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Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing (PN) program at Richland Community College is a challenging and rigorous program designed to prepare competent, caring, and critically thinking graduates for entry level nursing positions in a variety of health care settings and to encourage commitment to personal and professional growth. The PN program is a combination of nursing and selected general education courses. The nursing courses consist of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences providing care to clients in local health care agencies. Graduates will be able to provide direct care to clients in various stages of the life cycle. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students (a) receive a Certificate in Practical Nursing and (b) are eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Graduates who successfully complete the examination and meet all other state requirements are able to work as licensed practical nurses. Some courses may not transfer to four-year institutions, but transfer opportunities exist for students pursuing an Associate Degree Nursing.

The Practical Nursing Program is a selective admission program, and minimum criteria must be met in order to apply. Admission to the program is by application. Admission to Richland Community College does not guarantee acceptance to the program. The program begins each summer semester, and takes three semesters to complete. Late and out-of-district applicants are considered for the program when space is available.

Career and Technical Education Options

This is a career and technical education program. Some courses may not transfer to four-year institutions but opportunities exist for LPN to ADN bridge programs.

Program Information

Personal responsibility is a key characteristic of health professionals. PN candidates must review the pertinent information linked from this page as the first step in the application process.

PN Requirements Information

The following information pertains to the PN Program:

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