Practical Nursing


This Practical Nursing 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. Half of the program hours are in clinical settings such as Manatee Memorial Hospital, Manatee County Health Dept. (DOH), and long-term care facilities.

Program Mission Statement:  The mission of Manatee Technical College’s Nursing Program is to empower students with a passion for learning so they can positively contribute to the Nursing profession.


Class Schedule

Full Time Day:
Monday-Friday, Theory 8:00am-3:00pm and Clinical 6:45am-1:45pm. 
Clinical hours increase in C3
1st Start Date:  January 26, 2015
Application deadline:  Thursday, November 13, 2014 by noon.
TEAS Test: Tuesday, November 18th or Wednesday 19th, 2014 at 8:00am
Medical Terminology Course Dates: August 18, 2014 – November 10, 2014
2nd Start Date: May 12, 2015
Application deadline: March 26, 2015 by noon
TEAS Test: April 7-9, 2015 at 8:00am
Medical Terms Course Date: December 8, 2014 – March 23, 2015

Part-Time Evening  & Weekend Classes:

Two nights per week, Tuesday and Thursday, 6-10pm and two weekends (Saturday AND Sunday) per month,  6:45am-3:30pm.
Start Date: October 2015
Application deadline: August 2015 by noon
: Mid August 2015 at 4:00pm (Exact Date TBA)

Executive Schedule:

Meets every Friday, all day, 8am-5pm plus two weekends per month.
Start Date: April 2015 TBA – We MUST have a minimum of 15 student to start this class.
Application deadline: Dates TBA
: Dates TBA

How to Apply

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.

Information session dates are listed below:

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Wednesday, October 8, 9:00 am

Wednesday, November 5, 5:00 pm

Thursday, December 4, 9:00 am

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 5:00 pm

Thursday, February 12, 2015 1:00 pm

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 5:00 pm

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.


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

Course Sequence/Occupational Completion Points


Course Number

Course Title


Time To Complete*



Basic Healthcare Worker

90 hours

3 weeks



Nurse Aide and Orderly (Articulated)

75 hours

3 weeks



Practical Nurse 1

285 hours

3 months


Practical Nurse 2

450 hours

4.5 months


Practical Nurse 3 *

250 hours

2.5 months


Practical Nurse 4 *

200 hours

2 months





Practical Nurse 3

450 hours

4.5 months
Total/Full Progam
1350 hours
13.5 months

*Time to complete is approximate and based on full time attendance

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.

 1st Time Pass Rate


MTC Practical Nursing 1st   Time Average Pass Rate

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Class Schedule

Full Time Day:   Monday-Friday, Theory 8:00am-3:00pm and Clinical 6:45am-1:45pm

Clinical hours increase in C3


Start Dates:  January 26, 2015, Application deadline:  Thursday, November 13, 2014 by noon.

TEAS Test, Tuesday, November 18th or Wednesday 19th, 2014 at 8:00am

Medical Terminology Course Opens August 18, 2014 and closes November 10, 2014


May 12, 2015, Application deadline: March 26, 2015 by noon

TEAS Test, April 7-9, 2015 at 8:00am

Medical Terms Course opens December 8, 2014 and closes March 23, 2015




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




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