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Practical Nursing

Advanced Certificate – PNUR.CRT.C73

Practical Nursing is a one-year certificate program designed to prepare individuals to assume the roles and responsibilities of the practical nurse. It is a gainful employment program and KCC is required to provide cost, completion and occupation information about it.

Upon successful completion of the program, the individual is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses.

For program entry requirements, consult a KCC advisor, see the Information on Health Career Programs and read the minimum abilities requirements. Save and/or print this fillable eligibility check sheet.

Program coordinator: Kellee Hayes, email, phone 815-802-8828

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Nursing-Practical Certificate Major (6 courses)
Credit hours: 28

  • PNUR 1138 - Practical Nursing I*
  • PNUR 1241 - Practical Nursing Pharmacology I*
  • PNUR 1140 - Practical Nursing II*
  • PNUR 1262 - Practical Nursing Pharmacology II*
  • PNUR 1316 - Practical Nursing III*
  • PNUR 1491 - Practical Nursing Seminar*

General Education (3-4 courses)
Credit hours: 10-14

Complete both sub-requirements:

  1. Communications courses - 6 credit hours
    CHOOSE TWO courses from the following four options:
    • ENGL 1413 - Fundamentals of Writing* 1
    • ENGL 1613 - English I*
    • ENGL 1623 - English II*
    • SPCH 1553 - Introductory Speech*
  2. Laboratory Science courses - 4-8 credit hours
    A minimum grade of C is required in courses with a BIOL prefix
    • BIOL 1564 - Intro to Anatomy & Physiology or both*
    • BIOL 2644 - Anatomy & Physiology I* 1 and BIOL 2654 - Anatomy & Physiology II* 1

Minimum credit hours required for completion - 38

*Course has prerequisite.

1Must be completed prior to PNUR 1140*.

Nursing-Practical Advanced Certificate — Required Course Sequence

PNUR 1138* 8 cr. hrs.
PNUR 1241* 1 cr. hrs.
BIOL 1564* or
BIOL 2644* and BIOL 2654*
4-8 cr. hrs.
Communications course* 3 cr. hrs.

PNUR 1140* 10 cr. hrs.
PNUR 1262* 2 cr. hrs.
Communications course* 3 cr. hrs.

PNUR 1316* 6 cr. hrs.
PNUR 1491* 1 cr. hrs.

*Course has prerequisite.

Additional program information

Each student in this program must have a physical exam, criminal background check without any disqualifying convictions,a negative drug screen, and current CPR certification from the American Heart Association (BLS for Healthcare Provider) or American Red Cross (Professional Rescuer: adult, child & infant or AED).

The curriculum of record for students applying to, but not yet accepted into, competitive entry health careers programs will be the Associate in General Studies.