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Practical Nursing

    The Practical Nursing curriculum prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to provide nursing care to children and adults. Students will participate in assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care.


    Note: Admissions requirements regarding GPA and TEAS score have changed.

    1. Admission to all RCC Health Science programs is a competitive process. Applicants are evaluated based upon the following factors: academic performance, references and academic degrees.
    2. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater in the Practical Nursing general education courses by the published deadline date for submitting complete program checklists to the Admissions Office. Applicants not meeting the cumulative GPA requirements will not be reviewed by the program area for admission. For the Practical Nursing Program, the GPA calculation will be based upon grades earned in the following courses: BIO 168, BIO 169, ENG 111, PSY 150.
    3. A point system is followed to evaluate health science program applications. Applicants earn points based upon academic performance, references and academic degrees. Point distribution is outlined on the program checklist.
    4. Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Points will be distributed as outlined in the TEAS Point Sheet.  Additional study materials and practice tests can be accessed at The minimum TEAS score required for admission to the program is 50.
    5. Complete the Health Science Admission Checklist packet by the specific deadline. Official Practical Nursing Admission Checklists may be printed from the Application tab on the Practical Nursing webpage.
    6. Students must be able to fulfill all essential functions as outlined in the health sciences admission policy.
    7. Provisionally accepted students must submit a criminal background check, drug screening and medical review/screen to include physical examination and immunizations. All fees associated with the criminal background check, drug screen and medical review will be the responsibility of the student.
    8. Provisionally accepted students previously enrolled in any other Nursing programs must submit a letter from the program director.
    9. It is the student’s responsibility to review all program materials and to stay current with the program requirements, policies and procedures.

    Interested applicants should contact The Office of Admissions. 

    Career Outlook

    Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.

    Average Salary

    • Licensed Practical Nurse (BLS)
      • $47,050/YR
      • $22.62/HR
    Essential Skills

    Highly motivated to provide quality patient care to a diverse population, a strong sense of ethical behavior, ability to work well with others and effective oral and written communication skills

    Associate in Applied Science (AAS) programs are designed to provide entry-level employment training and range from 64 to 76 semester hour credits. A full-time student can typically complete one of these programs within two years. All two-year degree programs at RCC comply with the program standards established by the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). In addition to major course work, associate in applied science degree programs require a minimum of 15 semester hour credits of general education.


    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.

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    The Practical Nursing Diploma Degree is a 44-credit hour program. There is a basic core of 30 credit hours. The program also consists of 14 general education credit hours.



         Director, Department of Nursing | Building 17
        Phone: (910) 272-3403


        Associate Director, Department of Nursing | Building 17
        Phone: (910) 272-3410


       Administrative Assistant | Building 17
       Phone: (910) 272-3395

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    Practical Nursing Application 2025

    Health Science Application Reference Form


    All Information Sessions are Virtual

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      Fall ’24 Information Sessions

      • Wednesday, September 18, 2024
      • Wednesday, November 20, 2024

      Spring ’25 Information Sessions

      • Wednesday, January 29, 2025
      • Wednesday, April 9, 2025

      Summer ’25 Information Sessions

      • Wednesday, June 11, 2025

      All program options will be covered during the one Information Session, so there’s no need to attend multiple days. Tell us you are coming on Facebook