Home / Programs / Healthcare / Practical Nursing Diploma (D45660)

Practical Nursing Diploma (D45660)


The Practical Nursing curriculum provides knowledge and skills to integrate safety and quality into nursing care to meet the needs of the holistic individual which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interdisciplinary team while employing evidence- based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation/long term care/home health facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices.

Admissions Requirements

Practical Nursing (PN) Minimum Requirements


  • Complete the RCC admissions process (  apply to RCC, submit all transcripts)
  • Completed   BIO 168   and  BIO 169   with a grade of “C” or higher. (Applicants may be enrolled in BIO 169 in the Spring 2025 semester.)
  • Completed   CHM 131   (with lab  CHM 131A  ) or   CHM 151   with a grade of “C” or higher. (Applicants may be enrolled in CHM 131 /A or  CHM 151  in the Spring 2025 semester.)
  • Have a 2.5 GPA or higher from all completed pre-requisite and nursing general education courses. GPA calculation includes:
  • Be in Satisfactory Academic Standing with Rockingham Community College (2.0 or higher RCC cumulative GPA).
  • Attend a mandatory Nursing Information Session in the 2024/2025 academic year.
  • Hold current certification in   Adult and Child CPR  issued by the American Heart Association or American Red Cross.
  • Complete the TEAS exam with a minimum score of 58%. Scores are valid for 24 months (2 years) from time of application.
  • Essay– One page, double spaced, typed statement responding to the following questions: What makes you a strong candidate for the PN program at Rockingham Community College? What is the biggest challenge you will face in the PN program?

Important Information

It is your responsibility to read this page and the information it contains in its entirety. You must meet all requirements to be considered for acceptance; however, completion of these items does not guarantee acceptance to the Fall 2025 entering class.

Approval Agency

The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the
North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON)
P.O. Box 2129,
Raleigh, NC 27602-2129

Course Sequence

Practical Nursing Program

Program Prerequisites: Students admitted to the Practical Nursing must successfully complete the following courses with a “C” or higher prior to enrolling in the first nursing [NUR] class. Class Lab Clinical Credit
BIO 168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 3 0 4
BIO 169 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 3 0 4
CHM 131 Introduction to Chemistry 3 0 3 3
CHM 131A Introduction to Chemistry Lab or 0 3 0 1
CHM 151 General Chemistry I 3 3 0 4
Fall Semester Class Lab Clinical Credit
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 0 3
NUR 101 Practical Nursing I 7 6 6 11
10 6 6 14
Spring Semester
NUR 102 Practical Nursing II 7 0 9 10
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
10 0 9 13
Summer Semester
NUR 103 Practical Nursing III 6 0 9 9
6 0 9 9

Employment Competencies

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply the nursing process to provide safe patient care, under supervision.
  2. Reinforce and implement individualized education plans.
  3. Communicate professionally and effectively with patients, families, and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  4. Participate in providing evidence-based care for patients across the lifespan.
  5. Demonstrate caring behaviors in implementing culturally competent, patient-centered nursing care to diverse patients across the lifespan.
  6. Utilize informatics to access, manage, and communicate patient information and validate best practices

Employment Outlook

Employment of licensed practical nurses is projected to grow 9% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. LPNs and LVNs will be needed in residential care facilities and in home health environments to care for older patients.

Program Costs

Practical Nursing Program Costs

Practical Nursing program students should be prepared to incur additional expenses beyond tuition and college fees.

Outlined below are estimated expenses and are subject to change:

Medical Exam $100
Immunizations (which includes but not limited to Hep B, TB, Flu, childhood immunizations) $300
Drug Screen and Background Check $114
Uniforms for Clinical and Lab $140
1 pair bandage scissors, 1 pair hemostats, pen light,
3-color pen, 1 stethoscope, 1 sphygmomanometer $100
1 pair shoes (white leather) $50-75
Watch with second hand; military time preferred $25
Program Resources
Online Educational services
NCLEX Review $1,750
Accident Insurance $6
CPR Certification $30-50
Nursing Pin, Lamp, and Cap (optional) $75
Malpractice Insurance $48
Nursing Lab Kit $187
Certification Exam (National Council Licensure Exam, NCLEX-PN) $300

General Education Outcomes

Rockingham Community College has three general education outcomes:

Communication: Students will communicate using the conventions appropriate for the intended academic or professional audience.

Information Literacy: Students will locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information for academic and professional tasks.

Critical Thinking: Students will analyze information and ideas and develop reasoned solutions to academic or professional problems. 

Pass Rates by Year


Rockingham Community College
PO Box 38
215 Wrenn Memorial Rd.
Wentworth, NC 27375


Monday to Thursday:
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


336-349-9986 (fax)