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Practical Nurse program

  • Initial approval by the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN)
  • 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.

Registration for the 2024 – 2025 Practical Nurse program is closed. 2025 registration coming soon.

Practical Nurse program info

Program Description

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

The PN program 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. Each student’s clinical experience is a robust hands-on experience throughout our nine-month program starting in our skills lab.  Students are taught hands-on skills to promote and enhance critical thinking and prepare each student to assist and take superior quality care of patients.

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

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

An applied learning approach to the PN curriculum is 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.

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). Additionally, students are required to participate in a 2-day NCLEX-PN bootcamp facilitated by external NCLEX specialists. 

Upon completion of the program, students are award a Diploma in Practical Nursing and will be prepared to take the NCLEX-PN examination.

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

Program Diploma Degree Plan

Prerequisite Courses
CoursesCredit HoursClock Hours
Human Anatomy and Physiology460
Human Growth and Development345
Medical Terminology230
Total Hours for Prerequisite Courses9135
Module I
CoursesCredit HoursClock Hours
PN101 Foundations of Nursing460
PN102 Foundations of Nursing Clinical290
PN104 Fundamentals of Pharmacology
and Safe Medication Administration
245
PN105 Essential Soft Skills for Nurses115
Total Hours for Module I9210
Module II
CoursesCredit HoursClock Hours
PN201 Nursing Care of Adults I 460
PN202 Nursing Care of Adults I Clinical290
PN203 Mental Health Nursing 230
Total Hours for Module II8180
Module III
CoursesCredit HoursClock Hours
PN301 Maternal Child Nursing230
PN302 Maternal Child Nursing Clinical145
PN303 Care of Aging Adults II230
PN304 Leadership, Roles, and Issues230
Total Hours for Module III7135
Module IV
CoursesCredit HoursClock Hours
PN401 Nursing Care of Adults II460
PN402 Nursing Care of Adults II Clinical290
PN403 Preparation for NCLEX/
Preparation & Professional Behaviors
230
PN404 IV Therapy for PNs (IV)245
Total Hours for Module IV10225
Total Program Hours =43 Credit Hours885 Total Clock Hours

CNA & CPR/BLS certifications are required

An active CNA and a current CPR/BLS certification for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association (AHA) is required. If you are not a CNA or CPR/BLS certified, you can take our Nurse Aide program or CPR/BLS course to satisfy these requirements.

CPR/BLS Certifications must be from American Heart Association (AHA). Certifications from other providers will not be accepted.

Prerequisite Courses

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

  • An active CNA certification
  • A current CPR/BLS certification from the American Heart Association (AHA)

CPR/BLS Certifications must be from American Heart Association (AHA). Certifications from other providers will not be accepted. If you don’t have both certifications, you can take our Nurse Aide course and CPR/BLS class.

You also need to have credits for the three courses below. 

Please note: Credits for prerequisite courses taken at MACOHS may or may not transfer to other schools.

 

  • Medical Terminology (2 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits) - credits must be earned within the last 7 years
  • 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

Prospective applicants must submit or meet each of the requirements listed below, and copies of required documents must be submitted to the admissions office. 

If you cannot obtain each requirement prior to the application deadline, you will need to postpone your enrollment and reapply for the 2025 – 2026 program start.

Enrollments are conditional until all fees, paperwork, and admission requirements are completed.

  • 18 years of age or older
  • High school diploma or GED*
  • Valid state ID
  • Valid SSN card
  • Negative tuberculosis (TB) test result
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination
  • CPR/BLS certification from the American Heart Association (AHA)

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.

*Students that have obtained a high school diploma, college degree, or college credits outside of the United States must have their educational credentials evaluated for US equivalency by a professional evaluation agency. Unevaluated foreign credentials (high school or college) will not be accepted. 

Generic & Transfer Students

Students entering the prelicensure Practical Nurse program at Mid-America College (MACOHS) and plan to complete the entire curriculum are defined as “Generic students” in accordance with the KSBN Nurse Practice Act. 

MACOHS does not accept credits or hours for core nursing courses from other institutions. Students may transfer existing credits for general education prerequisite courses from other institutions. The articulation policy and credit transfer policies can be found in the MACOHS PN program student handbook.

