Campus information
This program is available at the following campuses:
Method of Delivery
The delivery method of this program is:
  • On Campus

Diploma in Practical Nurse


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. A diploma will be awarded upon successful completion of this program. Outside work required.

Students who have successfully met all educational and institutional requirements for a Diploma in Practical Nurse from Southeastern College are eligible to have their names submitted to the Florida
Board of Nursing to be considered as a candidate for the NCLEXPN. The Florida Board of Nursing is the state agency authorized to determine if the applicant qualifies to take the National Council
Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) for licensure as a Practical Nurse.


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 into the College

  • Have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Pass the entrance examination

Prior to admission into the nursing program the following programmatic Pre-Admission requirements must be completed

  • Submit Application
  • Pass nursing pre-entrance exam
  • Submit Written Essay
  • Provide TB Test and or/Chest X-ray documentation
  • Provide documentation of Health Exam
  • Provide current Immunization Documentation
  • 10 Panel Drug Screen
  • Abuse registry clearance
  • Interview with Nursing Program Panel
  • Level II Background Check and Fingerprinting

Course Outline

To receive a diploma in Practical Nursing, students must complete 43.0 credit hours (1478 clock hours). This diploma program can be completed in 12 months for full-time students.

Practical Nurse Courses ( 52.0 credit hours )

Credit Hrs. Clock Hrs. Federal Student Aid
Practical Nursing I 17.5 526 14.03
Practical Nursing II 14.0 484 12.90
Practical Nursing III 11.5 468 12.48
Total Hours 52 1350 36

This program is offered at the West Palm Beach Main Campus and Miami Lakes Area Branch Campuses.

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program, please see our Gainful Employment Disclosures at