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Diploma in Practical Nursing

A nursing program leading to diploma in practical nursing is generally 3 semesters in length and is offered by a post secondary educational institution. The nursing curriculum includes classroom and clinical experiences for patients across the lifespan in hospital, long term care, and community settings. The program prepares a minimal competent, dependent nursing practitioner, who functions under the supervision of a registered nurse or other qualified health care provider, for these settings.

Graduates of the programs of practical nursing education receive a diploma and are eligible to apply to take NCLEX-PN. A Practical Nurse license is awarded upon successful "Pass" on NCLEX and satisfaction of other licensure requirements.

Access program information by selecting one of the following. Detailed information will be given about each program.

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