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SCC launches Practical Nursing career path

For anyone looking to get into the field of nursing, Southwestern Community College will offer a Practical Nursing program starting in the spring semester.

Applications are being accepted now, and classes start Jan. 16.

It’s a one-year program, and students who complete the classes and clinical work will earn a diploma and become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses to become licensed at the conclusion of the Fall 2024 semester.

Using a holistic approach, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) aim to improve the health and quality of life of their patients.

“This is a great way to quickly join the nursing profession, or it can be a gateway for getting into our associate degree program, which allows individuals to become Registered Nurses,” said Amy Banner, SCC’s Nursing Program Director. “There’s a tremendous need for LPNs at healthcare facilities throughout and beyond our area.”

Graduates are able to work in hospitals, long-term care facilities clinics and physician’s offices.

For more information, or to apply for this new program, contact Linda Deeb (828.339.4367 or or Fern Aspen (828.339.4096 or

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