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Practical Nursing

Curriculum Description

The Practical Nursing curriculum provides knowledge and skills to integrate safety and quality into nursing care to meet the needs of the holistic individual which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interdisciplinary team while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation/long term care/home health facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices.

The following represents one way in which the diploma can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.


NC CIP: 51.3901
Day, Evening/Weekend
POS Approved: Fall 2017

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
NUR 101 Practical Nursing I 7 6 6 11
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Basic Anat & Physiology REVISED 2017FA 4 2 0 5
Anatomy and Physiology I (3) (3) (0) (4)
Anatomy and Physiology II (3) (3) (0) (4)
Anatomy and Physiology I REVISED 2017FA (3) (3) (0) (4)
Anatomy and Physiology II REVISED 2017FA (3) (3) (0) (4)
  Total: 14 8 6 19

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 0 3
NUR 102 Practical Nursing II 7 0 9 10
  Total: 10 0 9 13

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
NUR 103 Practical Nursing III 6 0 9 9
  Total: 6 0 9 9

Total Credit Hours: 41

Additional Information

Additional admissions requirements:

  1. Completion of high school or college credits in biology.
  2. Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification at the healthcare provider level.
  3. Completion of program orientation requirements.
  4. A grade of C or better in all required related courses, and a grade of B or better in NUR courses is mandatory for admission and progression in the Practical Nursing program.
  5. Completion of the Forsyth Tech Student Medical Form.
  6. Certification as a certified nurse assistant I (CNA I) from a state approved CNA program.

Program Information

In addition to traditional classroom instruction, students receive curriculum content through a variety of delivery methods, including skills labs and clinical settings.

This program has limited enrollment. Students are chosen by scores attained on the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) and a selective admissions process based upon completion of related courses (i.e. biology, English, psychology, etc.) with a grade of C or better. The Admissions Office can provide additional information on the selection process.

Readmission may be possible but requires reapplying and approval by the college.

Criminal Background Checks/Drug Screening
Clinical agencies require criminal background checks and/or drug screening for students assigned to their facility for clinical education. In addition, national and/or state registry and/or licensure boards may prohibit eligibility for registry or licensure based on criminal background records. Please refer to the Health Technologies section on