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Practical Nursing

General Information

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

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.

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. The program is three full-semesters in length and begins every fourth semester. The next program cohort will begin in fall 2019 and run from fall (Aug.) 2019-fall (Dec.) 2020. Another cohort will begin in January 2021.  

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 Anatomy and Physiology 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.**

- 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. Anatomy and Physiology I 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 admission to the program once the ranking is complete.

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.

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, 17 credit hours of general education courses. The total 50 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.

Cost of Nursing

Effective June 2017

Tuition and Fees
(Estimated for AY 18-19. Subject to change.)

In-District Students

$103 per credit hour + $8 per credit hour Technology Fee = $111/credit hour

Out of District Students

$154 per credit hour + $8 per credit hour Technology Fee = $162/credit hour

Program Costs*
*Estimates based on in-district rates

ADN Program First YearADN Program Second Year
NPN 100-101 8 $888.00 NPN 151 11 $1,221.00
NPN 102 6 $666.00 NPN 152 8 $888.00
Total Tuition $3,663.00

*Incidental Fees are Approximate

Criminal Background and Drug Screening $105.00
Insurance Fee ($13.50 per year) $27.00
Admission Assessment Test $45.00
NAH Fee ($825 per semester) $2,475.00
Technology Fee ($8.00 per credit hour) included in tuition
Total Tuition & Fees $6315.00
Non-Nursing Courses (17 credit hours at $111/credit hour) $1,887.00
Incidental Expenses are approximate $1,000.00
Grand Total $9,202.00


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

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Contact Information

Jen Bussen,
Program Chair
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