The Practical Nursing diploma program is designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor. Program graduates receive a practical nursing diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level practical nurse. Students most commonly will have to submit a satisfactory criminal background check as well as a drug screen in order to be placed in a clinical health care facility to complete the clinical portions of their educational training.

Selection into the Practical Nursing program major courses is via competitive selection process.

Diploma Program
Program Length 57 Credit Hours
Education Requirements High School graduate or GED recipient; Minimum age: 18
Entrance Date Every Semester
Offered Macon, Warner Robins and Milledgeville Campuses

Practical Nursing Diploma Curriculum

Credit Hours

General Education Core Courses 9
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology 3
Occupational Courses 48
ALHS 1011 Structure and Function of the Human Body 5
ALHS 1060 Diet and Nutrition for AHS 2
PNSG 2010 Introduction to Pharmacology and Clinical Calculations 2
PNSG 2030 Nursing Fundamentals 6
PNSG 2035 Nursing Fundamentals Clinical 2
PNSG 2210 Medical Surgical Nursing I 4
PNSG 2220 Medical Surgical Nursing II 4
PNSG 2230 Medical Surgical Nursing III 4
PNSG 2240 Medical Surgical Nursing IV 4
PNSG 2250 Maternity Nursing 3
PNSG 2255 Maternity Nursing Clinical 1
PNSG 2310 Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical I 2
PNSG 2320 Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical II 2
PNSG 2330 Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical III 2
PNSG 2340 Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical IV 2
PNSG 2410 Nursing Leadership 1
PNSG 2415 Nursing Leadership Clinical 2
  Total Hours 57