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Program Overview

The Practical Nursing Curriculum prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to provide nursing care to children and adults. Students will participate in nursing care as directed by the registered nurse.

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation/long term care/home health facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices.

Applicants are required to complete the ATI TEAS Test along with additional requirements before applying. Spring PN students must turn in all materials by September 1.


Program Contacts:

Dr. Yvonne Johnson

Dean - Health Sciences

Diploma Curriculum

Spring Semester

BIO-163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 5
NUR-101 Practical Nursing I 11
NUR-117 Pharmacology 2
PSY-150 General Psychology 3

Summer Semester

ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
NUR-102 Practical Nursing II 10

Fall Semester

NUR-103 Practical Nursing III 9
PSY-241 Developmental Psychology 3

Total credits needed to graduate: 46 Hours

Each nursing (NUR) course must be successfully completed in order to progress to subsequent nursing courses.

A nursing student prohibited from participating in a clinical agency will be dismissed from the nursing program due to their inability to progress.

Students on financial aid should speak with their financial aid advisors before enrolling in less than 12 credit hours per semester.

Learning Outcomes

Practical Nursing students will:

  • Participate in evaluating the concepts of the holistic individual and client response in the promotion of health, wellness, illness, quality of life, and the achievement of potential.
  • Practice professional nursing behaviors, within the legal practice boundaries of the practical nurse, incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for continued competence.
  • Participate in providing evidence-based nursing care, from an established plan of care based on biophysical, psychosocial, and cultural needs of clients in various stages of growth and development while assisting them to attain their highest level of wellness.
  • Participate in the nursing process to provide individualized, safe, and effective nursing care in a structured setting under supervision.
  • Demonstrate caring behaviors in implementing culturally-competent, client-centered nursing care to diverse clients across the lifespan.
  • Participate in collaboration with the interdisciplinary healthcare team as assigned by the registered nurse (RN) to support positive individual and organizational outcomes in a safe and cost-effective manner.
  • Reinforce and/or implement the teaching plan developed and delegated by the registered nurse to promote the health of individuals, incorporating teaching and learning principles.
  • Utilize informatics to access, manage, and communicate client information and validate best practices.
  • Participate in Quality Improvement (QI) by identifying hazards and error and by suggesting, to the RN, changes to improve the client care process.

Program Costs

Diploma In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $3,224.00 $11,480.00
Books and Supplies $1,532.50 $1,532.50
Total Cost $4,756.50 $13,012.50

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