Preparation courses available for 2015 DSLCC Practical Nursing Program applicants

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College invites individuals who wish to enter the Practical Nursing Program to complete required skills assessments now. Program Head Penny Fauber encourages applicants to take the assessments and use the upcoming semester to complete any courses that they may need to take in order to be more competitive for the limited number of seats available for the 2015-2016 program.

“By taking the Virginia Placement Test at DSLCC, individuals interested in preparing to become practical nurses can have a current assessment of their strengths and challenges,” said Fauber. “For example, if someone is weak in mathematics, they can take a course to gain skills and be ready to apply for the Practical Nursing Program.” For information about the placement testing, call Student Services on campus at 540-863-2820 or the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center at 261-1211. There is no fee and no time limit when testing.

Fauber went on to explain more about the requirement to take the mathematics test. “Prospective students have to document a specific level of ability in math; it will allow us to select those who have the most likelihood for success in the program, and mathematics is a skill needed in tasks such as calculating dosage for patient medications. Our team is committed to student success and ensuring a quality program with outstanding graduates ready for the workplace. This step will assist us in filling spaces with the most qualified individuals to begin classes next June.”

Interested individuals should visit the College’s web site, click the Programs of Study button, and go to Practical Nursing. There is an Information/Application Packet which should be carefully reviewed before beginning the application process. For information about program requirements, email



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