Practical Nursing Diploma

About the Diploma

Learn basic health science and the technical skills necessary to care for patients with common medical conditions. Work under the guidance of a registered nurse or physician in a variety of healthcare settings. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) in order to be designated as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Please see our special admissions requirements.

Special Admissions Requirements

  • Due to the limited availability of slots in these programs, admission is competitive.
  • Applicants are advised to apply early.
  • OCtech seeks to identify students who can achieve at an appropriate level in the curriculum and diversity among its student population.

Please review carefully: PN Admissions Overview

HIP Registration

Admissions requirements are obtained by attending a Health Information Program (HIP).  All applicants are required to attend a program as part of the admissions process.  (Online HIP sessions are available for those unable to attend in person. On-campus sessions are strongly recommended.)
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FAQs & Additional Information

Quick Facts

Flex Program
OCtech's PN program has a FLEX option if you need a less traditional way to get your diploma. See Special Requirements.


Nursing Accrediting agency (ACEN) logo

The Associate Degree in Applied Science Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; 404.975.5000;

To review accreditation status, please visit the OCtech Program Accreditation/Approval page.

Program Coordinator

Susan Chavis
Flex Nursing Program Coordinator

Meet a Graduate

"This program is stellar, and I definitely feel like it prepared me for my next steps. Schools like OCtech provide an opportunity for people who may not be able to get an education otherwise. All of my instructors were instrumental in shaping who I am as a nurse today."

— Cerrissa Hugie, Practical Nursing Class of 2014