Practical Nursing - High School

The School of Practical Nursing in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is offered to interested and qualified high school seniors and adults from the community.

The School of Practical Nursing in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is offered to interested and qualified high school seniors and adults from the community. It is an 18-month program that is completed in two school years. For interested students, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification may be available to high school graduates after completing level one and a 40-hour clinical experience offered to students enrolled in the postgraduate level two course. The post-graduate level two course requires student tuition and fees. After passing a licensure exam known as the NCLEX, graduates are able to practice nursing as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in physician offices, long-term care facilities, health maintenance organizations, and hospitals. LPNs are also eligible for advanced placement in many registered nursing (RN) educational programs. Many health care employers provide tuition assistance or reimbursement.

Level 1 (first year)

Level 1 classes meet approximately 90 minutes per day Monday through Friday throughout the school year. After completion of Level 1 there is a week of clinical experience in August. Upon completion of both components, students are eligible to take the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam.

The areas of study include:

  • Anatomy and physiology.
  • Medical terminology.
  • Nursing fundamentals.
  • Medical mathematics.
  • Nutrition 1.
  • Growth and development.

Level 2 (second year)

Level 2 classes also meet Monday through Friday throughout the school year. Level 2 is a combination of classroom experience (didactic) and clinical (2-3 days per week). The hours are determined on a yearly basis but generally classes are held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clinical days are generally scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dependent on facility availability, clinical hours may be in the evening.

The classes are coordinated with the clinical experiences in the following nursing areas:

  • Medical-Surgical.
  • Maternal child health.
  • Geriatrics.
  • Mental health level 2.

Requirements for clinical participation:

  • Criminal background check.
  • Drug screening.
  • Immunization documentation.
  • Health insurance computer (Internet access is required).

Registration Information

For community adult residents who are applying to this program, the following is required:

  • Completed identification statement.
  • ATI TEAS-PN exam (begin preparation early).
  • Virginia identification.
  • Official high school-GED-international graduation transcripts.
  • Criminal background check and drug screen.

FCPS high school students applying to Level I must have passed algebra I and biology. Talk with your high school counselor and parents early in your high school career so you are prepared to enter the program your senior year. If you are applying to Level 2, you need to have successfully completed Level I.

Applications must be received by the first Monday in April for entry into the September class.