Welcome to Gadsden Technical College School of Practical Nursing website!

Gadsden Technical College (GTC) Practical Nursing Program was started in 1997 with an approved class limit of 20. The program was 1350 hours. In 2011 the program policies and procedures were reviewed and evaluated to better address programmatic needs and to ensure students' successful completion, licensure and job placement. As a result the nursing program was re-structured and is an approved nursing program by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Board of Nursing. Wherein, this nursing program and its curriculum can only be administered in the State of Florida. The program currently has an approved class limit of 24 students annually and consists of 1350 hours of theory and clinical education and training. At present, nursing faculty are educated nursing professionals licensed by Florida Board of Nursing.

Group of nursing students

GTC graduates scores on the National Council Licensure Examination for Licensed Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) exceed both the Florida and National averages. Nursing graduates are employed in various healthcare facilities in local and surrounding areas.

Nursing is a course of study that is demanding and rewarding. It has proven to be a profession with many opportunities and a variety of work environments from which you may choose. It requires hard work but the end results will certainly be worth the effort.

The Practical Nursing website provides you with the requirements and guidelines you will need to follow for admission into the program. Please take a moment and visit other related Practical Nursing areas. Applications are accepted annually in April.

Good luck to you in your future endeavors!

The Next Nursing Class Starts August of 2024!

Open Enrollment is: (4/01/2024 - 7/07/2024)

Application and requirements for admissions is located under Documents and Forms.

Documents and Forms

Requirements for Admission 2024 - 2025 SY

Practical Nursing Online Application (2024-2025)

TEAS Test Schedule

Health and Physical Requirements (2024 - 2025)

Practical Nursing Curriculum


Practical Nursing is a competency-based program and is 11-12 months in length. Included is classroom instruction with concurrent clinical experiences in long-term care facilities as well as in the acute care settings. It is designed to prepare the student as a licensed practical nurse in order to, under the direction of a registered nurse, plan and provide nursing care to the patient with less complex needs and to assist the registered nurse in the care of the patient with complex nursing needs.

Program Requirements - Applicants seeking admission to the Practical Nursing Program must be at least 18 years of age; interview with Gadsden Technical College Practical Nursing Coordinator and nurses; submit applications to GTC and the School of Practical Nursing; have a high school diploma or equivalent; score successfully on the TABE and the TEAS tests; immunizations up to date as required and provide three references.

Students must keep their CPR certification current for the duration of the program. Successful completion of the program is dependent on meeting all the requirements of the program. A criminal background check and drug screening is required (drug screening will be performed randomly). Students may be denied participation in the clinical practicum by the facility if the outcome of their background and drug screening is unsatisfactory.

Licensure Requirements - In Florida, to become a Licensed Practical Nurse an individual must be at least 18 years of age; possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; have successfully completed the Practical Nursing Program under rules established by the Florida Board of Nursing (FBN); submit application to the board and pay fees to the FBN and to take the NCLEX examination; submit information to the Board for a statewide criminal records correspondence check through FDLE; be in good mental and physical health; and be able to communicate in the English language (Florida Statutes 464.008).

Nursing student performing a procedure in class.


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 prepare for further education and careers in the Health Science career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of Health Science career cluster.

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as Licensed Practical Nurses (SOC 29-2061). The program must be approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing in order for graduates to apply to take the examination to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

The content includes, but is not limited to, 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; theoretical instruction and clinical 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.

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of 2 occupational completion points.

OCPCourse #Course TitleLength
APRN0098Practical Nursing Foundations 1300 hours
BPRN0099Practical Nursing Foundation 2300 Hours
BPRN0290Medical Surgical Nursing 1300 Hours
BPRN0291Medical Surgical Nursing 2300 Hours
BPRN0690Comprehensive Nursing and Transitional Skills150 Hours


This program is 1350 hours long. To complete this program students must earn Occupation Completion Points (OCPs) for courses and pass required FLDOE Board of Nursing licensure exam(s).


Reading, math, and language competencies are pre-assessed. The required basic skills grade levels for this program are Reading-11, Math-11, and Language-11 and must be met prior to program completions.

Former Students - Updates

Megan Welch was the recipient of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital's Daisy Award!!!

The Daisy Award "honors exceptional nurses and nursing faculty for their hard work, dedication, and the difference they make in someone's life."

One of Ms. Welch's patients had this to say about her:  "Megan has been absolutely amazing, and I was so fortunate to have her as my nurse for three days in a row.  I was able to cry comfortably on many occasions through my extreme pain and hair loss and she was always supportive and reassuring-even through masks her kind eyes got me through the tough moments..."

The Gadsden Technical College (GTC) family also wants to thank Ms. Welch for her loving and kind spirit.  Keep up the good work!!!

M. Welch