Practical Nurse Education

What you can get

Practical Nurse Education
: Diploma Program

What it's about

The Practical Nurse Education curriculum prepares individuals with knowledge and skills to provide nursing care to children and adults. Individuals are also prepared to continue their education to become registered nurses.

Jobs available

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (once licensed)

Courses you'll take

Students will participate in assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care.

What you'll gain

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 and long-term care/home health facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices.


Apply on DCCC's website and meet with an enrollment counselor.


Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate may be eligible to apply to take the licensure examination required to become a licensed practical nurse and should possess the knowledge, fundamental skills, and attitudes to:

  1. Provide evidence-based clinically competent nursing care in a culturally sensitive manner.
  2. Use communication and information technology effectively and appropriately.
  3. Work in interdisciplinary teams.
  4. Contribute to continuous improvement of the health care system.
  5. Demonstrate ethical and legal behavior in all professional activities.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of nursing. These technical standards are published in the application packet for admission to the Practical Nurse Education program and the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 

The following are admissions criteria for applicants to the Practical Nurse Education (PNE) program.

To be eligible for admission to the PNE program applicants must have: 

  1. Graduated from high school or have an Adult High School Diploma or have passed the GED with an equivalency certification which meets minimum requirements set by the State of North Carolina. Official high school transcript and copy of AHS diploma/GED certificate and official college transcripts, where applicable, must be on file in the Admissions Office.
  2. Completed the application process as described in the PNE Admission Packet.
  3. Physical and emotional health status compatible with the ability to provide safe nursing care.
  4. Completed a state-approved Nursing Assistant I training course consisting of 70 hours of training, which includes 40 hours of clinical instruction and be listed as a NAI with no substantiated findings by the time of entry to the program.
  5. Be currently certified in Healthcare Provider CPR at the time of entry into the program.

Probation and Suspension

A nursing student is placed on suspension status from the program for the following reasons:

  1. demonstrates behavior which conflicts with safety essential to nursing practice as judged by the nursing faculty; 
  2. presents physical or emotional problems which conflict with safety essential to nursing practice and does not respond to appropriate treatment and/or counseling within a reasonable period of time; and/or 
  3. receives a final grade of "D" or "F" in any required course in the PNE curriculum or receives a final clinical evaluation of "Unsatisfactory" in any nursing course.

Nursing students are subject to the same probation and suspension policies as all other students enrolled at the College. Additional criteria for nursing apply.

Since requirements for progression in the nursing program are in addition to the general requirements of the College, a student suspended from the program is not necessarily suspended from the College. Students who are eligible to do so may continue in their supporting courses and apply for readmission to the nursing program at a later time or may elect to change their major.

Criminal Background Check, Urine Drug Screen, and Immunization Requirements for Conditionally Accepted PNE Students

A criminal background check, urine drug screen, and up-to-date immunizations are required by clinical sites prior to participation in the clinical component. If any clinical facility denies a student’s participation in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program. Applicants for initial nursing licensure in North Carolina must complete a criminal background check as well.

For conditionally accepted PNE students to place an order for a criminal background check, urine drug screen, and immunization tracking services, please visit Castlebranchfor Background Check, Drug Screening and Immunization Tracking and select the Practical Nurse Education program.