Practical Nursing

Program Overview

The Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare students for the NCLEX-PN and 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 are 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.

A full-time student can complete this program in 5 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 60 semester credit hours.

All candidates for the Practical Nursing program will be required to take the TEAS test (Test of Essential Academic Skills).

The Practical Nursing program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.

Effective July 15, 2020, this Practical Nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.  This candidacy status expires on July, 2022.

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

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • North Campus (Sandersville)
  • South Campus (Dublin)

Salary Potential

$24,000.00 – $41,267.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $7,655.00
Books & Supplies:  $1,650.00
Uniform & Supplies:  $300.00
Liability Insurance (per year):  $11.00

Additional Fees:

PN Meridy’s Skills Pack:  $99.21
Malpractice Insurance:
Drug Screen:  $42.00
Criminal Background Check:  $49.50
ATI Testing Fees:  $1,750.00
BLS for Healthcare Provider:  $7.00
HCA Clinical Fee:  $59.50
Navicent Clinical Fee:  $169.50
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.) 

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the approve programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates can find employment at hospitals, doctors’ offices, school nurse clinics, nursing homes, home health, and other public and healthcare agencies.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher or GED.
  • Completion of Health Care Assistant Technical Certificate of Credit.

Competitive Admission Requirements

Students must complete an application to compete for their name to be placed on the list of potential program students.

Access links and forms for Competitive Admissions Programs.

Click HERE to view the Program Outcomes for the Practical Nursing Program.



Course Overview

  • ENGL1010Fundamentals of English I3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MATH1012Foundations of Mathematics3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • PSYC1010Basic Psychology3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ALHS1011Structure and Function of the Human Body5 credit hours75 contact hours
  • ALHS1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences2 credit hours30 contact hours
  • COLL1060Introduction to College and Computers3 credit hours50 contact hours
  • PNSG2010Introduction to Pharmacology and Clinical Calculations2 credit hours60 contact hours
  • PNSG2030Nursing Fundamentals6 credit hours165 contact hours
  • PNSG2035Nursing Fundamentals Clinical2 credit hours90 contact hours
  • PNSG2210Medical-Surgical Nursing I4 credit hours75 contact hours
  • PNSG2220Medical-Surgical Nursing II4 credit hours75 contact hours
  • PNSG2230Medical-Surgical Nursing III4 credit hours75 contact hours
  • PNSG2240Medical-Surgical Nursing IV4 credit hours75 contact hours
  • PNSG2250Maternity Nursing3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • PNSG2255Maternity Nursing Clinical1 credit hours45 contact hours
  • PNSG2310Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical I2 credit hours90 contact hours
  • PNSG2320Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical II2 credit hours90 contact hours
  • PNSG2330Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical III2 credit hours90 contact hours
  • PNSG2340Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical IV2 credit hours90 contact hours
  • PNSG2410Nursing Leadership1 credit hours15 contact hours
  • PNSG2415Nursing Leadership Clinical2 credit hours90 contact hours