Practical Nurses care for the sick, injured, convalescent and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. Healthcare employment opportunities are available in long term care, home health, hospitals and outpatient settings. Clinical experience is provided at extended care facilities and hospitals.


This program will prepare students for an entry-level position as a Practical Nurse. The program will familiarize the student with the techniques and procedures of basic bedside care. Students will learn how to take vital signs such as, temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration. In addition, students will observe patients and report adverse reactions to medications or treatments, collect samples for testing, perform routine laboratory tests, feed patients, and record food and fluid intake and output. Experienced practical nurses may supervise nursing assistants and aides.

Admission Requirements

  • Have a high school diploma or G.E.D. or equivalent
  • Submit Application
  • Pass Nursing pre-entrance exam
  • Submit Written Essay
  • Interview with the Practical Nurse Program Panel


  • Level II Background Check and Fingerprinting
  • 10 Panel Drug Screen
  • Abuse registry clearance

Additional Prerequisites:

  • Provide TB Test and or/Chest X-ray documentation
  • Provide documentation of Health Exam
  • Provide current Immunization Documentation

Practical Nurse Diploma

Campus Information
Method of Delivery
  • On Campus
Course Outline

To receive a diploma in Practical Nurse, students must complete 43.0 credit hours (1350 instructional clock hours). This diploma program can be completed in 12 months for full-time students.

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Core Courses: 43.0 credit hours

The following courses are taken in the sequence listed below:

Credit Hours Clock Hours Federal Student Aid
PRN 0004C: Practical Nursing I 17.5 526 14.03
PRN 0120C: Practical Nursing II 14.0 484 12.90
PRN 0306: Practical Nursing III 11.5 468 12.48