Skip to main content

Program Overview

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 ( 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)

Testing Entrance Requirements

  • Students must take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and score at least an 11 in Math, English and Reading.
  • Students must complete the Nurse Entrance Exam (TEAS) with a score of 55% proficiency or higher.
  • Students must clear the Level II Background and 10 panel Drug/Alcohol Screen.


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.


  • Tuition (45 Vocational hours at $84.89 per credit hour): $3,820.05
  • Spring Semester I (20 hours): $1,697.80
  • Summer Semester II (10 hours): $848.90
  • Fall Semester III (15 hours): $1,273.35
  • Miscellaneous (lab fees, nurse entrance exam, books, supplies, background screening, CPR exam, physical exam, uniforms, personal health care, state board application fee, and NCLEX-PN fee): $2,869.50
  • Total: $6,521.55


Completion Rate



State Licensure Rate

Practical nursing.jpgPhlebotomy(1).jpgLPN-RN Bridge programs(1).jpg

Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

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.

Employment Opportunities

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.

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Malcom Randall VA Medical Center
  • Shands Lakeshore Regional Medical Center
  • Haven Hospice
  • Frank Wells Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • Solaris Health Center
  • Baya Point Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • Ayers Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • Lake Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Tri- County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • The Rehabilitation Center of Lake City
  • Mayo Clinic
  • North East Florida State Hospital
  • Florida Department of Corrections
  • Suwannee Healthcare Center

Program Details

Admission Requirements

To be considered for this program a student must:

  • Be 18 years of age.
  • Have a high school diploma, GED certificate, or home school equivalent.
  • Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and score an 11 in Math, English, and Reading.
  • Apply for general college admission by the established deadline on the Academic Calendar.
  • Submit a specific PN application to the Nursing Department by the established deadline for a spring start.
  • Complete the Nurse Entrance Exam (TEAS) by the established deadline and score proficiency or higher.

Prior to starting Practical Nursing program:

  • Prospective students who have completed the steps above will be required to complete the clinical eligibility requirements listed in the Practical Nursing application booklet.
  • To meet clinical agency requirements for clinical experience, all students in the Nursing and Health Sciences Programs must meet state and federal regulations as described by Florida Statutes S. 400.211. A Level II background check and drug/alcohol screening are required. Further instructions regarding the background and 10-panel drug/alcohol screen are provided on the first day of the course. Please note that random screening may be required while in the program. Students are responsible for the cost of all screening done for admission and randomly during the program.
  • Additional costs are required when admitted to this program, including costs of uniforms, clinic shoes, liability insurance, health insurance, medical exam, standardized testing, graduation costs, immunizations, Level II background check, 10-panel drug/alcohol screening, books, and licensing fees.
Program Notes
  • The program begins each spring term.
  • There is limited access to the program.
  • The program offers students:
    • Low student to faculty ratio
    • A hands-on learning environment
  • The Practical Nurse certificate qualifies the graduate to apply to the Florida Board of Nursing to take the National Council of State Board of Nursing Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
  • There is a high NCLEX-PN pass rate for first-time test-takers.
Program Guide & Syllabi

First Semester: 600 clock hours, 20 occupational credits

  • PRN 0001C – Basic Nursing 497 clock hours, 16.56 occupational credits
  • PRN 0080 – Body Structure and Function 60 clock hours, 2 occupational credits
  • PRN 0070 – Basic Nutrition 23 clock hours, .77 occupational credit
  • PRN 0020 – Human Development Across the Life Span 20 clock hours, .67 occupational credit

Second Semester: 300 clock hours, 10 occupational credits

  • PRN 0381C – Med/Surge Life Span I 300 clock hours, 10 occupational credits

Third Semester: 450 clock hours, 15 occupational credits

  • PRN 0382C – Med/Surge Life Span II 300 clock hours, 10 occupational credits
  • PRN 0100C – Maternal Infant Child 85 clock hours, 2.83 occupational credits
  • PRN 0011C – Transition into Practice 65 clock hours, 2.17 occupational credit

Practical Nursing Total: 1,350 clock hours, 45 occupational credits

  • PRN 0001C Basic Nursing
    • This course is designed to introduce the student to patient care and to provide a foundation for learning basic nursing skills on which to build throughout the program. It focuses on the basic needs of patients and how the practical nurse will meet those needs.
  • PRN 0020 Human Development Across the Lifespan
    • This course presents normal human development from birth to death. Emphasis is on developmental stages.
  • PRN 0070 Basic Nutrition
    • This course presents the basic principles of nutrition and diet therapy for all age groups.
  • PRN 0080 Body Structure and Function
    • This course provides basic knowledge of normal human body structures and functions. Emphasis on major systems.
  • PRN 0381C Med Surg Life Span I
    • This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the disease process and how it affects the adult patient. This unit will also include nursing care of the pre and post-operative patients, management of pain, fluids, and electrolytes.
  • PRN 0382C Med Surg Life Span II
    • This course is a continuation of medical-surgical nursing. This unit presents the needs of adult patients with medical and surgical problems.
  • PRN 0100C Maternal Infant Child
    • This course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic needs of mothers, newborns, and children. It will include conception, pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum, newborn, and pediatric care.
  • PRN 0011C Transition into Practice
    • The focus is on the transition from the role of the student to the role of the graduate practical nurse as a health team member. The course content addresses current trends on nursing, community organizations, and job opportunities.
Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to provide personalized patient care
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to perform nursing procedures.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply principles of infection control.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to administer medications.

Book list and materials required for the Practical Nursing program will be given to students admitted to the Practical Nursing Program at the mandatory new student orientation, that is held before the start of program.