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Practical Nursing

Become a licensed professional health-care provider – a nurse - in one year.

If you enjoy caring for others, are extremely organized, and have an interest in health and medicine, this may be your dream career. Nurses help to preserve and protect the health and well-being of patients.

Nurses must be totally reliable; everyone in a healthcare setting depends upon them in many ways. Doctors need them to assist with preparations and details involved in running medical offices, clinics and hospitals. Nurses are also the first to deal with all kinds of patients. They comfort the sick, support the recovering, and inform the healthy about protecting themselves against illness and injury. Because their jobs can be emotionally and physically strenuous, the best nurses are compassionate, patient and cool under pressure.

Students will experience interactive simulated labs and actual clinic rotation in a variety of health-care settings; work as a key member of a professional health-care team to deliver skilled and compassionate patient care; perform advanced medical procedures; administer medications; collect patient data; monitor IV’s; and provide wound care. Not only will students study how the body functions, but also how emotional and mental well-being affect overall health. Students will learn how to do scientifically-based planning for the nursing care of each individual patient. Half of the program hours are in clinical settings such as Lee Memorial Health Systems, Lehigh Medical Center, VA Hospital, and long-term care facilities. Successful completion of this class prepares students to take the examination for licensure in the state of Florida.

The purpose of the Practical Nursing program is to prepare a student for employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). LPNs work in hospitals, nursing homes, doctors’ offices, and other settings where health care is delivered. The work week is usually 40 or more hours and may include 8, 10, or 12 hour shifts, weekends, nights, and holidays. The LPN must have the ability to respond calmly under pressure in emergency situations. The work can be physically demanding requiring the ability to bend, stoop, and lift. This program has been approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing so that qualified graduates may take the examination to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the state of Florida.

The Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare students to take and pass the licensing examination and gain employment as licensed practical nurses. The program includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience in local hospitals and nursing homes. Included in the program are health careers core, nursing assistant, nursing fundamentals, body structure and function, nutrition, administration of medication, medical surgical nursing, maternity and pediatric nursing, bio-psycho-social nursing, transitional nursing, and employability skills.

The content includes theoretical instruction and clinical experience in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, and geriatric nursing; theoretical instruction and clinical experience in acute care, long-term care, and community settings; application of vocational role and function; personal, family, and community health concepts; nutrition; human growth and development over the life span; body structure and function; interpersonal relationship skills, mental health concepts; pharmacology and administration of medications; legal aspects of practice; and current issues in nursing. Additional information may be found in the Practical Nursing Student Handbook.

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to take and pass the licensing examination (NCLEX) and gain employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

The following table illustrates the program structure:

Course # OCP Course Name Hours
PRN0098 A Practical Nursing Foundations 1 300


B Practical Nursing Foundation 2
Medical Surgical Nursing 1
Medical Surgical Nursing 2
Comprehensive Nursing & Transitional Skills
    TOTAL HOURS 1350

Full-time Practical Nursing Program Starting Dates
November 7, 2017 (all admission requirements due by October 1, 2017)
May 2018 - March 2019 (all admission requirements due by April 1, 2018)

Classroom hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Clinical hours vary

Part-time Practical Nursing Program Starting Dates
October 17, 2017 (all admission requirements due by September 1, 2017)

Classroom hours: Monday & Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
10 - 12 hour clinical days required
This part-time program will take approximately 24 months to complete.



1350 hours
Full-time: Approximately 12 months
Part-time: Approximately 24 months

Approximately $6,889
Practical Nursing Fee Sheet

The mission of the Health Science Education Department at Fort Myers Technical College is to provide quality career education that will develop caring, compassionate, safe, skilled and dynamic healthcare practitioners prepared to meet the workforce demand. The faculty assesses each student’s abilities and talents thereby guiding the student toward achievement of his/her potential. Partnerships with members of the Southwest Florida healthcare community assure the success of the mission of the programs. By establishing learning situations in which the student can experience success, students achieve marketable skills, personal satisfaction, and career enhancement in healthcare.

  • This course provides theoretical foundation
  • Clinical Practicum
  • Medical surgical disorders
  • The care of clients in the prevention of illness and treatment of diseases
  • Additional courses provide maternal and newborn nursing, pediatric, geriatric nursing, mental health
  • Leadership skills
  • Delegation guidelines


  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • EPIC – Hospital computer system
  • NCLEX - PN
  • AIDS Certificate
  • Domestic Violence
  • Prevention of Medical Errors
  • Legal Ethical

  • Portfolio/Resumé
  • PowerPoint projects
  • Presentation on journal articles
  • Poster presentations
  • Simulation learning system
  • HESI case studies
  • Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI)

For the most recent book list, visit FMTC's online bookstore.


$31,553 - $53,706 annually
  • Lee Health
  • Shell Point Retirement Community
  • Gulf Coast Village
  • Veterans Administration (Lee County VA Health Care Center)
  • Island Coast Pediatrics
  • Lee Convenient Care
  • Hospitals – acute and long-term care
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Clinics
  • Hospice care

      According to O'Net Online, jobs for licensed practical nurses are expected to grow much faster than average (22% or higher) between 2012 - 2022.

Steps to Enroll

  1. Attend an Information Session (Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. [when school is in session])
  2. Practical Nursing Application Process


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