The Practical Nursing program encompasses classroom and clinical instruction in all phases of direct patient care, including dispensing medication and IV Therapy. The GACTC Practical Nursing has served the community since 1970 through the GACTC. The GACTC offers both a full- and part-time Practical Nursing program.
Licensed practical nurses are in demand in our region, and are vitally important in providing quality patient care.
Courses in the Practical Nursing program include the following:
- Personal & Vocational Relationship
- Fundamentals of Nursing
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Medical Nursing I, II, and III
- Surgical Nursing I, II, and III
- Maternity Nursing
- Pediatric Nursing
- Pharmacology I and II
- More than 900 hours of clinical instruction in all phases of direct patient care!
Upon graduation from the program, students are Graduate Practical Nurses and are prepared to take the National Exam for Licensure (NCLEX) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.
When you enroll in the Practical Nursing program, you receive a high-quality, comprehensive education that prepares you for employment in a wide range of settings, including:
- Physician offices
- Home healthcare
- Armed forces
- Health agencies and clinics
- Nursing homes
- Mental health facilities
- Correctional institutions
Practical nursing students obtain clinical experience at various healthcare facilities in our region, including, but not limited to, UPMC Altoona, Conemaugh Nason Hospital, Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg, Allegheny Lutheran Home in Hollidaysburg, Garvey Manor in Hollidaysburg, James E. Van Zandt Medical Center, and Encompass Health. Additional practicums may include emergency services, daycares, outpatient agencies, school nurse offices, and rehabilitation services.
The Practical Nursing program is an approved program through the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The GACTC has institutional accreditation through the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.
The GACTC welcomes all interested individuals to apply for admission into our career training programs. Review the admissions requirements and apply now at https://www.gactc.edu/adult-education/how-to-enroll/.
GACTC high school students that successfully completed the Health Occupations program (CIP code 51.0899) may be eligible to exempt from 1.5 credits in the Practical Nursing diploma program. Please contact the Practical Nursing Office to learn more!