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Attend the SOWELA Oakdale Practical Nursing Informational Session

On Thursday, October 21, at 5:00 PM, SOWELA Oakdale will host an informational session for prospective students interested in the Practical Nursing program. Attendees can meet faculty, learn about available financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and how to apply. Sign up to attend at the link below. Classes begin January 2022.

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The Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare the student to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. The program consists of both classroom instruction and supervised clinical activities in accredited hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care agencies.

Since man is a biological, psychological, and spiritual being who is evolving across the life span, it is essential that nursing needs be met by caring, supportive persons who recognize the many facets and who respect individuality. The program content has been developed utilizing the Administrative Rules for the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE). The nursing program incorporates the concepts of holistic nursing, hierarchy of needs, stress and adaptation, creative problem-solving, and psychosocial development.

Students who are unable to complete the Practical Nursing Program may be awarded a Certificate in Nursing Assistant if they satisfactorily complete and can demonstrate the competencies of OBRA skills, as determined by the instructor, and complete a minimum of 40 hours of clinical activities.

Upon graduation, the student is awarded a diploma and is eligible to take the National Council of State Boards Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Practical Nurses.

Students should note that some courses have prerequisites, which must be successfully completed before enrolling into upper level courses. All course work must be completed with at least 80% or above for program progression and completion.

Students entering the Practical Nursing program will be enrolled in the AAS degree and be advised to follow the mapped curriculum which matriculates students using a cohort model. Students completing the required ANUR coursework and opting not to complete the general education courses will earn the technical diploma. Students completing the required general education coursework will graduate with the AAS degree. Graduates will be eligible to apply for licensure by examination to practice as a practical nurse. LSBPNE does not require students to complete the AAS degree to apply for licensure.

Program Information

Students who are interested in pursuing the Practical Nursing program should review the links below to be informed of the policies and requirements specific to this program.

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CIP Code: 513901
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Program Length: 77 Semester Credit Hours

Ready to Apply?

Complete your application online. If you have questions about the program or the application, call (337) 421-6550 to speak with an Enrollment Specialist.

View the Practical Nursing Program Learning Outcomes for a particular year:

Practical Nursing NCLEX Passage Rates

Practical Nursing New Class Start Times by Semester and Location
Location SOWELA
Lake Charles, LA.
SOWELA Morgan Smith Instructional Site
Jennings, LA
SOWELA Oakdale Instructional Site
Oakdale, LA
Semester Fall 2021
Spring 2022 Spring 2022
Fall 2022 Fall 2022
Spring 2023
Fall 2023 Fall 2023
Spring 2024 Spring 2024

Contact Information

Racheal Bilbo, MSN, RN
Lake Charles Campus
(337) 421-6594 ext. 4511
Bethanie Pete, BSN, RN, CGRN
Lake Charles Campus
(337) 421-6594 ext. 4527
Jenae Cormier, RN – Practical Nursing Program Coordinator
Jennings Instructional Site
(337) 824-4812 ext. 4660
Cathi Meche, RN
Jennings Instructional Site
(337) 824-4812 ext. 4652
Gary Soileau, ASN, RN – Practical Nursing Program Coordinator
Oakdale Instructional Site
(318) 335-3944 ext. 4561
Tiffany Thomas, RN
Oakdale Instructional Site
(318) 335-3944 ext. 4554