Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)

Program Type


The Practical Nursing curriculum provides knowledge and skills to integrate safety and quality into nursing care to meet the needs of the holistic individual which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interprofessional team while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation/long-term care/home health facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices.

Outcome Data

First Writing Licensure Exam Passage Rates
NCLEX-PN Class of 2022: 92%

Program Completion
PN Class of 2022: 52%

Applicants seeking to enter the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program must complete Special Admissions requirements.

As of spring 2024, sampson community college will no longer offer the pn evening class schedule.

Credential Requirements

Fall Semester I

ACA 122College Transfer Success1 CR
NUR 101Practical Nursing I11 CR
BIO 168Anatomy & Physiology I4 CR
PSY 150General Psychology3 CR
Semester Credit Hours19 CR

Spring Semester I

ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3 CR
NUR 102Practical Nursing II10 CR
BIO 169Anatomy & Physiology II4 CR
Semester Credit Hours17 CR

Summer Semester I

NUR 103Practical Nursing III9 CR
Semester Credit Hours9 CR

Minimum hours needed to graduate: 45 CR

Help Paying for School

Students enrolling in for-credit curriculum courses can apply for multiple forms of financial assistance to help pay for school including Federal Student Aid and SCC Foundation Scholarships.

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Nursing Accreditation and Approval

The Associate Degree and Practical Nursing programs at Sampson Community College located in Clinton, NC are accredited by:

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

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree and Practical Nursing programs is Continuing Accreditation.

The Associate Degree and Practical Nursing programs are given full approval by:

North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON)
4516 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: (919) 782-3211

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Licensure Disclosures

The nursing programs at Sampson Community College satisfy the professional licensure requirements in North Carolina and prepare students to sit for these exams. However, requirements in other states may be different. North Carolina is considered a compact state regarding licensure. If you are considering a program that may lead to a professional license, it is advised to inquire with your prospective state Board of Nursing.