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Practical Nursing
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  Students who are working toward entry into the Practical Nursing Program are admitted into the Healthcare Assistant Certificate, while taking core courses. All students, while taking their core, must be advised by an Allied Health Core Advisor at least once.

Core Classes – May be taken in any order (pre-requisites apply.) Must have at least a 2.5 GPA in all classes and a minimum of a "C" must be achieved in all pre-requisite courses.

ENGL 1010 OR ENG 1101
PSYC 1010 OR PSY 1101
MATH 1012 OR MATH 1111
ALHS 1090
ALHS 1011 OR BIOL 2113 and 2113L and 2114 and 2114L(inclusive)
**ALHS 1011, English 1010, Math 1012 courses OR substitutions as well as the TEAS EXAM must be completed according to following timeline:
  • Fall admissions – Above courses completed by Spring Semester of the same calendar year.
  • Spring admissions – Above courses completed by Summer Semester of the previous calendar year.
  • Summer admissions – Above courses completed by Fall Semester of the previous calendar year.
PSY 1010 OR substitution and ALHS1090 must be completed prior to admission into the program.

Application Process for Entry Into The Practical Nursing Program

Lanier Technical College offers the Practical Nursing Program day class on the Hall and Forsyth campus locations. Once accepted into the program the class is twelve (12) months in length. Student who wishes to apply for the Practical Nursing program must take the ATI TEAS Exam. There is a fee for the TEAS Exam. In addition to the TEAS, a complete enrollment application for the Practical Nursing form must be submitted to Gail Adam – Hall Campus or Susan Amos – Forsyth Campus each time admission to program is requested. Student must choose only one campus per entry request.

1. Apply to Lanier Technical College. (LTC Admissions)

2. Apply to the Healthcare Assistant Certificate and declare Practical Nursing as intended course of study.

3. ALHS 1011, English 1010, Math 1012 courses substitutions and the ATI TEAS EXAM must be completed according to following timeline:
  • Fall admissions – Above courses completed by Spring Semester of the same calendar year.
  • Spring admissions – Above courses completed by Summer Semester of the previous calendar year.
  • Summer admissions – Above courses completed by Fall Semester of the previous calendar year.
PSY 1010 OR substitution and ALHS1090 must be completed prior to admission into the program.

4. If you wish to receive transfer credit for courses completed at another institution, fill out a Transfer Credit Request form and indicate Practical Nursing as intended course of study. All transfer credit requested must be submitted to the Registrar’s office. Requirements for transfer credits adhere to the same schedule as pre-requisites.

5. Complete the TEAS sign-up sheet. Submit with payment to schedule a time and date. Take the receipt along with photo ID to the testing center on the date scheduled to test.

6. Complete and return Enrollment Application for Practical Nursing to Practical Nursing Department, Gail Adam Hall Campus and Susan Amos Forsyth Campus, one semester prior to admission semester. Only one campus may be selected per entry request.

7. Complete American Heart Association CPR certification(BLS for Healthcare Providers).

8. Complete First Aid certification through American Heart or American Red Cross.

TEAS Score: The student must meet or exceed the program entry score at the time of testing to be considered for entry. Minimum score to be considered for program entry 60% composite. The TEAS score will be valid for five years.
ATI-TEAS may be taken no more than two times in a calendar year with 30 days between each attempt.

• Students meeting admission criteria will be ranked according to Applicant Rating Scale. The top 16 ranked students will be selected for Hall Campus and the top 16 ranked students will be selected for Forsyth Campus.

Additional Entrance Requirements

The Practical Nursing admission is a competitive selection process. Meeting minimum program criteria does not guarantee an applicant's acceptance into the program. This process evaluates the GPA on all pre-requisite courses and TEAS scores. The Practical Nursing program admits a class every semester (alternating between Forsyth and Hall). Only students that have all pre-requisites completed will be considered for selection.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are the application deadlines?
Hall Campus June 10, 2019 for Fall 2019
Forsyth Campus September 1, 2019 for Spring 2020

How long is the Practical Nursing Program?
The program is set up to take 12 months to complete.  In addition, there are core classes that must be completed before getting into the program.  The core classes can be completed at your own pace.

