The Technical Diploma - Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare students to meet the licensure requirements for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), as established by the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE). The program progresses from simple to complex and consists of classroom instruction, lab practicum and supervised clinical activities in accredited hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare agencies. Articulated courses are determined at the discretion of the Practical Nurse Program Coordinator/Department Chair or Dean for Nursing, Allied Health & Safety and based upon individual evaluation as described in the 2005 Louisiana Nursing Education Articulation Model. Each course in the PN program must be completed with a minimum score of 80%. Upon graduation, the student is awarded a diploma and is eligible to apply for the National Council of State Boards Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).
This is a limited enrollment program. Students must be admitted to the program to enroll in any of the PN courses. Applicants must meet or exceed the minimum standardized test scores established by the LSBPNE in order to apply. Visit the Practical Nursing admissions page for minimum test score requirements.
Tests must have been taken within the three years of the start of PN classes. The SLCC Testing Center offers Accuplacer testing if updated scores are needed. Please visit the Testing Center for more information about Accuplacer testing at SLCC.
Students must demonstrate minimum test scores as required by LSBPNE. Students scoring below the scores noted above will be required to complete applicable developmental courses or pre-requisite courses prior to acceptance into the PN program - retesting may be required.
- To enable students to acquire the general education competencies expected of a Technical Diploma graduate
- To provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for achieving licensure as an LPN by passing the NCLEX-PN exam
- To provide students with the necessary nursing knowledge and skills to function as LPNs in a variety of settings
Expected Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate Practical Nurse professional competencies defined by National League of Nursing to include:
- Identify strategies that create a safe environment while appreciating the cognitive and physical limits of human performance.
- Provide culturally appropriate, individualized care to patients and their families, especially those underserved and vulnerable populations experiencing life changes and transitions of care.
- Assume responsibility and accountability for the quality of nursing care provided to patients and their families in a variety of health care settings.
- Function, according to the scope of practice requirements, as an ethical licensed practical/vocational nurse collaborating and communicating successfully with patients, families, and members of the interprofessional team.
- Collaboratively seek creative approaches to care delivery.
- Collaborate with team members with suggestions to improve health care outcomes for patient safety, recovery, and transitions.
- Be accountable for decisions and actions performed in the provision of safe, quality care to diverse populations in a variety of health care settings.
Practical Nursing is available on the campuses below. Start terms for the program vary by campus. Visit the SLCC program start calendar to determine the start date for Practical Nursing program on the campus of your choice.
Applying for the Program
Applicants must read the complete packet for Applying to the SLCC Practical Nursing Program.