Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing (PN) Program is designed to prepare students to become Licensed Practical Nurses. Students spend the first part of the program building the foundations of nursing care in the classroom and laboratory setting. As the program progresses, it provides clinical learning experiences under the direct supervision of qualified instructors. At the end of the program, the curriculum begins to focus on the profession of nursing and preparing the student for the licensing process. Graduates of the Practical Nursing Program are eligible to apply to write the national Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Practical Nurses. The student must pass the NCLEX PN to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).

A practical nurse cares for the sick, participates in the prevention of illness, and assists in the rehabilitation of patients. A licensed practical nurse must practice under the direction of one of the following: licensed physician, optometrist, dentist, psychologist, registered nurse or licensed independent practitioner. Licensed Practical Nurses find employment in hospitals, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, community healthcare agencies, schools, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities.

The Nunez Community College Practical Nursing program is a limited, competitive, admission program. The number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of positions in a class. Individuals who are not selected into the class for which they apply will be given the opportunity to be considered for the next scheduled class by written request only. Applicants to the Practical Nursing Program must be registered students at Nunez Community College and meet all admission requirements of the College before applying to the nursing program. To register with the College, please contact the Admissions Office at (504) 278-6467 for further information or visit

Applications for the Spring PN entry will be accepted August 15th through September 30th.
Applications for the Fall PN entry will be accepted February 1st through March 15th.

Requirements for Application:

  • High school diploma or GED. (High School seniors may apply in the spring of their senior year for the August PN program. Call office (504) 278-6380 for more information)
  • Registered student at Nunez Community College
  • Acceptable placement exam scores from one of the listed placement exams:
exam Type Math Reading language
ACT 18 20 18


243 (QAS) 250 241 (Writing)

Please Note:  Placement Exam Score (Accuplacer or ACT) must be within three (3) years of the application to nursing.

Examinees may test a maximum of 2 times per year with a waiting period of 30 days between exams.
Applicants must have completed any required remedial English, Reading and Math courses.

Links to placement and HESI PN Admission Assessment testing information may be found at

  • Acceptable score on HESI Pre-Nursing Admission Assessment exam
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all previous college work attempted
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Copy of permanent resident card will be required.

Health Requirements: Documentation of the following titer levels is required upon admission to the program: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella. In addition, documentation of a tuberculin skin test, or chest x-ray if the skin test is positive, Hepatitis B vaccination or declination is also required. All students must be current with all health requirements throughout the practical nursing program. Students who fail to comply with the health requirements will be immediately dismissed from the program.

Students will be required to maintain current CPR certification (BLS for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association).

Students must attend several off-campus clinical sites using their own means of transportation. Clinical site times will vary depending on the facility and clinical availability.

Students who successfully complete NURS 1010 and NURS 1020 will be awarded the Nursing Assistant TCA.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Nursing student demonstrates knowledge of scientific principles & application of critical thinking skills in provision of care to clients.
  2. Nursing student consistently demonstrates cultural sensitivity considering the ethnic, socioeconomics, & life experiences of the client in providing care.
  3. Nursing student demonstrates safety & proficiency in performance of basic nursing skills and medication administration.
  4. Nursing student demonstrates personal behavior consistent with professional employee expectations for entry level LPN.
  5. Nursing student demonstrates knowledge of content appropriate for entry level LPN as defined by LBPNE (La. State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners).

All PN courses require a “C” or better to continue in the nursing program. Grading is based on a modified scale, with 80.00% (“C”) being the lowest passing score. Please see the Practical Nursing Student Handbook for further details.

Dosage calculation examinations requiring a minimum score of 90% are administered during the following courses: 1) NURS 1500 Pharmacology and Math of Nursing and 2) NURS 1050 Medical/Surgical Nursing II courses. Failure to meet these requirements will result in immediate dismissal from the program.

Major Courses

Must earn grade “C” or better in each course. Twenty-four hours must be in residence.

NURS 1010 Fundamentals of Nursing I Theory 3
NURS 1020 Fundamentals of Nursing I Clinical 1
NURS 1025 Fundamentals of Nursing II Theory 8
NURS 1030 Medical Surgical Nursing I Theory 9
NURS 1040 Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical 6
NURS 1500 Pharmacology and Math of Nursing 6
NURS 1050 Medical Surgical Nursing II Theory 9
NURS 1060 Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical 6
NURS 1210 Intravenous Therapy 1
NURS 1090 Mental Health Nursing Theory 2
NURS 1150 Mental Health Nursing Clinical 1
NURS 1100 Maternal Newborn Nursing Theory 3
NURS 1110 Maternal Newborn Nursing Clinical 1
NURS 1115 Nursing Care of Children Theory 3
NURS 1125 Nursing Care of Children Clinical 1
NURS 1130 PN Professionalism and Leadership Theory 2
NURS 1135 PN Professionalism and Leadership Clinical 1
total hours 63

General Education Requirements

Must earn a grade of “B” or better in each.

BIOL 1010 Intro to Anatomy and Physiology** 3
BIOL 1020 Intro to Anatomy and Physiology Lab** 1
BIOL 1500 Nutrition and Diet Therapy 3
total hours 7

** Student may complete BIOL 2300, 2310, 2400, and 2410 series in lieu of BIOL 1010 and 1020.

The PN program reserves the right to make changes to the program, curriculum, or prerequisites without notice. Go to the College’s Nursing website at and click on the Practical Nursing link for current information.