Practical Nursing



This degree is a selective admissions program. Please read How to Apply for details. 

The Practical Nursing certificate program is offered at the PCC Mancos campus. Applications for Fall 2024 Admission will be open on March 1, 2024 and closed May 19, 2024.

For more information, please contact PN Program Coordinator Kim Ackles at 970-564-6234 or

Why PCC?

Our faculty members have diverse experience in all aspects of healthcare and have been trained in both clinical nursing and nursing education.

What will I learn?

The Practical Nursing program will teach you direct patient care skills that you can apply in numerous healthcare settings. It offers theoretical and applied instruction in classrooms, simulated laboratories, and clinical settings. It integrates education in adult, gerontological, obstetric, pediatric, and psychiatric-mental health nursing. Your clinical learning will take place in diverse institutions. After successfully completing the two semesters of the program, you will be eligible to take the Practical Nursing National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). A successful performance on the NCLEX-PN will awards you state licensure and qualifies you for the title of Licensed Practical Nurse.

Certificate requirements

Total credits: 43
General education – 7 credits
Core curriculum – 36 credits


Marijuana Policy

THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana, including prescription marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.

Degree & Certificate Offerings in Practical Nursing:

Practical Nursing Certificate

Award/Program Credits  43



Nursing, LPN to ADN, AAS

Award/Program Credits  71.5



Professional Licensure Disclosure

The licensure requirements for Licensed Practical Nurse may differ between all 50 states and U.S. territories.  

Pueblo Community College (PCC) recommends each student visit Licensed Practical Nurse State Chapters  to identify the program requirements for each state in which you plan to live and practice.  
PCC can only guarantee that the requirements for the state of Colorado are met with our program.
Colorado LPN

PCC has not determined if the Licensed Practical Nurse meets applicable state requirements for the following states and territories: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Program Information

Health Professions
Course Availability
Program Start
Program Length
3 Semesters