Practical Nursing

Program Objective

The practical nursing faculty is committed to providing a high standard of quality nursing education to all of our students. Through cooperative team efforts, our graduate practical nurses will be: successful in their licensure requirements, prepared for an entry level nursing position, adopt measures that ensure the safe practice of nursing, show sensitivity to cultural diversity, and promote health habits that contribute to total wellness.

Program Content

Theoretical instruction and clinical experience in:

  • Basic nursing
  • Medical, surgical, mental health, maternal/newborn, pediatric and geriatric nursing
  • Acute and long term care
  • Personal, family, and community health concepts
  • Nutrition, human growth, and development throughout life span
  • Body structure and function, interpersonal relationship skills
  • Pharmacology and administration of medications
  • Legal aspects of practice
  • Current issues in nursing practice and understanding the Florida Nurse Practice Act

Clinical experience makes up at least 50% of the total program. The program is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
  • Occupational Interest
  • High School Diploma or GED from an Accredited High School
  • Complete the TEAS Test

Program Hours

  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday – Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Completion Requirements

The entire program is 1350 hours, but students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following OCPs:

OCP A – Practical Nursing Foundations 1                          300 hours

OCP B – Practical Nursing Foundations 2                          300 hours

Medical Surgical Nursing 1                                  300 hours

Medical Surgical Nursing 2                                  300 hours

Comprehensive Nursing and Transitional Skills    150 hours

Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a Full Program Completion Certificate are 11th grade in Math, Reading, and Language on the TABE Test or passing the NXCLEX-PN Licensure.

Additional information can be provided by student services.

Students are expected to complete program competencies.

Employment Opportunities

Licensed practical nurses can work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Extended Care
  • Clinics
  • Doctor’s Offices
  • Home Health Services


According to the 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for a Licensed Practical Nurse was $45,030 or $21.65 per hour.

Program Cost

  • In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
  • Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (subject to change)
  • $15.00 application fee per trimester
  • Material fee – Varies by program
  • Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester
  • Liability insurance fee – Varies by program
  • Students must purchase books/kits and or uniforms, if applicable.

RMEC & TC adheres to a policy of non-discrimination and strives to provide equal opportunity to all potential students.

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