Program Description

The Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor. Program graduates receive a practical nursing diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level practical nurse.

Nature of the Work

The LPN provides service to help people meet their daily needs of life when they have difficulty satisfying these needs on their own. Defining all the specific roles of the LPN is difficult because healthcare delivery is constantly changing and the duties /role of the LPN changes accordingly. Some of the duties an LPN may expect to perform include the administering of medication (oral and parenteral), before and after surgical care, long term care, and end of life care.


Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses held about 753,600 jobs in 2008. About 25 percent of LPNs worked in hospitals, 28 percent in nursing care facilities, and another 12 percent in offices of physicians. Others worked for home healthcare services; employment services; residential care facilities; community care facilities for the elderly; outpatient care centers; and Federal, State, and local government agencies.

Job Outlook

Employment of LPNs is projected to grow much faster than average. Overall job prospects are expected to be very good, but job outlook varies by industry. The best job opportunities will occur in nursing care facilities and home healthcare services.


Median annual wages of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses were $39,030 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $33,360 and $46,710. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,260, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $53,580.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, on the Internet at

*Requirements to advance:
A GPA of 2.7 is required to advance from the first semester to the second semester.

The GPA will be calculated using the following courses: ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, ALHS 1011.

Students will be allowed only two (2) failing grades during their enrollment in the program. Upon failing the first class (nursing courses, or nursing practicum courses). If a student fails a second course, that student will be dropped from the program and unable to reenter for three (3) years.

Albany Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). 

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
    1866 Southern Lane
    Decatur, GA 30033-4097
    Telephone: 404-679-4501

The Practical Nursing Program at Albany Technical College located in Albany, Georgia is approved by the:

  • Georgia Board of Nursing (GBON)
    237 Coliseum Drive
    Macon, Georgia 31217-3858
    Phone: 844-753-7825
  • Effective June 22, 2020, “the Practical nursing program at Albany Technical College Main Campus located in Albany, GA is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.” This candidacy status expires on June 22, 2022.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nursing program is Candidacy.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

Type of program: Diploma

Program Effectiveness

YearRetention RateGraduation RateTotal Placement RateIn-Field Placement RateFTEDual Enrolled
2016 63.6% 65.7% 99.8% 96.8% 2,892 343
2017 63.3% 65.9% 99.0% 95.3% 2,664 471
2018 64.1% 68.4% 99.2% 95.2% 2,582 611
2019 69.9% 70.0% 98.8% 94.8% 5,040 797
2020 64.3% 68.1% 99.0% 93.9% 2,443 881


Practical Nursing
 YearPlacement Rate Retention Rate Graduation Rate by ATC Tracking (from enrollment in the program to graduationCompletion by ACEN Standards
2018 96.3% 61.5% 69.1% Spring 2018: 12/26 (46.16%) Fall 2018: 13/29 (44.83%)
2019 95.2% 93.3% 68.4% Spring 2019: 8/29 (26.60%) Fall 2019: 12/26 (46.16%)
2020 94.7% 83.3% 52.2% Spring 2020: 6/20 (30%) Fall 2020: Pending


ATC Practical Nursing Disaggregated Program Completion Rates
 Starting Semester Year
New Students
Graduated Within 100% of Program Length
Spring 2018 23 (70.8%) 17/24 43.5% (10/23)
Fall 2018
25 (40.0%) 10/25 28.0% (7/25)
Spring 2019
31 (29.0%) 9/31 12.9% (4/31)
Fall 2019 22 (59.1%) 13/22 31.8% (7/22)
Spring 2020 17 (35.3) 6/17 23.5% (4/17)


Year NCLEX PN Yearly Attempts Required Pass Rate
2017 14/14 passed on first attempt – 100% 80% ELA Met
2018 23/24 passed on first attempt – 95.83%   80% ELA Met
2019 14/15 passed on first attempt – 93.33% 80% ELA Met
2020 18/21 passed on first attempt – 85.71% 80% ELA Met


There are no available degrees at this time, please check back with us regularly as new programs are added regularly.
Practical Nursing Diploma (57 hrs)
core courses
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology
Practical Nursing
occupational courses
ALHS 1011 Structure & Function of the Human Body
ALHS 1090 Medical Terminology for Allied Health
PNSG 2010 Intro Pharm/Clinical Calc
PNSG 2030 Nursing Fundamentals
PNSG 2035 Nursing Fundamental Clinicals
PNSG 2210 Medical Surgical Nursing I
PNSG 2310 Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical
PNSG 2220 Medical Surgical Nursing II
PNSG 2320 Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical
PNSG 2230 Medical Surgical Nursing III
PNSG 2330 Medical Surgical Nursing III Clinical
PNSG 2240 Medical Surgical Nursing IV
PNSG 2340 Medical Surgical Nursing IV Clinical
PNSG 2250 Maternity Nursing
PNSG 2255 Maternity Nursing Clinical
PNSG 2410 Nursing Leadership
PNSG 2415 Nursing Leadership Clinical

There are no available TCCs at this time, please check back with us regularly as new programs are added regularly.

*All program information subject to change without notice.

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Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.


Min. ScoresDegreeDiploma
Sentence Skills   60
Reading Comp.   64
Arithmetic   40
Algebra   N/A