What is the TEAS Test?
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS Test) is a standardized, multiple choice exam for students entering into nursing school in the USA. It is often used to determine the ability of potential students to adjust to a nursing program. The test is created and administered by Assessment Technologies Institute.

Is there a study tool for the TEAS test?
The study guide and practice tests are available at

Is the TEAS test score the only aspect that is evaluated during the selection process?
No. The TEAS scores are used along with other criteria from the Rating Scale.

How do I register for the TEAS test?
Visit TEAS Test - How to Sign Up

How many times can you take the TEAS test?
The highest score is used for consideration in selection.
ATI-TEAS may be taken no more than two times in a calendar year with 30 days between each attempt. No TEAS test accepted greater than 5 years old. The highest score is used for consideration in selection.

When are nursing students accepted?
Every Semester; alternating Hall and Forsyth Campuses.

Where are the clinicals?
They can be anywhere. We use a variety of hospitals, clinics, physician's offices, etc.

When are clinicals?
It varies depending on the clinical site and course. Typically they are 2-3 days per week and are 8 to 12 hour days.

Are there additional requirements?
Yes. CPR/Health Care Provider Certification from American Heart Association and First Aid through American Heart Association or American Red Cross.

Who do I contact if I have questions that have not been answered by this FAQ or on the Lanier Technical College website?
Contact the Lanier Technical College Office of Student Services at
770-533-7000 for questions about financial aid, admissions, or other generalized information.
For specific questions about the nursing program, contact:

Hall Campus:
Gail Adam - 770-533-6926
Gail Forrester - 770-533-6941
Marie Melvin - 770-533-6940

Forsyth Campus: 
Susan Amos 678-341-6602
Deborah Rigby 678-341-6632

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Significant Points [+]

  • Most training programs are offered by vocational or technical schools or community or junior colleges.
  • Overall job prospects are expected to be very good, but job outlook varies by industry.
  • Replacement needs will be a major source of job openings, as many workers leave the occupation permanently.

  • Program Instructors [+]

      Susan Amos  
      Practical Nursing Program Co-Director
      Forsyth Campus
      Phone: (678) 341-6602

      Gail Forrester  
      Practical Nursing Instructor
      Hall Campus
      Phone: (770) 533-6941

      Marie Melvin  
      Practical Nursing Instructor
      Hall Campus
      Phone: (770) 533-6940

      Deborah Rigby  
      Practical Nursing
      Forsyth Campus
      Phone: (678) 341-6632

    Nature of the Work [+]

    Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), or licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), care for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. The nature of the direction and supervision required varies by State and job setting.

    LPNs care for patients in many ways. Often, they provide basic bedside care. Many LPNs measure and record patients' vital signs such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. They also prepare and give injections and enemas, monitor catheters, dress wounds, and give alcohol rubs and massages. To help keep patients comfortable, they assist with bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene, moving in bed, standing, and walking. They might also feed patients who need help eating. Experienced LPNs may supervise nursing assistants and aides.

    As part of their work, LPNs collect samples for testing, perform routine laboratory tests, and record food and fluid intake and output. They clean and monitor medical equipment. Sometimes, they help physicians and registered nurses perform tests and procedures. Some LPNs help to deliver, care for, and feed infants.

    LPNs also monitor their patients and report adverse reactions to medications or treatments. LPNs gather information from patients, including their health history and how they are currently feeling. They may use this information to complete insurance forms, pre-authorizations, and referrals, and they share information with registered nurses and doctors to help determine the best course of care for a patient. LPNs often teach family members how to care for a relative or teach patients about good health habits.

    Most LPNs are generalists and will work in any area of healthcare. However, some work in a specialized setting, such as a nursing home, a doctor's office, or in home healthcare. LPNs in nursing care facilities help to evaluate residents' needs, develop care plans, and supervise the care provided by nursing aides. In doctors' offices and clinics, they may be responsible for making appointments, keeping records, and performing other clerical duties. LPNs who work in home healthcare may prepare meals and teach family members simple nursing tasks.

    In some States, LPNs are permitted to administer prescribed medicines, start intravenous fluids, and provide care to ventilator-dependent patients.

