Program Overview

Practical Nursing Diploma

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*This program is financial aid eligible.
The Practical Nursing curriculum provides knowledge and skills to integrate safety and quality into nursing care to meet the needs of the holistic individual which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interdisciplinary team while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation/long term care/home health facilities, clinics, and physicians' offices.


Approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the three-semester program involves both classroom and clinical activities. 

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326 
404-975-5000 
www.acenursing.org

View more information about the program, student achievement outcomes

How to Apply: Students are required to attend an information session before applying (see Upcoming Events below). View the Admissions Checklist and Essential Skills documents. New students who are not currently enrolled at Durham Tech should use the green button below to apply to the College following the Health Technologies Enrollment Steps.  Students who are currently enrolled and have completed all of the nursing program admission requirements, should apply to the program using the Practical Nursing Admissions Application. The application deadline is February 3.

If you have questions, please contact Donna Alston.

Next Application Deadline is Feb 01

Estimated Tuition & Fees

$3116.00

Degree Type

Diploma

Location

Main Campus, OCC, Online

Minimum Credit Hours

41

Program Stats

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Average Salary

$46,040
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Average Class Size

16
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Estimated Completion Time

10-11 months
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Licensure Pass Rate

97%

Upcoming Program Events

Current and Upcoming Course Offerings

Course Number Title Credit Hours
BIO-163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 5
BIO-169 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
NUR-102 Practical Nursing II 10
NUR-103 Practical Nursing III 9
PSY-150 General Psychology 3