NURSING PROGRAMS LEADING TO A DIPLOMA IN PRACTICAL NURSING
A nursing program leading to diploma in practical nursing is generally 3 semesters in length and is offered by a post secondary educational institution. The nursing curriculum includes classroom and clinical experiences for patients across the lifespan in hospital, long term care, and community settings. The program prepares a minimal competent, dependent nursing practitioner, who functions under the supervision of a registered nurse or other qualified health care provider, for these settings.
Graduates of the programs of practical nursing education receive a diploma and are eligible to apply to take NCLEX-PN. A PN license is awarded upon successful "Pass" on NCLEX and satisfaction of other licensure requirements.