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Practical Nursing

Information about this exciting field:

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) work under the supervision of Registered Nurses and physicians to provide care and treatment of injured, ill, disabled, convalescent, and terminally ill patients.  They may provide basic bedside care, from measuring vital signs to assisting patients with personal hygiene, dressing wounds, and maintaining patient records.  LPN’s are viewed as valued members of the medical healthcare team.

Is this program for me?

The Practical Nursing program provides a strong foundation in the practice of nursing, preparing students to function safely within the framework of the practical nursing role. Nursing theory is integrated with clinical experiences to afford the greatest opportunity for students to become clinically competent.  The curriculum incorporates effective therapeutic communication techniques, critical thinking skills, and the development of sound nursing judgment and technical skills.  Program graduates receive a practical nursing diploma and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). After successful completion of the NCLEX-PN examination, graduates are granted state licensure to practice nursing in Georgia as licensed Practical Nurses.  Here are some qualities and skills exhibited by successful licensed Practical Nurses:

  • Patience, empathy, and dedication
  • Strong people skills
  • Astute observation
  • Flexibility
  • Clear communication
  • Ability to follow detailed directions
  • Excellent problem solving
  • Physical strength and stamina
  • Ability to properly use a wide variety of equipment

Where might I find a job?

Practical Nurses may work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, clinics, extended care facilities, hospices, governmental agencies, private industries, or the home health care field.

Salary Information

Bureau of Labor Statistics

HOPE Career Grant Eligible

The Practical Nursing Diploma (PN12) Program is eligible for the HOPE Career Grant.

The HOPE Career Grant (formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant) is a financial award for Technical College System of Georgia students and was first presented by the Governor’s Office in Fall 2013. It awards funds to students who meet certain criteria and who are enrolled in certain programs.

Health HOPE Career Grant Programs

Program Length

Practical Nursing occupational courses will be completed in three (3) semesters.

Program Specifics

Academic Advisement

Students should contact a Health Sciences Advisor with questions about admission criteria or to schedule an advisement appointment.

Campus Locations

Program prerequisite courses are offered at multiple campuses and online.  Practical Nursing occupational courses are offered the Marietta Campus.

 Program Director

Interim Program Director Sheri Long, BSN, RN


Practical Nursing Diploma