links Sept 2014). This handout provides links to the RN-BSN webpages for each listed school. 

ADVISING HOURS  (Open advising hours do not require an appointment)

Day OPEN Advising Hours
Mon-Mar 2

9am - Noon; 1pm - 5pm PN Application Week Extended until March 6th

Tues-Mar 3 9am - Noon; 1pm - 5pm
Wed-Mar 4 Advising by Appointment
Thur-Mar 5 Advising by Appointment
Fri-Mar 6

Advising by Appointment  Last day to submit a PN Application

Mon-Mar 9

Advising by Appointment  RN Application Week Begins

Tues-Mar 10 9am - Noon; 1pm - 5pm
Wed-Mar 11 9am - Noon; 1pm - 5pm
Thur-Mar 12 9am - Noon; 1pm - 5pm
Fri-March 13

9am - Noon; 1pm - 5pm  Last day to submit an application to the RN program

Mon-Mar 16 Advising by Appointment

**Therapeutic Massage begins a new cycle in Fall 2015.  Come in now to be sure you have the pre-requisites to begin this program!

Patrick Henry Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 Henrico, VA 23233;  (404) 975--5000.

ACEN logo Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
 3342 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326
 (804) 367-4515



Admission to core nursing classes and the EMS-Paramedic is by application. Applications are accepted during the published application times ONLY.  See below for more information.  

  • EMS/Paramedic - Application period ended May 31, 2014. Classes began in August 2014. For information about the application process or for questions about the application, please contact Kari Whitney, EMS Program Director Office: (276)656-0328 Fax: (276)656-0261
  • RN - The next application period will be March 9 - 13, 2015 for the class that will begin in August 2015.  The application can be downloaded HERE or copies will be available on the Nursing office door on Monday, March 2nd.  Reminder: There is no waiting list - applicants who were not accepted during the last application period will need to re-apply if they are still interested.
  • LPN - RN Transition The next application period for LPN's interested in applying to the RN program will be October 2015 for the class that will begin in January 2016.  Interested LPN's need to have completed the pre-requisites for the RN program at the time of application & have the following general education courses completed prior to starting the program in January 2016: ENG 111, BIO 231, PSY 230, & SDV 108. Please contact the nursing office for more information. 
  • LPN: Main Campus - The next application period for admission to the Practical Nursing program on the main PHCC campus will be held February 23 - February 27, 2015.  Applicants who meet the pre-requisites (see FAQ's for PN) & pass the pre-admission test will start classes in August 2015 & graduate in December 2016.  The application can be downloaded here or copies are posted on the Nursing office door- Philpott hall room 123.  REMINDER:  Applications are accepted in the nursing office the week of February 23rd - February 27th ONLY.  Applications are then processed & all applicants will recieve a response by letter as to their status to the address listed on the application.  Qualified applicants who meet the pre-requisites will be notified about TEAS pre-admission testing dates which are tentatively scheduled for the last week in March.

It is very important for all students who are interested in a Nursing, EMS, or a Health Science Career to see one of our advisors for assistance in planning their academic course sequence each semester.
Prior to coming in for advising, please follow the steps listed below:

  1. Apply to be a student @ PHCC - free and on-line* (*If not currently enrolled)
  2. Take the College Placement Test* (*If a student has not had previous college level math and/or english)
  3. Have official transcripts from any college attended (including all VCCS schools other than PHCC) sent to the Office of Admissions & Records located in the Walker Building
  4. If interested in applying for financial aid, students will need to contact the Financial Aid Office .
  5. Students interested in the RN or the LPN program should bring a copy of their High School transcript with them when they meet with an advisor.


#1 - Students interested in the RN program need to understand that BIO 231/232 is a graduation requirement & does NOT satisfy the two pre-requisite sciences (Biology & Chemistry) necessary for admission to the program. Biology & Chemistry must be completed with a grade of "C" or better at the time of application.    Students are encouraged to bring their high school transcript to the nursing office PRIOR to enrolling in BIO 231.
#2 - Students interested in the Practical Nursing Certificate program need to understand that NAS 150 is a graduation requirement & does NOT satisfy the pre-requisite science necessary for admission to the program.

BOTH THE Associate Degree Nursing (RN) and Practical Nursing (LPN) Certificate require a pre-admission test as part of the admission requirements. This test is administered once or twice a year after application periods specific to each program.

Pre-Admission Testing Practice

  • Practical Nursing (LPN)  Optional Pre-Admission TEAS test book ISBN #1933107-00-6
    A copy is on closed reserve in the LRC or visit the TEAS web page: PN Testing link
  • Registered Nursing (RN) Optional Pre-Admission HESI
    Admission Review Book 3rd Edition ISBN #
    978-1455703333 A copy is on closed reserve in
    the LRC or visit the HESI web page:
    RN Testing link
NCLEX-RN Pass Rates
2013 83.04% 83.06% 84.38%
2012 90.34% 90.43% 92.11%
2011 89.32% 89.5% 86.96%
2010 89.91% 86.26% 77.78%
2009 88.07% 87.33% 80.65%


NCLEX-PN Pass Rates
2013 84.63% 78.89% 92.31%
2012 84.23% 75.01% 85%
2011 85.95% 79.44% 79.17%
2010 87.06% 77.55% 100%
2009 85.73% 74.47% 85.71%

NCLEX-RN & NCLEX-PN Pass Rates are calculated based on the graduate's first testing attempt & reflect the previous semester enrollment. 

Health Science Information Links

Transition LPN to RN Advising Spreadsheet

Health Sciences

LPN - RN Frequently Asked Questions

Nurse Aide Frequently Asked Questions

Nurse Aide Information Package

Nurse Aide Training

Nursing Career Descriptions

Paramedic program

Pharmacy Technician

Practical Nursing  PN Frequently Asked Questions

RN program;   RN Brochure

RN Frequently Asked Questions

Therapeutic Massage      The core massage classes are taught in a 3 semester sequence.  The new cycle will begin Fall semester 2015.    

Online Resources for Career Information: these websites include information about many different career fields.

Generally, you can expect the web content maintained by reputable professional organizations to be reliable. Weddle’s Professional Association Directory provides links to professional associations organized by industry and career field. Professional association websites usually have a career information section or resources for students.

Program Brochures

Associate of Arts and Science Degree/Science: Pre-BSN

LPN to RN Transition

Nurse Aide

Practical Nursing "LPN"

Registered Nurse