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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 n/a 1 n/a n/a 1 1
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1
Corequisite: ENG 011
3 n/a n/a 3 3
NUR 101 Practical Nursing I Prerequisite: 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: ENG 002 Tier 1, and either BIO 090 or high school Biology 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 Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 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) Prerequisite for CIS 111: none
Prerequisites for CIS 110: ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1
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 Prerequisite: NUR 102 6 n/a 9 15 9
Total Semester Hours 6 n/a 9 15 9
Total Semester Hours Required for Diploma 44