Superintendent’s Memo #276-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

September 30, 2011

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  New Fees Required for Practical Nursing Programs

The Virginia Board of Nursing has issued a notice of new fees for nursing education in compliance with the Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing - Effective 7-6-2011, 18 VAC 90-20-10.  The high school courses affected by the new fees are Practical Nursing I (8357), II (8358), and III (8359).  The fees apply as follows:


$1,650 -

application for approval of a new nursing education program (Practical Nursing);

$2,200 –

survey visit for nursing education program (practical nursing and registered nursing programs); and
  $1,500 – site visit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) passage rate for nursing education.

The fees do not apply to the high school nurse aide programs or other Health and Medical Sciences programs.

Please note, for school year 2011-2012, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will provide a special grant from federal Perkins funds to school divisions with practical nursing programs that are scheduled for a survey visit by the Virginia Board of Nursing.  This grant will pay the cost of the “new” survey visit fee of $2,200 to the school division on a reimbursement basis.  In subsequent years, this fee is an allowable expenditure of the federal Perkins grant award funds for career and technical education if included in the local approved Perkins application.

Additionally, the VDOE will provide incentive grants from Perkins funds to school divisions for the cost of the $1,650 application fee for implementation of a “new” practical nursing program in a comprehensive high school or career and technical education center.  According to employment projections produced by the Virginia Employment Commission and the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for licensed practical nurses (LPN) is expected to increase by 15 percent from 2008 to 2018.  Virginia LPNs have median annual earnings of $37,700.  Providing career opportunities for students in the practical nursing program will contribute significantly to Virginia’s work force needs today and in the future.  More detailed information about both grant opportunities will be provided under a separate cover.

For questions concerning the practical nursing programs and the process for reimbursement of fees and the grant opportunities, please contact staff in the Office of Career and Technical Education Services at or at (804)225-2051.

For questions concerning the Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing, please contact Dr. Paula B. Saxby, R.N., deputy executive director, Virginia Board of Nursing at or at (804)367-4597 or (804)367-4569.