Practical Nursing – Certificate (PN-C)

This program prepares students to provide direct nursing care, under supervision, to individuals in a variety of health care settings. The program consists of integrated lectures, labs, clinical experiences, and simulations. Students who successfully complete the curriculum receive the certificate in practical nursing and are eligible to take the state licensing examination (NCLEX-PN) required for licensure as a practical nurse (LPN).

Students must apply for admission to the nursing program, and must do so within the application deadlines. Admission to the nursing program is highly competitive and is not guaranteed. There are special admission requirements to the nursing program, and it is the student’s responsibility to understand the requirements and adhere to them. Students must meet all admission requirements. Admission into the program is based on a competitive point system, a pre-admission standardized exam (HESI RN Admission Assessment [A2]), and completion of prerequisite courses. The selection process is subject to change. Students must work with a student success navigator to plan the prerequisite course sequence and to make application to the nursing program. The advisor will explain the point system on the Practical Nursing Selection Process-Worksheet.

The three-semester practical nursing program begins in March of each year and concludes the following May. There is a short break from mid-July to late August between Semester I and Semester II. Practical nursing classes are on a different course calendar than other classes. All science classes must be taken within the last eight years. Practical nursing courses must be taken in sequence. Students are required to take a licensure preparation course at Jackson College as part of their curriculum in order to graduate.

Most clinical sites are subject to Act 303 of the Public Acts of 2002, amended April 1, 2006, of the State of Michigan, which restricts persons with certain criminal convictions from having access to vulnerable populations. Therefore, the agreements that Jackson College has with these organizations require that as a condition of admission, all students will be subject to a fingerprint-based criminal background check, including an FBI check. Exclusions for convictions can range from one year to permanent exclusion. Questions should be directed to the security department.

In addition, all students must pass a drug screen to enter any nursing program at Jackson College, as well as complete immunizations (as required for health care providers), meet technical standards, and complete a physical form. Following graduation, applicants for licensure as a nurse are also asked about criminal convictions and substance abuse, and this can impact the individual’s ability to become licensed.

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Sample Course Map

The following is a sample course map for informational purposes and will not suit every student’s situation. A detailed, individualized course map will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.


Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
BIO 132 Human Biology 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

Students focus on the structure and function of the human body, the unity and diversity of life, the nature of scientific inquiry, and the principles and processes of evolution as well as contemporary issues that relate to biology. Course includes a laboratory component which focuses on human anatomy.

MAT 033 Algebra for Statistics 4 MAT 020*

As an alternative pathway toward college-level mathematics, this course introduces fundamental algebra concepts within an underlying framework of statistics and mathematical modeling based on real-world data. Major concepts and themes include: problem solving and experimental design; unit analysis and error in measurement; dimensional analysis and scientific notation; representing data and coordinate graphing; introduction to basic descriptive statistics and probability theorems; basic geometric principles (area, volume, perimeter); arithmetic operations on numbers, ratios, summations,and percents; solution and manipulation of formulas; modeling relationships (linear and exponential regression); solving equations and inequalities; and function arithmetic and graphing. Appropriate technology includes a graphing calculator. The mathematics department recommends that the prerequisite not be more than two years old. If the prerequisite is more than two years old, then the recommendation is that the course placement exam be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.


Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

PNC 110 Foundations of Nursing 5 MAT 133 (Preferred) or Higher

Introduction to the nursing process and their role as caregiver. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is explored, along with nursing skills that meet basic physiologic and safety needs. Laboratory and clinical experience provide the student an opportunity to demonstrate initial application of the roles of caregivers and member of the discipline in a highly structured, supervised setting.

PNC 111 Foundations Skills Lab 1
PNC 112 Practical Nursing Pharmacology 2


Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
PNC 113 Practical Nurse Pharmacology II 1
PNC 120 Medical-Surgical Nursing I
PNC 130 Medical-Surgical Nursing II


Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
PNC 140 Medical-Surgical Nursing III 3
PNC 150 Maternal/Newborn Concepts 5 LPN 180 and LPN 181and MAT 133 (Preferred) or Higher

Extend the use of the nursing process to the childbearing and childrearing clients. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is utilized as a framework to care for the client who has a well-defined health care problem in a structured setting.

PNC 160 Pediatric Concepts 2
PNC 170 Entry Into Practice 2