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.
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 for Spring Semester
PN HESI test dates and sites are listed in "Available Courses" under Continuing Education.
Register online https://northgatech.edu/pages/coned/courses.aspx
Students in all Allied Health Programs are required by the clinical facilities to undergo a Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen.
For more information, download these documents:
- Practical Nursing Application Process
- Practical Nursing FAQs
- Blairsville - Practical Nursing Intent Form
- Currahee - Practical Nursing Intent Form
- PN Competitive Admissions GPA/HESI Calculations Worksheet
*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.
About the Program
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.
Practical Nursing Diploma
The Practical Nursing diploma program is designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. 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 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.
Graduates of NGTC’s Practical Nursing program may obtain positions as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), in various settings such as acute care, long-term care, and medical offices
Meet the Faculty
Program Director and Instructor
Kim Randall is the director of the Practical Nursing Program at North Georgia Technical College. Kim received an Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Piedmont College. She also received her Licensed Practical Nursing in 1993 from Lanier Technical College. Kim has 28 years of nursing experience in the areas of Perioperative Nursing and Surgical Nursing along with Family Medicine. She currently works part-time at Stephens County Hospital. Kim enjoys traveling with her family and being outdoors.
PN Instructor, Blairsville
Sharon McFarland began as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1991. She received an Associate of Science in Nursing at Dalton State College and her BSN at the University of West Georgia in 2003. She specializes in Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Family Practice. Sharon has been a clinical instructor and adjunct instructor with North Georgia Tech since 2010. In 2017, she was instrumental in restarting the Blairsville Practical Nursing Program. She loves teaching and providing a valuable service to our community in the process. Sharon is married and has five sons and her youngest is a girl (finally).
PN Instructor, Currahee
Jennifer is a registered nurse, technical school graduate, and recent adjunct instructor for NGTC. After many years as a stay-at-home mom, she went back to school and received her ASN in nursing from Tri-County Technical College. She began employment with Stephens County Hospital in the step-down unit and later transferred to the ICU. She has also had experience in the ER and works occasionally for the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department. Jennifer is married with four children.
Health Care Science Specialist
Tiffany Scroggs is the front-line contact for information regarding the medical programs as well as the tutoring program at North Georgia Technical College. She has been with NGTC since 2001 and has served in several capacities at the college during her tenure, including the areas of adult literacy, human resources, and economic development. She earned a diploma in Business Office Technology at Lanier Technical College, an associate degree in Administrative Office Technology at North Georgia Technical College, and a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management from DeVry University.