Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing Program is committed to providing a high standard of quality nursing education to all students.  This will be accomplished by providing a good foundation in basic nursing knowledge and skills, critical thinking and personal qualities.  Through cooperative team efforts, our graduate practical nurses will be: successful in their certification requirements; be prepared for entry level nursing positions; adopt measures that ensure the safe practice of nursing; show sensitivity to cultural diversity; promote health habits that contribute to total wellness; and, become lifelong learners.

Program Overview

The Practical Nursing (PN) program develops well rounded future nurses for a variety of healthcare settings. Students gain the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to provide direct nursing care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, home health care, and community based settings.

This educational program includes classroom theory, laboratory experiences, and supervised clinical experiences with clear program learning outcomes.

Through cooperative team efforts, our graduate practical nurses will successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Practical Nurses on their first attempt.

Practical Nursing is three semesters for full-time day students, and four semesters for part-time evening students.

The PN program is a selective admission program and therefore has its own admission process in addition to the school application.  Students are encouraged to apply early!

⃰The daytime program requires fulltime enrollment.

⃰Part-time evening classes are available.

Practical Nursing
Practical Nursing

Employment Opportunities

  • hospitals
  • acute and long-term care facilities
  • home health agencies
  • clinics
  • schools
  • doctors’ and dentists’ offices
  • industrial settings
  • nursing homes
  • rehabilitation agencies.

What You'll Learn

  • Conduct physical assessments
  • Administer medications
  • Care for wounds
  • Process medical records
  • Monitor vital signs
  • Collect medical specimens
  • Perform routine lab tests
  • Monitor medical equipment
  • Perform phlebotomy and give injections
  • Assist patients with daily activities
  • Evaluate patient emotional and spiritual status
Medical Administrative Specialist

To apply for acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program students must:

Complete the Practical Nursing Application Packet.

Practical Nursing Application

The Practical Nursing Application Packet must include:

  • Health Education Student Information Sheet. This form is available as an interactive PDF. A printed copy must be submitted with the application packet.
  • Three current reference letters:
    • Two professional references (recent employers, former teachers, counselors, etc.)
    • One personal reference (may not be family member)
  • *HESI Test Offical Results. Test results can be uploaded via the Lively Student Online Application or submitted with the application packet.
  • TABE Test Official Results or exemption
  • Student Health Assessment Form signed by a healthcare provider. This can be uploaded via the Lively Student Online Application or submitted with the application packet.
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Receipt of payment for an LCS Level 2 Criminal Background Check at the student’s expense.* In order to participate in the mandatory clinical practicum, as well as to obtain licensure, students must have a clear background.

* No refunds will be issued.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of licensed practical nurses is expected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026. As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase therefore increasing the demand for LPNs.

The LPN hourly wage ranges $17-$22/hour.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition on the Internet athttps://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm

Program Requirements

Practical Nursing · H170607 · 1350 Hours

OCP Course Number Course Title Course Length SOC Code
A PRN0098 Practical Nursing Foundation 1 300
B PRN0099 Practical Nursing Foundation 2 300
B PRN0290 Medical Surgical Nursing 1 300
B PRN0291 Medical Surgical Nursing 2 300
B PRN0690 Comprehensive Nursing and Transitional Skills 150

Program Costs

$3,618.00 Florida Resident Tuition ($2.62 x 1350 hours)
$804.83 Bookstore Costs
$240.00 Registration Fee ($80.00 per semester x 3)
$45.00 Facility Usage Fee ($15.00 per semester x 3)
$600.00 Lab Fee ($200.00 per semester x 3)
$866.07 Miscellaneous Fee ($288.69 per semester x 3)
$50.00 CPR Certification
$60.00 Liability Insurance ($20.00 per semester x 3 semesters)
Total Costs $6,283.90

Employers of Graduates

Program Instructors

Yolanda Graham
Yolanda Graham, BSN
Health Education Director

Phone: 850-487-7443

Email: grahamy@leonschools.net

Sheena Maloy, BSN
Daytime Instructor

Phone: 850-487-2081

Email: maloys@leonschools.net

Cathie Williams
Cathie Williams, BSN
Daytime Instructor

Phone: 850-487-7574

Email: williamsc0428@leonschools.net

Jane Howard
Jane Howard, BSN
Daytime Instructor

Phone: 850-487-7417

Email: howardj0716@leonschools.net

Clarissa Moses
Clarissa Moses, BSN
Evening Instructor

Phone: 850-487-7471

Email: mosesc@leonschools.net

Trevor McKenzie, BSN
Evening Instructor

Email: mckenziet@leonschools.net

Tracy Blomeley
Tracey Blomeley
Administrative Assistant

Phone: 850-487-7449

Email: blomeleyt1231@leonschools.net

Occupational Advisory Committee

Natalie Grice, RN
River Chase
Tiffany Davis, RN
Penny Burroughs, RN
Rhonda Miller, RN
Eden Springs Nursing & Rehab
Judith Clayton, RN
TMH Cancer Center
Sharon Liebrich MSN, RN
Physician Partners
Nathalie Hood, RN
Capital Health Plan
Dr. Rob Thomas
Global Health Christian Missions
Von Knight, RN, BSN, MHA, CCM
Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare