Practical Nursing

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare
  • Program Code: 31-543-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Practical Nursing Diploma


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. Upon program completion, you will be eligible to take the licensure exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Nursing Assistant training is required prior to petitioning for this program.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are in high demand in various healthcare settings.

This technical diploma ladders into the Registered Nursing associate degree. Contact an MATC advisor for more details.

Additional program details: Keys to success in the program are being able to think critically and communicate effectively.

Related Programs

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LPN to ADN Progression

If you are a licensed practical nurse interested in a career as a registered nurse, this program is for you. Your work experience may earn you advanced-standing credits. Graduates are eligible to take the RN Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN).

students working on simulated patient

Registered Nursing

Prepare for a registered nursing (RN) career at MATC. Theory and lab courses on campus set the foundation for your clinical practice. Simulation and guided practice in clinical settings further prepare you for practice as an RN. Graduates are eligible to take the RN licensure exam (NCLEX-RN).

Detailed Program Information

2024-25 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits

Gen Anatomy & Physiology ‡
(or) BIOSCI-201 Anatomy & Physiology 1 ‡
and BIOSCI-202 Anatomy & Physiology 2 ‡

Written Communication ‡
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
NRSPN-301 Nursing Fundamentals 2
NRSPN-302 Nursing Skills ‡ 3
NRSPN-303 Nursing: Pharmacology 2
NRSPN-304 Nursing: Introduction to Clinical Practice ‡ 2

Oral/Interpersonal Communication ‡
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
NRSPN-305 Nursing: Health Alterations ‡ 3
NRSPN-306 Nursing: Health Promotion ‡ 3
NRSPN-307 Nursing: Clinical Care Across the Lifespan ‡ 2
NRSPN-308 Nursing: Introduction to Clinical Management ‡ 2
PSYCH 198  PSYCH 198 Introduction to Psychology
(or) PSYCH-231 Introductory Psychology



‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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

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Important Dates

Fall start: Petition for program in March

Spring start: Petition for program in October

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Events Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Integrate Practical Nursing identity reflecting integrity, responsibility and nursing standards
  • Communicate basic information using multiple sources in nursing practice
  • Utilize theoretical knowledge to participate in decision making
  • Apply the nursing process to basic client care across diverse populations
  • Function as a healthcare team member to provide safe and effective care

Career Outlook

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are in demand to work for long-term care facilities, hospitals, home healthcare and medical offices.

Possible Career

Licensed Practical Nurse 

Admission Requirements

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

The following are required for admission:

  • PAX NLN pre-qualifying exam, required score: 100
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Nursing Assistant training
  • B- or higher in the following courses:
    • BIOSCI-177* or BIOSCI-201* and 202*
  • C or higher in the following courses:
    • High school biology and chemistry, or one semester of college-level biology and chemistry
    • ENG-195 and ENG-196 or 197 or ENG-201* and 202*
    • General Education courses
  • Fall start: Petition for program in March
  • Spring start: Petition for program in October



acen-seal-color-web.pngThe Practical Nursing program at Milwaukee Area Technical College at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus located in Milwaukee, WI is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 404-975-5000;

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nursing program is continuing accreditation.


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Last updated: 03/22/2024