Practical Nursing

 *Currently HCC is not admitting students into the Practical Nursing Program.

About the Program

HCC's Practical Nursing diploma will prepare you for your license exam and qualify you to pursue the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing. Throughout this program you will gain valuable classroom knowledge of nursing theory and basic nursing skills. Outside the classroom you gain valuable experience in a variety of health care settings and community agencies, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and child care centers.

The Practical Nursing program is a Selective Admissions program and is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. All applicants must have attended a pre-admissions conference within the last two years.

What do LPNs do?

Licensed practical nurses perform a variety of tasks in hospitals, offices, and clinics which include:

  • bedside care
  • evaluation of client needs
  • planning and implementation of care
  • supervise nursing assistants
  • taking vital signs
  • applying dressings
  • administering medicines
  • make appointments
  • keep records
  • perform various medical duties

How much will I earn?

Visit to review salaries for Licensed Practical Nurses in the Henderson area.

How Long Will I Be in School?

What will it cost?

Please review the PN Nursing Costs Sheet (to be updated Spring 2016) for beginning costs for the first nursing course. These costs are subject to change; however, the document will give you a basic understanding of the costs for the first semester.

Program Options


Where are the jobs?

LPNs work in a variety of health care settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • acute and long-term care facilities
  • home health agencies
  • clinics
  • schools
  • doctors' and dentists' offices
  • industrial settings
  • nursing homes
  • rehabilitation agencies.

How do I advance to a degree program?

As a graduate of our Practical Nursing Program, there are two options for a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to advance to the associate nursing degree program:

  • an LPN may apply for admittance into the traditional-day Associate Degree Nursing Program upon receiving credit for the first nursing course, NSG 101 Nursing Practice I and would be allowed to start with Semester III, NSG 210 Medical Surgical Nursing I.
  • apply for admittance into the non-traditional LPN to ADN Bridge Program which allows for additional articulation credit given upon completion of NSG 197, Transition to ADN course allowing the student to enter the final year of the ADN Program. There may be some courses within the LPN to ADN Bridge Program which are offered in a non-traditional, evening or online format but most courses will be offered during the day. Either program will prepare an LPN to graduate with the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing Degree and be eligible to apply to the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Pre-requisites for the LPN to ADN Bridge Program: BIO 137, BIO 139, PSY 110, PSY 223, MAT 110 or MAT150 (effective Spring 2015 only MAT150 will be accepted), ENG 101, COM 181 or 252, Computer/Digital Literacy (CIT 105), and an unrestricted, current LPN license.

Click here to view the HCC Nursing Faculty & Staff page.

For more information contact:

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Dana Walker
Administrative Assistant
Academic & Technical Building, Room 314