Health Arts: Practical Nursing Emphasis
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

This 17-month major is designed to prepare graduates to enter the field of practical nursing or to continue their education at the associate or baccalaureate level. Graduates who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Practical Nursing licensing exam (NCLEX-PN) and work under the direction of a licensed professional nurse, licensed physician, or dentist.

Practical Nursing education is a process through which the student has the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgment in order to provide safe nursing care. Classroom instruction in theory and basic nursing skills is provided on campus. Clinical experiences are obtained at area hospitals, nursing homes, and health care agencies. Under the guidance of College faculty, students gain valuable experience in the care of clients of all ages.

See the Certificate program for Practical Nursing for additional essential information.

Practical Nursing students/graduates have the opportunity to pursue study toward an advanced degree in nursing through LPN to RN Advanced Placement.

Program Specs

Open House

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Nursing instructor demonstrating how to count IV drops to assure appropriate drip rate.
Nursing student and instructor evaluating simulated apical heart rate.
Student nurse demonstrating cathSim for practice in IV catheter insertion.

About the curriculum


View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

Accreditation & Industry Connections

Program accreditation.

After graduation

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $41,920 in May 2013. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,300.The top 10 percent earned more than $58,020.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)213,160$21.14$43,960
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals112,480$20.19$42,000
Offices of Physicians91,080$18.87$39,260
Home Health Care Services77,290$21.62$44,970
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly46,190$21.26$44,230

Statistics reported in May 2013

Performance Standards

View performance standards.

Transfer Procedures

View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.

View general transfer information

Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Students accepted into the Practical Nursing Program will incur expenses for tools/instruments, uniforms, malpractice insurance, clearances and certifications, etc. See the complete list.

Some items are available for purchase through The College Store.

Notice of Conviction

Notice of Conviction via the College Catalog.

Nursing Advisory Committee

View Advisory Committee.

Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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