Pre-Practical Nursing

Program Overview

The goal of Practical Nursing is to provide the theory, laboratory, and clinical experiences to prepare students for an entry-level position in Practical Nursing. The Pre-Practical Nursing program at Bridging Communities is designed to give dual enrollment students an advanced placement pathway to the RCC Practical Nursing Program. The Practical Nursing program at RCC can be completed in three semesters. Students enrolled in the yearlong Pre-PN program at Bridging Communities will complete RCC's first semester requirements during this time, earning 14 of the required 46 college credits. Students successfully participating in the Pre PN program at Bridging Communities will also be eligible to sit for the NNAPP exam for the CNA certification. During their next two semesters at RCC, students may complete the PN program and obtain PN licensure, and may transition to the ADN program if eligible. Successful students will have the ability to complete requirements for the RN licensure within two years after graduation high school.

12th Grade

Students will learn nursing care of patients of all ages, in various stages of sickness or wellness. Topics of instruction include human anatomy, body function, nutrition, disease conditions, pharmacology, nursing procedures, and other topics related to the field of nurse aide. Students are required to complete 135 hours of clinical, lab, and simulation experience in addition to classroom seat time. Some of the required hours may be scheduled after school and on Saturdays. Students will earn 3 high school credits and 14 college credits upon successful completion.

High School Course:

8331 - Health Assisting Careers

College Courses:

SDV 100 - Orientation to Health Science

NUR 120 - Nursing Terminology & Charting

PNE 161 - Nursing in Health Changes I (part 1 & 2)

PNE 155 - Body Structure and Function

NUR 135 - Drug Dosage Calculations


Complete English & Math VCCS placement tests.

Complete high school biology prior to Senior year with a grade of "C" or higher.

Complete high school Chemistry with a grade of "C" or higher is strongly encouraged

Enroll in RCC & attend a scheduled PN information session.

VCCS Requirements:

Place into ENF 3 and MTE 1-3 on the VPT (MTE 1-5 preferred to meet legibility for ADN program).

Clinical, Lab, & Simulation

Student meeting specific requirements will complete 72 hours of clinical experience, 55 hours of lab experience and 8 hours of simulation experience.

Prerequisite for Clinical experience and Nurse Aide licensure examination

  • Must pass drug screening*
  • Must pass a background check*
  • Flu Shot*
  • 2 step Tuberculosis TST test*
  • Purchase Clinical uniform with white shoes*

*Expenses incurred are the responsibility of the student

  • Must complete the classroom phase of the program with a grade of 80 or above
  • Immunizations up to date including Tetenus*
  • RHS Training Videos (will be done in class)
  • Pass CPR & First Aide Training (will be done in class)