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/GED from an Accredited High School
  • Complete the TEAS Test
  • Create update profile information on Focus
  • No specific requirement for Information Technology


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.
  • 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

Employment Requirements

State License in Practical Nursing


The average wage for this career in Florida is $22.46 hourly or $46,710 annually.

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.

Financial Aid


Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited High School, or its equivalent. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, at Questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.


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

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