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Practical Nursing Diploma (D45660)


The Practical Nursing curriculum provides knowledge and skills to integrate safety and quality into nursing care to meet the needs of the holistic individual which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interdisciplinary team while employing evidence- based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

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.

Admissions Requirements

1. Students must be able to fulfill all Programs Performance Standards as outlined in the health sciences admission policy.
2. Students are required to attend one Nursing Information Session.
3. Complete minimum admission requirements by end of February of the admission year.
4. Admission to all RCC Health Science programs is a competitive process. Applicants are evaluated based upon academic performance.
5. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in nursing general education courses by the published deadline date for submitting Candidate Review Forms to Admissions Office. Applicants not meeting the cumulative GPA requirements will not be reviewed by the program area for admission.
6. Students must successfully complete the following courses with a “C” or higher before admission to the PN Program: BIO 168, BIO 169, CHM 131 /CHM131A or CHM 151.
7. Students must successfully complete the following courses with a “C” or higher for the Practical Nursing Program: ENG 111 and PSY 150.
8. All transcripts must be on file in the Admissions Office in order for a student to be considered for admission.
9. A competitive ATI TEAS score will be required for acceptance into the Nursing program. All fees associated with the ATI TEAS exam are the responsibility of the student.
10. Upon program acceptance, students must submit to a background check, drug screening and medical review/screen to include physical examination and immunizations. All fees associated with background check, drug screen and medical review are the responsibility of the students.
11. It is the student’s responsibility to review all program materials and stay current with program requirements, policies and procedures.


The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the
North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON)
P.O. Box 2129,
Raleigh, NC 27602-2129

Course Sequence

Practical Nursing Program

Program Prerequisites: Students admitted to the Practical Nursing must successfully complete the following courses with a “C” or higher prior to enrolling in the first nursing [NUR] class. Class Lab Clinical Credit
BIO 168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 3 0 4
BIO 169 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 3 0 4
CHM 131 Introduction to Chemistry 3 0 3 3
CHM 131A Introduction to Chemistry Lab or 0 3 0 1
CHM 151 General Chemistry I 3 3 0 4
Fall Semester Class Lab Clinical Credit
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 0 3
NUR 101 Practical Nursing I 7 6 6 11
10 6 6 14
Spring Semester
NUR 102 Practical Nursing II 7 0 9 10
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
10 0 9 13
Summer Semester
NUR 103 Practical Nursing III 6 0 9 9
6 0 9 9

Employment Competencies

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply the nursing process to provide safe patient care, under supervision.
  2. Reinforce and implement individualized education plans.
  3. Communicate professionally and effectively with patients, families, and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  4. Participate in providing evidence-based care for patients across the lifespan.
  5. Demonstrate caring behaviors in implementing culturally competent, patient-centered nursing care to diverse patients across the lifespan.
  6. Utilize informatics to access, manage, and communicate patient information and validate best practices

Employment Outlook

Employment of licensed practical nurses is projected to grow 9% from 2019 to 2029, 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 and LVNs will be needed in residential care facilities and in home health environments to care for older patients.

Program Costs

Practical Nursing Program Costs

Practical Nursing program students should be prepared to incur additional expenses beyond tuition and college fees.

Outlined below are estimated expenses and are subject to change:

Medical Exam $100
Immunizations (which includes but not limited to Hep B, TB, Flu, childhood immunizations) $300
Drug Screen and Background Check $114
Uniforms for Clinical and Lab $140
1 pair bandage scissors, 1 pair hemostats, pen light,
3-color pen, 1 stethoscope, 1 sphygmomanometer $100
1 pair shoes (white leather) $50-75
Watch with second hand; military time preferred $25
Program Resources
Online Educational services
NCLEX Review $1,750
Accident Insurance $6
CPR Certification $30-50
Clinical Placement Charge $25
Nursing Pin, Lamp, and Cap (optional) $75
Malpractice Insurance $48
Nursing Lab Kit $154
Certification Exam (National Council Licensure Exam, NCLEX-PN) $300

General Education Outcomes

Rockingham Community College has three general education outcomes:

Communication: Students will communicate using the conventions appropriate for the intended academic or professional audiences.

Information Literacy: Students will locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information for academic and professional tasks.

Critical Thinking: Students will analyze information and ideas and develop reasoned solutions to academic or professional problems. 

Outcomes Pass Rates by Year
2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
Communication 45% 66% 36% 61%
Information Literacy 87% 64% 61% 51%
Critical Thinking 51% 52% 41% 65%


Rockingham Community College
215 Wrenn Memorial Rd.
Wentworth, NC 27375


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