LPN Programs in Virginia - VA

Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in Virginia

To become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Virginia you must first obtain the required education and secondly apply for a license to practice nursing from the Virginia Board of Nursing.  A license can be obtained through endorsement or examination.  Both can be applied for online at the Virginia Board of Nursing website: www.dhp.state.va.us/nursing. 

Below are the steps to follow to become an LPN in Virginia, as set by the Virginia Board of Nursing. 

  • Steps to Become an LPN by Endorsement
    • Complete the application to become licensed by endorsement and submit it to the Virginia Board of Nursing. 
    • Submit the required fees and documentation.  This includes:
      • Proof that you completed a Virginia LPN program. 
      • Verification of nursing licenses held in other states. 
    • Wait for application to be processed.  This will take anywhere from one to four weeks.  A temporary license to practice while awaiting approval can be issued upon request. 
  • Steps to Become a LPN by Examination
    • Complete an approved and accredited LPN education program. 
    • Submit an application for licensure by examination to the Virginia Board of Nursing.  Include all required fees and documentation. 
    • Register with Pearson Vue to take the NCLEX examination.  This can be done online, by telephone, or by mail.  The exam fee is $200. 
    • Take and pass the NCLEX once you have been determined eligible for testing by the Virginia Board of Nursing. 
    • Begin practicing as a licensed practical nurse.  LPNs in Virginia may practice nursing for a period of no longer than 90 days following the successful completion of an approved nursing education program and while awaiting NCLEX examination results.  If the NCLEX is not passed during this time, the authorization to practice will be null and void. 

Virginia is also a Nursing Licensure Compact State.  If you already have a valid and current nursing license in another compact state you will be granted a “multi-state privilege”.  However, you will still need to obtain a Virginia LPN license, which can be done through endorsement.  You may, however, practice for a period of 30 days without a Virginia license, while your application is being processed. 

Through comprehensive training programs, aspiring LPNs in Arlington, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Alexandria, Portsmouth and Hampton, Virginia may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the University of Virginia Medical Center, Saint Mary's Hospital, Lynchburg General Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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