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Practical Nursing

Program Description:

The Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare students to take the state board examination for licensure as practical nurses, NCLEX-PN. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This preparation 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 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. The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Practical Nurses and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (formerly NLNAC/National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission). The address and phone number is:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (formerly NLNAC/National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

The web site is

A grade of “C” or higher is required for all courses listed in the curriculum outline.

  • A student who repeats any of the prerequisite courses more than once to achieve a grade of a “C” or higher is not eligible for program progression. This includes courses taken under any program of study.
  • Students who do not earn a grade of "C" or higher in any one course with PNSG prefix will be suspended from the program. Before reentering the program, the student must complete an individualized remedial program assigned by the course instructor. A student who does not earn a grade of “C” or higher in any two courses with the ALHS and PNSG prefix will not be allowed to reenter the program. This includes ALHS courses taken under any program of study. A student who is not enrolled in the program for more than one year will be required to reenter the first semester of the program.
  • ALHS courses that were taken more than five years ago must be repeated.
  • Practical Nursing Students must submit completed medical and dental examination forms and reference forms prior to participation in lab activities beginning in PNSG 2010 and PNSG 2030. Separate documentation will be required for Hepatitis B seroconversion, RPR, TB testing, and all immunizations and/or titers. Students who refuse to take the Hepatitis B vaccination series must sign a declination form and be aware that clinical practicum sites may refuse them an opportunity to gain clinical experience.
  • Conviction of a felony or gross misdemeanor may prohibit employment in field and may make a student ineligible to take the licensing exam required for the profession. A background check and/or drug screen will be required by all agencies before a student attends a clinical practicum. For more information, contact the appropriate program advisor.
  • Student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing his or her clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be receiving monetary remuneration during this educational experience, nor will he or she be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution in the capacity of a practical nurse.

Employment Opportunities: 

Graduates are always in demand for employment in nursing homes, health centers, convalescent homes, hospitals, schools, doctor’s offices, and prisons.

Admission Requirements:

The Practical Nursing program is a competitive progression program. Students must complete the prerequisite courses (ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, ALHS 1060, ALHS 1011, and COMP 1000) with a GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale by the designated deadline (page 15) to be eligible for progression evaluation. The program progression process determines the academic/ranking order for selection of students for progression to the courses with the PNSG prefixes. Students who are not selected for progression should consider a program change or resubmit An application. High school graduation or GED is required for admission to this program. For more information regarding this process, please contact the Admissions Office at (706) 771-4028. Refer to page 15 of the College catalog for all program related dead-lines.

Program Advisors Contact Information

Mary Walker RN, BSN, MSN
Department Head


Augusta Campus

Sheila Smith, RN, MSA


Ernestine Johnson RN, MSA


Thomson Campus

Melissa Kaufman, RN, MSN, JD


Margaret Pella RN, BSN, MSN


Waynesboro Campus

Tamara Alicea RN, BSN, MSN


Academic Advisor

Jessica Shine, MS



Course Number Hours Course Title Credits
Prerequisite Courses
ALHS 1011 Anatomy & Physiology 5
ALHS 1060 Diet and Nutrition for Allied Health Sciences 2
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers 3
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
PSYC 1010 Introduction to Psychology 3
First Semester of Program Courses
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
Second Semester of Program Courses
PNSG 2310 Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical 2
PNSG 2220 Medical Surgical Nursing II 4
PNSG 2320 Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical 2
PNSG 2230 Medical Surgical Nursing III 4
PNSG 2330 Medical Surgical Nursing III Clinical 2
PNSG 2240 Medical Surgical Nursing IV 4
Third Semester of Program Courses
PNSG 2340 Medical Surgical Nursing IV Clinical 2
PNSG 2250 Maternity Nursing 3
PNSG 2255 Maternity Nursing Clinical 1
PNSG 2410 Nursing Leadership 1
PNSG 2415 Nursing Leadership Clinical 2
Total Program Credit Hours 60