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Practical Nursing

Health Science


Licensed Practical Nurses choose nursing to help others. They get an opportunity to serve people when they need the most assistance. As soon as a license is obtained, a practical nurse has many opportunities for employment in health care. Some areas where the LPN can make worthwhile contributions are: Hospitals, Hospice, Nursing Homes, Home Health Agencies, Doctor’s Offices, Dentists Office, Private Clinics, Private Duty Nursing, Adult Day Care Centers, Public Health Organizations and Surgical Centers. Our four-semester, 1463 clock hour program consists of 16 courses that include theory, laboratory practice and clinical experience. Our independent study program utilizes an internet based student learning management system to present courses in the form of modular plans of study that involve reading assignments, workbook activities, skills lab activities, computer assisted learning software, videos, course review sessions, discussion, special projects and guest speakers. Instructors act as facilitators/mentors to guide the student.


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and Oklahoma Board of Nursing.



Applicants must complete a SouthernTech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the SouthernTech campus and online at Enrollment for this career major is open to adults, 18 years of age or older with high school diploma or equivalent. Access the Practical Nursing Application here.


High School Student: Free. Adult Student (in-district): $2.50 per hour; Adult Student (Out-of-District): $5 per hour; and Adult Student (Out-of-State): $7.50 per hour. Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid and scholarships are available for qualifying students.


Practical Nursing
Medical Terminology / Anatomy & Physiology165
Long Term Care Certified Nursing Assistant91
Concepts of Nursing40
Fundamentals of Nursing160
Clinical 1 Basic Nursing80
Pharmacology and IV Therapy Skills50
Medical Surgical Nursing I and II150
Clinical 2 - Medical Surgical Nursing192
Clinical 3 - Medical Surgical Nursing192
Maternity - Child Nursing40
Pediatric Nursing40
Mental Health Concepts40
Clinical 4 - Maternal / Child, Pediatric and Mental Health88
Transition to Practice15
Clinical 5 - Transition to Practice120
Total Hours 1463
Estimated time to complete 20 months

Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)-PN

Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.

Student Organization



Students must attend a minimum of 16 hours per week. Each course has scheduled review and testing session requirements. Campus is available to students Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. School is closed each day from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for lunch, unless otherwise posted. Clinical experience is divided into five daytime rotations ranging from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and 120 hours of role transition/preceptorship totaling 688 hours. Students attend a review and testing sessions once weekly with an average of two clinical days per week.

Employment Options

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.

Charge Nurse; Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse (CLINIC LPN); Clinic Nurse; Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN); Licensed Practical Nurse, Clinic Nurse (LPN, Clinic Nurse); Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN); Office Nurse; Pediatric Licensed Practical Nurse (PEDIATRIC LPN); Private Duty Nurse; Triage Licensed Practical Nurse (TRIAGE LPN) – Approximate Pay Potential: $15-29/Hour. (source:



Susie Morales

Susie Morales

Practical Nursing Instructor

Amanda Shatwell

Amanda Shatwell

Practical Nursing Instructor

Lisa Chronister

Lisa Chronister

Practical Nursing Instructor

Heather Miller

Heather Miller

Practical Nursing Instructor

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