Practical Nursing



Credentials Offered


Program Length

3 Semesters


This department has programs that are eligible for 100% tuition coverage. 

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Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing program provides graduates with the knowledge and clinical experience necessary to give direct nursing care to patients in a variety of settings. This 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 needed knowledge and skills to give safe and competent care for patients of all ages.

A variety of clinical experiences are planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor.

The program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) licensure.  

Upon successful completion, program graduates receive a Practical Nursing diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level practical nurse.

Admission to the Program

Practical Nursing has a competitive admission process. The competitive process consists of:

  • Completed PN Intent Form submitted by the deadline.
  • Unconditional acceptance to North Georgia Technical College and enrolled in the Healthcare Assistant certificate program. Students must be placed in the Healthcare Assistant certificate program by March 1st to be eligible for consideration of the following Fall term cohort.
  • Once the student is selected for the PN cohort, students will be placed, by the Admissions Office, in the Practical Nursing program.
  • Completion of required core courses.The required core courses are outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document found on this page.
  • Completion of the HESI (Health Education Systems, Inc.) Assessment Exam (A2). Must be taken by June 10.

Intent Form

To submit your intent form for the Practical Nursing Program, please use the link below:

Intent Form for Practical Nursing Program

Students in all Allied Health Programs are required by the clinical facilities to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen.

North Georgia Technical College does not require vaccination for program admission; however, each clinical/practicum site reserves the right to deny a student entry based on their own policies and procedures. Clinical/practicum sites mandate vaccinations against specific diseases such as COVID-19, influenza and/or testing for specific diseases such as tuberculosis. Students are required to follow the medical clearance policies designated by their assigned clinical and/or practicum sites. If a student is denied entry to a required clinical/practicum site based on lack of vaccinations or testing, the student will not be able to complete the clinical/practicum course.  As a result, successful completion of the program will not be possible.

Procedure 6.6.1p. Student Tuition and Fees and item VI, C. 5:  Out of State students shall be enrolled in the college on a space-available basis and shall not displace any Georgia student desiring to enroll in the college.


PN HESI Exam Information

PN HESI test dates and sites are listed in “Available Courses” under Continuing Education.

Register online – HESI Test Dates

  • The exam start and end times are indicated on the online registration page. 
  • Registered students will receive an email within one week of the chosen exam date with specific instructions and directions for the exam.

Additional Information

For additional information, check out these links:

*Any individual making an application to the State Board who has a felony must explain and document each occurrence at the time of application to the Board of Examiners and will only be allowed to take the NCLEX-PN at the discretion of the Georgia Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses.

Additional career options can be researched on the following site(s):

Meet the Faculty

Photo of Kim Randall Kim Randall Practical Nursing Program Director/Instructor
Photo of Sharon McFarland Sharon McFarland Practical Nursing Instructor/AHA BLS Instructor
Photo of Jennifer Rogers Jennifer Rogers Practical Nursing Instructor

Graduates may obtain positions as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in various settings such as acute care, long-term care, and medical offices.

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