Practical Nursing – Extended General Info
NCC’s Practical Nursing—Extended program was developed to provide a more flexible option for students with other family and work responsibilities.The Practical Nursing—Extended program prepares you to provide comprehensive care for clients’ physical and psychosocial needs. Nursing courses provide basic knowledge and skills in the medical surgical, geriatric, maternity, pediatric, and mental health nursing areas. Courses also focus on care giving, communication, teaching and safe patient care. Local health facilities provide the opportunity to participate in supervised clinical experience. The NCC Nursing Simulation lab provides additional clinical learning experiences.
Your acceptance to the Practical Nursing—Extended program is contingent upon successful completion of prerequisite courses and the program entrance assessment,HESI A2. In addition, you must have a high school diploma (with a 2.0 grade point average) or a High School Equivalency Diploma. You must complete prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher. You also need three years of science completed at the high school or post high school level (with a grade of “C” or better). An academic background in life sciences is recommended.
You must hold a 75-hour Certified Nurse Aide Certificate prior to taking Fundamentals of Nursing, PNN659.
A health assessment, current immunization records, child and dependent adult abuse, criminal background check, and the CPR for healthcare providers course is required before you can begin clinical practice. To become a Licensed Practical Nurse, you must pass the NCLEX (license) exam. Practical Nursing— Extended graduates have exceptional pass rates for the NCLEX-PN exam.
- Three Semesters, No Summer Term
- Spring semester entry
- Good people skills
- Genuine desire to care for people
- Communication skills
- Possess background in math & science
- This program is available on campus. General education courses are available online.
Requirements for this program
|BIO165-A||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||3|
|BIO167-A||Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab||1|
|PNN647-C||Nursing Concepts I||1|
|BIO170-A||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||3|
|BIO172-A||Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab||1|
|PNN659-C||Fundamentals of Nursing||8|
|PNN670-C||Practical Nursing IA||4|
|PNN671-C||Nursing Concepts IA Clinical||2|
|PNN650-C||Nursing Concepts IIA||1|
|PNN672-C||Practical Nursing IB||4|
|PNN673-C||Practical Nursing IB Preceptor||2|
|PNN654-C||Nursing Concepts IIB||1|
*You may select any math course with a suffix of A.
NOTE: Satisfactory assessment scores and/or prerequisites are required for some courses. To advance or graduate in the Extended Practical Nursing Program you must receive a “C” or above in all coursework.
Nursing courses with a clinical component may not be taken by a person:
- Who has been denied licensure by the board
- Whose license is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in any United States jurisdiction
- Whose license/registration is currently suspended, surrendered, or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action
Frequently Asked Questions
Student Story Jake Moermond
“I was a paramedic in a hospital and wanted to continue my education. The people at NCC are really friendly and want to help you succeed!”
Practical Nursing—Extended student
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