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Nursing / Practical Nurse - Technical Certificate


Program Code/CIP Code: KSPN.TCERT/51.3901
Credits Required: 45
Division: Health Professions
Accreditation: Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN)

The Practical Nursing Program is committed to providing a student-learning environment that encourages and assesses critical thinking, clinical competence, professional accountability, and effective  communication skills. We believe these attributes will prepare our graduates to pass the NCLEX-PN, and utilize the nursing process to identify basic needs of the client, provide safe and skillful therapeutic care in simple nursing situations while collaborating with members of the multidisciplinary health care team.

The Program is designed to prepare students to function as entry-level practical nurses. Course work is directed toward assisting graduates to pass the National Council of Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses. The program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Students must complete the program requirements with a grade of C or better to be eligible to take the PN licensure exam.

Requirements for Admission to the Program

  • This is a selective admission program. Application to the program does not constitute admission.
  • Minimum 2.50 GPA and completion of pre-requisites.
  • Application deadline is June 15 for Fall start and November 15 for Spring start.
  • Certified Nurse Aide Certificate
  • CPR Certificate
  • Contact program for application, full requirements and program-specific advising.

Gainful Employment Statistics

Nursing, Practical Nurse

Certificate Specific Requirements

Course Credit Hours
BIOL 0143 or
BIOL 0141 and
BIOL 0271 and
BIOL 0272
Human Anatomy and Physiology or
Human Anatomy and Lab and
Physiology* and
Physiology Lab*
5-8
PSYC 0101 Psychology* 3
PSYC 0203 Human Development* 3
KSPN 0102 Foundations of Nursing 4
KSPN 0104 Foundations of Nursing Clinical 2
KSPN 0124 Maternal Child Nursing 2
KSPN 0126 Maternal Child Clinical 1
KSPN 0128 Gerontology Nursing 2
KSPN 0130 Mental Health Nursing 2
NUPN 0134 Theory Application through Assessment and Simulation 3
KSPN 0106 Medical Surgical Nursing I 4
KSPN 0108 Medial Surgical Nursing I Clinical 2
KSPN 0110 Pharmacology 3
KSPN 0120 Medical Surgical Nursing II 3
KSPN 0122 Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical 3
NUPN 0132 Leadership for the Practical Nurse 2
Total Program Requirements 45-48
*See course syllabi for course prerequisites

Course Sequence

Prior to Admission

Couse Credit Hours
BIOL 0143 or
BIOL 0141 and
BIOL 0271 and
BIOL 0272
Human Anatomy and Physiology or
Human Anatomy and Lab and
Physiology* and
Physiology Lab*
5-8
PSYC 0101 Psychology 3
PSYC 0203 Human Development 3

First Semester

Couse Credit Hours
KSPN 0102 Foundations of Nursing 4
KSPN 0104 Foundations of Nursing Clinical 2
KSPN 0124 Maternal Child Nursing 2
KSPN 0126 Maternal Child Clinical 1
KSPN 0128 Gerontology Nursing 2
KSPN 0130 Mental Health Nursing 2
NUPN 0134 Theory Application through Assessment and Simulation 3

Second Semester

Couse Credit Hours
KSPN 0106 Medical Surgical Nursing I 4
KSPN 0108 Medial Surgical Nursing I Clinical 2
KSPN 0110 Pharmacology 3
KSPN 0120 Medical Surgical Nursing II 4
KSPN 0122 Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical 3
NUPN 0132 Leadership for the Practical Nurse 2

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