Practical Nursing

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Practical Nursing 


Program Description, Mission, and Objectives

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) The LPN program has existed since 1965. This division of Instruction is approved by the State department of Education and the Alabama Board of Nursing. Practical Nursing is a comprehensive program of study that integrates theory and clinical practice. The curriculum is designed to provide qualified individuals an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, mindset and skills to become safe and competent practitioners of practical nursing. To become licensed, graduates of this program must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). 


J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College Practical Nursing program supports and adheres to the mission of the overall College. Further, the program is committed to providing the practical nursing student the education, experience and technology to become a safe, professional provider of practical nursing care to diverse, multicultural populations across the life span, with well-defined healthcare needs. The program provides and supports professional behavior, critical thinking, therapeutic communication and safe skills development. The program values individuals who practice competently with care while maintaining ethical standards.

Skills Needed

Successful LPNs have a caring and empathetic nature and have a high tolerance for stress. This profession also requires keen observational, decision-making, technical and communication skills.

Expected Earnings/Salary

The Occupational Outlook Handbook lists the 2015 Median annual earnings for Licensed Practical Nurses as $43,170 per year or $20.76 per hour.

Additional information available from the Occupational Outlook handbook


A certificate is issued to each student upon completion of the program. However, state requirements for eligibility for licensure into the LPN profession requires graduates pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). Application to take the exam is made during the last semester of the program. For information about a practical nursing license, please contact the Alabama Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 303900, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-3900 or

Program Policies

The intensity of the nursing curriculum and the development of acceptable workplace habits mandate that the nursing program establish departmental policies regarding absences and tardiness, professional and ethical conduct, uniform dress code, and testing. Nursing is a profession that demands high ethical and professional standards, and success in nursing depends on the nurse’s ability to provide safe, effective care while demonstrating acceptable workplace habits. Departmental policies promote safe and effective care and the development of acceptable workplace habits and are consistently enforced. Departmental policies are included the college catalog and the appropriate course syllabi.

The typical student, who enters the program full-time and whose academic and clinical progress are satisfactory, should complete the program in two semesters plus a summer session providing the necessary courses are offered. 


 Certificate - Licensed Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing Program also requires a separate enrollment packet with earlier application deadlines.  Please contact the 
New Nursing Student Advisor at 256.551.5240 for more information.

LPN Application (Word file) 

LPN Application (PDF file)

*Please note that your application packet must be complete.

Estimated Program Cost

Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)

Award Level

Credit Hours

Est. Tuition and Fees

Est. Books/Supplies

Est. Total Cost

Certificate (CER)





*Estimates based on Fall 2016 tuition/fees and additional fees.  Subject to change without notice.

Advisory Committee

Ms. Tracy Gossett –Clinical Educator at Crestwood Medical Center

Ms. Pat Newberry – Clinical Excellence Manager for Huntsville Hospital

Ms. Joy McMinn – Chief Nursing Officer at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama

Ms. Melissa Bullard – LPNAA President and member of the Alabama Board of Nursing

Ms. Leatrice Jackson – QA/Staff Development Coordinator at Tut Fann Veterans Home

For more information about the LPN Program, contact the 
New Nursing Student Advisor at 256.551.5240.