Practical Nursing

PURPOSE: This program is designed to prepare students for employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The school is licensed by the Florida State Board of Nursing.

PROGRAM CONTENT: The program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of theory, laboratory and clinical experience.  Clinical learning experiences correlate theoretical instruction and laboratory practice.

The program includes:

  • medical, surgical, obstetric and geriatric nursing
  • acute care, long term care and community settings
  • personal, family and community health concepts
  • nutrition
  • human growth and development over the life span
  • body structure and function
  • interpersonal relationship skills
  • mental health concepts, pharmacology and administration of medications
  • legal aspects of practice

LABORATORY/ CLINICAL ACTIVITIES: Students utilize campus skills labs, computer labs and a human patient simulator to practice program skills. Approximately one-half of the program is spent in clinical learning environments such as acute care hospitals, long term care facilities, clinics and nursing homes.


  • Provide high school transcript or General Educational Development (GED) transcript
  • Take Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) (see below)
  • Take Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) (student’s expense) (reading 59.9%, math 50%, language 60%)
  • Do a background screening (student’s expense)
  • Attend orientation
  • Complete physical examination prior to entrance
  • Complete program paperwork prior to entrance
  • Provide a passport-size picture


  • Reading 11 A
  • Math 11 A
  • Language 11 A

These minimum basic skills levels are required for awarding a full program completer certificate and state licensure.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 1350 hours or approximately 14 1/2 months with the following occupational completion points (OCP’s):


  • OCP A  Basic healthcare worker  90
  • OCP B  Nurse aide and orderly (articulated)  75
  • OCP C  Practical Nurse 1        285
  •             Practical Nurse 2        450
  •             Practical Nurse 3        450

UNIFORMS: Students are required to wear the official school uniform in class and in the clinical setting during the entire program.

TRANSPORTATION: Students must provide their own transportation to and from the campus, as well as all clinical settings.

LICENSURE: After successful completion of this program, students are eligible to take the Florida State Board of Nursing Licensure Examination.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:  Licensed practical nurses can work in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, doctor’s offices, or home health services.

SALARY: Licensed practical nurses salaries range from $18 to $25 per/hour.

NOTE: Different kinds of financial aid are available to eligible students and eligible programs. Applications and information regarding financial aid resources may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.

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