Practical Nursing

Nursing - Manatee Technical College

Approximate cost, full-time attendance

*Estimated costs are based on FL residency in-state tuition. All tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to changes.
*Estimated costs include tuition fees, books, and uniforms. Additional supplies/tools may also need to be purchased.

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). Not only will students study how the body functions, but also how emotional and mental well being affects overall health. Students will learn how to do scientifically based planning for the nursing care of each individual patient. Successful completion of this class prepares students to take the examination for licensure in the state of Florida.

Program Content
The content includes, but is not limited to, theoretical instruction and clinical experience in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, and geriatric nursing; theoretical instruction and clinical experience in acute, care, long term care and community settings; theoretical instruction and clinical application of vocational role and function; personal, family and community health concepts; nutrition; human growth and development over the life span; body structure and function; interpersonal relationship skills, mental health concepts; pharmacology and administration of medications; legal aspects of practice; and current issues in nursing.

Coursework includes, but is not limited to, Fundamentals in Nursing I & II, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Human Growth and Development, Medical Terminology, Medical Surgical I & II, Medication Administration, Dosage Calculation, and Application of Nursing Arts I, II and III.

The nursing department at MTC is affiliated with the following clinical sites:
Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
Manatee Memorial Hospital
Manatee Springs Care & Rehabilitation
Manatee County Health Department
Riverfront Nursing and Rehab Center
Manatee County Rural Health Clinics
Braden River Health Care
Glen Ridge
Pines of Sarasota
Manatee County Schools


Step 1:  Attend a 2 hour Nursing Career Information Session offered monthly.

This mandatory session will provide complete program requirements and financial aid opportunities.  You will be fully informed and this will save you time and money.   Please come early or on time and bring something to write with.  Late comers are not permitted to enter the session. We request that only applying students attend these sessions due to limited seating.  At the session you will receive a Program Application Request Form  packet. This includes information about the Medical Terminology prerequisite and how to prepare for the TEAS entrance examination, physical & immunizations required.

Call 941-752-8100 to hear a recording of updated information session dates and times, Program start dates, application deadlines dates and Teas testing dates. This recorded message is updated weekly.

Step 2:  Fill out a Manatee Tech Main Application that can be found by clicking here.
Please make note a social security number is required for licensure or certification in the State of Florida noted by the Board of Nursing.

Step 3: Take the TABE test at any campus.

NOTE: An official college transcript proving awarded degree will exempt you from TABE

Step 4: Make an appointment with a career counselor for consultation and assistance.

They will assist you in preparing for entrance into the PN Program.

Step 5: Turn in your completed Application Request Form, residency documents, signed residency form, TABE test results or Official College Transcripts to the counselor.

You will receive a Practical Nursing Application form and other important PN Program information.  Physical and immunizations are not required at this point. You will also get the Medical Terminology course access ID number to begin that class.

Step 5:  Make an appointment to turn in your completed Practical Nursing Application form with all required documents.

These are the required documents: your physical from your doctor, immunizations, copy of High School Transcript (or GED® test results) on or before the deadline date. Be prepared to pay a program application fee of $30.00, and to pay for TEAS test $45.00.  At this time, you will be assigned a date and time to take the TEAS test.

NOTE: Official Transcripts must be turned in for any Transfer Credit consideration at this time; no credit will be given after deadline date.  (Ex. Health Science Core, Articulated Nursing Assisting, Medical Terminology)

Step 6:  Complete the Medical Terminology Online course by the deadline date.

Step 7:  Take TEAS test on your assigned date.

Step 8:  Receive an acceptance or non-acceptance letter.

Step 9:  Make appointment for fingerprinting.

Call 941.780.6161 prior to registration. Acceptance is contingent upon a clean background result

Step 10: Confirm your financial aid status with Manatee Tech’s financial aid department.

Step 11:  When accepted, complete the response form and fax, mail or drop off.

Fax # 941-727-6257 attention: Kathy Matthews.

Step 12:  Register on designated date and time and pay for the program.

NOTE:  All fees associated with this application process are non-refundable.  If you are not accepted and you intend to reapply, please make arrangements to pick up your application documents, and/or re-submit for the next available start date.  All documents will be shredded within 30 days after course start date.

Please make copies of all documents before turning in anything.  We cannot make copies for you.

Length of Program
This program is 1350 clock hours, which takes approximately 1 year and 1 months to complete if attending full-time. Part-time evenings is 2 years and 3 months. Part-time executive schedule is 1 year and 9 months.

Articulated College Credit Hours
Graduates of this program may earn an advanced placement option for first year of the AS Degree in Nursing at SCF or up to 10 credit hours towards the AAS/AS Degree in Registered Nursing (RN).

Program graduates are prepared to earn the FL Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Licensure.



Successful completion of this class prepares students to take the examination for licensure in the state of Florida.

Course Sequence/Occupational Completion Points

OCP Course Number Course Title Length
A HSC0003 Basic Healthcare Worker 90 hours
B HCP0121 Nurse Aide and Orderly (Articulated) 75 hours
C PRN0091 Practical Nurse 1 285 hours
PRN0092 Practical Nurse 2 450 hours
PRN0096 Practical Nurse 3 450 hours

For more information regarding career details, as well as the skills necessary to be successful Practical Nurse, follow these links:

Basic Health Worker
Nurse Aide and Orderly (Articulated)
Practical Nurse

Career Potential and Outlook

Employment of LPNs is projected to grow faster than average. Overall job prospects are expected to be very good. The best job opportunities will occur in nursing care facilities and home health care services, while applicants for jobs in hospitals may face competition Employment will grow in response to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population and the general increase in demand for health care services.

Entrance/Exit Requirements

Language, math and reading competencies are pre-assessed. The required basic skills grade levels for this program are Reading – 11.0, Math – 11.0, and Language – 11.0 and must be met prior to program completion.


In State Tuition (1350 hours) =$2.92 per clock hour

$3942.00 estimate  (per hour Tuition fees go up every July)


Nclex…………………… $460.00

Computer testing fee…………………   $744.00

Registration-annually………………..      $30.00

Parking Permit-annually………………….       $20.00

ID badge-annually………………..       $10.00

HOSA-annually…………………..       $30.00

Health & Safety-annually …………………     $14.00

Drug screen ……………………………….     $100.00

Lab bag …………………………  $50.00

Uniform patches (3)…………………..    $ 15.00

Books…………………… $465.00

Uniforms…………..……    $160.00

Pinning Ceremony…………………..   $40.00

Electronic Medical Records Package……   $109.00

Fees are payable prior to the beginning of each component
NOTE: Estimate does not include admission costs incurred prior to acceptance: medical application fee, TABE test, online prerequisite “Med Term” class, physical, immunizations and background check.


50% – Nursing TEAS test
50% – Medical Terminology grade                                       

All students must meet minimum TEAS test requirement to be considered


Bailey, Collins, Harvey, James, Eliacin, Meyer, Lankford


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