Practical Nursing Diploma

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This curriculum prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to provide nursing care to children and adults. Students will participate in assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care.

Upon completion of the Practical Nursing Program and licensure, the graduate will:

1.  Students will demonstrate skills necessary for transition to professional Nursing practice.

2.  Students will demonstrate knowledge necessary for transition to professional Nursing practice.

3.  Students will demonstrate cultural competency within Nursing.

4.  Students will utilize informatics and evidence based data to provide Nursing care to clients.

5.  Students will demonstrate behaviors necessary for transition to professional Nursing practice.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Practical Nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, clinics, physician’s offices, and home health agencies.

This program is approved by the:

North Carolina Board of Nursing

 P.O. Box 2129, Raleigh, NC 27602,

Specific Requirements

1.  General college admission requirements.

2.  This program has a competitive selection process. See Selection Criteria and Procedures for Allied Health Programs on the college admissions office web page for full details.

3.  Final admission to the Practical Nursing program shall be contingent upon documentation of physical and emotional health that would provide evidence that is indicative of the applicant’s ability to provide safe nursing care to the public.

4.  To be eligible for admission in fall, all nursing program applicants must, by November:

a.  Provide documentation of successful completion of a NC approved Certified Nurse Aide I Program which includes theory, lab, and clinical components. (A copy of a college transcript or a notarized course completion certificate will be acceptable documentation).


b.  Hold a documented, current, unrestricted credential as a Nurse Aide I (NAI) from the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry and the Division of Health Service Regulation.  (A copy of current listing on the NC DHSR Nurse Aide Registry Website will be acceptable documentation).

c. The state of NC North Carolina does not list nurse aides by reciprocity, endorsement, or transfer from other states. To be listed on the N.C. Nurse Aide I Registry, an out-of-state nurse aide (who intends to apply to AB Tech Nursing programs), must:

5.  Satisfactory completion of required immunizations.

6.  Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification is a prerequisite to full admission and must be maintained throughout the program.  This certification must include hands-on skills components, AED use, and other lifesaving skills.  Course certifications from any other providers will not be accepted.

7.  Students applying to the Practical Nursing Program are encouraged to have successfully completed: BIO 168, BIO 169, ENG 111, and PSY 150 prior to program admission due to the rigorous nature of the Practical Nursing curriculum. Students with limited technology skills are encouraged to complete CIS 110 as an aid to understanding computer documentation and use of informatics in clinical agencies.

8.  Applicants for initial licensure in North Carolina must have a criminal background check.  Affiliated clinical sites will require an on boarding process, which will include a criminal background check and drug testing prior to participation in the clinical component. If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences for any reason, the student will not be able to progress in the program. 


Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: BIO and NUR

First Semester

BIO 168
4 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 101
11 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 150
3 Credit Hour(s)

Second Semester

BIO 169
4 Credit Hour(s)
ENG 111
3 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 102
12 Credit Hour(s)

Third Semester

NUR 103
10 Credit Hour(s)

  • 47 Total Credit Hours Required