Practical Nursing

Health Science


Length of Program

Our four semester, 1350 clock hour program, consists of 6 courses that include theory, laboratory practice and clinical experience.

Instructional Methods

Our independent study program utilizes an internet-based student learning management system to present courses in the form of modular plans of study that involve reading assignments, workbook activities, skills lab activities, computer assisted learning software, videos, discussion, special projects and guest speakers.  Instructors act as facilitators/mentors to guide the student. Each course will require a review session and specified testing/evaluation on a weekly basis.


Our program offers students a flexible attendance environment.  Students must attend the program a minimum of 16 hours per week. Up to 6 hours will be required for review sessions and testing per weekly course schedules. The remaining 10 hours will be considered independent study on campus. Instructors are available to students per their office schedules posted within the Course Syllabus.

Clinical Experience

There is a total of 384 hours of supervised clinical experiences within the program. They are integrated within the 1350-hour plan of study.  Each student will complete a total of 384 hours of direct patient care.


Progression through the program includes a combination of all following requirements are expected on a weekly basis.

Weekly program attendance (16 hours per week).
Theory and Clinical Assignments


Applicants must complete a SouthernTech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the SouthernTech campus and online at Enrollment for this career major is open to adults, 18 years of age or older with high school diploma or equivalent. Access the Practical Nursing Application here.


High School Student: Free. Adult Student (in-district): $2.50 per hour; Adult Student (Out-of-District): $5 per hour; and Adult Student (Out-of-State): $7.50 per hour. Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid and scholarships are available for qualifying students.

Courses (1350 hours)

Medical Terminology / A&P / Academic Skills (196 hours)
Nursing Skills (404 hours)
Pharmacology (140 hours)
Medical Surgical Nursing (364 hours)
Nursing Specialties (190 hours)
Leadership (56 hours)

Estimated time to complete: Four Semesters

Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)-PN

Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.

Student Organization



Students must attend a minimum of 16 hours per week. Each course has scheduled review and testing session requirements. Campus is available to students Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. School is closed each day from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for lunch, unless otherwise posted. Clinical experience is divided into five daytime rotations ranging from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and 120 hours of role transition/preceptorship totaling 688 hours. Students attend a review and testing sessions once weekly with an average of two clinical days per week.


The Practical Nursing program at SouthernTech in Ardmore, Ok. is accredited by the:

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

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the SouthernTech Practical Nursing Program Continuing Accreditation with next evaluation visit in Fall of 2026.

Employment Options

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.

Charge Nurse; Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse (CLINIC LPN); Clinic Nurse; Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN); Licensed Practical Nurse, Clinic Nurse (LPN, Clinic Nurse); Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN); Office Nurse; Pediatric Licensed Practical Nurse (PEDIATRIC LPN); Private Duty Nurse; Triage Licensed Practical Nurse (TRIAGE LPN) – Approximate Pay Potential: $15-29/Hour. (source:



Susie Morales

Susie Morales

Practical Nursing Instructor

Amanda Shatwell

Amanda Shatwell

Practical Nursing Instructor

Lisa Chronister

Lisa Chronister

Practical Nursing Instructor

Heather Miller

Heather Miller

Practical Nursing Instructor

2019-2020 Placement Rate

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