Practical Nursing (Limited Access Program), Vocational Certificate

Program Information

Vocational Certificate - Code 109500 - Catalog 2019/2020

Nursing Office, 386-506-3250

Sarah Barnaby, Assistant Chair, 386-506-3922,

Patricha Dabney, Administrative Specialist, 386-506-3721,

Maria Smith, Staff Assistant, 386-506-3069,

Program Mission, Description, and Outcomes


The mission of the School of Nursing is to provide an innovative learning environment that promotes excellence in the field. Programs prepare students to exhibit professionalism, ethical behaviors and competency in meeting the dynamic health-care needs of individuals across the lifespan, amongst diverse cultures and across health-care continuums.


The practical nursing program prepares students to pursue a career in nursing by providing high quality instruction in classroom and clinical learning environments. Healthcare employment opportunities are available in long term care, home health, hospital and outpatient settings. Clinical experiences are provided at local extended care facilities, hospitals and other community agencies. Job title: Licensed Practical Nurse.

Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses. Florida licensed practical nurses are eligible for admission to Daytona State's Transition into Professional Nursing Accelerated Associate Degree Program. Classes admitted during the fall semester at the Daytona Beach Campus.


Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate professional behaviors of accountability and professionalism according to the ethical, legal, and regulatory framework for the licensed practical nurse.

  2. Communicate effectively with client, family, significant other, and members of the health care team.

  3. Provide culturally appropriate, individualized care to patients and their families. 

  4. Promote the physical, spiritual, and psychosocial well-being of clients.

  5. Reduce the risk potential for clients through the promotion of physical health and well-being.

Financial Aid

This program is eligible for federal financial aid and state Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

Financing Options: All students are encouraged to apply for federal and state student financial assistance by completing the FAFSA at For more information on grant, loans and work program available please see the Office of Financial Aid webpage at Students are also encouraged to apply for one of the many Daytona State College Foundation scholarships offered each semester. For more information see:

Approximate Additional Costs

Program Tuition and Fees*: $3,700

Access Fee: $55 ($1.12 per credit)

Assessment Fee: $34

Lab Fees (including liability insurance and testing): $468

Textbook Estimate: $550

Uniforms: $150

Laboratory Supplies: $105

NCLEX Exam: $435

Background Check/ Drug Screening/ Document Tracker: $120

*In-state tuition only; out-of-state tuition will be higher.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • This is a limited access program. How to Apply to the PN Program

  • Admissions to the program will be contingent on the satisfactory completion of both a drug screen and a background check consisting of a fingerprint check of state and federal criminal history information conducted through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

  • High school diploma or equivalent (GED).

  • Scores on the Daytona State College placement test for vocational programs which indicate language, reading and arithmetic ability at the 11th grade level or better. Applicants starting in a Florida Public high school in 2003 or after and graduating from a Florida public high school with a standard high school diploma and active duty military are exempt from any placement testing.

  • PLEASE NOTE: *BSC1085C (Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab) and BSC1086C (Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab) may be substituted for BSC0070 (Basic Anatomy & Physiology). Courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.

  • Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) or TEAS V with minimum scores of 59 percentile composite, 63 percentile mathematics and 69 percentile reading is required for continuing enrollment approval.

  • Completion of health screening to include: recent physical examination; verification of immunization against influenza, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and Hepatitis "B"; and negative test for tuberculosis is required prior to enrolling in program specific courses.

  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS) certification for healthcare providers to include adults, infant, children, and automatic external defibrillator (AED) affiliated with the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.

  • According to Florida Board of Nursing, convicted felons who have had their civil rights removed are not eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses.

  • Students will be held accountable for the policy and procedures of the nursing program as outlined in the nursing student policy handbook, as well as the college student handbook.

  • Readmission and transfer nursing courses must have been taken within one year and evaluated by the nursing readmission and transfer committee. Transfers students are accepted on a limited basis depending on space availability.

Additional Completion Requirements

  • Continuing enrollment approval will be required to enroll in the program specific courses based on a selection process after completing the General Education classes required.

  • Applications for continuing enrollment can be submitted during the month of May for fall semester enrollment. Students will be approved for continuing enrollment based on specific admission criteria. Students must apply each application cycle until accepted based on the selection process.

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better to apply for continuing enrollment.

  • Completion of the following courses is required prior to submitting an application for continued enrollment: HSC1000 (Introduction to Health Care) and * BSC1080 or BSC0070 (Basic Anatomy and Physiology for Health Careers).

  • Courses must be taken in the sequence published in the sample program of study.


The following information is required by federal regulations to be provided to students for all vocational and certificate programs. Additional information on any career, job, or salary potential can be found at  For additional career information, please see:

Program Length: The typical length of this program is three (3) semesters (42 weeks) for a full-time student. The Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP) lists the placement rate (2016-17) for this field at 93%.

CIP Code (6 digit) - 51.3901 License Practical Nursing


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Program Specific Courses

PRN0004CIntroduction to Nursing and Lab


PRN0120CMaternal/Child Health Nursing and Lab


PRN0207CMedical-Surgical Nursing I and Lab


PRN0042CNeuromuscular Sensory Nursing and Lab


Sample Program of Study

Prerequisite Course

HSC1000Introduction to Health Care


BSC0070Basic Anatomy and Physiology for Health Careers


August Class - Fall

PRN0004CIntroduction to Nursing and Lab



PRN0207CMedical-Surgical Nursing I and Lab


Summer Term A - 6 weeks

PRN0042CNeuromuscular Sensory Nursing and Lab


Summer Term B - 6 weeks

PRN0120CMaternal/Child Health Nursing and Lab



Note: Sequence of courses may vary. Check catalog course descriptions for requisite requirements.