Practical Nursing (C.C.)

The Practical Nursing Career Certificate (C.C.) Program consists of classroom lectures, laboratory and clinical education components.  You’ll learn basic nursing and clinical skills as well as medical terminology, computer literacy and medical medication administration. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure examination (NCLEX) and become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). From hospitals to physicians’ offices to nursing homes and home care, an LPN is an entry point into a nursing career path.

After earning your LPN license, and completion of general education requirements for the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program, Practical Nursing graduates who have worked as an LPN for at least 6 months are allowed to apply for the RN Bridge Program at FSCJ, and ultimately completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from FSCJ. For information on the Bridge Program, click here.

Admission Requirements:

All students must complete the HESI A2 Admission Exam and Test of Adult Basic Skills Exam (TABE). HESI A2 cannot be waived, but the TABE test can be waived if the student’s HS transcripts shows graduation from a Florida public high school and enrolled all four years, obtained a degree from any college or university, or have successfully completed college algebra and English.  For more Admission details, please click here.

Class Schedules:

Classes are currently at North campus Tuesday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm with completion of the program in 12 months. Beginning Fall 2024, classes will also be offered at the Nassau Campus Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm, with completion of the program in 15 months.

This is a Limited Access program.

Degree: Career Certificates (C.C.)
Credit Hours: 1,350 Clock/Contact hours
Online Program : No
Program Code: 5657
Financial Aid Eligible : Yes


Upon completion of this program, graduates must successfully complete and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN).


Program approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing.

Student Success Rates

Calendar Year 2022 Practical Nursing Program Outcomes
  • Completion/Graduation Rate: 82%
  • NCLEX-PN Passage Rates: 94%

If you are considering employment in a state other than Florida, click here to ensure the program curriculum meets the requirements to sit for the licensure or certification testing in that state.

Tuition:           Approximately $3,942


Program Notice

Application Deadline(s)
  • Fall Term deadline: May 15
  • Spring Term deadline: September 15
  • Summer Term deadline: February 15