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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Practical Nursing LPN-RN Educational 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).

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Registered Nursing

Prepare for a registered nursing 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

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1) ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
(1) NATSCI-177 General Anatomy and Physiology ‡
(or) NATSCI-201 Anatomy & Physiology 1 ‡
(and) NATSCI-202 Anatomy & Physiology 2 ‡
(1) NRSPN-301 Nursing Fundamentals 2
(1) NRSPN-302 Nursing Skills ‡ 3
(1) NRSPN-303 Nursing: Pharmacology 2
(1) NRSPN-304 Nursing: Introduction to Clinical Practice ‡ 2
(2) ENG-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
(2) NRSPN-305 Nursing: Health Alterations ‡ 3
(2) NRSPN-306 Nursing: Health Promotion ‡ 3
(2) NRSPN-307 Nursing: Clinical Care Across the Lifespan ‡ 2
(2) NRSPN-308 Nursing: Introduction to Clinical Management ‡ 2
(2) PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) PSYCH-238 Lifespan Psychology



( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

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

2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

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

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

Program Outcomes

  • Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to caring, advocacy, and quality care while adhering to evidence-based practice
  • Demonstrate appropriate written, verbal, and nonverbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts
  • Integrate knowledge of social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and disease processes while participating in clinical decision-making
  • Provide patient centered care under supervision by participating in the nursing process across diverse populations and healthcare settings
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the healthcare team, and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness
  • Collaborate as an active member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error, and assist with decision-making

Career Outlook

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

Possible Careers

Licensed Practical Nurse 
Registered Nurse (with additional education and training)

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:

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

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

C or higher required in ENG-195 & ENG-196 or 197, or ENG-201 & 202, and all general education courses.

Cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher required to petition.


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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; email:;


Healthcare Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, H Building, Room H116
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 08/24/2020