A maximum of nine (9) General Education transfer credits will be accepted toward the Practical Nurse Program. Students are required to submit official transcripts for prerequisite courses to the admissions office during enrollment. 

Section 60-1-104 of the KSBN Nurse Practice defines generic student, transfer student, and articulation as:

“Generic student” means one who enters at the beginning of a prelicensure nursing program and plans to complete the entire curriculum.

“Transfer student” means one who is permitted to apply nursing courses completed at another institution to a nursing program of study.

“Articulation” means the process by which a registered professional nurse, licensed practical nurse, or mental health technician who is enrolled in a nursing program is given credit for previous education in nursing or mental health technology.

The KSBN Nursing Practice Act can be seen here.

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. 

Registration for the 2024 – 2025 Practical Nurse program is closed pending required KSBN site visit between June and August 2024. 

The deadline to submit all admission requirements for the 2024 – 2025 is July 31, 2024. Orientation date for all 2024 – 2025 cohorts to be determined. 

Admission for the 2025 – 2026 PN program will reopen after KSBN site visit and visit outcome. 

Schedule
Class Time
Clinicals Time
Weekday Cohort (Mon. - Thurs)
7 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
6 a.m. - 2 p.m. OR 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Weekday Evening Cohort (Mon. - Thurs.)
3 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
2 p.m. - 10 p.m. OR 3 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Blended-Week Cohort (Thur. - Sat.)
7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
6 a.m. - 2 p.m. OR 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost and Registration

The cost for the PN program depends on whether your are an in-state or out-of-state student. Consult the sections below for information on the cost and fees that applies to you. 

Payment plans are available for this program. Students must meet with our admissions staff and sign a Financial Responsibility Agreement to be approved for a payment plan. Please contact us for more details.

To speak with our admissions staff about this program, text or leave a voicemail at (913) 708-8323. You can also speak to us in person at 10000 W 75th Street, Suite 241, Merriam, KS 66204.

You are considered an in-state student if you are a resident of the state of Kansas. Cost for in-state students:

  • Program Cost: $19,500.00 – does not include out-of-pocket fees
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $25.00

 

NOTE: Students accepted for admission are required to pay a deposit of $2,500.00 before the program start date.

Out-of-pocket fees include but are not limited to: Textbook bundle, NCLEX-PN exam fees, Scrubs, CPR/BLS, TB testing, Hepatitis B vaccination, HESI-A2 entrance exam, and graduation fees.

You are considered an out-of-state student if you are NOT a resident of the state of Kansas. Cost for out-of-state students:

  • Program Cost: $20,700.00 – does not include out-of-pocket fees
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $25.00

 

NOTE: Students accepted for admission are required to pay a deposit of $2,500.00 before the program start date.

Out-of-pocket fees include but are not limited to: Textbook bundle, NCLEX-PN exam fees, Scrubs, CPR/BLS, TB testing, Hepatitis B vaccination, HESI-A2 entrance exam, and graduation fees.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

No. Prerequisite courses must be completed before taking core nursing courses. 

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 renew your license every 2 years in accordance with your states Board of Nursing requirements. 

The IV Therapy Certification/initial gets placed on Kansas licenses by KSBN between 7- 10 business days from the date of passing NCLEX-PN exam. 

The following pertains to our Missouri students:

(3) A practical nurse who is currently licensed to practice in another state or jurisdiction of the United States, who is an applicant for licensure by endorsement in Missouri, and is IV-Certified in another state or jurisdiction of the United States, or who has completed a venous access and intravenous infusion treatment modalities course in another state or jurisdiction of the United States, can obtain IV-Certification in Missouri by endorsement upon providing evidence of IV-Certification or completion of a venous access and intravenous infusion modalities course in another state or jurisdiction.

(A) Upon receipt of evidence of IV-Certification or completion of a venous access and intravenous infusion modalities course in another state or jurisdiction the board shall designate IV-Certification on the license record through the coordinated licensure information system.
(B) Upon confirmation of IV-Certification through the coordinated licensure information system, the individual may engage in practical nursing care acts involving venous access and intravenous infusion treatment modalities as specified in the provisions of section 335.016, RSMo, 20 CSR 2200-5.010, and this chapter.
(C) When all other licensure requirements are met, the license issued will state LPN IV-Certified.
This information is available here 

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