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LCCC Catalog 2024-2025 
    Jun 18, 2024  
LCCC Catalog 2024-2025

Practical Nursing, CERT

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The LCCC Practical Nursing Program is designed for students with patient care experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) wishing to expand their skills and knowledge in patient care. This intensive three-semester program not including prerequisite courses is a balance of general education and nursing courses that provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to function as beginning practitioners of nursing. Students receive instruction in a hybrid/asynchronous/and synchronous platform alongside clinical experiences in the nursing care of patients in health care settings under the supervision and guidance of the nursing faculty and preceptors. Clinical sites are in a variety of communities and travel may be required. This program can be completed at a distance with short on-campus residencies required each semester. The competencies of TREX 2000  are embedded into this program to ensure students benefit from and complete the requirements of the Transition Experience prior to graduating from LCCC.

Admission into the LCCC Practical Nursing Program is competitive. Applications are accepted once a year. Students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and be in satisfactory academic standing. Prerequisite courses must be completed with at least a “C” or better. More information on the application process is available on the Nursing webpage.  The nursing curriculum at Laramie County Community College is a leveled educational program to facilitate career mobility. The successful completion of this program provides a foundation for progression in the field of nursing and prepare the student to earn a certificate of completion and provide eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN) and attain licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Successful completion of the LCCC Practical Nursing Program prepares students for National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN) and attain licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  Additionally, successful completion prepares graduates for advanced placement into the ADN program which is part of the Statewide ReNEW consortium. As a member of this consortium, LCCC nursing students are automatically accepted into the University of Wyoming’s ReNEW baccalaureate program. Students can take online courses for their baccalaureate in nursing (BSN) degree while earning their associate degree in nursing (ADN). Students also have the option to apply for other RN-BSN programs, once they graduate from this program and pass the National Council Licensure Exam-RN (NCLEX-RN).

Contact Information

Contact information is available on the Nursing program website.

Map your individual academic plan of courses with your Student Success Coach.

If students choose to transition to another program within the Health Sciences & Wellness pathway, they should be particularly aware of the choice points that indicate when a decision to branch off into another program must be made to ensure credits and time are not lost.

Coursework common to all degrees within this pathway is indicated by CAC, Common Academic Coursework, in the program map. 


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:


  • Utilize strategies that reduce the risk of harm to patients and providers considering professional standards.
  • Utilize technology that supports quality and safety.

Clinical Judgment

  • Apply the nursing process in providing appropriate fundamental, evidence-based care.


  • Perform self-assessment of leadership abilities and responsibilities.
  • Use mutually respectful communication and collaboration, within interprofessional teams in providing patient care.
  • Function within established policies in structured healthcare systems.

Patient Centeredness

  • Use caring behaviors to provide safe and effective, developmentally and culturally appropriate care to patients.
  • Use therapeutic communication skills in the development of therapeutic relationships with patients and families
  • Apply the role of an effective advocate when participating in the care of patients.


  • Demonstrate principles of accountability, integrity, and autonomy while providing care for patients.
  • Demonstrate adherence to the scope of practice while providing care for patients.

Health Promotion 

  • Employ the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to promote optimal patient outcomes.
  • Explore the role of the practical nurse in emergency preparedness.

First Semester - Prerequisites


  • Students are eligible to apply to the Practical Nursing Program.

Semester Total: 13 Credits

First Semester


  • Students begin clinical learning.  

Semester Total: 14 Credits

Second Semester


  • Students continue clinical learning.  
  • Students complete IV certification in preparation for practicum course.

Semester Total: 13 Credits

Third Semester

Course Requirements


  • Completion of the Practical Nursing, CERT

Semester Total: 8 Credits

Program Credit Hour Total: 48 Credits

Program Comments

The information below is intended to be a guide, and does not guarantee regional job placement, job availability, or a specific wage after completion of the program.

The Practical Nursing Program is intended for students who are wishing to immediately join the workforce.  

Potential job opportunities for individuals with certificate in Practical Nursing may include Long-Term Care Centers, Rehabilitation Services, Correctional Services, Primary Care, Acute Care, Veterans Administration, amongst others.  

Additional information on careers in Practical Nursing is available through Career Coach.

Transfer Information

LCCC courses may transfer to institutions in addition to those above with formal articulation agreements. Students are strongly encouraged to determine the degree requirements and transfer policy of the specific college/university and program to which they plan to transfer.

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