Course Catalog

Practical Nursing - PN12 Diploma

Program Description: The Practical Nursing diploma program is designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor. Program graduates receive a practical nursing diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level practical nurse.

Locations Offered:
Ben Hill Irwin

This program qualifies for the HOPE Career Grant.


  • Submit a completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript or college transcripts showing successful completion of 60+ semester credits or 72+ quarter credits
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable
  • Present acceptable ACCUPLACER, ACT, ASSET, COMPASS, PSAT, or SAT scores or GED score of 145 or higher or have one of the following: an associate degree or higher or have a HOPE GPA of 2.6 after the completion of 10th grade. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Practical Nursing program
  • Students are accepted to the program based on a competitive admissions process.
  • American Heart Association Provider CPR Certification, physical examination, up-to-date immunizations, criminal background check and drug screen required prior to start of clinical rotation.
  • One year expiration on PNSG 2010 when taken in the Advance Patient Care Assistant Technical Certificate.

Standards-Based Enrollment Program Admission Requirements Effective Fall 2020:

  • Practical Nursing is a standards-based enrollment program and applicants will be tentatively selected as the standards are obtained.
  • 2.50 GPA in Advanced Patient Care Assistant Technical Certificate classes *and* Academic Good Standing, *and* 60.0 or better on the HESI A2 exam. In order to be placed on the list and/or registered for the PNSG classes:
    • Applicants must have a 2.50 GPA in completed Advanced Patient Care Assistant Technical Certificate classes and maintain a 2.50 GPA upon Technical Certificate completion. Applicants must have completed or be actively enrolled in all TCC classes.
      • The highest course attempt will be calculated in the GPA for standards-based enrollment.
      • Courses that fulfill core area requirements, as recognized by TCSG, may be substituted for evaluation for those courses required for program entry during the standards-based enrollment process.
  • Applicants must have completed the HESI A2 exam with a cumulative score of 60.0 or better.
    • All applicants must complete these sections on the cumulative portion of the exam: Math, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge and Grammar, Anatomy & Physiology, Learning Profile & Personality Style. All applicants must also complete the critical thinking portion of the exam.
    • Applicants have three (3) attempts to complete the HESI A2 Exam within a 2 year (24-month) time frame, with the highest score used for program selection. The scores are valid for two (2) years post examination date. Scores must be valid at the application deadline.
  • Applicants must be in "good academic standing" with WGTC. Students on academic warning, probation or suspension are not eligible for registration for the PNSG classes.
  • Applicants must have all holds cleared in order to be eligible for registration. Applicants with active holds at the time of registration will forfeit their spot on the list.
  • Applicants must see The ARC to be placed on the Standards-Based Enrollment list. Only students on this list will be eligible for registration, and registration is limited to 30 students.
  • The entire Advanced Patient Care Assistant TCC must be successfully completed with Wiregrass graduation requirements met prior to program entry.
    • A grade of "C" or better is required in TCC classes.
    • Students who have transfer credit from other post-secondary institutions that fulfills the technical certificate course requirements must successfully complete a minimum of one course at Wiregrass to graduate from the program.
  • All applicants should review the Allied Health Policy Packet.

Program-Specific Advising Information:

  • Graduation from the Advanced Patient Care Assistant Technical Certificate does not guarantee admission to the Practical Nursing Diploma Program.
  • A criminal background check and drug screen will be required if accepted into the program and prior to the clinical experience. Previous arrests and convictions, as well as a positive drug screen, may prohibit a student from completing the clinical portion of the program. An immunization record will also be required to be submitted. Certain vaccinations and immunizations may be required. It is encouraged to begin the HBV vaccine prior to entering the program. These requirements are also required for completion of NAST 1100 Nurse Aide Fundamentals.
  • The NAST 1100 course requires three 8 hour clinical days - off campus. These 3 days will be scheduled as given by the facilities. These 3 days may cause conflicts with other class times. Students are expected to communicate these conflicts to work out a solution prior to the clinical days.
  • There will be a drug calculations competency exam that must be successfully completed upon entering the LPN program. The students will be required to prove competency on that exam or risk not being able to continue in program. While a study guide will be given at the program orientation, it will be the student's responsibility to seek out tutoring, review, or additional assistance if needed

Start Terms:

  • Ben Hill-Irwin – Fall
  • Coffee – Spring
  • Valdosta – Fall and Spring

This program is a HOPE Career Grant eligible program for students who are HOPE Grant eligible. The Career Grant award is a fixed amount per semester based on the number of credit hours taken. Maximum award per term is $500.

Effective November 11, 2019, the practical nursing program at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College at the Ben Hill, Coffee, and Valdosta campuses located in Fitzgerald, Douglas, and Valdosta, Georgia is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on November 11, 2021.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this candidate program at

Program Outcomes:

2017 2018 2019
Licensure Exam 88.89% 89.39% 95.89%
Program Completion 61.13% 61.64% 47%
Job Placement 96.7% 100% 98.5%
Gainful Employment Information
General Core Courses 9
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology 3
Occupational Courses 48
ALHS 1011 Structure and Function of the Human Body 5
ALHS 1090 Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences 2
PNSG 2010 Intro. to Pharmacology and Clinical Calculations 2
PNSG 2030 Nursing Fundamentals 6
PNSG 2035 Nursing Fundamentals Clinical 2
PNSG 2210 Medical-Surgical Nursing I 4
PNSG 2220 Medical-Surgical Nursing II 4
PNSG 2230 Medical-Surgical Nursing III 4
PNSG 2240 Medical-Surgical Nursing IV 4
PNSG 2250 Maternity Nursing 3
PNSG 2255 Maternity Nursing Clinical 1
PNSG 2310 Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical I 2
PNSG 2320 Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical II 2
PNSG 2330 Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical III 2
PNSG 2340 Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical IV 2
PNSG 2410 Nursing Leadership 1
PNSG 2415 Nursing Leadership Clinical 2
Faculty & Staff

Practical Nursing Instructor, Valdosta Campus


Practical Nursing Instructor, Ben Hill-Irwin Campus

Irwin Hall, Room 8202 H

Practical Nursing Instructor, Coffee Campus

Coffee Hall, Room 130

Practical Nursing Instructor


Practical Nursing Instructor, Valdosta Campus


Practical Nursing Instructor, Ben Hill-Irwin Campus

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