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Practical Nursing

*Currently HCC is not admitting students into the Practical Nursing Program.

Care for all ages in many different places

As a vital part of health care, under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician, a licensed practical nurse cares for patients of all ages from newborns to the elderly. Our diploma will prepare you for your license exam and qualify you to purse the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing.

What do LPNs do?

In hospitals, you provide bedside care, evaluate client needs, plan and implement care, and supervise nursing assistants. Duties include taking vital signs, applying dressings, and administering medicines.

What do LPNs do in other facilities?

In offices and clinics, you may make appointments, keep records, and perform various medical duties. In homes, you may provide complex care and teach families simple nursing tasks.

How much will I earn?

Visit to review salaries for Licensed Practical Nurses in the Henderson area.

What can we offer you?

We emphasize maintenance of health, prevention of illness, and observation. We also focus on the care of persons experiencing changes in their health, and evaluation of health practices of patients.

What will I study?

In the classroom, you learn theory and basic nursing skills. Outside the classroom you gain valuable experience in a variety of health care settings and community agencies, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and child care centers.  Check the Academic Plan for more information. The Practical Nursing program is a Selective Admissions program and is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. All applicants must have attended a pre-admissions conference within the last two years. Check the LPN program brochure for more information.

Academic Plans

View the TEAS Assessment Schedule

What will it cost?

Please review the PN Nursing Costs Sheet (to be updated Spring 2016) for beginning costs for the first nursing course. These costs are subject to change; however, the document will give you a basic understanding of the costs for the first semester.

What type of credential will I earn? 


Where do LPNs work?

LPNs work in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, acute and long-term care facilities, home health agencies, clinics, schools, doctors' and dentists' offices, industrial settings, nursing homes, and rehabilitation agencies.

What is the work outlook for LPNs?

Jobs are projected to grow faster than average. Overall prospects are expected to be very good, but openings will vary by industry. The best opportunities will occur in nursing care and home health care.

How do I advance to a degree program?

As a graduate of our Practical Nursing Program, there are two options for a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to advance to the associate nursing degree program. An LPN may apply for admittance into the traditional-day Associate Degree Nursing Program upon receiving credit for the first nursing course, NSG 101 Nursing Practice I and would be allowed to start with Semester III, NSG 210 Medical Surgical Nursing I. Another option is the admittance into the non-traditional LPN to ADN Bridge Program which allows for additional articulation credit given upon completion of NSG 197, Transition to ADN course allowing the student to enter the final year of the ADN Program. There may be some courses within the LPN to ADN Bridge Program which are offered in a non-traditional, evening or online format but most courses will be offered during the day. Either program will prepare an LPN to graduate with the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing Degree and be eligible to apply to the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Please review the LPN to ADN Bridge Program brochure and the Associate Degree Nursing Program brochure for more information.

Pre-requisites for the LPN to ADN Bridge Program: BIO 137, BIO 139, PSY 110, PSY 223, MAT 110 or MAT150 (effective Spring 2015 only MAT150 will be accepted), ENG 101, COM 181 or 252, Computer/Digital Literacy (CIT 105), and an unrestricted, current LPN license. 

Click here to view the HCC Nursing Faculty & Staff page.

For more information contact:

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Dana Walker
Administrative Assistant
Academic & Technical Building, Room 314