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Practical Nursing

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Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Practical Nursing program will prepare you with the knowledge and skills to provide nursing care to children and adults. You will participate in assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care. As a graduate, you will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Careers

Employment opportunities include:

  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Clinics
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Home health agencies

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Resources

See the links below for program-specific admission requirements and other information regarding our program.

Nursing Handbook

Admission Fact Sheet

HSWP Admission Comparison Grid

ATI TEAS Information

If you complete the Practical Nursing program and work for at least one with an unrestricted license, you may seek admissions to the Associate Degree Nursing program through LPN – ADN Options program.

Curriculum Guide

Some Health Sciences and Wellness programs may have additional requirements related to required grade-point averages, grades, and other progression policies required for graduation. Please see program handbooks for more information.

First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success none 1 n/a n/a 1 1
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 3 n/a n/a 3 3
NUR 101 Practical Nursing I Prerequisites: Admission to Practical Nursing program 
Corequisites: BIO 163, ENG 111, ACA 111
7 6 6 19 11
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy and Physiology
(BIO 168 and BIO 169 will be accepted — must take both)
Prerequisites: One unit of high school Biology or BIO 090 or higher; and ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 4 2 n/a 6 5
Total Semester Hours 15 8 6 29 20
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
PSY 150 General Psychology ENG 080 and RED 080, or ENG 085, or DRE 097, or appropriate placement 3 n/a n/a 3 3
NUR 102 Practical Nursing II Prerequisite: NUR 101 
Corequisites: PSY 150 and CIS 111
7 n/a 9 16 10
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy
(CIS 110 will be accepted)
n/a 1 2 n/a 3 2
Total Semester Hours 11 2 9 22 15
First Year
Summer Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
NUR 103 Practical Nursing III Prerequisites: NUR 102 6 n/a 9 15 9
Total Semester Hours 6 n/a 9 15 9
Total Semester Hours Required for Diploma 44