WVJC School of Nursing launches new online/hybrid practical nursing program

BRIDGEPORT, WV — WVJC School of Nursing is excited to announce the launch of its new online/hybrid practical nursing training program. This program is available to students who live within driving distance of the WVJC Bridgeport campus in Bridgeport, the WVJC Charleston campus in Cross Lanes, or James Rumsey Technical Institute in Martinsburg.

The program offers students a unique opportunity to balance their lives and education. It allows them to complete didactic practical nursing courses virtually and attend lab and clinical experiences in person, providing the best of both worlds. This approach is designed to ease students’ burdens, allowing them to complete their practical nursing diploma while managing other responsibilities outside of school.

“The hybrid online Practical Nursing (PN) program allows additional flexibility by limiting in-person time to lab and clinical experiences. We do this by placing the classroom environment in a collaborative online experience,” said WVJC Bridgeport Campus Director, Adam Pratt. “This adds an amount of flexibility to a PN student’s life because they are only in person for lab and clinical experiences while still maintaining the rigor and intensity of the PN training program.”

The direct admission approach is an exciting feature of the new online/hybrid Practical Nursing Program. Once accepted and all institutional requirements have been met, students will be enrolled in the Practical Nursing program. Upon completing the 12-month program, students will earn a diploma in practical nursing and be prepared to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

WVJC School of Nursing is not just launching a new program but advancing a movement to bridge the workforce gap in healthcare in West Virginia. The aim is to train the next generation of practical nurses who will make a significant impact in the healthcare sector. The new online/hybrid Practical Nursing program is a step toward this goal, providing opportunities for students who previously were unable to attend a traditional practical nursing program.

“We have seen great success with our hybrid modality approach in Martinsburg with our RN students, and we’re excited to expand this opportunity to practical nursing students as well in order to produce more nurses to the workforce in West Virginia,” said WVJC Bridgeport Director of Nursing, Amanda Poling.

Applications are being accepted for the first cohort of online/hybrid practical nurses, starting in September 2024. Those interested in applying are encouraged to contact the WVJC School of Nursing by visiting wvjc.edu for more information.

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