Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing Education is designed to focus on a holistic approach to learning, progressing from simple to complex. This education builds on previous levels of knowledge and experience.

Practical nursing education is goal-directed and purposeful and includes the development of cognitive skills including critical thinking and analysis. Practical nursing education prepares entry level nurses to provide competent care for clients with commonly occurring health problems having predictable outcomes.

What is the program about?

Putnam Career & Technical Center (PCTC) is pleased to provide nursing education to Putnam and surrounding counties in order to meet the need for the growing number of licensed practical nurses.
The program consists of classroom and clinical instruction for 12 months.

  • Principles and Fundamentals
  • Social Sciences Integrated
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition and Diet Therapy
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical-Surgical
  • Geriatrics
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Obstetrics
  • Pediatrics

What are the course objectives?

  • Assess basic physical, emotional, spiritual, and cultural needs of the client
  • Collect and document data accurately and concisely
  • Collaborate with other health care team members to facilitate effective client care.
  • Promote and maintain health through incorporating knowledge of growth and development.
  • Promote and maintain health through prevention and early detection of disease.
  • Promote physical health and well-being by providing care and comfort.
  • Provide care related to the administration of medications and monitor clients receiving parenteral therapies.
  • Comply with the scope of practice as outlined in the Licensed Practical Nurse Practice Act of West Virginia.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for continuous personal and professional growth and education.
  • Subscribe to the essential components of the nurse’s code of ethics.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • High school diploma or GED/TASC
  • Good physical and mental health
  • Be 18 years of age by the first day of class.

What work skills will be needed for these jobs?

  • Mathematical
  • Ability to left 50 lbs
  • Team work
  • Good Reading and Communication skills
  • Leadership Development
  • Technical Skills

What skills should a student have to be successful in your program?

Students interested in the Practical Nursing program at PCTC should be patient and compassionate. Students will also need to be drug free.

Program Prerequisites

Student must complete a TEAS V Entrance Assessment.
Student must possess a current CPR (health care provider) card prior to the first day of class.
Students are required to have a pre-admission physical, a drug screen, a tuberculosis skin test or chest x-ray, immunization for Hepatitis B, as well as other immunizations as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
Students are required to have a Federal and State criminal history and background check (see note below)

The State Licensed Practical Nursing Board reserves the right to refuse to admit applicants to the licensure exam who have been convicted of a felony, are habitually intemperate, are addicted to habit forming drugs, are mentally incompetent, or are guilty of professional misconduct as defined by the state board. In addition to this any applicant who received disciplinary action from one of our training facilities will not be admitted.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a passing grade in each course to continue in the program.

Students are required to wear scrub uniforms, clinic shoes, jackets and a watch with a second hand.

For Adult General Admission Requirements, click here.

Simulated Workplace Requirements

This program participates in the Simulated Workplace environment. For details and requirements, click here

Technology Requirements

Students will be provided with any technology instruction, devices and software required.

Student Organization

Students may enroll in HOSA and the Student Nurses Association

Program Length

1 Academic Year (12 months) – 1350 clock hours (Adult full-time enrollment)

Consisting of ten (10) courses with clock hours ranging from 40 to 450 depending on the course.

Schedule of Courses

Course Frequency: Each course offered once each academic year

Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am – 3:20pm (includes breaks & lunch) **

** Clinical schedule hours vary based on the clinical facility.

Eligibility Requirements for Licensure

(As determined by the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses)

Students completing the Practical Nursing program and obtaining an Authorization to Test (ATT) may apply to test for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) by registering with Pearson VUE. To obtain specific information, see the Practical Nursing Student Handbook, the Practical Nursing Clinical Handbook, and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Completion of an application and submission of fees are required for licensure exam registration.