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Licensed Practical Nurse

PINWhat is a Licensed Practical Nurse?

Practical nurses are integral members of the health care system, prepared to provide nursing care and health promotion activities to individuals across the life span in various health care settings under the direction of the registered nurse, licensed physician, and/or dentist. The Practical Nursing program at WKCTC prepares individuals to practice within the legal scope of practical nursing.  Use of the nursing process at the practical nursing level toward the maintenance of health and prevention of illness, the observation and nursing care of persons experiencing changes in their health processes, and the evaluation of health practices of patients are emphasized.

CalculatorWhere could I work? What will it pay?

A few examples of workplaces in your local area:

  • Hospitals
  • Health care provider offices
  • Long term care facilities
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Group homes
  • Schools
  • Correctional facilities
  • Hospice
  • Home health

The range of wages for LPNs is as follows:

  • Annual National Wage Range is $40,077 - $48,210
  • Hourly Regional Wage Range is $15.19 - $22.00

ClockHow long will this program take?

It will take a minimum of 3 semesters to get diploma in practical nursing.

For length of time to get a diploma or certificate AND for a complete list of required courses:
click on "What credentials are available?" to access specific academic plans.

BookWhat credentials are available? (Associate Degree, Diploma, or Certificate)

Associate Degree in Applied Science

There is no associate degree available for this program.

An associate degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years.


• Practical Nursing | Download the Academic Plan | G.E.D.I.

Diploma programs are usually short-term and less comprehensive than associate's degree programs. WKCTC offers diploma programs as educational opportunities for students who aren't pursuing full-time degrees. Diploma programs usually consist of several courses in a specific subject area or skill and can lead you toward entry-level employment in a professional field.

G.E.D.I. (Gainful Employment Disclosure Information) refers to an employment situation where the employee receives consistent work and payment from the employer.


There are no certificates available for this program.

A certificate is earned by a student after taking a series of courses in a particular subject. Students often earn certificates to get a step ahead in the professional field of their interest, and certificates may be offered in similar programs leading to degrees.

ChartHow do I apply for this program?

1. Attend a pre-admission conference.

Nursing pre-admissions conferences will be held in the WKCTC Allied Health Building in Room E206 at 4 p.m.

Pre-Admission Conferences

2. Apply for admission to West Kentucky Community & Technical College if not currently enrolled.

3. Submit an official high school transcript

4. Submit an official transcript of all previous college work.

5. Submit NLN Preadmission Exam score

Admission is based upon a point system. The admissions point scale is designed to objectively evaluate applicants. Applicants with the highest total points will be admitted to the program.

Download the Selective Admission Points 

Transfer Student

The practical nursing program does accept transfer requests from applicants desiring to transfer from another practical nursing program.

        Download the transfer information

TelephoneWho can help me? What else do I need to know?

Christen Chapman
Nursing Administrative Assistant

Program Coordinator
Claudia Stoffel, MSN, RN, CNE

CPR certification at healthcare provider level, proof of immunizations, background checks, and drug screens are required after a student is admitted and prior to starting the first semester of the nursing program.

View an estimate of major fees or purchases that are required while in the nursing program

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AcceptAccreditation / Program Success

The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing and is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

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