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Practical Nurse program

  • Top-rated and most affordable Practical Nurse Aide program in the nation
  • Approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN)
    KSBN Approved
  • Expert instructors with decades of industry experience
  • Train in labs equipped with high-fidelity manikins
  • Flexible schedules
  • Prepares you for the LPN exam
  • You may qualify for financial assistance

Program duration: 9 months.

Available schedules: Weekday, Weekday Evening, and Weekend.

Enrollment for the 2023 Practical Nurse program is now open. Scroll down for program details or get info on how to register.

Practical Nurse program info

Program Description

Our Practical Nurse (PN) program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and is based on the Kansas Board of Regents and Kansas State Board of Nursing regulations.

It is designed to prepare students to care for patients in a manner consistent with the Kansas Board of Nursing Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) scope of practice, and emphasizes the use of appropriate clinical judgment in the role of the LPN.

The 43 credit-hour curricula will be taught in four 10-week modules (terms) for a total of 885 clock hours, and will include hands-on, active learning in class and clinical experiences appropriate for practice in today’s healthcare environment.

Special emphasis will be placed on “soft skills” which will allow graduates to not only meet patients’ psychosocial needs but also work effectively as a member of an healthcare team.

In addition, students will be grounded with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of nursing with evaluation using HESI-A2 at the end of each module.

An applied learning approach to the PN curriculum will be used in each module to help students further develop the tactile and critical thinking skills necessary to assist with diagnostic procedures and facilitate the examination and treatment of patients and residents.

The program includes IV Therapy skills, so there will be no need to look for IV certification after graduation.

Our faculty will prepare the students to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Students are required to participate in a 2-day NCLEX-PN bootcamp. A passing score in NCLEX-PN makes you an LPN, qualified to work as an entry-level LPN.

Program Topics

  • 1.
    Foundations of Nursing
  • 2.
    Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Safe Medication Administration
  • 3.
    Essential Soft Skills for Nurses
  • 4.
    Nursing Care of Adults
  • 5.
    Mental Health Nursing
  • 6.
    Maternal Child Nursing
  • 7.
    IV Therapy for PNs
  • 8.
    Leadership, Roles, and Issues

CNA & CPR/BLS certifications are required

An active CNA and a current CPR/BLS (AHA certification only) certifications are required. If you’re not a CNA and CPR-certified, you can take our Nurse Aide course and CPR/BLS class to satisfy the requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

To enroll in the Practical Nurse program, you need to have:

  • An active CNA certification
  • A current CPR/BLS certification

For the CPR/BLS certification, only the American Heart Association (AHA) certification is acceptable. If you don’t have both certifications, you can take our Nurse Aide course and CPR/BLS class.

You also need to have the following course credits:

  • Medical Terminology (2 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
  • Human Growth & Development (3 credits)

If you don’t have those course credits already, we offer all 3 courses, so you can apply to take any that you need to fulfill the Practical Nurse program requirements. Check out our Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Human Growth & Development pages for more info.

If you have the required certifications and course credits, you need to submit proof while applying for the program. You can email copies of your certificates and official transcripts to us or mail them to:

Mid-America College of Health Sciences
10000 W. 75th Street, Suite 241
Merriam, KS 66204 

While not required for admission, additional training in Phlebotomy is strongly encouraged, as it will enhance your overall preparedness for the program.

General Admission Requirements

Besides the specific prerequisite courses listed in the previous section, all prospective applicants must meet the following general admission requirements:

  • Plain black scrub top
  • White scrub pant
  • TB skin test or negative chest X-Ray result
  • Negative covid-19 test result
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination

The HESI exam is especially important to being accepted into the Practical Nurse program. Visit the HESI exam page to learn more and register for it.

Clinicals and Labs

Clinicals and lab sessions are an integral part of the Practical Nurse program. Clinicals days and times are within the course dates but times may vary to align with a nursing community’s shift schedule. Your instructor will provide you up to date info about the clinicals for your class.

Lab sessions are opportunities for students to practice what they learned in class using high- and low-fidelity manikins in our state -of-the-art lab.

Practical Nurse students during a lab session

Practical Nurse students during a lab session

2022 Practical Nurse students during a lab session

2022 Practical Nurse students during a lab session

Practical Nurse students in the parking lot of a clinical site

Practical Nurse students in the parking lot of a clinical site

Program Schedule

The PN program at Mid-America College of Health Sciences has a very flexible schedule so you can study at a pace that fits your own schedule. Each schedule will last 9 months, with a maximum class size of 20 per cohort.

