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Practical Nursing H170607


Meeting Times
Estimated Cost
Day / Evening
11/01/2021Monday 7:30AM - 1:00PM Tues - Fri 7:30-1:30 (Monday - Friday (Clinical hours vary))
08/15/20224:30PM - 10:00PM (Monday - Thursday)

Course Info

15 Months (1350 Clock Hours)

Monday 7:30 am-1 pm; Tuesday-Friday 7:30 am-1:30 pm Clinical times 6:45 am - 12:45 pm
(Summer schedule) Monday- Thursday 7:30 am - 2:45 pm Clinical times 6:45 am - 1:15 pm
18 Months (1350 Clock Hours)


Monday-Thursday; 4:30 pm-10:00 pm (Clinical hours 4:30-10:00)

This program is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing. 

Licensure and Certification Disclosure 

Consideration for admission requires that each PN Candidate register through ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute) to take, and pass the TEAS test with a minimum score of 60%.  The TEAS test is offered on Campus with testing dates announced on the Erwin website for our student's convenience.

The PN Department announces ATI proctored testing dates post-graduation to be held on the last Friday of each month- unless otherwise noted by Hillsborough County School Calendar to be a holiday. 

The proctored test will be administrated at Erwin Technical College at 1p.m. Please email Sister Ann – for  an appointment 

Submission of those who achieve passing scores will take place within a week of passing score. 


Practical Nursing Standards  

  • Possess a standard U.S. high school diploma or GED from a school accredited by an approved accrediting association.  
  • CASAS (Reading and Math) Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Scores: 249 in Reading, 631 Language and 245 Math OR meet TABE exemption (refer to Admissions and Testing) 
  • TEAS Test 


  • Starting July 1, 2018 the TEAS test is required 
  • Cost $100.00, if taken at Erwin
  • Please visit for directions to register to take the TEAS, you may take the TEAS at a location of your choice
  • A required minimum score of 60% or higher.  
  • Additional contact number for ATI 1(800)667-7531

Program Requirements: 

  • Physical examination/immunizations
  • Criminal background checks 
  • Random drug screenings

Students entering all health programs with a clinical study requirement must submit to a criminal background check and random drug screenings at their own expense.

If problems arise with the results of either the criminal background check or the drug screening, students will not be permitted to attend the clinical portion of the program which then results in program non-completion. 

A history of felony convictions or substance abuse may adversely affect your ability to gain employment or take licensing exams in the medical professions. We encourage you to consider your personal history when making appropriate career choices


Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) 

Students who take the TABE at Erwin complete the Application for Admission as a part of the testing process. Students who bring scores from other testing sites must bring scores in a sealed envelope and complete the Application for Admission. (Transcripts from foreign countries must be translated and certified as equivalent to an American H.S. diploma.)

2020-2021 Curriculum Framework

Program Description
Instruction is designed to enable individuals to achieve instructional objectives in the following content areas: nursing skills, life span, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, medical nursing, surgical nursing, pediatric nursing, geriatric nursing, personal and community health, pharmacology, employability skills, leadership and human relations skills.

Fifty percent of the training is spent in the clinical areas and includes: maternal and newborn, pediatrics, medical/surgical, and experience in extended care facilities.  Clinical placement is determined through the Coordinating Council, may begin as early as 6:30 am and include out of county facilities.

Successful program completion prepares students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Florida (NCLEX). Students completing the program receive credits toward a Registered Nurse A.S. Degree at Hillsborough Community College or any community college in the statewide system. Please contact the colleges for additional information. 

Book and Supply Information  
For the most current list of books and supplies, please contact the Student Services Office, Financial Aid Office or our Bookstore. 

Employment/Career Opportunities 
Graduates have been employed by many area nursing and rehabilitation centers, doctors' offices, dialysis centers, out patient clinics, the School District of Hillsborough County and Criminal Justice Systems.  Private duty through agencies or direct employment by a patient is also available.

Salaries for graduates range from $16.66- $20.99 per hour.
Source:  Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statistics

Frequently Asked Questions

How do LPN's and RN's responsibilities differ?
RNs have supervisory duty over all members of a patient health care team. Only RNs are permitted to assess patients and develop nursing diagnoses. LPNs may collect information to help the RN assess and develop the care plans. LPNs can do all tasks associated with patient care but some, like blood administration, still require RN supervision. In other words, RNs are in charge and LPNs work under their supervision.  LPN's may assume supervisory duties. 

How does an LPN advance to a RN?
Licensed Erwin graduates may apply to State of Florida community colleges and receive credit toward their registered nursing course. They still must complete prerequisite courses before admission and will graduate as Associate Degree nurses. They may also go to other colleges of their choice for a bachelor's degree in nursing; however, those colleges may not grant any credit for LPN status.

What kind of clinical experience is involved in this course and where is it offered?
PN students spend half of their education in the clinical setting with patients. They are placed in local hospitals such as VA, as well as area nursing homes. Some clinical hours will vary from classroom hours, depending on clinical availability. Students are required to be flexible with clinical locations and hours. 

What is required to maintain an active license and can Erwin help with the requirement?
Florida nursing licenses are renewed every two years at a current cost of $80(subject to change). In addition, continuing education hours as specified by the Florida Board of Nursing are required for renewal.

What are the physical demands of LPNs?
LPNs are expected to be in very good physical health because the work involves a great deal of physical activity. Walking, bending, and lifting are all part of the daily tasks. In addition, nurses may be called upon to perform CPR or assist in emergency situations that require strength and agility. Pregnancy is not necessarily a limitation for student nurses; however, medical restrictions cannot be placed on their activities.

Is math computation involved in the class work?
Yes, the type of math required for nursing is addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and word problems based on critical thinking. The instructors hold tutoring sessions to assist students who need help.

Is there a lot of homework in the Practical Nursing course?
Yes, most students find that one to two hours of homework per night is necessary to do well in the course. Student study groups have been very helpful for many students.

Where have graduates found employment?
There is a great demand for Erwin graduates at area nursing and rehabilitation centers, doctors' offices, dialysis centers, out-patient clinics, the School District of Hillsborough County, Criminal Justice Systems and the Veteran Administration facilities. Private duty through agencies or direct employment by a patient is also available.

Is job placement available upon graduation? 
Advisory committee representatives and teachers provide students with guidance and recommendations.

How can I learn more about this career field?

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Apply for entry here 

After applying for entry please download and go thru this Admission checklist here

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