Date of Award

Summer 8-1989

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Community & Environmental Health


Community Health Professions

Committee Director

Gregory H. Frazer

Committee Member

Colin E. Box

Committee Member

John L. Echternach

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.C48S94


This study investigated the size of the Practical Nursing schools, the student/faculty ratio, the admission process, the number of program hours as well as individual course hours of each program, specific aspects of articulation agreements in place, and the need for a bridge course and its contents. Also collected was demographic information regarding the students. The study involved the aggregate population of 43 Practical Nursing Programs in Virginia. Study findings, based on responses from 28 schools, included the following: the practical nursing schools are or the most part 18 months long, have three faculty members, admit students in late summer or early fall, and include students whose average age is 30. Eleven of the 43 practical nursing programs have an articulation agreement, and ten of those are with the community college. Seven of these have a bridge course that is a requirement for the licensed practical nurse entering the associate degree program. The study report includes a sample of the survey tool and a sample articulation form.


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