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Practical Nursing Certificate

Academic Map 

The Practical Nursing Program is offered at three locations: the Moberly campus; the Mexico campus; and the Columbia Area Career Center in Columbia, MO.

This 12-month/1 year certificate program in Practical Nursing (PN) provides a combination of subject matter and clinical experiences to prepare the student to work in a variety of structured health care environments. A graduate from the MACC PN program will function as a client caregiver under the direction of the Professional Registered Nurse and/or a Licensed Physician.

The purpose of the practical nurse education is to help the student to acquire those attitudes, skills, and knowledge essential to the role of a competent practical nurse.

This program also offers intravenous therapy content and provides certification as outlined by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to apply to take the National Council of Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses. The State of Missouri Nursing 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 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. 

(See additional admission information below the academic map.)

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
 PNC125  Foundations of Nursing II (8-weeks) 6
 PNC128  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.

^^Advanced Standing for C.N.A. certification: students who wish to receive advanced standing for PNC120 Foundations of Nursing I must submit C.N.A. certificate from the State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and pass with a “C” or better the Foundations of Nursing I final exam and demonstrate clinical competence by passing clinical skills check off.

**A grade of “C” or better must be obtained in all required courses.

***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.


This academic map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between MACC and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to meet the academic objectives of the college. MACC specifically reserves the right to modify, delete, or add to any academic map at any time within the student’s period of study at the college.