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Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing

Under the supervision of a registered nurse, a licensed practical nurse provides direct patient bedside care such as personal hygiene, treatments, and medication administration.

Fast Facts:
  • 2 Semesters in length
  • Classes begin in January and July
  • Application Deadline: December 1st for January class; June 1st for July class

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS, July 2017 and January 2018:
  • Must be a high school graduate or have a GED
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 17 and 16 or above is required in each subset. The ACT must have been taken in the last 10 years.
  • Applicant files are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Therefore, it is important to submit applications and all required documents as early as possible.
  • Please note that these are minimum requirements and applicants are ranked according to academic criteria.
  • Although college experience is not required, applicants with college experience will have their college GPA averaged with their high school GPA, thus providing a combined GPA for applicant rating purposes.
  • COREQUISITE: Nutrition : General Education Course (may be taken as a co-requisite with Semester I). Must be completed prior to semester II.
  • COREQUISITE: Anatomy & Physiology II with lab : General Education Course (taken as a corequisite with Semester I only if Anatomy and Physiology I with lab is approved as a transfer credit prior to Semester I). If college level approved A&P I has not been successfully completed, PN level anatomy may be taken within the PN curriculum.


  • Practical Nursing Checklist

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS: July 2018 and January 2019
  • Must be a high school graduate or have a GED
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities
  • Minimum ACT Composite of 17 with all 16 or above in all subsets
  • Selection is based on a competitive review of the applicant's entrance exam scores, GPA in high school and college, and academic history in collegiate and nursing study.
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory (4 credit hours) must be completed to begin the program of study. This course must be completed or in progress at the time of application.
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory (4 credit hours) is required to progress through the program of study. This course may be completed during the first semester of the program but applicants who have completed Anatomy and Physiology I & II (8 credit hours) are preferred
  • All college courses must be completed with a C or above. Applicants needing general education, please click here for more information: UA-PTC
  • Applicants are reviewed in an admissions review cycle and are encouraged to complete files early in the review cycle. For January entry, the admissions review cycle is October 1 - December 1. For July entry, the admissions review cycle is April 1 - June 1.
  • FAQs

    Do I have to have Nutrition before I am accepted to the LPN program?
    No. For July 2017 and January 2018 entry, Nutrition can be taken as a co-requisite with Semester I of the LPN program but must be successfully taken prior to Semester II. If you have previously taken Nutrition at an accredited college or university and earned a final grade of "C" or higher, you may transfer that credit to BHCLR. Transfer students please refer to our transfer student information here. *Please note that nutrition will no longer be required if you enter the LPN program in Fall 2018 or later.

    What if I don't make a 17 or above on the ACT?
    The BHCLR-SPN requires an ACT Composite Score of 17 or above for admission. If you do not score a 17 or above, we recommend that you re-test. Generally, students are able to increase their score each time they take the ACT. We also recommend that you use a study guide or preparatory course that is specifically designed for the ACT. A minimum score of 16 or above is required in all ACT subsets (English, Math, Reading and Science Reasoning).

    How many days a week will I be in class?
    You will be in class 4 days per week.

    Do you offer night or online classes?
    A portion of this curriculum is offered online to a limited number of qualified students.

    How much do Licensed Practical Nurses make?
    Please visit the US Department of Labor website to find out earning information.

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