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Practical Nurse

Career Training Certificate

Get comprehensive training and practical experience in nursing while preparing to become a licensed practical nurse. This program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Students may complete this program in 13 months or less.

Note: This is a clock-hour, non-credit certificate offered through the PCC Center for Training and Development. 

Selective Admissions Program: In order to be fully admitted to this program, you must fulfill the requirements listed in Program Admissions. See an advisor for details.


Desert Vista Campus

Contact Information

Division of Critical Care
Dean: 520.206.6661
CTD Director: 520.206.5142
Program Coordinator:  520.206.5140


Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers. Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages. Some careers may require additional education or training. Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $50,181

Academic Options

Pursue an associate degree in nursing. LPN completers qualify for LPN-ADN admission into Pima’s associate degree in nursing program.

Program Requirements 2020-2021

Requirement Modules

Module # Title Hours
HO 818* Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology 150
HO 819 Nursing Care Fundamentals 90
NA 810* Nursing Assistant 120
PN 861 Introduction to Practical Nursing 220
PN 872 Practical Nursing A - PN Patient Care 220
PN 874 Practical Nursing B - PN Patient Care 220
PN 882 Maternal-Neonatal Nursing for the Practical Nurse 120
PN 887 Pediatric Nursing for the Practical Nurse 120
PN 890 Transition to PN Practice 120
Total 1,380
* Students who have completed the Nursing Assistant or the Anatomy & Physiology module may be eligible for advanced placement.  Please provide official transcripts for coursework and current licenses in good standing for nursing assistant.

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