Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing

Get the Skills to Begin a Career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in as few as 15 Months

Licensed practical nurses are vital members of today's growing healthcare teams. LPNs work directly with patients and physicians and help concerned family members learn how to best care for their loved ones. If you want a career where you can make a real difference in people's lives, begin your training in the Practical Nursing program at Porter and Chester Institute today!

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Program Details

  • Program offered at: Bridgeport CT, Enfield CT, Hamden CT, Rocky Hill CT, Waterbury CT
  • Program length: Day session requires 15 months for completion
  • Credit Hours: 77
  • Graduates earn a diploma

How/When to Apply

We start new sessions on a regular basis.
Next Start Date: January 17, 2022

At Porter and Chester Institute, we're making it easier than ever for you to enroll using our automated application portal. Upload your documents and start the financial aid process without the hassle of drawn-out application processes. And our admissions staff is still available to help you every step of the way. Taking control of your career just got easier!

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  • Day Classes: Monday - Thursday, 8am - 3:30pm

Online Learning (while COVID conditions persist)

  • Students will need approximately 35 hours per week for instruction, activities, labs, reading assignments, and homework
  • All materials are accessible in an asynchronous format 24 hours a day/7 days a week
  • First week includes acclimation to the systems and laptop

Course Listings

Term I
Nursing Fundamentals I 2000
Life Science I 2002
Clinical Experience I 2003

Term 2
Nursing Fundamentals II 2001
Nursing Perspectives Throughout the Lifespan I 2100
Nursing Perspectives Throughout the Lifespan II 2101
Life Science II 2102
Clinical Experience II A 2103A

Term 3
Medical-Surgical Nursing I 2300
Medical-Surgical Nursing II 2301
Pharmacology I 2104
Clinical Experience II B 2103B

Term 4
Pharmacology II 2302
Maternal-Child Nursing 2400
Clinical Experience III 2303

Term 5
Mental Health Nursing 2401
Practical Nurse Seminar 2402
Clinical Experience IV 2403


Tuition Cost (Day Session): $29,900
Additional Fees: $2,900

Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

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Why PCI?

If you like helping others and you want a job that’s in demand, here are just a few of the reasons to choose our Practical Nursing program:

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Concrete Skills: 
Our science-based Practical Nursing program will train you in the fundamentals of human anatomy, first aid and medical terminology so you’ll have a solid base of knowledge from which to build your career. You’ll learn about proper medical administrative procedures and patient care and how to most effectively work in a modern healthcare center. You’ll also learn the clinical skills you’ll need to work directly with patients, administering medications, changing dressings, assisting with personal grooming and monitoring overall patient health. You’ll learn how to be a comforting presence for your patients and their families and how to serve as liaison between your patient and the rest of the medical team.

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Hands-on Training: 
At Porter and Chester Institute, you get to learn by doing. Whether you’re working in our labs or using actual medical equipment and mannequins, our practical nursing program is designed to give you real experience. We even get you out to area facilities to work with actual patients.

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Qualified Instructors: 
All of our teachers are registered nurses who are committed to the nursing profession and also to your success. Our small class sizes allow them to get to know you as an individual so they can help you reach your full potential in our program and beyond.

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Job Outlook: 
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for licensed practical nurses are expected to grow by 9 percent through 2029 and the training you’ll get from Porter and Chester Institute will help you prepare to take the NCLEX-PN exam and become licensed. We’ll work with you until you find the career opportunity that matches your newly acquired skills.

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Soft Skills: 
In addition to clinical and administrative skills, you’ll learn how to interact with patients, doctors, and medical staff with professionalism. We’ll teach you what it means to be a good employee in a real world setting.