As an essential part of the patient care team, a licensed practical nurse must be competent, efficient, and compassionate to manage the needs of patients who may be in physical and emotional distress. Practical nursing programs generally last one year and give students the preparation they need to work in a complex healthcare environment. Graduates possess the critical thinking, sound clinical skills, and effective communication and decision-making skills to function as a manager of care. Licensed practical nurses work under the supervision of registered nurses and physicians in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and home health. Practical nursing programs are available at community colleges and vocational schools in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Medical Careers Institute at ECPI University’s College of Nursing prepares practical nursing students for employment as part of a healthcare team, working under the direction of a registered nurse or physician. Graduates will be eligible to apply for the NCLEX-PN to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and deliver care to clients and families, perform nursing treatments, and communicate effectively with clients, their families and members of the healthcare team. The curriculum covers a solid foundation in nursing theory, hands-on laboratory, and practice in a clinical learning environment to ensure students become competent practical nurse practitioners. The 48 credit hour curriculum includes instruction in anatomy and physiology, dosage calculations, foundations of nursing, pharmacology, medical/surgical nursing, acute nursing care, nursing leadership and normal life span. Sessions amount to 1,682 contact hours covered over a period of 60 to 90 weeks. Tuition for the program is $35,865 plus $1,559 for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.ecpi.edu/programs/practical-nursing-diploma
- Address: 4800 Airport Center Parkway #100, Charlotte NC 28208
- Phone: 704-751-4558
- Toll Free: 844-611-0624
- Fax: 704-399-9144
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 89%
The College of Davidson and Davie Counties
The Practical Nurse Education program at Davidson and Davie Counties gives students the foundational knowledge and skills to care for children and adults and pursue further study to become registered nurses. The curriculum incorporates sessions for students to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-PN to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and provide evidenced-based care, work with interdisciplinary teams, utilize communication and information technology, and demonstrate legal and ethical behaviors in practice. Requirements for admission include a completed Application for Admission, a high school diploma, adult high school diploma or GED (high school transcripts must be submitted to the admission office), completed college assessment including acceptable scores or satisfactory completion of preparatory courses, and satisfactory emotional and physical health. Students must have current Healthcare Provider CPR and a listing in active status on the Nurse Aide I Registry at the time of entry into the program. The clinical site will require students to complete a criminal background check and drug test prior to practice. The diploma program runs for 12 months and costs $3,652 for tuition plus $2,000 for books and supplies.
- Website: https://www.davidsonccc.edu/academics/health-care/
- Address: 297 DCC Road, Thomasville, NC 27360
- Phone: 336-249-8186
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 92%
Gaston College accredited (ACEN) practical nursing diploma program prepares students for practice by providing the knowledge and clinical skills they need to care for children and adults. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN with the Board’s approval to become licensed practical nurses capable of working as a part of the interdisciplinary team in clinics, physicians’ offices, rehabilitation centers and home health care. The curriculum comprises of 44 credit hours of theoretical and clinical courses. During the supervised clinical experience, students will participate in client assessments, analyze collected data and recognize the relationship between the data accumulated and the patient’s health status, apply basic communication techniques during client interviews, participate in therapeutic and preventative procedures, record and report assessment information, demonstrate active learning, and much more. Applicants must first meet the general admission requirements at Gaston College before applying for the Practical Nurse Program. Before submitting an application to the nursing department, the applicant must attend a nursing information session, submit a minimum score of 60 on the TEAS V, earn a minimum grade C on the preparatory courses (anatomy and physiology), and possess current adult and infant CPR certification. Non-academic requirements may include a criminal background check, urine drug screen, and proof of immunizations. The deadline for completing all the application requirements is March 1 yearly. Tuition is $72 per credit for resident students.
- Website: http://www.gaston.edu/health-human-services/nursing-practical/
- Address: 7220 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont, NC 28012
- Phone: 704-825-3737
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 99%
South Piedmont Community College
Admission to the practical nursing program at Piedmont is a two-step process. The first step is to complete SPCC admissions, which includes a completing an admissions application, submitting official high school transcripts and/or official transcripts of college courses, and completing the College Placement Test (CPT). For admission to the practical nursing program, the student must possess valid College Placement Test scores, not older than five years, current nurse assistant I certification, and current Healthcare Provider CPR certification. Applicants also need to take the TEAS V test and submit a copy of the test scores with the application packet. Test scores are valid for two years prior to the application deadline. All prerequisite coursework must be a grade C or above and the applicant’s GPA must be at least 2.5 to be considered for admission. The Practical Nursing Diploma Program is 41 credit hours.
- Website: http://www.spcc.edu/practical-nursing-diploma/
- Address: 3509 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe, NC 28110
- Phone: 704-290-5100
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 50%