Besides regular class instruction, the PN program also has clinicals, with schedules distinct from the class schedules. 

Our next Weekday and Weekday Evening cohorts will start on August 1, 2023. Our next Weekend cohort will start on August 4, 2023.

The deadline to apply and submit all admission requirements is June 30, 2023. Orientation for all cohorts will be held on July 28, 2023. 

Class Time
Clinicals Time
Weekday (Mon. - Thurs)
7 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
6 a.m. - 2 p.m. OR 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Weekday Evening (Mon. - Thurs.)
3 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
2 p.m. - 10 p.m. OR 3 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Weekend (Fri. - Sun.)
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
6 a.m. - 2 p.m. OR 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cost and Registration

The cost for the PN program depends on whether your are an in-state, out-of-state or international student. Consult the section below for info on the fee that applies to you. You may call (913) 708-8323 or stop by the office at 10000 W 75th Street, Suite 241, Merriam, KS 66204 to discuss a payment arrangement.

To register, click the Register Now button.

You are considered an in-state student if you are a resident of the state of Kansas. The fees you’ll pay includes:

  • Non-refundable application fee: $25:00
  • Program fee: $19,500


A 2.3% processing fee applies to all transactions.

You are considered an out-of-state student if you are NOT a resident of the state of Kansas. The fees you’ll pay includes:

  • Non-refundable application fee: $25:00
  • Program fee: $20,700


A 2.3% processing fee applies to all transactions.

You are considered an international student if you are a NOT a resident of the United States. The fees you’ll pay includes:

  • Non-refundable application fee: $25:00
  • Program fee: $21,500


A 2.3% processing fee applies to all transactions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, our Practical Nurse program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing, or the KSBN. So you’ll find us on this KSBN page (we’re in the second column of the second page).

No. All conditions for acceptance into the program, including general admission requirements, must be met before you can be accepted into the PN program.

The Mid-America College of Health Sciences (MACOHS) Practical Nurse (PN) program meets the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) requirements for a Practical Nurse license. It has not, however, been determined whether the program meets the state education requirements in any other State, US Territory, or District of Columbia.

Applicants are responsible for investigating requirements prior to accepting an offer of admission to MACOHS for the pre-licensure practical nursing program.

The licensure boards in each state establishes their own requirements for licensure or certification for their state. The state professional licensing boards will make decisions on whether an individual is eligible for license based on regulation in place at the time of application for licensure.

Please see the National Council State Board of Nursing website for more info on Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) | NCSBN.

In accordance with KSA 65-1120, the Board of Nursing (KSA 65-1120), the following are considered grounds for disciplinary action. The board may deny, revoke, limit or suspend any license or authorization to practice nursing as a registered professional nurse, as a licensed practical nurse, as an advanced practice registered nurse, or as a registered nurse anesthetist that is issued by the board or applied for under this act or may publicly or privately censure a licensee or holder of a temporary permit or authorization, if the applicant, licensee or holder of a temporary permit or authorization is found after hearing to be:

  • Guilty of fraud or deceit in practicing nursing or in procuring or attempting to procure a license to practice nursing.
  • Guilty of a felony or to have been guilty of a misdemeanor involving an illegal drug offense unless the applicant or licensee establishes sufficient rehabilitation to warrant public trust, except notwithstanding KSA 74-120 which states that no license, certificate of qualification, or authorization to practice nursing shall be granted to a person with a felony conviction for a crime against persons as specified in article 34 of chapter 21 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated and act amendatory thereof or supplemental thereto.
  • To have committed an act of professional incompetency as defined by subsection (e).
  • To be unable to practice with skill and safety due to current use of drugs or alcohol.
  • To be a person who has been adjudged in need of a guardian or conservator or both and who has not been restored to capacity.
  • To be guilty of unprofessional conduct as defined by the rules and regulations of the board Revised: 02/28/2019 fam Page 12.
  • To have willfully or repeatedly violated the provisions of the Kansas Nurse Practice Act or any rules and regulations adopted pursuant to that act, including KSA 65-1114 and KSA 65-1122 and amendments thereto.
  • To have a license to practice nursing denied, revoked, limited, or suspended or to be publicly or privately censured or to have other disciplinary action taken against the applicant or licensee, by a licensing authority in another state, agency of the United States government, territory of the United States or country. (A certified copy of the record or order shall constitute prima facie evidence of such a fact)..
  • To have assisted suicide in violation of KSA 21-3406 (prior to its repeal) or K.S.A. 2012 Supp. 21-5407, and amendments thereto.

Yes. You’re required to recertify every 2 years.