    Nature of Work: Work as an aide can be physically demanding. Aides spend many hours standing and walking, and they often face heavy workloads. Aides must guard against back injury, because they may have to move patients into and out of bed or help them stand or walk. It is important for aides to be trained in and to follow the proper procedures for lifting and moving patients. Aides also may face hazards from minor infections and major diseases, such as hepatitis, but can avoid infections by following proper procedures.

    Work Environment [+]

    Most licensed practical nurses work a 40-hour week. In some work settings where patients need round-the-clock care, LPNs may have to work nights, weekends, and holidays. About 18 percent of LPNs and LVN’s worked part-time in 2008. They often stand for long periods and help patients move in bed, stand, or walk.

    LPNs may face hazards from caustic chemicals, radiation, and infectious diseases. They are subject to back injuries when moving patients. They often must deal with the stress of heavy workloads. In addition, the patients they care for may be confused, agitated, or uncooperative.

    Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement [+]

    Most practical nursing training programs last about 1 year, and are offered by vocational and technical schools or community or junior colleges. LPNs must be licensed to practice.

    Mb>Education and training. LPNs must complete a State-approved training program in practical nursing to be eligible for licensure. Most training programs are available from technical and vocational schools or community and junior colleges. A high school diploma or its equivalent usually is required for entry.

    Most year-long practical nursing programs include both classroom study and supervised clinical practice (patient care). Classroom study covers basic nursing concepts and subjects related to patient care, including anatomy, physiology, medical-surgical nursing, pediatrics, obstetrics nursing, pharmacology, nutrition, and first aid. Clinical practice usually is in a hospital but sometimes includes other settings.

    Other qualifications. LPNs should have a caring, sympathetic nature. They should be emotionally stable because working with the sick and injured can be stressful. They also need to be observant, and to have good decision-making and communication skills. As part of a healthcare team, they must be able to follow orders and work under close supervision.

    LPNs should enjoy learning because continuing education credits are required by some States and/or employers at regular intervals. Career-long learning is a distinct reality for LPNs.

    Certification and advancement. Licensure The National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-PN, is required in order to obtain licensure as an LPN. The exam is developed and administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The NCLEX-PN is a computer-based exam and varies in length. The exam covers four major Client Needs categories: safe and effective care environment, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial integrity, and physiological integrity.

    Advancement. In some employment settings, such as nursing homes, LPNs can advance to become charge nurses who oversee the work of other LPNs and nursing aides.

    LPNs may become credentialed in specialties like IV therapy, gerontology, long-term care, and pharmacology.

    Some LPNs also choose to become registered nurses through LPN-to-RN training programs.

    Job Outlook [+]

    Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses held about 753,600 jobs in 2008. About 25 percent of LPNs worked in hospitals, 28 percent in nursing care facilities, and another 12 percent in offices of physicians. Others worked for home healthcare services; employment services; residential care facilities; community care facilities for the elderly; outpatient care centers; and Federal, State, and local government agencies.

    Employment of LPNs is projected to grow much faster than average. Overall job prospects are expected to be very good, but job outlook varies by industry. The best job opportunities will occur in nursing care facilities and home healthcare services.

    In addition to projected job growth, job openings will result from replacement needs, as many workers leave the occupation permanently. Very good job opportunities are expected. Rapid employment growth is projected in most healthcare industries, with the best job opportunities occurring in nursing care facilities and in home healthcare services. There is a perceived inadequacy of available healthcare in many rural areas, so LPNs willing to locate in rural areas should have good job prospects.

    Employment change. Employment of LPNs is expected to grow by 21 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, in response to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population and the general increase in demand for healthcare services.

    Demand for LPNs will be driven by the increase in the share of the older population. Older persons have an increased incidence of injury and illness, which will increase their demand for healthcare services. In addition, with better medical technology, people are living longer, increasing the demand for long-term healthcare. Job growth will occur over all healthcare settings but especially those that service the geriatric population like nursing care facilities, community care facilities, and home healthcare services.

    In order to contain healthcare costs, many procedures once performed only in hospitals are being performed in physicians' offices and in outpatient care centers, largely because of advances in technology. As a result, the number of LPNs should increase faster in these facilities than in hospitals. Nevertheless, hospitals will continue to demand the services of LPNs and will remain one of the largest employers of these workers.

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