Practical Nursing

Mission Statement

The Practical Nursing program is committed to provide a quality educational program, supporting a high standard of care. The program will provide specialized training to ensure successful employment in the health science profession. Students are encouraged to develop abilities, which will foster professional delivery of health care to hospitals, long term/rehabilitation facilities, and community based agencies.

Occupational Outlook

O*NET Program Detail

Curriculum Framework

NCLEX PN Practice Test (Requires Miami-Dade Public Library card. Choose Career Tools | Medical/Nursing)

Program Outlook

This program prepares the student with skills required for entry level employment in health care. Clinical experience is provided at local hospitals and selected health-care facilities. The curriculum is designed to prepare the students to take the NCLEX-PN, or National Council Licensure Exam. Graduates of this program must pass the NCLEX-PN prior to seeking employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Students are eligible to join the Health Occupations Students of America organization. Adult students are eligible to be nominated by their instructors to join the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society.

Program Content

  • Core Curriculum
  • Introduction to Patient Care
  • Allied Health Sciences
  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Geriatric Nursing
  • Introduction to Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Introduction to Administration of Medication
  • Medical Surgical Nursing (A & B)
  • Maternal and Newborn Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Comprehensive Nursing

This program is accredited by the National League for Nursing and is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.

Students who successfully complete the requirements of this program may continue their education by entering the Registered Nurse Transitional Program at Miami-Dade Community College or other state universities.

Length of Program

This program is 1,350 hours in length and includes 680 hours of clinical experience. Approximately 14 months of full-time enrollment is necessary to complete this program. The program contains an occupational completion point designed to prepare students for an entry level job within this occupational area.

Entrance Requirements

  • Application
    • Admission Test (C-NET Exam)
    • Assessment in math, language, and reading (TABE Test)
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Attend an orientation session.
    • Physical Examination
  • •Fees:
    • ID $40.00
    • Application fee $15.00
    • Material fee $448.00
    • Tuition $3456.00
    • Books $800.00
    • Miscellaneous fees
      • Skills pack $45.00
      • Background $75.00
      • Physical exam $20+
      • Uniform $40.00
      • Shoes $20.00
      • Stethoscope $15.00
      • Blood Pressure $15.00
      • Pen light $5.00
      • Grad Cap & Gown $30
    • Approximate total $5024.00

Entrance Dates

This program is offered three times a year, both day and evening classes are available. Call (305) 557-1100 for dates to attend an orientation session.

Career Opportunities

Hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, doctor’s office, home health agencies, private homes, or the military.

O*NET lists the following occupations that the Practical Nursing program prepares students to enter:

29-1011.00 Chiropractors    

29-1023.00 Orthodontists

29-1041.00 Optometrists

29-1071.00 Physician Assistants

29-1126.00 Respiratory Therapists

29-2021.00 Dental Hygienists

31-1013.00 Psychiatric Aides


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The United States Department of Education requires the following information be disclosed for all educational programs that are Title IV eligible.

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) in reporting year 09/10, under Institutional Characteristics, indicates the following average program costs:

Tuition & Fees: $ 2903 /program
Room and Board:
No on campus room or board provided
Off campus, not with family: Est. $20100/15 month program
Off campus, with family: Est. $11325/15 month program
Books and Supplies: $200/year
Other Cost:   N/A

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