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Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing program is a balanced curriculum, including both nursing and general education courses. Course content includes the role of the practical nurse, healthcare concepts, and technical observations and skills. A combination of classroom theory, lab, and supervised clinical experiences is offered during the program. The Practical Nursing program prepares graduates who may be eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Educational Options

  • Practical Nursing Certificate
  • After completion of the program, a student is eligible to apply to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

What can I earn?

The national average for annual earnings is $42,500 and the hourly earnings is $20.43. The top 10% annual earnings is $58,700 and the hourly earnings is $28.22.

Your future

Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. LPNs will be needed in residential care facilities and in home health environments to care for older patients.


Licensed practical nurses work in many settings, including nursing homes and extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians’ offices, and private homes.

Application Periods

  • Practical Nursing Evening Fall Admission – Bibb Campus – Applications are accepted June 5 through July 5.
  • Practical Nursing Evening Spring Admission – Martin Campus – Applications are accepted September 1 through October 1.

Important – The Shelton State Community College (SSCC) Health Services Programs Information Session is required for prospective applicants to any SSCC Health Services Program.  Attendance at a session is MANDATORY within one (1) year prior to application to SSCC Health Services Programs.  To learn more, visit Health Services Programs Information Session.