Practical Nursing – Certificate

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.

Gainful Employment


  • ENG 131 Writing Experience I
  • ENG 131 Writing Experience I
  • MAT 133 Introduction to Probability & Statistics
  • NRS 116 Pharmacology
  • PNC 100 Body Structure & Function  OR  BIO 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Program Requirements

Minimum credits 40
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all pre-requisite and nursing courses* 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 26

*Check the points system in the PN selection process worksheet regarding values of points for designated grades. Admission is competitive and based on grades.


Take the following:

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.

MAT 133 Introduction to Probability & Statistics 4 MAT 033* or MAT 131 or higher

(FORMERLY MTH 133) (SAME AS CIS 203 AND PSY 144) This course is an introduction to experimental design, data representation, basic descriptive statistics, probability theorems, frequency distributions and functions, binomial and normal probability distributions and functions, probability density functions, hypothesis testing, statistical inference, Chi-square analysis, linear regression, correlation and application of the above in making informed, data driven decisions in real-world contexts. Both graphing calculators and computer-based statistical software (Microsoft® Excel) will be used. If the prerequisite is more than two years old, then the mathematics department recommends the course placement exam be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

*Note: MAT 133 is preferred for maximum application points.


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
NRS 116 Pharmacology 3 MAT 133 and BIO 132, LPN/MOA 141 or BIO 254

This course introduces students to basic principles of drug actions and nursing implications within the framework of the nursing process. Students will develop clinical reasoning and drug computation skills necessary to safely administer medications in a culturally responsive, client-centered manner.

PNC 100 Body Structure & Function 4 ENG 085*

(SAME AS MOA 141) This course is a body systems approach to the body structures and functions providing a foundation of understanding normal and abnormal body functions and disease processes.


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
PNC 110 Foundations of Nursing 6 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
PNC 120 Medical-Surgical Nursing I
PNC 130 Medical-Surgical Nursing II
PNC 140 Medical-Surgical Nursing III
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
PNC 170 Entry Into Practice