Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing, Diploma

Our Practical Nursing program prepares aspiring healthcare professions to develop the confidence and proficiency they need to render care for patients of all ages and backgrounds. We offer an in-depth curriculum covering basic therapeutic, rehabilitative, and preventive care, including procedures such as:

  • Taking vital signs
  • Administering injections
  • Applying dressings
  • Developing and/or implementing plans of care
  • Helping patients with daily living and other activities
  • Clerical duties
  • Keeping medical records

Graduate Opportunities

When you graduate with a degree in Practical Nursing from SLCHC, you’ll be positioned as an ideal candidate for a wide variety of entry-level settings. Our graduates usually find work in hospitals, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, home health agencies, residential care facilities, and clinics. Additionally, a growing number of Licensed Practical Nurses are also providing in-home healthcare.

NCLEX Certification

SLCHC graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse per Section 335.066, RSMo.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, on the Internet at

Practical Nursing Application

Application For Admissions

Semester 1

Course #CourseHoursCredits
AH100Professional Development453
MTH202Algebra & Mathematical Functions453
BL201Anatomy & Physiology I Theory453
BL201LAnatomy & Physiology I Lab301
HB300Medical Terminology Basics301
PS301Critical Thinking302

Semester 2

Course #CourseHoursCredits
NSG111Nursing Fundamentals Theory604
NSG111Nursing Fundamentals Lab903
BL202Anatomy & Physiology II Theory453
BL202LAnatomy & Physiology II Lab301
NS102Pharmacology for Nurses453
NS205IV Certification481
NS104Personal and Vocational Concepts151
PS203Human Growth & Development302

Semester 3

Course #CourseHoursCredits
NS202Nursing Care of the Adult I604
NS203PNursing Practicum I1804
NS206Mental Health Nursing453
NS314Pharmacology for Nurses II453
NS306Nursing Care of the Geriatric Client453

Semester 4

Course #CourseHoursCredits
NS310Nursing Care of the Adult II604
NS311Leadership and Management
Skills for Nursing
NS312Nursing Care of the Maternal/Child604
NS303PNursing Practicum II1804
NS313Nursing in Review453

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