Practical Nursing School

Practical Nurses are the practical part of patient care.

Practical Nurses are a critical part of a healthcare team and provide essential support to doctors and registered nurses by delivering compassionate care to patients.


The 12-month Practical Nursing program designed to help students learn through a collaborative approach based on relationship-centered care and is focused on training students to perform a wide range of patient care functions. To ensure students receive a well-rounded education, the practical nurse classes include instruction with hands-on application in multiple nursing disciplines, including medical-surgical nursing, maternal, pediatric and geriatric nursing, as well as mental health nursing.

Graduates of the program will earn a Practical Nursing Diploma and will be prepared to enter the healthcare field with the basic skills necessary to launch entry-level nursing careers under the supervision of a doctor or an RN.

Program Highlights

  • Graduates earn a Practical Nursing Diploma and CPR Certification
  • Accelerated 12-month program in a fully functioning clinical lab
  • Hands-on training from experienced instructors with real-world experience
  • 506-hour clinical in multiple healthcare settings ranging from home healthcare to acute inpatient facilities
  • Career services and job placement assistance
  • Institutionally Accredited by BPE, ISBN, and ABHES
  • Financial aid available to those who qualify

Your career in patient care starts here!

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What you’ll learn

Our Practical Nursing school includes both classroom instruction and clinical application in our on-campus clinical lab, through hands-on training by experienced instructors in the following areas:

  • Maintaining records of patients’ history
  • Fundamentals of patient care
  • Observing and documenting patient’s health (vital signs and overall condition)
  • Assisting doctors and registered nurses with tests or procedures
  • Performing medication administration
  • Starting IV drips or giving injections
  • Consulting with registered nurses on patient care plans
  • Communicating with patients and their families and educating them on important health initiatives

Career Opportunities

Jumpstart your career in healthcare

Graduates of the Caris College Practical Nursing program will be eligible to sit for their licensure exam through the National Council for State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Students who successfully complete the NCLEX-PN will receive a compact license to practice in most states. If desired, students may then apply for licensure in states not participating in the compact agreement. Indiana and Kentucky currently participate in the compact agreement. Graduates can seek employment in a variety of healthcare settings.

Medical Practices

Hospitals and Emergency Rooms

Outpatient Clinics

Urgent Care Centers

Rehabilitation Centers

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