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Practical Nursing Certificate

Prepare for a career in nursing with a certificate from NCMC’s top-rated Practical Nursing (PN) program. The PN program is 11 months in length. The Trenton PN program runs August-July.   The Savannah PN Fall Cohort runs August – July and Savannah PN Spring Cohort runs January – December. Students attend class, lab, and clinical. The NCMC PN program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.


BI240Anatomy (with lab) 4
BI242**Physiology (with lab) 4
AH106Math for Allied Health OR
MT122*College Algebra OR
MT125*Elementary Statistics3
Total 11

Note: Must complete pre-requisite courses with a “C” or higher prior to the start of the PN program.
*Course Placement testing score (ACT or ACCUPLACER), must be taken within last three years
**Requires pre-requisite of Anatomy

General Coursework

SP175Speech OR
SP220Interpersonal Communications3
PY121General Psychology3
EN101*English I 3
Total 9

Note: Must complete with a “C” or higher; May be taken prior to or concurrent with the PN program.
*Testing Placement Score must be on file

Trenton & Savannah Fall Cohort Program

First Semester

PN100Foundations of Nursing 8
PN103Introduction to Pharmacology 4
PN104Personal Vocational Concepts (online)1
Total 13

Second Semester

PN101Nursing of Adults 1A 8
PN105Introduction to Mental Health (Hybrid) 2
PN107Intro to Pharmacology B (Hybrid)1
PN106Maternal and Child Health Nursing 4
Total 15

Third Semester

PN102Nursing of Adults 1B6
Total 6

Note:  Must complete with “C” or higher.

Savannah Spring Cohort

First Semester

PN100Foundations of Nursing8
PN104Personal Vocational Concepts (online) 1
PN103Introduction to Pharmacology4
Total 13

Second Semester

PN102Nursing of Adults 1B 6
PN105Introduction to Mental Health2
Total 8

Third Semester

PN106Maternal and Child Health Nursing 4
PN101Nursing of Adults 1A 8
PN107Introduction to Pharmacology B 1
Total 13

Note:  Must complete with “C” or higher.

  • Dual credit/Transfer credit – This plan is designed for students with no dual or transfer credit. Consider any prior college credit to avoid repeating coursework. We will need official transcripts for these courses.
  • Workshop Courses – This plan assumes the student does not need to take Workshop courses. Placement test scores determine whether or not the student will need to complete Workshop courses. You can learn more about Workshop courses in the NCMC Academic Catalog.
  • Tracking classes – It is very important to meet with your advisor prior to enrollment every semester. Your advisor will be sure that you are staying on track to graduate, taking appropriate courses that will transfer, meeting transfer requirements, and you remain eligible for any financial aid.
  • Financial Aid – Financial Aid can be affected by the number of credit hours you take each semester. Speak with a Financial Aid Representative if you have questions or want to withdraw from a class.
  • Changes – Keep your advisor informed of any degree changes or future educational goals. If you start to struggle, your advisor can assist you in developing a plan to get you back on track!

Patient-Centered Care

The provision of care that is based on the patient’s physiological, psychological, and sociological needs, recognizing the individual’s preferences and values, and respecting the patient or designee as a full partner in providing compassionate, coordinated, age and culturally appropriate, safe, effective care (adapted from Massachusetts Nurse of the Future, 2010).

  • Outcome: Demonstrate patient-centered, caring, culturally sensitive nursing care based on common physiological, psychosocial and sociological needs of patients.

Teamwork and Collaboration

The delivery of patient-centered care in partnership with interprofessional members of the health care team, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making, to achieve continuity of care and optimal patient outcomes (adapted from QSEN, 2007).

  • Outcome: Collaborate as a member of the health care team to promote continuity of patient care.

Evidence Based Practice

The integration of best current evidence coupled with clinical expertise and consideration of the patients’ or designees’ preferences, experiences and values to make safe, quality practice decisions for optimal patient outcomes (Adapted from Massachusetts Nurse of the Future, 2010).

  • Outcome: Identify best current evidence from scientific and other credible sources as a basis for quality nursing practice and clinical decision making.

Quality Improvement

The use of data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and the use of improvement methods to design and inform change, continuously improving the quality and safety of health care services to meet the needs of patients and promote optimal healthcare outcomes (Adapted from QSEN, 2007).

  • Outcome: Participate in the implementation of quality improvement strategies to improve patient care.


The minimization of risk factors that could cause harm or delay patient recovery while promoting quality care and maintaining a secure environment for patients, self, and others through both system effectiveness and individual performance (adapted from QSEN, 2007).

  • Outcome: Provide a safe environment for patients, self, and others.


The Nurse of the Future will interact effectively with patients, families, and colleagues, fostering mutual respect and shared decision making, to enhance patient satisfaction and health outcomes. (Adapted from Massachusetts Nurse of the Future, 2016)

  • Outcome: Use communication skills that promote an effective exchange of information and development of therapeutic relationships


The process by which nurses use a set of skills that directs and influences achievement of shared goals in the provision of individualized, safe, quality patient care (adapted from Massachusetts Nurse of the Future, 2010).

  • Outcome: Use the leadership skills of time management, organization and priority setting when providing patient care.


The demonstration of accountable and responsible behavior by the nurse for the delivery of standard-based nursing care that incorporates legal, ethical, and humanistic principles within the parameters of regulatory guidelines (adapted from Massachusetts Nurse of the Future, 2010).

  • Outcome: Practice nursing using professional, ethical, legal, and humanistic principles within regulatory guidelines.

Afterwards, students wishing to further their education, may then apply to our PN to ADN (Associate Degree Nursing) program.

  • 60% of students will complete the program within 150% of program length.
  • 85% of graduates will pass the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt.
  • 85% of graduates who respond to the 6-12 month Graduate Survey will be employed.
  • 90% of alumni 6-12 month post-graduation score 3 or better (4 ranking highest degree of satisfaction) of overall program satisfaction.

Title IV: NCMC’s program is designed to prepare students for the NCLEX examination, which is required for nursing licensure and employment in Missouri and other states. To ensure we provide only accurate and current information, NCMC does not actively monitor changes to licensing requirements in other states. Therefore, we have not made an official determination whether this program meets all current licensure or certification requirements for other states or U.S. territories. Students intending to work in other states are strongly encouraged to verify licensing and certification requirements with the appropriate state board.

Program Contact Information


Nursing Administrative Specialist – Trenton, Nights, & Weekends
[email protected]
(660) 357-6316


Nursing Administrative Specialist – Maryville
[email protected]
(660) 357-6799


PN Program Director
[email protected]
(660) 357-6328


Night & Weekend PN Coordinator
[email protected]
(660) 357-6794


Trenton PN Program Coordinator
[email protected]
(660) 357-6342

LISA Kauten, RN, MSN

Student Success Coordinator
[email protected]
(660) 357-6309


Maryville PN Program Coordinator
[email protected]
(660) 357-6795


Skills Lab Supervisor
[email protected]
(660) 357-6306

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