Printed on 9/27/2021

Nursing, Practical

31-543-1 Technical Diploma (TD)
Full Time
30 Credits
Financial Aid Eligible
Time of Day: Day
Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

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A career as a practical nurse can be a rewarding opportunity to provide caring medical support to individuals and families across the lifespan. You’ll learn how to assist with health assessments and medication administration, and will have ample opportunities for hands-on experience to develop your clinical skills. You’ll also learn about drug classifications and their effect on the body, as well as the promotion of healthy lifestyles. An emphasis on critical thinking and communications will help you become a skilled nurse who is able to adapt to a variety of environments and work with diverse patient populations. Under supervision, you’ll be able to manage and direct care in various healthcare settings. Upon completion, you’ll be eligible to take the National Council of State Board's licensing exam to become an LPN.

Career Opportunities

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)


Estimated Program Cost

Nursing, Practical

This program will cost about $4,966.50*
based on current tuition and fees.

Textbooks will cost about $814.95*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
  Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.


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Nursing, Practical

Term Fall 2021 Spring 2022

* Programs may be available at locations that are not listed here.

* Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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  • Admissions Requirements

    PN TEAS Score Requirements

    A TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) composite score of 50 or above is required for admission to the Pre-Practical Nursing Program.

    High School Transcript

    Submit an official high school transcript to verify completion of two years of high school or its equivalent.

    Nursing Technical Standards

    Read, acknowledge, and submit a Technical Standards form found at

  • Credit Transfer Options

    They're your credits. Take them with you!

    Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.

    Transfer In

    Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

    Transfer Out

    Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

  • Program Outcomes
    • Integrate Practical Nursing identity reflecting integrity, responsibility and nursing
    • Communicate basic information using multiple sources in nursing practice
    • Utilize theoretical knowledge to participate in decision making
    • Apply the nursing process to basic client care across diverse populations
    • Function as a healthcare team member to provide safe and effective care
  • Program Accreditation/Certification
    This nursing program is certified by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing. The national passing score is 80%. In 2020, FVTC graduates had a passing score of 89%. [FVTC Practical Nursing Program Outcomes (PDF)](

    The Practical Nursing program at Fox Valley Technical College located in Appleton, WI is accredited by the:

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326

    The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

    View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program [here](

    Graduates of Fox Valley Technical College's Practical Nursing program are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses.
  • Additional Information
    Please review [this guide]( for complete admissions and program information.

    Students must obtain a C grade in each required general education and core course. If a C grade is not obtained, you will be required to repeat the course.

    ATI is a required fee upon entry into the Nursing program. It will be utilized in all theory classes, skills classes and clinical.

    To be successful and safe in this program, students must meet the minimum requirements for English language proficiency (high intermediate at minimum, with advanced level preferred). Students who do not meet these requirements can get help by enrolling in FVTC’s [Intensive English program](

    Criminal activity reported will be communicated to healthcare agencies which provide student clinical and internship opportunities. Healthcare agencies have the legal right to deny a clinical or internship experience based on crimes committed. Completion of your program cannot be guaranteed if your criminal history precludes you from completing any clinical or internship experience.

    Even though you will be admitted in to one of the nursing programs upon completion of the above requirements, you will not be eligible for core nursing courses until you show completion of a Nursing Assistant (DHFS approved) class to staff in Room E121 on the Appleton campus.

    You will be required to complete a Certified Criminal Background Check prior to enrollment into internship or clinical experience. Do not submit these records until you are asked to provide them to your instructors.

    There is an estimated wait time of up to one term AFTER your admit term to enter occupational specific courses; while waiting to start occupational specific courses, you may choose to take general education and elective courses required for your degree or diploma program.

    Students will be required to electronically submit clinical documentation, which includes immunizations, when accepted into core courses.

    The Nursing Skills course is offered in Oshkosh and Appleton; this is the only core LPN course offered in both locations.

  • Undecided?

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