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Practical Nursing (PN)

P&HCC’s Practical Nursing Program (PN) is a 3-semester certificate program. The program is offered over three sequential semesters: summer, fall, and spring. The PN program accepts applications once per year during our spring semester. The dates for the 2025 application period will be announced during our fall 2024 semester.

We recommend speaking with a Nursing Advisor ( to review admission requirements. All applicants to the program must attend an Information Session within 6 months of submitting their application to the program. Nursing Information Sessions will resume in August 2024.

Applicants must have official transcripts from high school, GED, and/or previous colleges sent directly to P&HCC.

Sending Transcripts

 Mail to:
Admissions and Records
Patrick & Henry Community College
645 Patriot Ave.
Martinsville, VA 24112

[Sealed transcripts can be accepted in-person, electronic transcripts can be accepted if they are sent from the former institution directly to Transcripts that are electronically forwarded, printed by the student, or unsealed are not official.]

PN-Pre-Admission Testing

Students who have applied and met the pre-application and pre-requisite requirements will be invited to take the ATI TEAS entrance exam.  Areas of assessment include science, math, reading and English and language usage. ATI TEAS study guides are on closed reserve in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) and the most recent manual information can be accessed at ATI TEAS Study Manual – For Students | ATI ( Students can also make an appointment in the Math Lab or Tutoring Center in the LRC to review exam topics.

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NCLEX-PN First Time Licensure Pass Rates

NCLEX-PN First Time Licensure Pass Rates
NCLEX-PN Pass rates are calculated based on the graduate’s first testing attempt of their licensure exam.

Program Approval

The Virginia Board of Nursing has granted full approval to the Patrick & Henry Community College Practical Nursing Education Program.

Virginia Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463
(804) 367-4515

The program is not nationally accredited.

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