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Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing is three semester diploma program that requires 1,357 clock hours for completion. Graduates are prepared to pass the National Council Exam License (NCLEX-PN) test.

2025 Application Deadlines:

  • deadline for Spring - November 25th, 2024
  • deadline for Summer - March 21st, 2025
  • deadline for Fall - July 18th, 2025

Practical Nursing Application


Employment Stats

  • Program Length 1 year (Diploma)
  • Job Placement 95%
  • Average Earnings $41,920 / yr
  • Cost $7105

About Program

This program is designed for the student to acquire basic nursing skills in order to successfully function in the entry level role of a Licensed Practical Nurse. The program is three semesters in length which is consecutively. You must go through the application process in order to be considered for the program.

HS Diploma or GED is Required.


Admissions Test

Additional Requirements

Massage Therapy


Must Be College Level in Reading and Level 2 in Math

Medical Assistant


Must Be College Level in Reading and Level 2 in Math

Practical Nursing


Must Be College Level in Reading and Level 4 in Math

Surgical Technology


Must Be College Level in Reading and Level 2 in Math

Course Schedule

Students who are selected for the program are able to register once they have attended an orientation session with the director of the program.

  • Practical Nursing is a full-time program
  • Enrollment is limited to 24 students in each class
  • Students must complete 1306 hours, of the 1357 total program hours, in order to graduate from the PN program.
Full-Time Program Schedule for Day Classes
Semester Day Class   Days
Fall (487 hours) 7:45 am – 3:00   Monday - Friday
Spring (487 hours) 7:45 am – 3.00   Monday - Friday
Summer (383 hours) 7:45 am – 3:00   Monday - Friday

TCAT Special Fees

Charged in Addition to Maintenance and Tuition

  • Credit by Examination Fee - The regular course fee is charged for each special examination and must be paid prior to taking the examination. Non-refundable. (See Academic Regulations.)
  • Credit for Life Experience Fees - Assessment Fee for Experiential Learning $45.00.  Experiential Learning Credit $15.00 per credit hour in excess of 3.0 credit hours. $90.00 maximum.
  • High School Equivalency Test (Hi-SET) - $75
  • Placement Test Fees - ACT - $45.00. (Refer to Admissions Policy.)


E-Books will be assigned in Orientation.


First Semester

Worker Characteristics

Fundamentals of Nursing

Basic Nursing

  • Vocational Relations
  • Normal Nutrition
  • Geriatric Nursing

IV Meds


Med Surg I

Second Semester

Worker Characteristics

Pharmacology I

Mental Health

Med Surg II



Third Semester

Worker Characteristics


Advanced PVR (Leadership)


Pharmacology II

Med Surg II Cont.

Career Opportunities

physician offices
health care facilities (acute, intermediate, and long term)
home health services