Diploma Program D45660

The Practical Nursing curriculum provides knowledge and skills to integrate safety and quality into nursing care to meet the needs of the holistic individual which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interdisciplinary team while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

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.


Practical Nursing applicants who plan to continue into the Associate Degree Nursing Program may take the non-core nursing courses from the ADN Program for additional points (after completing the PN non-core class requirements) and transfer to the LPN to RN Advanced Placement (Transition) Program.

Course Credit Hours
ACA 122 College Transfer Success (or ACA 111 or 115 or 118) 1
ENG 111 Writing & Inquiry 3
PSY 150 General Psychology 3
**BIO 163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology (or BIO 168 and 169) 5

Additional Information

** Completed within the past 5 years.

Students who have taken BIO 163, or 168 and 169 as part of an earned associate's degree (or higher) will have the 5 year timeline waived for the application.

Core Classes

The courses below are the core classes for the practical nursing program. A student must be admitted to the program in order to be eligible to take these courses.

Course Credit Hours
NUR 101 - Practical Nursing I 11
NUR 102 - Practial Nursing II 10
NUR 103AB - Practical Nursing III 2
NUR 103BB - Practical Nursing III 7