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The Central School of Practical Nursing (CSPN) is an Interactive Learning Environment: knowledge, skills and attitudes can best be developed through the correlation of theory and practice. When students join faculty in taking responsibility for their learning, true learning takes place.


CSPN is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and the Virginia Department of Education Career and Technical Division and accredited by Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).


The program prepares graduates for a career in practical nursing. Upon completion of Level I, the student is eligible to take the test to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the National Council of Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).


The Nursing Program covers two nine month periods. The first nine months, Level I, runs from September to June. Classes are DAY classes held every other day. Students learn integrating theory and skills lab. The last part of the course has a clinical component.


The second nine months, Level II, begins in August and ends in May. Classes meet every day. Students learn integrating theory and clinical throughout.

Adult students pay tuition of $8,600 which includes all expenses for Level I and Level II.


Adults and post graduates who meet specific income qualifications may be able to receive PELL Grants and/or tuition vouchers to help defray the cost of tuition.

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