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About Practical Nursing

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) work in many settings, including long-term care facilities, acute care hospitals, physician offices, psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facilities, and home health care.

  • Local job demand for LPNs is high and expected to grow
  • PN program can be completed in five semesters

Where do I begin?

Students must take a placement exam prior to enrollment, such as ACT, Compass, Accuplacer, or TABE. It is imperative that the prospective student takes one of these tests as soon as possible to allow time for any required developmental studies. The TABE test is given on campus every Friday at 8:30 A.M. in room D-118. Click here to make an appointment.

Required courses:  Practical Nursing students must complete the following courses with a grade of B (80%) or higher. These courses may be completed prior to or concurrent with enrollment in the practical nursing clinical courses.  It is strongly recommended that students complete BLGY 120 during their first semester of enrollment at BPCC, prior to beginning clinicals. 

  • BLGY 120: Introduction or Anatomy and Physiology
  • BLGY 203: Basic Nutrition

Pending Board of Regents approval, students may earn the Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing beginning in the fall 2022 by completing the following courses in addition to those required for the Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing.  Student may enroll in these courses prior to, concurrent with, or following the completion of the clinical level courses.

  • ENGL 101:  Composition and Rhetoric I
  • MATH 101 or 102: College Algebra
  • Humanities elective (History recommended)
  • PSYC 220:  Developmental Psychology (or other approved Social/ Behavioral Science elective)

After you have applied for admission to BPCC (see our New Student Checklist) and received your student ID number (CWID), you may apply to the practical nursing program.

Salary & Career Outlook

Salary & Career Outlook

Contact Information

Melissa Pietsch, RN
Program Director

Cindy Adams
Administrative Assistant

The BPCC Practical Nursing program has been approved by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), Board of Regents, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE).