Have you always dreamed about being a nurse?

West Virginia Junior College is enrolling students for its practical nursing program for the Bridgeport campus and surrounding areas!

Practical Nurses touch patients’ lives and the lives of their families. Can you see yourself helping people on a daily basis? A career as a Practical Nurse may be for you!

Our practical nursing program is a direct admittance program. This means you won’t waste time and money taking classes; only to find out later that you are not accepted into the program. You will graduate in just 12 months.

In addition to your Practical Nurse training, our program also prepares you for phlebotomy, IV therapy and EKG certifications. These professional certifications should boost employment opportunities with cardiologists, medical labs and hospitals.

Upon graduation, our students are eligible to take the licensing exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)*.
*Passing the NCLEX-PN exam is required to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.

“West Virginia Junior College is the greatest choice I’ve made. The instructors and staff are absolutely great! I have learned so much while being at WVJC! This is a great way to start your career!”

– Hannah Mooney, WVJC Student

In this program you will learn how to:

Licensed Practical Nurses are versatile caregivers that provide routine care for sick and injured patients. Licensed Practical Nurses work in conjunction with other healthcare professionals adhering to care plans for patients and typically have the following skills:

  • Conduct physical assessments
  • Administer medications
  • Care for wounds
  • Perform IV therapy
  • Process medical records
  • Monitor vital signs
  • Collect medical specimens
  • Perform routine lab tests
  • Monitor medical equipment
  • Perform phlebotomy and administer injections
  • Assist patients with daily activities
  • Evaluate patient emotional and spiritual status

As a Practical Nurse, you could:

Licensed Practical Nurses are often the patients first point of contact for the medical facility. Their skill sets include obtaining medical histories, collecting samples for routine laboratory testing, and providing patient care make them valuable employees in the following areas:

  • Work for a pediatrician’s office
  • Work at a hospital
  • Work in an emergency room
  • Work at a long term care of nursing home facility
  • Work for a community or home-health agency
  • Work at a rehabilitation center
  • Work for a variety of clinics
  • Work for any number of private physicians

Practical Nurses are an important part of the medical team. WVJC’s program provides you the training needed to sit for the state licensing exam. To learn more about this program, call 304-842-4007 or Request Information.

Clinical Locations

To achieve the aims of the Diploma in Practical Nursing program, students are required to participate in clinical experiences in a variety of settings. This is in addition to learning the theory content included in the nursing classes.

Some of the clinical rotations nursing students may experience include the following:

  • United Hospital Center
  • Clarksburg-Highland Hospital
  • Fairmont Health and Rehab
  • Grafton City Hospital

Practical Nursing License

Nursing students will utilize the nursing process to provide safe, effective care while applying the scientific principles of nursing.

This program fulfills the educational prerequisites for professional licensing in West Virginia. Upon program completion, graduates will be eligible to take the West Virginia State Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN)*.

​Successfully passing the West Virginia State Licensing Exam qualifies the graduate to be employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the state of West Virginia.
*Passing the NCLEX-PN exam is required to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.


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