Practical Nursing

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Practical Nursing 


Program Description, Mission, and Objectives

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) The LPN program has existed since 1965. This division of Instruction is approved by the State department of Education and the Alabama Board of Nursing. Practical Nursing is a comprehensive program of study that integrates theory and clinical practice. The curriculum is designed to provide qualified individuals an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, mindset and skills to become safe and competent practitioners of practical nursing. To become licensed, graduates of this program must successfully write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). 

Skills Needed

Successful LPNs have a caring and empathetic nature and have a high tolerance for stress. This profession also requires keen observational, decision-making, technical and communication skills.

Expected Earnings/Salary

Earnings for Licensed Practical Nurses as reported by the 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook and Bureau of Labor Statistics are as follows:

Median annual earnings for Licensed Practical Nurses are $41,500 or 19.97 per hour.
The middle 50 percent earn between $35,340 and $48,900 annually.
The highest 10 percent earned more than $57,360.

Additional information available from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


A certificate is issued to each student upon completion of the program. However, state requirements for eligibility for licensure into the LPN profession requires graduates pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEXPN). Application to write the exam is made during the last semester of the program. Examination results are filed in the nursing department and the office of admissions. Graduates desiring employment in practical nursing, pending licensure, may obtain a temporary license from the Alabama Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 303900, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-3900 or

Program Policies

The intensity of the nursing curriculum and the development of acceptable workplace habits mandate that the LPN program establish departmental policies regarding absences and tardiness, professional and ethical conduct, uniform dress code, and testing. Nursing is a profession that demands high ethical and professional standards, and success in nursing depends on the nurse’s ability to provide safe, effective care while demonstrating acceptable workplace habits. Departmental policies promote safe and effective care and the development of acceptable workplace habits and are consistently enforced. Departmental policies are included on each course syllabus, while dress code and other policies related to clinical are included only on the syllabi of courses with a clinical component.

Click on the certificate or degree option below to view the current course requirements.

Career Entry Certificate - Licensed Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing Program also requires a separate enrollment packet with earlier application deadlines.  Please contact the New Nursing Student Advisor at 256.551.5240 for more information.

LPN Application (Word file)

LPN Application (PDF file)

*Please note that your application packet must be complete.

Estimated Program Cost

Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)

Award Level Credit Hours Est. Tuition/Fees Est. Books/Supplies Est. Total Cost
Certificate (CER) 54 $7,074.00 $2,000.00 $9,074.00

*Estimates based on Fall 2011 tuition/fees.  Subject to change without notice.

Advisory Committee

Mr. Brian Buchmann
Clinical Excellence Manager, Huntsville Hospital System

Mrs. Patsy Cathcart
State President, LPN Association of Alabama

Mrs. Terry Clark
Risk Manager, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of N. Alabama

Mrs. Voncile Jackson
Retired Nursing Instructor, J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College

Ms. Shelbrina (Shel) Lomax, RN
QA/Staff Development Coordinator, Floyd E. Tut Fann State Veterans Home

Ms. Joy McMinn
Chief Nursing Officer, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of N. Alabama

Mrs. Karen Neir
Retired Nursing Adjunct Instructor, J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College

Mrs. Pat Pelzer
Nursing/Pharmacy Representative, Huntsville Hospital


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For more information about the LPN Program, contact the New Nursing Student Advisor at 256.551.5240.