PRACTICAL NURSING (LPN)
Program Length: 12 –18 Months
Clock Hours: 1350
Credential Issued: Diploma
This program is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing. Students will learn an understanding of personal and professional ethics, effective communication with members of the health care team, patients and patient’s families as well as medical procedures and skills performed by practical nurses. The topic covered include areas such as care of the elderly, care of patients with psychological disorders, care of patients who have surgery, care of patients in all stages of human development, assist patients with psychological and social growth, assist with rehabilitation, nutrition as part of healing, knowledge and understanding of disease and its process, signs and symptoms of illness and well-being and educating the patient and their family. The program focuses on caring for the patients emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
The following objectives are designed to meet Palm Beach Career – School of Allied Health Sciences’ mission and goals:
- To present a complete and up-to-date curriculum, whose scope, presentation, and implementation will focus on the achievement of academic excellence;
- To train nurses who will be sensitive to our health and social issues;
- To provide students with the necessary background for the healing and prevention of diseases;
- To challenge its students to attain academic excellence and appreciate the moral-ethical aspects of healthcare;
- To prepare students to utilize critical thinking in problem-solving situations;
- To promote a concern for interpersonal respect and professionalism;
- To offer graduates an enriched environment that will encourage them to pursue their career goals, and assist them in obtaining entry-level employment as practical nurses.
End of Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the graduate will:
- Provide nursing care that incorporates knowledge of expected growth development, and prevention and/or early detection of health problems
- Acknowledge the necessity for lifelong learning as a part of personal and professional development and growth.
- Assist promotion of physical health and well-being by providing care and comfort, reducing risk potential for clients, and assist with management of health alternations
- Human Flourishing: Promote the human dignity, integrity, self-determination, and personal growth of patients, oneself, and members of the health care team.
- Nursing Judgment: Provide a rationale for judgments used in the provision of safe, quality care and for decisions that promote the health of patients within a family context.
- Professional Identity: Assess how one’s personal strengths and values affect one’s identity as a nurse and one’s contributions as a member of the health care team (Professional Identity).
- Spirit of Injury: Question the basis for nursing actions, considering research, evidence, tradition, and patient preferences.
- Obtain licensure as a practical nurse.
General Admission Requirements
All applicants must meet the general admission requirements as indicated below:
- Provide proof of age (must be at least 17.5 years old) – Driver’s License (ID)
- Provide proof of graduation from high school or its equivalent (GED)
- *Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) or meet exemption criteria (please speak with an Academic Advisor regarding exemption)
- Apply and be accepted to PBC – School of Allied Health Sciences;
- Interview with an admission representative
- Complete an admission application and return it to our admission office, along with the application fee of $100;
- Complete the application for the appropriate program
- Demonstrate an ability to meet applicable program-specific requirements
- Provide a non-refundable registration fee of $150 prior to enrollment
- Complete and sign an Enrollment Agreement
- Provide the minimum refundable down payment fee of $2,500 to hold your sit
Acceptable Proof of High School Diploma or GED
- High school diploma/transcript or G.E.D certification with test scores.
- Academic transcript that indicates the student successfully completed at least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward an associate/bachelor’s degree at any institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
- Foreign high school diploma equivalent to a United States high school diploma
- If an applicant previously entered a program in a degree-granting institution for which a high school diploma was required, PBC may accept an evaluation from a NACES or AICE approved credentialing agency, certifying that a high school diploma was a requirement for the higher degree program.
*Minimum passing scores are subject to change as a result of evidence based findings, best practices and program outcomes. Failure to complete and pass the TABE assessment shall result in the student being administratively withdrawn from the nursing program. Students administratively withdrawn for failure to complete/pass the TABE on the second attempt may not be considered for re-entry.
Additional Admission Requirements
In addition to the general admission requirements and procedures, applicants wishing to be considered for admission to the Practical Nursing (LPN) Diploma program must:
- Take and pass both Introduction to Health and Medical Terminology with at least a “C” grade from Palm Beach Career or transfer from another institution
- Take the HESI exam and have overall cumulative score 60 or higher
- Math portion score of 60 or higher on the HESI
- Submit a criminal background check (level II) and a disposition of any criminal offenses and drug screening, and have health clearance from a physician and negative PPD prior to their clinicals
- Have a current CPR/First Aid certification from the American Heart Association (AHA)
- Complete a Practical Nursing Application;
- Have a personal interview with the Nursing Program Director
- Students are expected to maintain the standards of the school in academic, professional and personal achievement.
- Orientation will be conducted prior to the start of the class, and an institute catalog is given to each student.
- The applicant is responsible for providing verifiable proof of graduation from high school, or proof of having satisfied the requirements for high school in a manner recognized by the United States Department of Education.
