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Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing program is only offered at the PCC Southwest Campus located in Mancos, Colorado. The online application for the Practical Nursing program for spring 2022 will open June 15, 2021, and will remain open through October 29, 2021. For more information, please contact PN Program Coordinator Kim Ackles at 970-564-6234 or; or Michelina Paulek, Nursing Department program coordinator, PCC Southwest, at 970-564-6232 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



Effective March 12, 2021 this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on March 12, 2023. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta GA, 30326, 404-975-55000


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:

Program Information

Health Professions
Course Availability
Program Start
Program Length
3 Semesters