Nursing (Practical)


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Program Overview

The practical nursing program at Western Nebraska Community College is designed to prepare students to become licensed practical nurses (LPN) capable of providing nursing care under the supervision of a licensed professional. After successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the national licensing exam to become an LPN. Graduates will receive a diploma upon program completion.

The program is located on the Alliance, Scottsbluff and Sidney campuses. Classroom and clinical rotations are done during the school year. Clinical rotations are routinely done during the day but due to availability of clinical experiences, evenings and weekends may also need to be utilized.

Prior to enrolling in the two semesters of nursing courses, students must complete the following courses:

  • Body Structure & Function or equivalent Anatomy & Physiology course
  • English Composition
  • Psychology
  • Nutrition & Diet Therapy
  • The student must be Intermediate Algebra ready. Microbiology may be taken with the first semester of nursing courses or prior to admission to the program
  • Current Basic Nursing Assistant (BNA) status

Degrees & Certificates

Diploma in Nursing (Practical)

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2014, the median pay for Licensed Practical Nurses was $42,490 per year. Growth for jobs in LPNs for the decade 2014-2024 was projected to be 16%, much faster than average. (

Gainful Employment (GE) Program Disclosures
NOTE: applies only to diploma and certificates, not associate degrees

Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 require institutions to report certain information to students who enroll in Title IV-eligible education programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Those regulations also provide that institutions must disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution's GE programs. 

View the Gainful Employment Program Disclosure by visit Nursing (Practical) Diploma.

Gainful Employment Acknowledgement

View the program handbook at: Nursing Education Division Program Handbook

View the WNCC Practical Nursing Student Achievement Outcomes at: PN Program Outcomes

Approved By:
Nebraska State Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 95007
Lincoln, NE  68509

Accredited By:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA  30326

Accredited: Next Evaluation Site Visit Spring 2024.