The health care industry needs informed, skilled and dependable workers to complete the care team. The licensed practical nurse assists registered nurses and physicians in caring for physically or mentally ill clients. In the long-term care setting and home health, the LPN may supervise other nursing care personnel.

Practical nursing offers employment in many health care settings. Long-term care, physicians' offices, home care, hospitals and clinics provide opportunity for the practical nurse to administer care to a variety of clients.

Note: This program requires prerequisite coursework and selective admissions approval. 

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the Practical Nursing Licensing exam. After completing the practical nursing program, LPNs may continue their education to become a registered nurse.

Students must “pass” all clinical courses and maintain a grade of “C” or higher in all non-clinical courses to remain in the program.

(Major Code 366A/368A; State CIP Code 51.3901)

Practical Nurse Program web page

Program Prerequisites

BIOL 144Human Anatomy and Physiology*5
BIOL 140 and BIOL 225 will satisfy the BIOL 144 requirement.
HC 130Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professions3
PSYC 130Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 218Human Development*3
Total Hours14

Full-time Option

The full-time program, which can be completed in 9 months, provides 880 clock hours of instruction. This includes classroom and clinical laboratory experiences in many areas of nursing.

First Semester
PN 125KSPN Foundations of Nursing*4
PN 126KSPN Foundations of Nursing Clinical*2
PN 136KSPN Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Safe Medication Administration*2
PN 140KSPN Maternal Child Nursing*2
PN 141KSPN Maternal Child Nursing Clinical*1
PN 145KSPN Mental Health Nursing*2
Second Semester
PN 130KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I*4
PN 132KSPN Nursing Care of Adult I Clinical*2
PN 150KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II*4
PN 152KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II Clinical*2
PN 155KSPN Care of Aging Adults*2
PN 175KSPN Leadership, Roles and Issues*1
Total Hours28
Total Program Hours: 42

Part-time (Evening-Weekend) Option

The part-time program, which can be completed in 14 months, provides approximately 880 clock hours of instruction. This includes classroom and clinical laboratory experiences in many areas of nursing.

First Semester (Summer)
PN 125KSPN Foundations of Nursing*4
PN 126KSPN Foundations of Nursing Clinical*2
Second Semester (Fall)
PN 130KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I*4
PN 132KSPN Nursing Care of Adult I Clinical*2
PN 136KSPN Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Safe Medication Administration*2
Third Semester (Spring)
PN 140KSPN Maternal Child Nursing*2
PN 141KSPN Maternal Child Nursing Clinical*1
PN 150KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II*4
PN 152KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II Clinical*2
Fourth Semester (Summer)
PN 145KSPN Mental Health Nursing*2
PN 155KSPN Care of Aging Adults*2
PN 175KSPN Leadership, Roles and Issues*1
Total Hours28
Total Program Hours: 42