Practical Nursing

Curriculum Description

The Practical Nursing curriculum prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to provide nursing care to children and adults.

Students will participate in assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care.

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
POS Approved: Fall 2014

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ WBL Credit
Fall Semester
NUR 101 Practical Nursing I 7 6 6 11
PSY 150 General Psychology REVISED REQUISITE 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Basic Anat & Physiology REVISED REQUISITE 4 2 0 5
Anatomy and Physiology I NOT AVAILABLE 2014 (3) (3) (0) (4)
Anatomy and Physiology II NOT AVAILABLE 2014 (3) (3) (0) (4)
Anatomy and Physiology I REVISED REQUISITE (3) (3) (0) (4)
Anatomy and Physiology II (3) (3) (0) (4)
    14 8 6 19

Spring Semester
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry NEW VERSION 2014 3 0 0 3
NUR 102 Practical Nursing II 8 0 12 12
    11 0 12 15

Summer Term
NUR 103 Practical Nursing III 6 0 12 10
    6 0 12 10

Total Credit Hours: 44


  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)

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. Grade of C or better in all required related and program specific 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 may also receive curriculum content through a variety of delivery technologies, including the Internet. Students who do not have personal computers with Internet access may use the computers in the college Learning Resource Center.

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

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