Practical Nursing

Diploma Offered: Practical Nursing

Credits Required: 50 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

In-House” applications for potential acceptance to the Spring 2018 Practical Nursing (PN I) clinical start will be available Monday, April 17, 2017 at the Information and Registration Center, in the Student Services Center. Please read through the packet carefully for the testing dates, testing times, and the deadlines to turn in your application.

Contact CCBC’s Information Registration Center if you have any questions at 724-480-3504.

In just three semesters, achieve eligibility to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and give safe nursing care to patients under the direction of a registered nurse, physician, or dentist.  Participate in clinicals in a variety of hospital and healthcare settings to gain valuable real world experience.

The PN program totals three semesters (spring, summer, and fall) in length and may be completed in one calendar year. The PN graduate receives a Diploma and is eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX - PN) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  The LPN gives safe nursing care under the direction of a registered nurse, physician, or dentist. Opportunities for employment are found in all types of health care agencies, such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, private homes, and visiting nurse agencies.

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Program Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to

  1. Complete the NCLEX-PN exam.
  2. Utilize effective communication skills when administering care to patients with a variety of health problems.
  3. Incorporate all steps of the nursing process when providing care to patients.
  4. Implement nursing care for multiple patients according to professional, ethical, and accepted standards of practical nursing practice.
  5. Apply the role of the practical nurse within the parameters of legal practice.
  6. Employ cultural principles in the diversity of care to all patients.
  7. Demonstrate teaching/learning principles to enhance the learning of patients.
  8. Display professional behavior within the scope of the practical nurse.
  9. Solve problems using critical thinking skills to meet the needs of patients.
  10. Use educational opportunities to maximize learning.


First Semester (Spring) - 19 Credits

BIOL 201Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4.00
CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
NURS 150Practical Nursing I 9.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00

Second Semester (Summer) - 16 Credits

BIOL 202Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4.00
NURS 155Practical Nursing II 9.00
PSYC 106Human Growth and Development 3.00

Third Semester (Fall) - 15 Credits

NURS 160Practical Nursing III 12.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00