Practical Nursing

During the first year, students study anatomy and physiology, fundamental concepts and skills for nursing, and dosage calculations. Students must earn a grade of 80% or better in each of these units of instruction to progress to the second year of the program. A lab fee and uniform are required for first year. For second year students may be required to have liability insurance, criminal background check and drug screening. Additionally, students must possess a valid driver’s license and provide their own transportation to clinical sites when scheduled. The second year is full time as a post graduate. Students acquire nursing theory and actively practice nursing skills in area hospitals and various community health settings. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Note: Lack of U.S. citizenship or legal immigrant status may prohibit a student from meeting clinical objectives. Also, felony/misdemeanor convictions disclosed by the criminal background check may prevent entrance into the clinical component of either course.

Entrance Requirements

  • Cumulative weighted GPA of 2.5 or higher

  • High school senior status (apply in Spring of junior year)

  • Algebra 1/Biology 1 (final grade of C or higher)

  • Chemistry 1 (final grade of C or higher or concurrent enrollment)