Practical Nursing

  • Diploma
  • Diploma Day Program: 3 semesters, includes 1 summer term or Stokes Evening/Weekend program: 3 semesters, includes 1 summer term
  • Admission Cycle: Fall
  • Maximum Number Admitted Annually: 80
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Additional Information

Step 1: Download Admissions Requirements (MAR) Packet 
Step 2: View Nursing Information Session (MAR) Presentation

Career 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.

Careers Available

Employment opportunities included hospitals, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, home health facilities, clinics and physicians’ offices.

Entry-Level Salary

  • $33,920 – $47,220/yr.

Course of Study

Course work involves integration of concepts of natural and social sciences and English. The focus will be nursing care of clients across their lifespan. A variety of teaching methodologies are used throughout the program including lecture, skills labs and clinical practice.

Recommended Courses and Skills

High school anatomy and physiology, strong basic math and algebra background, computer literacy, and proficient oral and written communication skills.

Admitted students will be required to show proof of American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification and Nurse Aide I training (from a state approved program) and certification. It is strongly recommended to complete CPR and NAI training prior to applying for the program. A list of state approved Nurse Aide programs is available here.

Admitted students will also be required to receive a criminal background check and drug screening.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Critical thinking skills, good organizational skills, strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated initiative, responsible and accountable for actions, versatile and flexible, and a team player.

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about the Practical Nursing Program, contact Sharon Moore, Program Chair, at 336.734.7569 or smoore@forsythtech.edu.