Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing program is a twelve-month program designed to prepare qualifi ed individuals to function as a member of the health care team in administering safe, effective health care as a Licensed Practical Nurse. The care rendered by a Licensed Practical Nurse is under the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician or licensed dentist.

The student will gain classroom and laboratory instruction in areas such as:

  • Basic nursing skills
  • Nutrition
  • Human function and structure
  • Human growth through the lifespan
  • Pharmacology
  • Maternal/child nursing
  • Emotional and mental illness
  • Medical-surgical nursing.

The clinic component of the course will incorporate knowledge and skills gained in the classroom and laboratory.

As you consider a practical nursing career, be aware of these critical elements for performance:

  • Stand for prolonged periods; up to 80% of clinical time
  • Walk, bend, stoop, kneel, squat, push, pull, lift and reach overhead
  • Possess suffi cient gross and fi ne motor coordination to perform procedures
  • See, talk and hear with suffi cient acuity to perform care
  • Tolerate exposure to disinfectants, soap cleansers, plastic and other materials used in protective equipment and for procedures

Admission requirements

  • Completed PRCC application
  • Completed practical nursing application
  • Minimum composite ACT score of 16; 14 in reading and math
  • Official high school transcript from accredited high school indicating date of graduation or official GED report indicating “passed”
  • Official college transcript from any college attended
  • Attend information session

Applicants selected for admission must:

  • Pass a physical by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner. Drug and TB screenings will be included.
  • Pass a criminal background check. (Misdemeanor or felony conviction can exclude applicants from licensing exams.)
  • Be certified to perform CPR by the first day of clinicals.

Practical Nursing Curriculum

Hours Credit

Semester I Fall

PNV 1213 Body Structure and Function 3
PNV 1426 Fundamentals of Nursing 13

SemesterII Spring

PNV 1682 Adult Health Nursing Concepts & Clinical 12
PNV 1524 IV Therapy & Pharmacology 4

Semester III Summer

PNV 1728 Specialty Areas in Nursing 8
Nursing Transition 4

Program total clock hours = 980
Semester hours = 44