The Practical Nursing program is an eighteen (18) month program. New classes begin at the start of each new school year. The program duration is two (2) academic school years. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Council for Examination in Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN), enabling the student to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. During the Preclinical phase (first nine months), students will attend class for one-half day. During this time, the student will learn Personal-Vocational Relationships, Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Pharmacology, and basic nursing skills. During the Clinical phase (second year), the student will attend class and clinicals for a full day. Clinical experience includes Johnston Memorial Hospital, as well as healthcare facilities. Course work includes Maternal-Child Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Medical/Surgical Nursing, Administration of Medications, and Personal-Vocational Relationships. All students enrolled in the PN program participate in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club. Students who successfully complete the program may "bridge" to the registered nursing program at Virginia Highlands Community College. Adult and High School students must complete an application available through the Guidance Office or the WCCTEC office. LPN is a two year program that is only available to 12th grade students.