Practical Nursing

Meeting the needs of the growing healthcare industry 

Program Objective:

The practical nursing faculty is committed to providing a high standard of quality nursing education to all of our students. Through cooperative team efforts, our graduate practical nurses will be: successful in their licensure requirements, prepared for an entry level nursing position, adopt measures that ensure the safe practice of nursing, show sensitivity to cultural diversity, and promote health habits that contribute to total wellness.

Program Content:

Theoretical instruction and clinical experience in:

  • Basic nursing
  • Medical-surgical, mental health, maternal / newborn, pediatric and geriatric nursing
  • Acute and long term care
  • Personal, family and community health concepts
  • Nutrition, human growth and development throughout lifespan
  • Body structure and function, interpersonal relationship skills
  • Pharmacology and administration of medications
  • Legal aspects of practice
  • Current issues in nursing practice and understanding the Florida Nurse Practice Act

Clinical experience makes up at least 50% of the total program. The program is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements:

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program

  • Occupational Interest

  • High School Diploma / GED from an Accredited High School

  • Successfully pass the TEAS Test

Completion Requirements:

The entire program is 1350 hours but students can earn a certificate upon completion of the following OCPs:

OCP APractical Nursing Foundation 1300 Hours
OCP BPractical Nursing Foundation 2300 Hours
OCP BMedical Surgical Nursing 1300 Hours
OCP BMedical Surgical Nursing 2300 Hours
OCP BComprehensive Nursing and Transitional Skills300 Hours
Total Hours: 1350

Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a Full Program Completion Certificate are 11th grade in Math, Reading and Language on the TABE® test or passing the NCLEX-PN Licensure. Additional information can be provided by student services. Students are expected to complete program competencies

Employment Opportunities:

Licensed practical nurses can work in

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Extended Care
  • Clinics
  • Doctor’s Offices
  • Home Health Care

Employment Requirements:

  • State License in Practical Nursing


The average wage for this career in Florida is $22.46 hourly or $46,710 annually.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited High School, or its equivalent. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, at Questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

Program Cost:

  • In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)

  • Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (Subject to change)

  • $15.00 application fee per trimester

  • Material Fee: $150.00

  • Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester

  • Liability/Accidental Insurance: $25.00

  • Students must purchase books/kits and/or uniforms, if applicable

Program Hours:

  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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