Thursday – October 17, 2019

Practical Nursing (2019-2020)

Technical Diploma 
School of Health Sciences / Health Sciences Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee and Oak Creek campuses
Program Code: 31-543-1
For Information: 414-297-6263
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC
Oak Creek Campus, 414-571-4500

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This program is accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326;
404-975-5000; fax 404-975-5020; email:;


Overview — In two semesters, the Practical Nursing program exposes you to a variety of classroom and clinical experiences to prepare you for employment in nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare settings. Keys to success in the program are being able to think critically and communicate effectively.

Upon program completion, you will be eligible to take the licensure exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). 


Career Pathway — This technical diploma ladders into the Registered Nursing associate degree. Contact your advisor for more details.

LPNs with work experience may pursue Registered Nursing through the MATC Practical Nursing LPN-RN Educational Progression associate degree program.


Career Outlook — Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are in demand in nursing homes, long-term care and rehabilitation centers, and in other healthcare settings.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to caring, advocacy, and quality care while adhering to evidence-based practice
  • Demonstrate appropriate written, verbal, and nonverbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts
  • Integrate knowledge of social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and disease processes while participating in clinical decision-making
  • Provide patient centered care under supervision by participating in the nursing process across diverse populations and healthcare settings
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the healthcare team, and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness
  • Collaborate as an active member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error, and assist with decision-making


Program Outcome Data
NCLEX Pass Rates for MATC Nursing Graduates (pdf)


Admission Requirements — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

Nursing Assistant training is required prior to petitioning.

Also required for admission:

  • High school diploma or GED

B- or higher required in NATSCI-177 or NATSCI-201 & 202.

C or higher required in high school-level biology and chemistry; or one semester of college-level biology and chemistry,

C or higher required in ENG-152 & 152 or ENG-201 & 202, and all general education courses.

Cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher required to petition.


Future Opportunities — Upon completion of this program, you may pursue your RN (Registered Nursing) associate degree through programs such as MATC’s LPN-RN Educational Progression.

Possible Careers

Licensed Practical Nurse (workplaces include long-term care facilities, hospitals, home healthcare, medical offices)
Registered Nurse (with additional education and training)


Related Programs
Practical Nursing LPN-RN Educational Progression
Registered Nursing

Start Dates: August/January

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 
Sixteen-Week Terms
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students.









Nursing Fundamentals







Nursing Skills







Nursing: Pharmacology







Nursing: Introduction to Clinical Practice ‡







General Anatomy and Physiology ‡





    (or) NATSCI-201 Anatomy and Physiology 1‡
and  NATSCI-202 Anatomy and Physiology 2‡
(1) ENG-151 Communication Skills 1 ‡ 3
    (or) ENG-201 English 1‡  
(2) NRSPN-305 Nursing: Health Alterations ‡ 3


Nursing: Health Promotion ‡







Nursing: Clinical Care Across the Lifespan ‡ (8 weeks)







Nursing: Introduction to Clinical Management ‡ (8 weeks)





(2) ENG-152 Communication Skills 2 ‡ 3
    (or) Any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course  
(2) PSYCH-188 Developmental Psychology 3
    (or) PSYCH-238 Lifespan Psychology  





‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.


Page updated April 2019.