The Practical Nursing program is offered at the East Central College Rolla Main campus located at the Rolla Technical Center. The 11-month certificate program prepares students to practice as licensed practical nurses under the direction of the Professional Registered Nurse and/or a Licensed Physician. The program combines theory and clinical education to prepare students to work in a variety of healthcare arenas such as hospitals, long-term care settings, out-patient surgery centers or rehabilitation centers, community health, industrial or school nursing, clinics and physician offices.
The practical nursing program is designed to assist students to acquire the attitudes, skills, and knowledge essential to the role for the competent practical nurse. Upon successful completion of this program, graduates receive a certificate of graduation and are qualified to apply to sit for the national licensure examination (NCLEX-PN).
** Prerequisites/General Education: A selective admission process is utilized. Students must have a “C” or better in prerequisite coursework, complete a minimum of 8 hours of job shadowing, and complete a pre-entrance exam to apply to the program.
Extra-Curricular/Co-curricular Opportunities at ECC: ECC offers a wide variety of clubs and co-curricular activities for all students. Additionally, students are part of the ECC Practical Nurse Organization.
**Students must obtain a “C” or greater in all pre-requisite coursework.