Practical Nurse, V.C.


Program overview:

This program is designed to help you qualify to obtain a Licensed Practical Nurse's license in the State of Florida. Upon completion of the program, which consists of 1,350 hours of study, you will be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses). The first two courses of this program qualify students to take the Certified Nursing Assistant examination. This program is available only at the Gulf/Franklin Campus in Port St. Joe, Florida.

In this program, the practical nurse student learns to give patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. The student will acquire skills and knowledge necessary to give safe and effective care to patients in a variety of settings.

The Practical Nursing program is a selective admission, limited enrollment program. Admission to Gulf Coast State College does not imply acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program.

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Application Process:

After meeting the above criteria, the applicant should contact the Assistant Coordinator for advising and review of the application folder for completeness.

Applications must be completed by the last working day in April for the summer class. Due to the selection process, meeting minimum requirements does not automatically guarantee admission. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain communication with the program advisor to ensure that the application folder is complete and up-to-date with current admission requirements.

Selection of Students: During the first week in May, the selection committee will review all completed applications and make selections for the class. Students are selected based on admission index criteria. Applicants will be notified by mail of selection status.

Requirements after conditional Acceptance

  • Satisfactory fingerprinting/criminal background check
  • Copy of current Certification in CPR for Healthcare Providers
  • Completion of physical examination (with satisfactory results), including copy of immunization form.
  • Satisfactory 10-panel drug screen

Failure to complete the above requirements by the designated deadline will result in the forfeiture of your slot in the Practical Nursing program.


How do I apply to the Practical Nursing program?

To apply to the Practical Nursing program, you’ll need to complete two applications: the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College and an Practical Nursing Program Application. Please download and review the Practical Nursing program application packet for a complete list of admission requirements and prerequisite course requirements. Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Visit the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.

Practical Nursing program applications may be submitted to the Gulf/Franklin Campus using the following contact information:

Gulf/Franklin Campus

Justin Ryan Walding
Sr. Administrative Assistant
3800 Garrison Ave
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

Phone: 850-227-9670, ext. 5522
FAX: 850-873-3524


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Program Requirements

Courses CH
=+*HCP0001, Health Careers Core ** 3.0 v
=+*HCP0120C, Basic Nursing Care ** 2.5 v
=+*PRN0001C, Fundamentals of Nursing Care 9.0 v
=+*PRN0022, Structure and Function 2.0 v
=+*HSC0530, Medical Terminology 0.5 v
=+*PRN0030C, Introduction to Pharmacology & Medications Admin w/Safe Dose Calculations 2.5 v
=+*PRN0023, Life Span 0.5 v
=+*PRN0110C, Pediatric Nursing 3.0 v
=+*PRN0400, Mental Health Concepts 0.5 v
=+*PRN0440, Community Health Concepts 0.5 v
=+*PRN0381C, Medical Surgical Nursing 7.0 v
=+*PRN 0383C, Medical Surgical Nursing II 10.0 v
=+*PRN0100C, Maternal/Newborn Nursing 4.0 v



**Vocational credit is awarded to the student if completed prior to entering the program.  If accepted, the student will not have to repeat these courses. Upon completion of these courses in the program, the student is eligible to sit for the state Certified Nursing Assistant examination.

• General Education Core.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required.  See course descriptions.

# Applies to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= PSAV course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.


Contact the ADVISor

Deborah Brzuska, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Assistant Coordinator of GFC Nursing

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Laura Justice
Chair, Health Sciences


 Application Deadlines

  • Last working day of April

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