Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC)

Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) offers a Practical Nursing (LPN) certificate, ACEN accredited Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing program (RN) with LPN to RN transition, and a Second-Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. Students Schools Scholarships

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  • Accreditations ACEN Accredited
  • Location Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Programs ASN/ADN, BSN, Accelerated BSN, Other
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In 1972, Charlottesville established a community college after years of petitioning the State Board of Community Colleges. There were originally 12 members of the College Board, and 456 students were enrolled in the Fall quarter that year. Classes were started at Albemarle High School until 1973 when the building for Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) opened.

Practical Nursing Certificate

The Practical Nursing Certificate at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) consists of a one year program designed to prepare students to care for patients in extended care and other non-acute care settings such as nursing homes, assisted living centers, doctors' offices, clinics, and private homes. Those who successfully graduate the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) and become licensed to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Complete health assessment by his/her healthcare provider
  • Criminal background check
  • Drug screening
  • Demonstrated competency in reading and writing
  • Demonstrated competency in Algebra
  • SAT quantitative score of 520 or PSAT of 52 (valid for five years after the date of the test) or ACT score of 22 (valid for five years after the date of the test)
  • High school Biology
  • GPA of 2.5 or above for all the non-PNE courses
  • Essay
  • Preference given to those with CNA/PCT experience

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree prepares students to give exceptional patient care in a variety of healthcare settings. Students are able to provide care in hospitals, nursing homes, doctors' offices, clinics and schools. Successful graduates are eligible to take the licensure exam called the NCLEX-RN Examination, which is required for licensure as a registered nurse (RN).

The Nursing Program curriculum, including general education courses, can be taken within a two-year period.

Clinical Locations

Locations for clinical rotations are: University of Virginia Health System, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, Western State Hospital, Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, The Colonnades, The Laurels, HealthSouth, and Augusta Health. Other facilities may be utilized. Transportation is the responsibility of the student and requests for clinical sites cannot always be granted. Carpooling with fellow students is highly encouraged. Clinical sites may be outside of the Charlottesville/Albemarle area, but students are expected to attend.

Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (LPN to RN) Transition

The LPN to RN Transition program provides the curriculum for licensed practical nurses to take the next step to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. After completion of the degree, students have the opportunity to take the NCLEX-RN and become Registered Nurses. LPNs receive credit for previous education and courses.

All applicants must have a current license as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Virginia and at least two years of recent work experience as an LPN. One year of work experience is also required of graduates of the PVCC LPN program. To confirm, there is a requirement for a letter for the number of hours a week worked as an LPN.

Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Second-Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is designed for students who hold a Bachelor's degree in another field. It is offered through PVCC and Old Dominion University (ODU). Students may enroll in courses at both colleges and complete the Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees in two (2) academic years.


The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited the ADN program at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC).

Piedmont Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Niche.com ranked PVCC #14 of 868 Best Community Colleges in America (2019).

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