Nursing - Practical Nursing Certificate

Nursing - Practical Nursing Program Overview

The Practical Nursing program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Graduates receive a certificate and are eligible to apply to write the NCLEX-PN exam to become licensed as a Practical Nurse. Graduates may go to work in long-term skilled care, home health care, doctors' offices, hospice, hospitals and/or industrial nursing. The program may also be used as a stepping stone to further one's nursing education. Students may take the "Program Specific Courses" only after they have been admitted into the program. In order to be considered for admission to the Practical Nursing program, an applicant must score a minimum COMPASS numerical score of 39 and reading and writing scores of 65. A separate application process is required for acceptance into this program. Complete application information can be obtained on the OTC website or from the Allied Health Office. A new class begins each fall and spring semester. The application deadline for the program is April 1 for fall and October 1 for spring.