Practical Nursing Education (PNE)

D45660 (Diploma)

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.

Practical Nursing Curriculum Educational Outcomes

Upon completion of the Practical Nursing program, the graduate will:

  1. Participate in evaluating the concepts of the holistic individual and client response in the promotion of health, wellness, illness, quality of life, and the achievement of potential.

  2. Practice professional nursing behaviors, within the ethical-legal practice boundaries of the LPN, incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for continued competence.

  3. Participate in providing evidence-based nursing care, from an established plan of care, based on biophysical, psychosocial and cultural needs of clients in various stages of growth and development while assisting them to attain their highest level of wellness.

  4. Reinforce and/or implement the teaching plan developed and delegated by the registered nurse to promote the health of individuals, incorporating teaching and learning principles.

  5. Participate in the nursing process to provide individualized, safe and effective nursing care in a structured setting under supervision.

  6. Demonstrate caring behaviors in implementing culturally-competent, client-centered nursing care to diverse clients across the life span.

  7. Participate in Quality Improvement (QI) by identifying hazards and errors and by suggesting, to the RN, changes to improve the client care process.

  8. Utilize informatics to access, manage, and communicate client information.

  9. Participate in collaboration with the interdisciplinary healthcare team, as assigned by the registered nurse, to support positive individual and organizational outcomes in a safe and cost-effective manner.

Characteristics of the Practical Nursing program

  • Will prepare students to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

  • Is designed for three sequential semesters in length.

  • Will be separate from the existing Associate Degree Nursing program at McDowell Technical Community College.

  • McDowell Technical Community College is the administrative unit of nursing and classes that will be held on MTCC’s main campus. Commuting time to the various clinical facilities from the main campus is approximately 30 minutes.


Students are considered General Education majors until they are accepted into a health science program. Belinda Foster, Health Science Advisor/Career Coach, provides advising to students planning to pursue an Associates Degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Practical Nursing. Students applying for Nurse Aide I and Nurse Aide II will be assigned an advisor from the Health Science Department.

Nursing Information Meetings are held for those who want to learn more about the nursing programs or have specific questions. These meetings are held periodically to avoid interference with regular academic classes.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with the Health Sciences Advisor/Career Coach, Belinda Foster call 828.652.0611.