2019-2020 Catalog

Practical Nursing (PN12) Diploma

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Program Description:

The Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences are planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor. Program graduates receive a Practical Nursing diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level practical nurse.

Candidacy for ACEN achieved March 2018
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Rd NE /Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30320


GNTC PN End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes 

1. Demonstrate ethical, legal, and professional behaviors specific to the practice of a practical nurse within the healthcare system. 
2. Demonstrate proper techniques utilizing nursing skills.
3. Calculate correct dosage computation using dosage computation mathematics skills.
4. Demonstrate appropriate care to clients with mental health conditions.
5. Illustrate critical thinking to develop organized and systematic components of the nursing process.


Program Test Scores, Completion Rates, and Placement Percentages:

NCLEX Passage Rate:
2015 83.75%
2016 74.36%
2017 79.22%
2018 75.36%

2019 97.40%

Program Completion Rate 
2015 FCC 71% WCC 71%
2016 FCC 68% WCC 80%
2017 FCC 75% WCC 100%
2018 FCC 90% WCC 80%

Job Placement  Rate
2015 100%
2016 97.8%
2017 96.9%
2018 100%


Entrance Dates:

Students may enter any semester for pre-occupational curriculum.

Entrance is the spring and fall semesters for the occupational curriculum

Entrance Requirements:

The Practical Nursing program gives students the knowledge, skills, and work ethics necessary to succeed in practical nursing. The program provides educational opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, academic disadvantage, or economic disadvantage. Program graduates are to be competent in communications, math, interpersonal relations, anatomy and physiology, drug calculations, administration of medications, nutrition and diet therapy, nursing ethics, patient care, and wellness and prevention of illness. The PN program strives to meet the health care needs of the community which it serves, working in conjunction with specific agencies that employ its graduates. The following guidelines have been established in considering applicants for admission to the PN program. They may be evaluated and revised as necessary by faculty and administration.

Age: 17 years old for entrance into pre-occupational curriculum

18 years old for entrance into Nursing and Allied Health Technology programs

Assessment Results: If the placement test results indicate that the student is not academically prepared to enter the program, the student may be granted Learning Support or provisional admission status to the college and be placed in one or more Learning Support classes.


  1. Submit a student application/eligibility form for the PN program;
  2. Take the Nursing Hesi A2 entrance exam and score 60% (as of January 2018) on Math, Reading Comprehension, and Anatomy & Physiology; 650% (as of January 2018) on Critical Thinking. The student is allowed to test twice per year to meet these requirements.
  3. Attend the PN program orientation after acceptance and prior to the first nursing course;
  4. GPA of 3.0 on all core curriculum which includes all of the following: ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, ALHS 1011, and ALHS 1090.

Students transferring from other regionally accredited nursing programs may receive advance placement if:

  1. The above requirements have been met;
  2. Student was in good standing at his or her previous institution;
  3. A personal reference from the nursing faculty of the previous institution has been submitted;
  4. Nursing courses have been completed within two years prior to application;

Retention Policies:

  1. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better. A “C” must be achieved in each course in order to progress to the next semester of the nursing program. In all nursing courses students must attain a 75%-unit test average. PNSG 2010 requires an 85% score on the drug calculation exam Unit 3 exam;
  2. Students must attain an EXAM average numerical grade of 75% or better for all Nursing courses and satisfactory on all clinical requirements to progress in the nursing program.;
  3. Students must maintain CPR and First Aide American Heart certification and carry professional liability insurance while enrolled in nursing courses.

Readmission Policies:

  1. All current admission requirements must be met before applying for readmission;
  2. Students must continue to be in good standing with the college and the nursing program (i.e., no disciplinary or academic misconduct on record);
  3. Unsuccessful students will be allowed only one readmission into the nursing course in which they were unsuccessful;
  4. After an unsuccessful course, the student is required to wait at least one semester before re-entering that course;
  5. After the second failure, the student will be dropped from the nursing program, and faculty will assist the student in selecting another career path.

Program Final Exit Point:

Graduates from the Practical Nursing program are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN Exam for Georgia State Board to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).

Pre-Occupational Curriculum (16 Credit Hours)

ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I


MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics


PSYC 1010Basic Psychology


ALHS 1011Structure and Function of the Human Body


ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences


Occupational Curriculum (41 Credit Hours)

PNSG 2010Introduction to Pharmacology and Clinical Calculations


PNSG 2030Nursing Fundamentals


PNSG 2035Nursing Fundamentals Clinical


PNSG 2210Medical Surgical Nursing I


PNSG 2220Medical-Surgical Nursing II


PNSG 2230Medical-Surgical Nursing III


PNSG 2240Medical-Surgical Nursing IV


PNSG 2310Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical I


PNSG 2320Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical II


PNSG 2330Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical III


PNSG 2340Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical IV


PNSG 2250Maternity Nursing


PNSG 2255Maternity Nursing Clinical


PNSG 2410Nursing Leadership


PNSG 2415Nursing Leadership Clinical


Total Credit Hours: 57 Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation

Graduation Requirements

All courses in the nursing curriculum must be completed with a satisfactory passing score. Only students who have completed required coursework and receive a diploma are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN examination.

Students must demonstrate attainment of stated program competencies by achieving a predetermined score on a designated diagnostic exit exam. Students not achieving this predetermined score will be required to remediate prior to retesting. Students are allowed three attempts to reach the required score on the exit exam. At this point an F would be assigned to their PNSG 2415 course final grade. The student is eligible to repeat PNSG 2415 and take the exit for the final time to be eligible to receive a diploma. The student would not be eligible to retake PNSG 2415 if a prior nursing course had been failed as this would constitute their second failure per the nursing handbook.