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Practical Nursing

General Information

Thank you for your interest in the St. Charles Community College Practical Nursing program. The Practical Nursing certificate program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Missouri State Board of Nursing
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 656
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656
(573) 751-0681

Program Purpose

The Practical Nursing Program is designed to prepare licensed practical nurses who administer safe, patient-centered nursing care in beginning staff nurse roles in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, doctor's offices, health care facilities, and home settings. Graduates are awarded a certificate of achievement in practical nursing and are eligible to apply for the Practical Nurse Licensing Examination.

Since intravenous therapy is integrated into the practical nursing program, graduates are prepared for employment as IV-certified licensed practical nurses immediately after graduation and satisfactory completion of the State Board of Nursing requirements for licensure.

"The Missouri State Board of Nursing may refuse to issue any certificate of registration or authority, permit or license required pursuant to this chapter for one or any combination of causes stated in subsection 2 of this section. (1-14) 1990." RSMO 335.066.

For information regarding prior criminal history and disciplinary actions, view the Missouri State Board of Nursing Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.

LPN Admission Requirements

Practical Nursing (LPN) Admission Requirements

To complete an application for the Practical Nursing program, email to make an appointment with an allied health counselor. .  

Applications will be considered only after the following have been submitted and verified:

  1. St. Charles Community College assessment tests completed or official transcripts on file for college-level English and math courses passed with a grade of C or better.
  2. Any required developmental courses are taken and passed (ENG 095, ENG 096, RDG 085, 092 and 093, MAT 096 or ESL equivalents).

To apply for the LPN program, students must meet with an allied health counselor. Students may only apply after the following application requirements have been completed:

  1. Submit official college transcripts from each higher education institution previously attended and request they be evaluated by sending the linked form to

  2. Present current, valid ACT scores (test must have been taken within the last five years).
    • Your ACT score requirement is based on your cumulative GPA
      • 22 ACT/2.5 GPA
      • 21 ACT/2.6 GPA
      • 20 ACT/2.7 GPA
    • To be exempt from the ACT, complete 15+ college-level credits and earn a 2.7 GPA.
    • Developmental and pass/fail courses do not count toward the credit hours or GPA calculation.

  3. Complete the HESI A2 and earn a minimum 70% in each of the following subsections: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Math, and Anatomy and Physiology.
  4. Complete Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology course with a 'C' or better (within five years of admission to the program).

REMEMBER: To apply for the LPN program, students must meet with an allied health counselor. 

                                                                                    Practical Nursing Program
                                                                                         Application Deadline

                                                                                   Deadline*                Program Start
                                                                                   October 20th                   Spring                

                                                                  *When the application deadline falls on a Saturday or
                                                                  Sunday, the application is due the preceding Friday.

Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered when space permits.


- Admission criteria are subject to change -

NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to supply documentation that requirements are met and to maintain awareness of deadlines, academic status, course requirements, etc.

Selection Process & Confirming Admission

Students are eligible to apply with an allied health counselor once the following have been completed and verified:

  1. Assessment test completed;
  2. Developmental courses successfully completed when required (MAT 096; ENG 095, 096; RDG 085, 092, 093; or ESL Equivalents);
  3. Official transcripts on file and evaluated;
  4. Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology course completed with a C or better (within five years of admission to the program); and
  5. Earned a 20+ on ACT (within five years of admission to the program) OR earned a 2.7 GPA on 15+ college-level credits.

Eligible students are placed in an applicant pool. Students who have completed the admission requirements are ranked based on their application materials. Those who rank highest will be selected to enter the LPN certificate program. Students will be notified of their acceptance to the program once the ranking is complete. Students who are accepted to the program are required to submit proof of health insurance.

Students will be considered as active applicants for two cohorts following the date of their applications. Students will not be admitted to the PN program once the classes have begun.

Admission to the Practical Nursing certificate program is not final until the results from the mandatory drug screen and criminal background check are reviewed by the division dean. In order to complete the required background checks and participate in the clinical experience, students must have a Social Security Number (SSN). Students who test positive on the drug screen will be denied admission for the current year. Students may be denied entry into the program based on criminal background results. 

LPN Graduation Requirements

To meet graduation requirements for the Certificate of Achievement in Practical Nursing, students must earn at least 33 credit hours of practical nursing coursework and, at minimum, 13 credit hours of general education courses. The total 46 hours must yield a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, and all nursing and science courses must have an earned grade of "C" or above.

Practical Nursing Program Costs

Effective June 2019

Tuition and Fees
(Estimated for AY 19-20. Subject to change.)

In-District Students

$106 per credit hour + $8 per credit hour Technology Fee  + $4 per credit hour Student Success fee = $120/credit hour

Out of District Students

$159 per credit hour + $10 per credit hour Technology Fee + $4 per credit hour Student Success fee = $173/credit hour

Program Costs*
*Estimates based on in-district rates

           PN Program  PN Program 
CourseCredit HrsCostCourseCredit HrsCost
NPN 100-101 6 $720.00 NPN 151 9 $1080.00
NPN 102 9 $1080.00 NPN 152 9 $960.00
Total Tuition $3,960.00

*Incidental Fees are Approximate

Criminal Background and Drug Screening $105.00
Student Nurse Insurance Fee ($13.50 per year) $13.50
Assessment Fee $45.00
Allied Health Fee ($825 per semester) $1650.00
Technology Fee + Student Success Fee included in tuition
Total Tuition & Fees $5773.50
General Education Courses (13 credit hours at $120/credit hour) $1560.00
Practical Nursing textbooks + lab kits $2,359.00
Grand Total $9692.50
*Incidental Costs are not included above (uniform, stethoscope, NCLEX licensure fees, etc.)


*See catalog for Out-of-State/International Student Fees

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Contact Information

Jen Bussen,
Program Chair
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