Practical Nursing

   Program Description

The Practical Nursing diploma is designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences are planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor. Program graduates receive a Practical Nursing diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level practical nurse.

   Admission Requirements

If you are not a Current Lanier Tech Student, begin with Step 1.

If you are currently a Lanier Tech Student, begin with Step 4.

  1. Apply to Lanier Tech
    1. Apply to Lanier Tech online:
    2. Admissions Procedures:
    3. Lanier Tech Admissions Application Deadlines may be found at the following link:
  2. Choose Practical Nursing on your online application, you will be placed into the Healthcare Assistant Certificate program.
  3. Attend the Lanier Technical College New Student Orientation and/or online orientation to set up your email and learn how to register for classes, deadlines for payments etc.
  4. Complete PN Program Requirements:
    • Must be 18 years of age.
    • High school diploma or GED is required prior to admission. Official transcripts or GED scores must be submitted to the Registrar at Lanier Tech from all colleges and/or high schools attended for evaluation and credit.
    • ACCUPLACER Testing, or submit SAT, ACT, COMPASS, or ASSET test scores.
    • The Practical Nursing Program at Lanier Tech has a competitive selection process. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program. Seats are limited and the top 40 ranked applicants are selected.
    • Register and attend an information session. Information sessions begin in January.
    • Your Practical Nursing Application ranking will be based on the criteria within the Admissions Points Worksheet.
    • Overall GPA from all college courses will be used to calculate the GPA for the competitive admission process. If an applicant chooses to take degree level English, Math, and BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, the applicant will receive an additional point for each course towards the competitive process.


  • There are 5 pre-requisite classes. Students need a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 of all college courses. A minimum of “C” must be achieved in all 5 required pre-requisite courses to apply to the program.
  • All pre-requisite courses must be completed by the end of Spring Semester and prior to the application deadline. The required pre-requisite courses include:

Grade verification will be made with the Registrar with all contingent applicants.

*Equivalent math courses include the following: Math 1113 (Pre- Calculus), Math 1131 (Calculus I)

*The following math courses will not be accepted: Math 1127 (Intro to Statistics), Math 1103 (Quantitative Skills and Reasoning), Math 1101 (Mathematical Modeling).


This program is eligible for the Pell Grant, HOPE Grant, WIOA, and may be eligible for Institutional and State Financial Aid.

Contact a Financial Aid Counselor for eligibility requirements and application materials at

There may be additional scholarship opportunities available. For more information, please visit

Estimated Costs:

  • Tuition/Fees (approximately): $5,700: please refer to this hyperlink for current cost
  • Books (approximately): $800
  • Student malpractice Insurance (approximately): $40
  • Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Complete Partnership (approximately– subject to change based on ATI contract): $750 per semester (3 semester program)
  • Uniform Costs (approximately): $200
  • Pharmacology and Fundamentals skills kit: $225
  • Advantage Background check & drug screen (approximately): $100
  • ACEMAPP hospital fee (approximately): $50
  • AHA BLS CPR for Healthcare Providers (required & must remain current throughout the entire PN program): $85
  • AHA First Aid Heartsaver (required & must remain current throughout the entire PN program): $95
  • Laptops with webcam and microphone will be required.
  • Practical Nursing Pin: approximately $25 (For pinning ceremony at end of 3rd semester if completed educational requirements).

Immunizations (You may already have these completed, but you must be current throughout the entire program.) Please refer to the CDC website and your PCP/health dept to see if you need updates.

    • MMR vaccination: $64 or
      • Measles titer: $20
      • Mumps titer: $20
      • Rubella titer: $20
    • Varicella vaccination: $117 or
      • Varicella (chicken pox) titer: $20
    • Influenza vaccine, annual, optional- requires waiver: $25
    • TB blood test (QuantiFERON Gold) – approximately $100
    • Tdap, expires after 10 years: $40
    • Hepatitis B Series, optional- requires waiver: $264 or
      • Hepatitis B titer: $20
    • COVID vaccine- optional- requires waiver

*Note: Program and licensure costs are estimated expenses based on current pricing. Immunization costs vary based on student’s individual health history. Costs are subject to change and are not all-inclusive.

After completion of program cost:

  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) registration fee for NCLEX-PN: $200
  • Georgia Board of Nursing (GBON) application fee: $40
  • Gemalto Systems/Georgia Applicant Processing Services (GAPS) your background check and fingerprinting: $50

Estimated total program cost (includes all immunizations; does not include laptop): $10,155

Estimated total licensure testing cost: $290

Estimated Cost for Practical Nursing Program

   Program Advisors

Dr. Deanne Collins

Dean of Allied Health Allied Health
Work Phone: 770-533-7000 Ext: 6924

Dr. Sara Helton

Practical Nursing Program Director and Instructor Practical Nursing
Work Phone: 770-533-6941

Marie Melvin

Practical Nursing Instructor Practical Nursing
Work Phone: 770-533-7000 Ext: 6940

Ashley Morgan

Practical Nursing Instructor Practical Nursing
Work Phone: 770-533-7096

Suzanne Smith

Practical Nursing Instructor Practical Nursing
Work Phone: 770-533-7097

Please send any questions or inquiries for the practical nursing program to

Frequently Asked Questions

When are the program application deadlines?

Interested applicants must be accepted into Lanier Technical College prior to applying to the Practical Nursing Program.

The Hall Campus Practical Nursing Program admits 40 new students in the Fall. The program is only offered as full-time, day program.

Spring, Summer, and part-time cohorts are not available.

You may only apply to the Practical Nursing Program after attending a required information session and completing all pre-requisites.

Submit application, copy of TEAS score, and copies of additional active certificates/degrees in a single email to:

Application Submission Deadline: First Friday in June by noon

Application for Practical Nursing

Dates for the Fall 2023 Cohort Information Sessions are available for registration. Information sessions are held virtually.

Attending an information session is required prior to applying to the Practical Nursing Program. Students may register at:

They can be anywhere. We use a variety of hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, etc.

The time varies depending on the clinical site and course. Typically they are 2-3 days per week and are 8 to 12 hour days.

TEAS Exam Information and Preparation Resources
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS Test) is a standardized, multiple-choice exam for students entering into nursing school in the USA. It is often used to determine the ability of potential students to adjust to a nursing program. The test is created and administered by Assessment Technologies Institute.
  • Students who wish to apply for the Practical Nursing program must take the ATI TEAS Exam.
  • There is a fee for the TEAS Exam and it is subject to change. It can be taken twice in a calendar year and a minimum of 30 days apart. This must be completed prior to the deadline and a copy of your TEAS score must be attached to your Practical Nursing application.
  • The student must meet or exceed the program entry score at the time of testing to be considered for entry. Minimum score to be considered for program entry is 60% composite for the TEAS test. The Practical Nursing Program will accept both the Allied Health and the Nursing TEAS exam scores.
  • The TEAS score will be valid for five years. Aim for the highest possible score.
  • Please use the ATI resources: The 4 videos, the practice TEAS test, the study guide and use the free tutoring available on both campuses.

Transfer Students to Lanier Technical College to apply to the PN Program
If you are a transfer student, you must apply to Lanier Technical College and be accepted prior to the competitive application deadline for the Practical Nursing Program. (LTC Admissions). All documents and transfer credit must be evaluated before you are able to submit your competitive application to the Practical Nursing program.
The general admissions process can take 3 weeks or more. Please contact Student Affairs office to begin this process. Students are responsible for the LTC Admission Deadlines for applications for each semester.

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