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Program Snapshot
Academic CredentialCertificate
Total Credit Hours45.0V
Average Time to Complete45 weeks
Academic PathwayHealth Sciences
AdvisorDeborah Brzuska, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNE
Coordinator, Gulf/Franklin Campus Nursing Programs and Simulation Center

GFC Nursing Sr. Administrative AssistantJustin Ryan Walding
850.769.1551 ext. 5522

Pathway NavigatorRosemarie Wadman
850.769.1551 ext. 3471

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Practical Nurse, Certificate

Are You Interested in a Career in Practical Nursing Certificate?

This program is designed to help you qualify to obtain a Licensed Practical Nurse's license in the State of Florida. Upon completion of the program, which consists of 1,350 hours of study, you will be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses). At Gulf Coast State College, this program is available only at the Gulf/Franklin Campus in Port St. Joe, Florida.

In this program, the practical nurse student learns to give patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. The student will acquire skills and knowledge necessary to give safe and effective care to patients in a variety of settings.

The Practical Nursing program is a selective admission, limited enrollment program. Admission to Gulf Coast State College does not imply acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information, please visit

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Practical Nurse Certificate Course Requirements


Practical Nursing Courses
Medical-Surgical Nursing Courses
Comprehensive Nursing and Transitional Skills

A complete list of courses with descriptions can be found in the Catalog

What can you do with a Practical Nurse Certificate?

What jobs can you get with a Practical Nursing Certificate?

Hospital LPN
Nurse at a Nursing Home
Hospice Healthcare Worker
Nurse at a Doctor's Office
Mental Health Nurse

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

Gulf Coast State College
Florida State University Panama City
Tom P Haney Technical College
Northwest Florida State College

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Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.