Central School of Practical Nursing

  • The Central School of Practical Nursing (CSPN) is an Interactive Learning Environment: knowledge, skills and attitudes can best be developed through the correlation of theory and practice. When students join the faculty in taking responsibility for their learning, true learning takes place.

    CSPN is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and the Virginia Department of Education Career and Technical Division and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

    The program prepares graduates for a career in practical nursing. Upon completion of Level I, the student is eligible to take the test to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the National Council of Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). 

    The Nursing Program covers two-nine month periods. The first nine months, Level I, runs from September to June. Classes are DAY classes held every other day. Students learn to integrate theory and skills labs. The last part of the course has a clinical component.

    The second nine months, Level II, begins in August and ends in May. Classes meet every day. Students learn to integrate theory and clinical throughout.


    • Tuition Cost-*$8,600 ($4,200 1st Semester; $4,400 2nd Semester) *Adults and post-graduates who meet specific income qualifications may be able to receive PELL Grants and/or tuition vouchers to help defray the cost of tuition.
    • 18-Month Program broken up into two nine-month periods

    Day Classes Only

    • Level I - 1st Nine Months Every Other Day 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Level II - 2nd Nine Months Every Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


    • Rising high school senior
    • Minimum 2.5 GPA


    • Completed Application
    • Official High School or GED Transcript
    • Post-Secondary Transcripts Accepted
    • Three Professional/Academic References (No friends/No family)
    • $70 Non-Refundable Fee
    • 60% or Better on TEAS Test
    • Professional Interview
    • CNA Qualified Applicants must still complete the entire program


     Please contact our office (757)892-3300 to learn more about the CSPN program. 


    Applications Process Begins January 2025

    Meet Our Faculty:

    Program Director

    Guia Caliwagan, EdS, MAN, RN


    Level I Instructor

    Crystal Ruiz, BSN, RN


    Level II Instructor

    Amelita Villarete, BSN, RN


    CSPN Secretary

    Sonya Fleetwood




    CSPN Employer Questionnaire

    CSPN Handbook 2023-2024

    Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

    VERSO Competency Level I

    VERSO Competency Level II

    Achievement Data

    Transfer Policy

    Cost of Attendance

    Financial Aid

    CSPN Catalog

    Disclosure Information About an Accredited Program

    CSPN Disclosure Statement 2018-2022

    Nursing Brochure

    Graduate Nursing Follow Up Survey


    Central School of Practical Nursing (CSPN) is certified to operate by The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). 


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