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Practical Nursing Certificate

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Practical Nursing is a full-time, one-year certificate program, with programs located at the Main Campus in Moberly; the Mexico Campus in Mexico, MO: and the Columbia Area Career Center in Columbia, MO. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council of Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses. The State of Missouri Nurse Practice Act, Section 335.066, provides additional criteria for eligibility to apply for licensure as a practical nurse. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensing exam. Satisfactory performance on this examination will qualify the student for licensure as a practical nurse. The MACC Practical Nursing program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and is approved by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Division of Career Education.

Prerequisites: The following prerequisites are required for admission into the PN Program and must be completed prior to starting the program:

  • Completion of college level Human Anatomy/Lab with a "C" or above and
  • MTH010 Fundamentals of Math or equivalent or higher with a minimum grade of "C" or placement score for MTH100 Intermediate Algebra or higher.


Course Semester Hours
  First Semester (Fall)
 BIO209  Physiology* 4
 PNC103  Basic Nutrition 2
 PNC110  Personal Vocational Concepts I 1
 PNC120  Foundations of Nursing I (8-weeks) 3
 PNC128  Foundations of Nursing II (8-weeks) 6
 PNC125  Medication Administration 2
  Second Semester (Spring)
 PNC111  Nursing Care of Adults I 11
 PNC123  Nursing Care of Children 4
  Third Semester (Summer)
 PNC113  Maternal-Newborn Nursing 4
 PNC114  Personal Vocational Concepts II 2
 PNC122  Nursing Care of Adults II 10
 PNC126  Mental Health Nursing 2
  Total Hours for Degree 51
*Physiology must be repeated if completed five years or more before the date of entry into the program. Nursing courses taken at other schools of nursing or at MACC will not be accepted for transfer after two years.

***Students must maintain a letter grade of "C" or above in each class to continue in the PN program. There is a clinical fee assessed per credit hour for each nursing course. Prior to clinical experience, a physical examination and a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course are required.

****In order to enroll into any PNC course, a student must be accepted into the Practical Nursing Program.

For additional admission information, please see the PN Application.