Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing Program is committed to providing a high standard of quality nursing education to all students.  This will be accomplished by providing a good foundation in basic nursing knowledge and skills, critical thinking and personal qualities.  Through cooperative team efforts, our graduate practical nurses will be: successful in their certification requirements; be prepared for entry level nursing positions; adopt measures that ensure the safe practice of nursing; show sensitivity to cultural diversity; promote health habits that contribute to total wellness; and, become lifelong learners.

Program Overview

The Practical Nursing (PN) program develops well rounded future nurses for a variety of healthcare settings. Students gain the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to provide direct nursing care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, home health care, and community based settings.

This educational program includes classroom theory, laboratory experiences, and supervised clinical experiences with clear program learning outcomes.

Through cooperative team efforts, our graduate practical nurses will successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Practical Nurses on their first attempt.

Practical Nursing is three semesters for full-time day students, and four semesters for part-time evening students.

The PN program is a selective admission program and therefore has its own admission process in addition to the school application.  Students are encouraged to apply early!

⃰The daytime program requires fulltime enrollment.

⃰Part-time evening classes are available.

Practical Nursing
Practical Nursing

Employment Opportunities

  • hospitals
  • acute and long-term care facilities
  • home health agencies
  • clinics
  • schools
  • doctors’ and dentists’ offices
  • industrial settings
  • nursing homes
  • rehabilitation agencies.

What You'll Learn

  • Conduct physical assessments
  • Administer medications
  • Care for wounds
  • Process medical records
  • Monitor vital signs
  • Collect medical specimens
  • Perform routine lab tests
  • Monitor medical equipment
  • Perform phlebotomy and give injections
  • Assist patients with daily activities
  • Evaluate patient emotional and spiritual status
Medical Administrative Specialist

To apply for acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program students must:

Complete the Practical Nursing Application Packet.

Practical Nursing Application

The Practical Nursing Application Packet must include:

  • Health Education Student Information Sheet. This form is available as an interactive PDF. A printed copy must be submitted with the application packet.
  • Three current reference letters:
    • Two professional references (recent employers, former teachers, counselors, etc.)
    • One personal reference (may not be family member)
  • ATI -TEAS Test Official Results. Test results can be uploaded via the Lively Student Online Application or submitted with the application packet.
  • TABE Test Official Results or exemption
  • Student Health Assessment Form signed by a healthcare provider. This can be uploaded via the Lively Student Online Application or submitted with the application packet.
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Receipt of payment for an LCS Level 2 Criminal Background Check at the student’s expense.* In order to participate in the mandatory clinical practicum, as well as to obtain licensure, students must have a clear background.

* No refunds will be issued.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of licensed practical nurses is expected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026. As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase therefore increasing the demand for LPNs.

The LPN hourly wage ranges $17-$22/hour.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition on the Internet athttps://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm

Program Requirements

Practical Nursing · H170607 · 1350 Hours

OCPCourse NumberCourse TitleCourse LengthSOC Code
APRN0098Practical Nursing Foundation 1300
BPRN0099Practical Nursing Foundation 2300
BPRN0290Medical Surgical Nursing 1300
BPRN0291Medical Surgical Nursing 2300
BPRN0690Comprehensive Nursing and Transitional Skills150

Program Costs

$3,942.00Florida Resident Tuition ($2.92 x 1350 hours)
$721.30Bookstore Costs
$225.00Registration Fee ($75.00 per semester x 3)
$45.00Facility Usage Fee ($15.00 per semester x 3)
$600.00Lab Fee ($200.00 per semester x 3)
$866.07Miscellaneous Fee ($288.69 per semester x 3)
$50.00CPR Certification
$60.00Liability Insurance ($20.00 per semester x 3 semesters)
Total Costs $6,509.37

Employers of Graduates

Program Instructors

Yolanda Graham
Yolanda Graham, BSN
Health Education Director

Phone: 850-487-7443

Email: [email protected]

Sheena Maloy
Sheena Maloy, BSN
Daytime Instructor

Phone: 850-487-2081

Email: [email protected]

Cathie Williams
Cathie Williams, BSN
Daytime Instructor

Phone: 850-487-7574

Email: [email protected]

Jane Howard
Jane Howard, BSN
Daytime Instructor

Phone: 850-487-7417

Email: [email protected]

Clarissa Moses
Clarissa Moses, BSN
Evening Instructor

Phone: 850-487-7471

Email: [email protected]

Trevor McKenzie, BSN
Evening Instructor

Email: [email protected]

Tracy Blomeley
Tracey Blomeley
Administrative Assistant

Phone: 850-487-7449

Email: [email protected]

Occupational Advisory Committee

Cecile Baker
TOSPT
Jessica Duncan
St. Augustine Plantation
Wilson Enfinger
Capital Health Plan
Tia Floyd-Newman
Big Bend AHEC
Julie Jaekel
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Paula Jones
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Oretha Jones
Neighborhood Medical Center
Marc Moncrief
HomeInstead Senior Care
Gloria Neal
Digestive Disease Clinic
Audrey Noble
Retired
Daisy Perry
St. Augustine Plantation
Kira Matteson Rosen
LMT
Bonnie Strade
HomeInstead Senior Care
Brenda Thompson
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Tracy Tully
CRMC
William Tully
Radiology Assoc.
Jonathan Walker
University Chiropractic Center
Gini West
Big Bend Hospice