Practical Nursing

Certificate Plan
Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing Certificate Program (PN) prepares pre-nursing students for entry into the health care system in just under one year!

Nursing at GCCC has been a part of our school since the 1970s, when our first graduating class of registered nurses (RNs) matriculated in 1972. We believe our graduates have the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities necessary to practice safely, effectively, and with compassion.

Upon successful completion of the PN program, students are awarded a Practical Nurse certificate from GCCC and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination.

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Our Program

Entrance into the PN program requires a current Kansas Certified Nurse Aid (CNA) certificate. The PN program at GCCC is a competitive program and has a selective admissions policy. Nursing courses, in general, are challenging and require generous study and preparation time outside of the classroom.

Class Size

The PN program is limited to 40 students, and Kansas State Board of Nursing regulations require no more than 10 students per faculty member for student learning in clinical areas.


All students who complete a scholarship application for our nursing program and are eligible receive some form of scholarship (amounts vary). Students can also apply for Financial Aid and outside scholarships to help fund their education.


All nursing students are advised by full-time faculty in the Nursing Department. These faculty members are committed to quality teaching in the classroom and in clinical settings, with constant reminders regarding best-practices in the profession.