Program Overview

Practical Nursing Diploma

A male student wearing medical scrubs practices using a stethoscope on a female student while she lays on a gurney.

*This program is financial aid eligible.
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.

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 

View more information about the program, student achievement outcomes. and Gainful Employment information regarding graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete the program, and other information required by federal Gainful Employment regulations.

How to Apply: Students are required to attend an information session before applying (see Upcoming Events below). View the Admissions Checklist  and Essential Skills documents. Use the button below to apply to Durham Tech following the Health Technologies Enrollment Steps. Once prerequisites are completed, apply to the Practical Nursing program. The application will be posted here on November 1. The application deadline is February 1.

If you have questions, please contact Donna Alston.

Next Application Deadline is Feb 01

Estimated Tuition & Fees


Degree Type



Main Campus, OCC, Online

Credit Hours


Program Stats

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Average Salary

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Average Class Size


Estimated Completion Time

10-11 months
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Licensure Pass Rate


Upcoming Program Events

Current and Upcoming Course Offerings

Course Number Title Credit Hours
BIO-163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 5
BIO-169 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
NUR-101 Practical Nursing I 11
NUR-103 Practical Nursing III 9
PSY-150 General Psychology 3