Practical Nursing Diploma

PN12

Program Description

The Practical Nursing diploma is designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences are planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor. Program graduates receive a Practical Nursing diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level practical nurse.

Program Length & Availability

5 Semesters

Campus Availability: Hall, Forsyth

Financial Aid

This program is eligible for the Pell Grant and may be eligible for Institutional and State Financial Aid.

Contact a Financial Aid Counselor for eligibility requirements and application materials.

Admissions Requirements

Must be 18 years of age.

High school diploma or GED is required prior to admission.

(Official transcripts or GED scores must be submitted from all colleges and/or high schools attended for credit.)

ACCUPLACER Testing, or submit SAT, ACT, COMPASS, or ASSET test scores.

Curriculum

Basic Skills – Total of 9 Hours

ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I

3

MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics

3

PSYC 1010Basic Psychology

3

Allied Health-Specific Core – Total of 7 Hours

ALHS 1011Structure/Function- Human Body

5

ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for ALHS

2

Program-Specific Core – Total of 41 Hours

PNSG 2010Intro Pharm/Clinical Calc

2

PNSG 2030Nursing Fundamentals

6

PNSG 2035Nursing Fundamentals Clinical

2

PNSG 2210Medical Surgical Nursing I

4

PNSG 2220Medical Surgical Nursing II

4

PNSG 2230Medical Surgical Nursing III

4

PNSG 2240Medical Surgical Nursing IV

4

PNSG 2310Med/Surg Nursing Clinical I

2

PNSG 2320Med/Surg Nursing Clinical II

2

PNSG 2330Med/Surg Nursing Clinical III

2

PNSG 2340Med/Surg Nursing Clinical IV

2

PNSG 2250Maternity Nursing

3

PNSG 2255Maternity Nursing Clinical

1

PNSG 2410Nursing Leadership

1

PNSG 2415Nursing Leadership Clinical

2

Total Credit Hours: 57

Graduation Plan

Semester Two

PSYC 1010Basic Psychology

3

ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for ALHS

2

Total Credit Hours:5
 

Semester One

ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I

3

MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics

3

ALHS 1011Structure/Function- Human Body

5

Total Credit Hours:11

ENGL 1010 and MATH 1012:- Pre-Req: Test Scores – See Advisor

ALHS 1011:- Pre-Req: Regular Admission

Semester Three

PNSG 2010Intro Pharm/Clinical Calc

2

PNSG 2030Nursing Fundamentals

6

PNSG 2035Nursing Fundamentals Clinical

2

PNSG 2210Medical Surgical Nursing I

4

Total Credit Hours:14

Semester Four

PNSG 2310Med/Surg Nursing Clinical I

2

PNSG 2220Medical Surgical Nursing II

4

PNSG 2320Med/Surg Nursing Clinical II

2

PNSG 2230Medical Surgical Nursing III

4

Total Credit Hours:12

Semester Five

Apply for Graduation

PNSG 2330Med/Surg Nursing Clinical III

2

PNSG 2240Medical Surgical Nursing IV

4

PNSG 2340Med/Surg Nursing Clinical IV

2

PNSG 2410Nursing Leadership

1

PNSG 2415Nursing Leadership Clinical

2

PNSG 2250Maternity Nursing

3

PNSG 2255Maternity Nursing Clinical

1

Total Credit Hours:15

Total Credit Hours: 57

This plan is for informational purposes ONLY. It is not a substitute for meeting with a program advisor each term.

Additional Program Information

Additional Program Information 

The Practical Nursing Program is a full-time day program offered on the Hall and Forsyth campuses. Once accepted into the Practical Nursing Program, it will be completed in 12 months, over 3 consecutive semesters. 

Additional Entrance Requirements

The Practical Nursing Program at Lanier Tech has a competitive selection process. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program. Seats are limited and the top 16 ranked applicants are selected.

We only use the grades from English, Math, & Structures of the Human Body (or A&P I and II) classes for the competitive process. If a student chooses to take degree level English, Math, and A&P I and II, the student will receive an additional point for each course towards the competitive process.

Your Practical Nursing Application ranking is based on your overall PN prerequisite GPA (60% of rank) and your TEAS score (40% of rank).

