Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing, Diploma Program in St. Louis

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

Semester 1

Course # Course Hours Credits
AH100 Professional Development 45 3
MTH202 Algebra & Mathematical Functions 45 3
BL201 Anatomy & Physiology I Theory 45 3
BL201L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 30 1
HB300 Medical Terminology Basics 30 1
NU100 Nutrition 30 2
PS301 Critical Thinking 30 2

Semester 2

Course # Course Hours Credits
NSG111 Nursing Fundamentals Theory 60 4
NSG111 Nursing Fundamentals Lab 90 3
BL202 Anatomy & Physiology II Theory 45 3
BL202L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 30 1
NS102 Pharmacology for Nurses 45 3
NS205 IV Certification 48 1
NS104 Personal and Vocational Concepts 15 1
PS203 Human Growth & Development 30 2

Semester 3

Course # Course Hours Credits
NS202 Nursing Care of the Adult I 60 4
NS203P Nursing Practicum I 180 4
NS206 Mental Health Nursing 45 3
NS314 Pharmacology for Nurses II 45 3
NS306 Nursing Care of the Geriatric Client 45 3

Semester 4

Course # Course Hours Credits
NS310 Nursing Care of the Adult II 60 4
NS311 Leadership and Management
Skills for Nursing
15 1
NS312 Nursing Care of the Maternal/Child 60 4
NS303P Nursing Practicum II 180 4
NS313 Nursing in Review 45 3

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