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Practical Nursing

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.

Approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the three-semester program involves both classroom and clinical activities.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

The program focuses on theory and practice in a broad range of nursing activities. These activities encompass direct patient care in relatively stable nursing situations. In addition to instruction in nursing care, the student completes related general education courses and is also introduced to microcomputers. Formal classroom study takes place at Durham Technical Community College. Practical experience is gained through clinical courses taken concurrently with theory and conducted under the instructor's supervision. Clinical experiences take place at Duke University Medical Center, Durham Regional Hospital, Lincoln Community Health Center, and other area health care facilities.

Program graduates are awarded diplomas in Practical Nursing. They are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN), which is required for practice as a practical nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation/long term care/home health facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices.

Classes are offered during the day and may be completed in three semesters if the three non-nursing courses are taken prior to entry into the nursing component. New students are enrolled in the fall semester.