Practical Nursing, Occupational Certificate (O.C.)
The Practical Nursing (PN) program is a 12-month certificate program designed to prepare students for nursing employment in the healthcare field. This field includes employment in areas such as a doctor’s office, home health, the corrections system, or long-term care facilities. Graduates of this program contribute to the health and well-being of patients through direct patient care, administration of medication, and medical treatments. FGC’s NCLEX-PN first-time pass rates are consistently above state and national averages.
Florida Gateway College (FGC) offers a number of different degrees and certificates leading to professional licensure. Some professions require both a degree and the successful completion of additional criteria such as licensure exams, field placements, or clinical hours. If your future plans include achieving licensure or certification, you should know that requirements vary by state.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ASN) and the Practical Nursing (PN) program, completion of program requirements make you eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)RN or NCLEX-PN in Florida or one of the other 33 nursing compact states if you apply for a multi-state license under the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). A list of current compact states can be located on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website (https://www.ncsbn.org/nurse-licensure-compact.htm). If you are a student who resides outside of Florida or one of the compact states, FGC cannot confirm whether this degree program meets the educational requirements for professional licensure in your state. Since the ASN program at FGC is nationally accredited, the curriculum should meet the requirements of other states; however, some states have requirements in addition to FGC’s program’s curriculum. Our Practical Nursing program is state approved and follows the frameworks set forth from the Florida Department of Education however, some states may have requirements in addition to FGC’s program’s curriculum. If you wish to take the NCLEX exam in a non-compact state, please contact the board of nursing in the state to determine whether this degree or certificate program will meet their licensure requirements.
Review the guided degree pathway where you will find a detailed plan for your courses and other requirements each semester that prepare you for graduation and your transfer goals.
Florida Gateway College (Main Campus)
Monday through Thursday 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. This program begins each spring term. The Practical Nursing Program is a twelve (12) month program, 1350 clock hours in length. *Clinicals are required for this occupational certificate. Clinicals may not follow regular college schedule and assignments may include weekdays, evenings or weekends.
The average Licensed Practical Nurse salary in Florida is $41,917, but the range typically falls between $33,000 and $54,000. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on the city and many other important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, and the number of years you have spent in your profession.
Career opportunities as a Licensed Practical Nurse include, but are not limited to, working in a doctor’s office, home healthcare center, the corrections system, long term care, hospice centers, and acute care facilities.
To be considered for this program a student must:
Prior to starting Practical Nursing program:
First Semester: 600 clock hours, 20 occupational credits
Second Semester: 300 clock hours, 10 occupational credits
Third Semester: 450 clock hours, 15 occupational credits
Practical Nursing Total: 1,350 clock hours, 45 occupational credits
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