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Interested in the Practical Nursing program? SOWELA – Oakdale is hosting a Practical Nursing Informational Session on Friday, November 8th, at 10 a.m. Learn about the program, job opportunities, financial aid, how to apply and more! The event is free and open to the public.

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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.

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: Diploma
Program Length: 62 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:

Degree Options:

Diploma/Certificate Options

Contact Information:

Kimberly Eaves, MSN, RNC – Practical Nursing Program Coordinator
Lake Charles Campus
(337) 421-6594 ext. 4519
Bethanie Pete, BSN, RN, CGRN
Lake Charles Campus
(337) 421-6594 ext. 4527
Sandra Smith, BSN, RN
Lake Charles Campus
(337) 421-6594 ext. 4518
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
Tiffany Thomas, RN – Practical Nursing Program Coordinator
Oakdale Instructional Site
(318) 335-3944 ext. 4554
Debora McNichol, ASN, RN
Oakdale Instructional Site
(318) 335-3944 ext. 4561