- The school does not discriminate regarding age, race, sexual preference, gender, color, creed, religion, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin in the acceptance and admission of students
- Transfer applicants must provide official transcripts from all schools attended no later than 30 days after the start day of their first semester of enrollment at PBC – School of Allied Health Sciences. Transfer student must show a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale). Transfer credits from national or regional approved institutions will be evaluated and credited after enrollment at PBC – School of Allied Health Sciences
- Prior to registering, a student should have on file in the Records Office the following:
- A completed admissions application
- Transcripts of all previous School work
- Official transcripts (in a sealed envelope from the previous institution attended) must be sent to the Palm Beach Career Records Office
- B.: Incomplete application packets will not be considered, and PBC reserves the right to deny enrollment, if the School deems that an applicant’s proof of graduation cannot be authenticated or verified.
The program is offered as a hybrid program.
Program Minimum Hours Requirements
The minimum clock hours required for graduation: 1350
Course Code Number
Practical Nursing Course Titles
Body Structure and Functions
Human Growth and Development
Principles of Nutrition
Fundamentals of Practical Nursing
Mental Health Concepts
Total Clock Hours
A diploma will be issued to each student who successfully completes the program requirements and satisfies graduation requirements below:
- Student has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
- Student has completed and passed all required externship hours
- Student is current with financial obligations to the School
- Student has met with the Career Services department for assistance with job placement or provides documentation of employment
- Student has completed an Exit Interview with the Bursar
- Student has completed the Graduation Clearance form and submitted it to the Registrar at least 60 days before the last day of class
Wages / Salaries & Employment Trends
- Workers on average earn $50,200.
- 10% of workers earn $39,920 or less.
- 10% of workers earn $64,960 or more.
In the United States:
- Workers on average earn $54,620.
- 10% of workers earn $40,490 or less.
- 10% of workers earn $72,650 or more.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2022: https://www.onetonline.org/link/localwages/29-2061.00?st=FL
- Licensure Requirements
Palm Beach Career School of Health Sciences is an approved Florida nursing program and cannot, therefore, determine whether its nursing program meets licensure requirements in each student’s state of residence. If students desire to sit for the certification/licensure exam, seek certification/licensure, or practice as a nurse in a state or territory other than Florida (including licensure by endorsement or via the multistate compact), it is their responsibility to ascertain the applicable eligibility requirements in the other state or territory and determine whether the nursing program at PBC will satisfy those requirements. Below, we are providing the Board of Nursing contact information by state: https://www.ncsbn.org/membership/us-members/contact-bon.page.
- Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact
Florida is an Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC) state that allows for nurses to have one multistate license, which increases access to care by allowing nurses to practice seamlessly in other NLC states, without obtaining additional licenses. The NLC helps protect patients by maintaining high standards of care and facilitating communication between member states. Therefore, nurses who live in a compact state, such as Florida, can apply for a multistate license if they meet the licensure requirements.
As of July 2023, there are 41 enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact states and jurisdictions in the United States. On top of that, more states are considering joining the eNLC, with lawmakers currently hammering out the details. Hover over each state below for additional status details. Click a state to access each board’s contact information: https://www.nursecompact.com/ or https://www.nursecompact.com/files/NLC_Map.pdf.
If you want to work in a NLC state and/or get connected with great employment opportunities across the United States, click here: https://jobs.careerstaff.com/results?cp_cs_travel_job=Travel&pro_cat=Nurses&paged=1.
Nursing involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of knowledge in the skillful performance of nursing functions. Therefore, in order to be considered for admission or be retained in the program after admission, all students must be able to demonstrate the following abilities:
Examples of Necessary
Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.
Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations, develop nursing care plans.
Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds. Ability to cope with stress. High degree of flexibility.
Establish rapport with patients/clients and colleagues.
Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form. Ability to cope with anger/fear/hostility of others in a calm manner.
Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses.
Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces. High degree of flexibility.
Move around in patient rooms, work spaces, and treatment areas; administer cardiopulmonary procedures.
Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
Calibrate and use equipment; position patients/clients.
Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.
Hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, and cries for help.
Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.
Observe patient/client responses. Accurately prepare and administer medication.
Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.
Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g. sense temperature change, assess peripheral pulses, and insert a catheter.
Sufficient stamina to provide patient care and related responsibilities for extended periods of time (8-12 hrs.).
Adapt to shift work. Lift without restrictions, from standing position. Students with weight restrictions cannot be accepted into clinical courses.
Latex Advisory: Latex-based products are used in all health care facilities.
* Adapted from the Board of Directors of the Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing (SCCEN) guidelines for Nursing Education Programs.
Program Start Dates
Thanksgiving (no classes)
December 20 –January3
CAMPUS CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS
Martin Luther King Day (no classes)
Registration for Summer Classes
Last Day to drop classes
Memorial Day (no classes)
Registration for Fall Classes
Last day to drop classes
Labor Day (no classes)
Registration for Fall
*Note: Classes scheduled on holidays will be made up in other regularly scheduled classes unless otherwise noted on individual course syllabi. The calendar dates are subject to change. Please call for more information.