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Practical Nursing FAQs

  • Q: When should I apply for the program and is there a waiting list?

    A: Applications are accepted beginning February 1st of each year and ending on March 15th for the fall start and beginning September 1st of each year and ending on October 15th for the spring start. The admission process is competitive so there is not waiting list. Student who are enrolled in the last term of prerequisite courses may apply but priority admission will be given to those students whom have completed all of the admission requirements at the time of application.

    Q: When do classes begin in the program?

    A: Classes begin in fall semester (August) of each year for the full-time option and spring semester (January) of each year for the part-time option.

    Q: Where can I find the most up to date information on admission and the selection process?

    A: Refer to the Get Started Checklist (PDF).

    Q: Can I transfer courses from another college?

    A: To assist you in determining whether a course at another institution would be acceptable for transfer, contact the SCC Admissions office (admissions@southeast.edu or 402-437-2600 or 800-642-4075 ext. 2600).

    Q: Do I need to take a math course to meet the prerequisite requirements for the program?

    A: Applicants may complete placement testing to satisfy the program’s math requirement. For details related to placement testing, see the Practical Nursing Get Started Checklist (PDF). If an applicant does not meet the minimum score for the testing requirement, then the applicant can take a math course. The program requires students to have completed MATH 0900 or higher or place into MATH 0950 or higher.

    Q: Are classes offered online?

    A: The Practical Nursing Program in Lincoln and Beatrice offers both full-time and part-time options (hybrid or online). The Falls City and Milford locations offer an online option. The online option offers class hours delivered online with the exception of proctored exams, lab hours on campus, and clinical hours at designated sites. The hybrid option offers class hours primarily in a face-to-face environment, lab hours on campus, and clinical hours at designated sites.

    Q: Do I get to choose the clinical education site?

    A: No, the Practical Nursing Program has affiliation agreements with specific sites. Students will be assigned to a clinical site.

    Q: Do I have to achieve certain grades in order to maintain favorable standing in the program?

    A: All Practical Nursing courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C+ (75%) in order to progress in the program.

    Q: Is the passing of a licensure exam required to work as a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse)? Can I only work in Nebraska following graduation?

    A: Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN exam. A student must pass the NCLEX-PN exam to work as an LPN. Nebraska is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows a nurse to have one multi-state license with the ability to practice in Nebraska and other compact states.