Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing program prepares students for entry-level practice as licensed practical nurses. Approximately one-half of the instructional time is spent in actual clinical practice in hospitals and nursing homes under the supervision of nursing instructors.

Students are trained in nursing fundamentals, growth and development, pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, medical surgical nursing including gerontology, maternal-child nursing, and mental health concepts.

Graduates are eligible to take the national and state/regional examinations for licensure, which is required to practice in any state. A social security number is required in order to take exams and apply for licensure.

Continuing Education Ladder Concept of Nursing Education

Qualified graduates are eligible to progress to the Associate Degree Nursing program.


Hawkeye's Practical Nursing program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and the Commission on Institutes of the North Central Association.

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 159
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Program Advisor

Valerie Millsap
Grundy Hall 158
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Candace Croft
Grundy Hall 159
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