Explore Practical Nursing

A one-year certificate program

Under the direction of a qualified health professional, the practical nurse performs nursing functions commensurate with his or her education and demonstrated competencies. On a selective basis, this includes the performance of a wide range of nursing activities in semi-complex and complex situations.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student may make application to and take the Florida State Board of Nursing examination (NCLEXPN) for practical nurses. With successful completion of the program and LPN licensure or a NCLEX test date, graduates will be eligible to apply to the Associate Degree Nursing transition to R.N. program. Upon successful completion of the Basic Healthcare Worker and Basic Nursing Skills courses, the student is eligible to apply for the State of Florida CNA exam for certification as a nursing assistant.

Students are admitted to the Practical Nursing Program in the January term only. Admission to the Practical Nursing Program is limited and by special application only. An individual wishing to enroll in the program should follow the Application and Selection Process.

Application Deadline: September 1

Program Information

Program Description

The Eastern Florida State College Practical Nursing Program is a 12-month course designed to prepare the student to function as a member of the health team in those capacities where minimum supervision is rendered and to assist the registered nurse or physician in meeting the more complex needs of other patients.

The foundation period of classroom instruction, approximately four months, includes course study on Vocational Adjustments, Normal and Abnormal Body Structure and Functions, Fundamentals of Nursing, Human Growth and Development, Nutrition, and Personal, Family and Community Health. This instruction is correlated with clinical instruction and supervised experience in the areas of Medical-Surgical Nursing. The remaining instruction includes Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Mental Health Nursing and Geriatrics. This is also correlated with clinical instruction and supervised experience.

Health Sciences Meta Major

This certificate program prepares students for entry-level positions as licensed practical nurses. The practice of nursing means the performance of those acts requiring substantial specialized knowledge, judgment, critical thinking, and nursing skills based upon applied principles of psychological, biological, physical, and social sciences. The LPN is responsible and accountable for making decisions that are based upon the individual's educational preparation and experience in nursing.

Employment Outlook

Growing numbers of practical nurses are now working in all areas of the medical field clinics, mental and general hospitals, doctors' offices and nursing homes. Job opportunities are extensive for the practical nurse.

Throughout the United States, never before has there been a greater demand for competent practical nurses, skilled in patient care, as vital and acknowledged members of the respected medical team.


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