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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 Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission of Education in Nursing (ACEN). The contact information for ACEN is:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursign (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Telephone Number: 404-975-5000
Fax: 404-975-5020

Click here to view the Practical Nursing Program Handbook

Admission Requirements:

The Practical Nursing program is a competitive progression program. Students must score at the proficient level (cut score of 58.7%) or higher on the TEAS V Test and complete the prerequisite courses (ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, ALHS 1060, and ALHS 1011) 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 by the designated deadline for the next progression term. 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 54 of the College catalog for other program related information.

Program Advisors Contact Information

Gwendolyn Taylor, RN, MSN, EdD
Interim Department Head


Augusta Campus

Ernestine Johnson RN, MSA


Thomson Campus

Gertrude Avery-Dunn, RN, BSN, MSN


Waynesboro Campus

Tamara Alicea RN, BSN, MSN



Course Number Hours Course Title Credits
Prerequisite Courses
ALHS 1011 Structure and Function of the Human Body 5
ALHS 1060 Diet and Nutrition for Allied Health Sciences 2
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
PSYC 1010 Introduction to Psychology 3
First Semester (Fall) 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
PNSG 2310 Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical 2
Second Semester (Spring) of Program Courses
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
PNSG 2340 Medical Surgical Nursing IV Clinical 2
Third Semester (Summer) of Program Courses
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 57