Nursing/Practical Diploma


Official Program Description registered with the NC Community College System:

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Practical Nursing program, a graduate should be able to:

  • Participate in applying the nursing process and quality improvement activities to provide individualized, safe, competent, and effective nursing care in a structured setting under supervision.
  • Demonstrate caring behaviors in implementing nursing care to diverse clients across the lifespan.
  • Use verbal and non-verbal communication skills to establish and maintain effective relationships with clients, families, and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  • Utilize established policies, procedures, practice and technology in the delivery of nursing care.
  • Participate in the teaching and counseling of clients as assigned by the registered nurse.
  • Organize care for groups of clients.
  • Work cooperatively as a member of the interdisciplinary team in implementing the health care plan.
  • Function within the legal and ethical framework of licensed practical nurse practice and demonstrate accountability for personal development.

Diploma Awarded

A Diploma in Practical Nursing is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all curriculum courses in order to progress in the program.

In addition to tuition and textbooks, cost of this program include a watch with a second hand, uniforms, shoes, lab coat, physical examination, immunizations, and fees for application for licensure for the North Carolina State Board of Nursing, and National Council Licensure Examination.

For More Information

The Practical Nursing program is in the Allied Health and Public Services Division. For more information, call (919) 739-6770 or visit us at our website at



The Practical Nursing program is a Limited Admissions program. Applicants are assigned points based on criteria outlined in the admissions packet for selection into the program.

  • High school or college Chemistry (within 10 years) is required prior to admission to the program.
  • Individuals desiring admission to the program must follow the admissions procedures outlined in this catalog and in the Practical Nursing Application Policies and Procedures packet available in the Office of Admissions and Records and on the WCC website.
  • Applicants must present evidence of good physical and mental health upon admission.


An applicant to the nursing program who has been convicted or pled guilty to a misdemeanor and/or felony (excluding minor traffic violations) may not be eligible for licensure by the NC Board of Nursing.

The North Carolina Board of Nursing requires Criminal History Record Checks of all persons applying to practice nursing in the State of North Carolina. Applicants will be charged a fee to offset the cost of this background check.

Criminal Background Checks

Affiliating clinical agencies with which the College has contracted to provide clinical experiences for nursing students may require students to submit to criminal background checks and/or drug testing prior to or during participation in clinical experiences at the site. Students should be aware that if a clinical site denies a student placement in their facility, the student would be unable to complete the required clinical component of the course. This will prohibit the student from progressing and completing the nursing program. The student will be dismissed from the program.


This Practical Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road, N.E. Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000 or visit

First (Fall) Semester

Course NumberTitleContact HoursCredits
ACA 111College Student Success


BIO 163Basic Anatomy & Physiology


NUR 101Practical Nursing I


Total Credit Hours:17

Second (Spring) Semester

Course NumberTitleContact HoursCredits
NUR 102Practical Nursing II


PSY 150General Psychology


Total Credit Hours:13

Third (Summer) Semester

Course NumberTitleContact HoursCredits
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry


NUR 103Practical Nursing III


Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 42