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Nursing, Practical
Program Code: 31-543-1

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Technical Diploma: 30 Credits
Appleton Campus
Financial Aid Eligible

Program Description

The Practical Nursing program includes 30 credits. You receive classroom instruction, laboratory practice and clinical nursing experience in hospital and long-term healthcare agencies. Guided learning experiences with patients requiring health care and professional collaboration with other health team members are essential aspects of nursing. You participate with instructors in selected learning experiences and evaluate your learning. The program requires your concentration and a considerable number of independent study hours in addition to 24 to 30 hours per week of classroom, learning lab, human patient simulation, and clinical activities.

Note: Licensed practical nurses (LPN) may qualify for entry into the Nursing-Associate Degree program. LPNs who meet admission standards of the Associate Degree Nursing program may enter into the third semester of that program. If students plan on bridging to the Nursing program, they must take the associate degree courses, Gen Anatomy & Physiology instead of Body Structure and Function.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements

Pre-Practical Nursing Requirements

  • Attendance at Mandatory Program Information Session
  • Skills assessment
  • Two Years of High school or equivalent
  • Official high school transcript or equivalent

Note: Two semesters of high school chemistry or General Chemistry (10-806-174 or 10-806-134) with grade of C or better is a prerequisite for General Anatomy and Physiology (10-806-177).

Note: Students will be required to complete a criminal background check prior to entering technical studies courses.

Practical Nursing Requirements

  • Admitted to Pre-Practical Nursing
  • Certified Nursing Assistant with Federal Status on the WI Nurse Aide Directory since 1990 or after (active or inactive) or successful completion (C or better) of a state of WI approved course with transcript.
  • ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 79 or greater; ACCUPLACER Reading score of 80 or greater; and, ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 90 or greater (or completion of equivalent Program Prep courses)
  • Must meet all Clinical Documentation Policy requirements as stated on the nursing website at
  • Completion of all 4 General Studies courses

Note: Students may be moved to another clinical group to even out the student to instructor ratio.

Program Outcomes

The graduate of the Practical Nursing program:

  • Adhere to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the licensed practical nurse.
  • Use effective communication skills recognizing lifespan considerations.
  • Assist with health assessment of individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan.
  • Participate in clinical decision-making within the LPN scope of practice.
  • Provide safe caring interventions with diverse populations across the lifespan.
  • Work cooperatively with others to provide holistic care.
  • Under supervision, manage and direct care within and across health care setting according to established protocols.
  • Use principles of teaching and learning processes to reinforce teaching plans recognizing lifespan considerations.

Legal Limitations

All candidates to the Practical Nursing program need to be informed of the legal limitation to Practical Nurse Licensure. Any offense (excluding minor traffic violations) for which one has been convicted or is subject to a pending charge, no matter when it occurred, needs to be reported to the State of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing at the time application for the NCLEX-PN is made. The department will request detailed information regarding the charges/convictions from the applicant. Pending the outcome of that investigation, the applicant is usually not allowed to take the NCLEX-PN.


The graduate of the Practical Nursing program is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses.

Contact Us

For additional information, visit our department website at

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program