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Nursing, Practical (PN)


ECC LPN student with patient

Applications for the Practical Nursing program are accepted throughout the year, with a new class beginning each fall. Your Nursing Admissions Folder must be complete by March 15. However, qualified applicants with completed admissions folders will be accepted on a “first-come, first-served” basis after this deadline.

ECC Practical Nursing Program Mission/Vision/Core Values, Philosophy, Organizational Framework

ECC Practical Nursing cost to attend


Pre-Nursing students planning to enter the Practical Nursing (PN) program are required to take the following prerequisite courses:

  • BIO 151 Nutrition (3 credits)
  • BIO 168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BIO 173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
  • BIO 186 Microbiology (4 credits)
  • EDU 160 Human Growth and Development (3 credits)

Nurse Aide Requirement: Effective Aug. 22, 2017, documentation to verify successful completion of the Iowa CNA Written and Skills Certification Exams is REQUIRED for entrance into the program. Valid documentation can either be a transcript, copy of test results, or currently listed on the State of Iowa’s Nurse Aide Registry.

Within these prerequisite courses, applicants will need to earn a minimum 2.7 cumulative grade point average (GPA).

NOTE: If you follow your PN degree with the Associate Degree Nursing (RN) degree program, the following general education requirements are also required (it’s highly recommended that you take these now):

  • ENG105 Composition I (3 credits)
  • PSY111 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • SOC110 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

PN Curriculum

When student has been officially accepted into the Practical Nursing program, each student will take these courses:

PN Curriculum

When student has been officially accepted into the Practical Nursing program, each student will take these courses:

PNN113 Fundamentals of Nursing 6.5 credits Fall Term (16 weeks)
PNN404 Introduction to Behavioral Health 3 credits Fall Term (16 weeks)
PNN231 Pharmacology 3 credits Fall (16 weeks)
PNN427 Introduction to Maternal Childcare 2 credits Spring Term (16 weeks)
PNN537 Introduction to Medical Surgical Nursing of the Adult 11 credits Spring Term (16 weeks)
PNN544 Transitions to Practical Nursing Practice 4 credit Summer (5 weeks)

Clinical Requirements

Practical Nursing students must complete clinical rotations while in the program. The total number of clinical hours required for the entire Practical Nursing program is broken down between six different clinical rotations and a preceptorship at the end of the program. Each student will gain clinical experience in the areas of Medical Surgical Nursing, Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Geriatrics in both the hospital and long term care settings. Clinical rotations are taught by full time nursing faculty and adjunct clinical nursing faculty.

Degree(s) Awarded


Jan Sauerbrei

Jan Sauerbrei



Associate Dean of Health Occupations

Beth Johanns

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