Practical Nursing Diploma

The Practical Nursing curriculum provides knowledge and skills to integrate safety and quality into nursing care to meet the needs of the holistic individual which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interdisciplinary team while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation/long term care/home health facilities, clinics, and physicians' offices.


Practical Nursing Admission Checklist

All Applicants Must Complete The Following Requirements:

The Practical Nursing program is a limited enrollment program and uses a competitive admissions procedure with a point system – NOT a waiting list - to determine who can register for the NUR classes. Applicants are ranked based on points that are determined by grades earned in the general education classes required for the Nursing program – such as ENG 111 and BIO 163. Grades of "C" or better are required in all program-related curriculum classes. 

Please note the following:  (1) BIO classes must have been completed within 5 years of the first NUR class.  (2) Math proficiency must have been completed within 10 years of the first NUR class.

The following items below are requirements for the Practical Nursing program selection process:

  • Submit a separate program application for the Practical Nursing diploma program.
    • The application deadline is September 1st for the spring semester.
    • Practical Nursing program only begins in the Spring semester.
    • Email completed program application to [email protected]
  • Submit official ATI TEAS scores (directly from ATI) to [email protected] by program application deadline. Applicants must meet the required minimum score of 59 or higher on the composite score (average of all 4 sections) to be eligible to submit the program application.
    • TEAS Retest Policy: If you need to retake the TEAS exam, you must wait a minimum of 30 days from your last exam date to retest.  Only two tests are allowed per calendar year.  

  • Submit verification of Nurse Aide 1 (NA 1) certification.  

  • Meet English Language requirement. The form is attached to the program application. If students need to complete the TOEFL, scores must be submitted by the program application deadline. Please note that an online high school, GED, or high school equivalency does not meet exemption requirements.

Details regarding the English Language Requirement

  • Have a GPA of 2.0 or higher on coursework completed at Wake Tech. 

  • Once admitted into the NUR classes, students are required to attend a mandatory departmental orientation and complete all clinical site requirements.

Note: Wake Tech Community College is continuously evaluating admissions procedures and reserves the right to make changes as necessary.