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 

View more information about the program, student achievement outcomes

Before you Apply:  Students are required to attend an information session before applying (see Upcoming Events below).

How to Apply to the College: New students who are not currently enrolled at Durham Tech should use the green button below to apply to the College and choose Health Tech Students then Steps to Apply.

How to Apply to the Nursing Program: 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 (linked here November 2). The application deadline is February 1. View the Admissions Checklist and Essential Skills documents.

If you have questions about admissions requirements after reviewing the information, you may contact Donna Alston

Fall Application Deadline is Feb 01

Estimated Tuition & Fees


Degree Type



Main Campus, OCC, Online

Minimum Credit Hours


Program Stats

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Average Salary

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Average Class Size


Estimated Completion Time

10-11 months
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Licensure Pass Rate


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-101 Practical Nursing I 11
PSY-150 General Psychology 3
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“I love the hands-on work in the Practical Nursing program. We have the opportunity to apply everything we’ve learned from our textbooks when we’re at clinicals and in the classroom. Completing this program will allow me to get into the nursing field, become more marketable in the workforce and allow me to do more for my family.”

—Harold Simmons