Monday – January 21, 2019

Practical Nursing (2017-2018)

Technical Diploma 
School of Health Sciences / Health Sciences Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee and Oak Creek campuses
Program Code: 31-543-1
For Information: 414-297-6263
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC
Oak Creek Campus, 414-571-4500

Overview — In just two semesters, the Practical Nursing program exposes you to a variety of classroom and clinical experiences to prepare you for employment in nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare settings. Keys to success in the program are being able to think critically and communicate effectively.

Upon program completion, you will be eligible to take the licensure exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). 

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; 404-975-5000.


Career Pathway — This technical diploma ladders into the Registered Nursing associate degree. Contact your advisor for more details.

LPNs with work experience may pursue Registered Nursing through the MATC Practical Nursing LPN-RN Educational Progression associate degree program.


Career Outlook — Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are in demand in nursing homes, long-term care and rehabilitation centers, and in other healthcare settings.

View gainful employment data about this program


Program Learning Outcomes — Upon graduation, employers will expect you to:

  • Act ethically with integrity, responsibility, caring, advocacy and quality care, adhering to evidence-based practice
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Integrate science, math and liberal arts in clinical decision-making
  • Under supervision, provide care across diverse populations and settings
  • Minimize risk of harm
  • Collaborate with healthcare team, providing care across the lifespan
  • Use technology to manage data, mitigate error and assist decision-making


Admission Requirements — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

Nursing Assistant training is required prior to petitioning.

Also required for admission: High school diploma or GED and course placement assessment of basic skills proficiency.

B- or higher required in NATSCI-177 or NATSCI-201 & 202

C or higher required in high school-level biology and chemistry; or one semester of college-level biology and chemistry

C or higher required in ENG-152 & 152 or ENG-201 & 202, and all general education courses

Cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher required to petition.


Future Opportunities — Upon completion of this program, you may pursue your RN (Registered Nursing) associate degree through programs such as MATC’s LPN-RN Educational Progression.


Possible Careers
Licensed Practical Nurse (Long-Term Care Facilities, Hospitals, Home Health Care, Medical Offices)
Registered Nurse (with additional education and training)

Related Programs
Practical Nursing LPN-RN Educational Progression
Registered Nursing

Start Dates: August/January

Curriculum effective 2017-18 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students.






(1)  NRSPN-301

Nursing Fundamentals





(1)  NRSPN-302

Nursing Skills





(1)  NRSPN-303

Nursing: Pharmacology





(1)  NRSPN-304

Nursing: Introduction to Clinical Practice ‡





(1)  NATSCI-177

General Anatomy and Physiology ‡





  (or) NATSCI-201‡  and  NATSCI-202‡  
(1)  ENG-151 Communication Skills 1 ‡ 3
  (or) ENG-201 ‡  
(2)  NRSPN-305 Nursing: Health Alterations ‡ 3

(2)  NRSPN-306

Nursing: Health Promotion ‡





(2)  NRSPN-307

Nursing: Clinical Care Across the Lifespan ‡ (8 weeks)





(2)  NRSPN-308

Nursing: Introduction to Clinical Management ‡ (8 weeks)





(2)  ENG-152 Communication Skills 2 ‡ 3
  (or) Any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course  
(2)  PSYCH-188 Developmental Psychology 3
  (or) PSYCH-238 Lifespan Psychology  





‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.


Page updated October 2017.