Practical Nursing Program Information

The program focuses on theory and practice in a broad range of nursing activities encompassing direct patient care in relatively stable nursing situations. In addition to instruction in nursing care, the student completes related general education courses. Classroom study takes place on main campus, Orange County Campus, and online.

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. 

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.


Student Achievement Outcomes

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing requires that student achievement outcome data in the area of licensure exam passing rates, student completion rates, and percentage of graduates obtaining a job are made publicly accessible.

  • Graduate success on the NCLEX-PN licensure exam rates for the past three years according to the NC Board of Nursing data:
    • 2015 – 100%
    • 2016 – 100%
    • 2017 – 97%
    • 2018 – 100% (for January – June 30, 2018)
  • Student Completion rate of the Practical Nursing program from August 2017 – July 2018 cohort was 49%.
  • The 12-month post graduate survey for the December 2016 graduating class found that 100% of respondents were currently working as a licensed practical nurse (LPN).
  • The 12-month post graduate survey for the July 2017 graduating class found that 88% of respondents were currently working as a licensed practical nurse (LPN).