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Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing (PN)

Our full-time and part-time enrollment options are available in our McPherson location.  We provide support throughout your learning experience with an on-site counselor to help with personal and financial planning issues to ensure you are able to reach your dream of being a nurse.

Our students are able to learn with our high-fidelity simulators, which provide a realistic and life-like experience to enhance the educational environment.  Our students are also involved in a variety of activities in class and in the community to complement the program. These interactions provide additional opportunities for learning, and engagement, and foster a passion for caregiving that makes our graduates exceptional.

Nursing-Practical Nurse(LPN) FullTime-CERT

Nursing - Practical Nurse (LPN) Part-Time - CERT

Retention Rates

2023 - 93.37%

2022 - 80.00%

2021 - 79.68%

Overall NCLEX Pass Rate

Our 2023 NCLEX-PN pass rate is 97.67%

Our 2022 NCLEX-PN pass rate is 87.23%

Our 2021 NCLEX-PN pass rate is 82.00%

Program Details

  • Admission Information

    Application Deadlines

    Full-time Program: December 15th to March 1st -- 10-month program, starts in August. 
    Part-time Program: May 15th to August 1st -- 18-month program, starts in January.

    For PDF Application Instruction Downloads, click below.

  • Accomodations & Technical Standards
    • Accomodations

      Any applicant needing accommodations must contact Hutchinson Community College Coordinator of Accessibility Services, 1300 North Plum, Hutchinson, KS, or may call 1-620-665-3554 or 1-800-289-3501 to request accommodations.

    • Technical Standards for Practical Nursing Program

      The Hutchinson Community College Practical Nursing Program's faculty has identified specific abilities that are critical to the practical nursing students’ success.  Students must demonstrate the ability to meet these standards, with or without reasonable accommodations.


      1. Ability to manipulate equipment and supplies as required in providing nursing care.
      2. Ability to use senses of hearing, seeing, touch, and smell to make observations regarding client conditions for the purpose of demonstrating competency to engage in nursing practice.
      3. Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.


      1. Ability to effectively communicate with members of the health care team, clients, peers, and faculty.  Skills include verbal, written/computerized, and non-verbal abilities.
      2. The clinical rotations require independent reading of medical records and independent recording of nursing care plans and communication analysis.


      1. Ability to demonstrate emotional coping skills necessary to provide nursing care as determined by standards of practice.
      2. Ability to carry out activities consistent with safe nursing practice without demonstrated behaviors of addiction to, abuse of, or dependence on any drug that might impair behavior or judgment.


      1. Ability to measure, calculate and problem-solve to engage in the safe practice of nursing.
      2. Ability to exercise judgment skills as required in providing nursing care.
      3. Ability to identify, gather data, and understand patient conditions to provide nursing care.
      4. Ability to determine appropriate conclusions and course of success necessary for providing client care.
      5. Ability to demonstrate responsibility and accountability for actions as a student that are required by nursing practice.

      The Hutchinson Community College Practical Nursing Program adheres to the Kansas Act Against Discrimination (KAAD) which prohibits discrimination against those with a disability. The KAAD is in compliance with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

      If anyone needs accommodations to meet the above criteria, please contact the Program Director immediately.

    • Technical Standards for Allied Health Program

      Students in the Allied Health Department must have the following minimum abilities:


      Observation - Students must

      • Be able to observe lectures and demonstrations.

      Communication - Student must

      • Be able to use multiple communication techniques including verbal, nonverbal, written, group processes and information technology in order to communicate with instructors, peers, health professionals, patients and others.
      • Be able to speak, read and write in English.

      Intellectual/Conceptual/Integrative/Quantitative - Students must

      • Read, understand and be able to discuss information from reading.
      • Acquire and apply information from classroom instruction, lectures, laboratory experience, independent learning and team projects.
      • Measure, calculate reason, analyze, evaluate, and process information


      Behavioral, Emotional and Social - Students must

      • Possess the emotional health required for full use of his other intellectual abilities.
      • Be able to function under stress.
      • Develop mature, sensitive and effective relationships with others.
      • Adapt to changing environments.
      • Work Cooperatively with instructors, peers, health professionals, patients and others.


      Motor Function - Student must

      • Possess the skills necessary to carry out the procedures in their discipline.

      Physical Endurance - Students must possess

      • Physical stamina sufficient to complete assigned periods of clinical practice within allotted time frames specific to their discipline.
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