Core Classes 

  • There are 5 core classes. Students need a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in all classes and a minimum of a "C" must be achieved in all pre-requisite courses to apply to the program.
  • The following 3 classes are required to be completed the semester prior to the Application deadline:
    • English: Fundamental English (ENGL 1010) OR Composition and Rhetoric (ENGL 1101)
    • Math: Foundations of Math (MATH 1012) OR College Algebra (MATH 1111) OR equivalent*
    • Structure & Function of the Human Body: Structure and Function of the Human Body (ALHS 1011) OR Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs (BIOL 2113 and 2113L and 2114 and 2114L)
  • The following two required prerequisite classes may be taken the semester you apply for the Practical Nursing Program:
    • Psychology: Introductory Psychology (PSYC 1010 OR PSY 1101)
    • Medical Terminology: ALHS 1090
  • If the student is taking Med Term (ALHS 1090) and/or Basic Psychology 1010 or Psych 1101 the semester of the deadline for Application, then the acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program is contingent on the student completing the course(s) with a C or higher. Grade verification will be made with the Registrar with all contingent applicants.

*Equivalent math courses include the following: Math 1113 (Pre- Calculus), Math 1131 (Calculus I)

*The following math courses will not be accepted: Math 1127 (Intro to Statistics), Math 1103 (Quantitative Skills and Reasoning), Math 1101 (Mathematical Modeling), and Math 1112 (Trigonometry)

TEAS Exam Information and Preparation Resources

  • Students who wish to apply for the Practical Nursing program must take the ATI TEAS Exam. See the following link for information on signing up for the TEAS Exam.
  • There is a $91.00 fee for the TEAS Exam. It can be taken twice in a calendar year and a minimum of 30 days apart. This must be completed prior to the deadline and a copy of your TEAS score must be attached to your Practical Nursing application.
  • Students who take their TEAS exam at testing sites other than Lanier Technical College must have their official TEAS score sent from ATI to Lanier Tech prior to the Practical Nursing application deadline.
  • The student must meet or exceed the program entry score at the time of testing to be considered for entry. Minimum score to be considered for program entry is 60% composite for the TEAS test.
  • Students may have multiple attempts for the TEAS Exam, but only the highest score will be considered for the Practical Nursing Program selection.
  • The TEAS score will be valid for five years. Aim for the highest possible score.
  • Please use the ATI resources: The 4 videos, the practice TEAS test, the study guide and use the free tutoring available on both campuses. https://www.laniertech.edu/teas-testing/
  • ATI-TEAS may be taken no more than two times in a calendar year and with 30 days between each attempt. 

Steps for Applying to the Practical Nursing Program

If you are not a Current Lanier Tech Student, begin with Step 1.

If you are currently a Lanier Tech Student, begin with Step 4.

  1. Apply to Lanier Tech
    1. Apply to Lanier Tech online:  https://www.laniertech.edu/admissions/
    2. Admissions Procedures:  https://www.laniertech.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/
    3. Lanier Tech Admissions Application Deadlines may be found at the following link:  https://www.laniertech.edu/admissions/application-deadlines/
  2. Choose Practical Nursing on your online application, you will be placed into the Healthcare Assistant Certificate program.
  3. Attend the Lanier Technical College New Student Orientation and/or online orientation to set up your email and learn how to register for classes, deadlines for payments etc.
  4. Complete PN Program Requirements:
    1. If you are a current Lanier Tech student, you will need to change your major to the Healthcare Assistant Certificate program in order to complete your Practical Nursing prerequisites.
    2. Enroll in and satisfactorily complete prerequisite coursework listed above.
    3. Complete the TEAS sign-up sheet. Submit with payment to schedule a time and date. Take the receipt along with photo ID to the testing center on the date scheduled to test.
    4. Submit TEAS Score: The student must meet or exceed the program entry score at the time of testing to be considered for entry. Minimum score to be considered for program entry is 60% composite. The TEAS score will be valid for five years. Aim for the highest possible score. Please use the ATI resources.
    5. Hold American Heart Association First Aid Certification.
    6. Complete American Heart Association BLS certification for Healthcare Providers.
  5. Prior to the PN Application deadline complete and return Enrollment Application for Practical Nursing to the Practical Nursing Department via email to: ltcpracticalnursing@laniertech.edu
  6. When applying for the Practical Nursing Program students must select the Forsyth Campus or Hall Campus. Rank your campus selections 1-3 with 1 being your first choice.

Transfer Students to Lanier Technical College to apply to the PN Program

If you are a transfer student you must apply to Lanier Technical College and be accepted prior to the competitive application deadline for the Practical Nursing Program. (LTC Admissions). All documents and transfer credit must be evaluated before you are able to submit your competitive application to the Practical Nursing program.
The general admissions process can take 3 weeks or more. Please contact Student Affairs office to begin this process. Students are responsible for the LTC Admission Deadlines for applications for each semester.  https://www.laniertech.edu/student-affairs/student-affairs-forms/