Practical Nursing

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 315431

Credits: 33

Area of Study: Health Sciences

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*
Some Online / Some In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $4,583.70
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

The Practical Nursing (PN) program at Madison College offers training for in-demand jobs in nursing and health care. Students learn from experienced nursing professionals in digital classrooms and modern labs.

The Practical Nursing (PN) Program prepares graduates to provide basic hands-on nursing care needed by patients in a variety of health care settings.  Practical nurses assist with data collection, develop and revise nursing care plans, reinforce teaching provided by RN's or other appropriate health care personnel, and participate as a member of the health care team in meeting basic client needs.

This is an excellent career for people who enjoy working with people and caring for individuals with physical or emotional concerns. Students must be willing to learn, have effective communication and interpersonal skills, and have an interest in health care as a career.

Please note that upon admission to the Practical Nursing program, you will be required to complete a background check and provide documentation of current required-immunizations and current Healthcare Provider CPR certification.

Program Details

Wisconsin law requires background checks for persons who provide care for others or have access to people who receive care. This law applies to students in many School of Health Education programs. Please review the Caregiver Background Check information on the School of Health Education Forms and Policies.


Students in the Practical Nursing program must attend full time.

Practical Nursing program courses may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - South

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

The Madison College Practical Nursing (PN) program is approved for candidacy for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services to enroll students in a nursing program.


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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Your Advantages at Madison College

  • Learn in leading-edge facilities. Nursing classrooms offer fully-functioning labs, using both low fidelity and simulated patient settings for hands-on learning.
  • Learn the skills, concepts and ethics of the nursing profession with nurse instructors from a wide range of professional backgrounds.
  • Be ready to take your career to the next professional level with Madison College. As an LPN, you may be eligible to advance your educational preparation to become a registered nurse.

To Apply

Students need to complete the petition process to get into core-program classes for this program. Before submitting an application, it’s important to review the Petition Process webpage which also includes estimated wait times for each program.

After Acceptance

Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Practical Nursing Petition Requirements.

Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021     Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022                            


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2020-2021 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


After completing the Practical Nursing program at Madison Area Technical College you will be able to: 

1. Implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to caring, advocacy and quality care while adhering to evidence-based practice.

2. Demonstrate appropriate written, verbal and nonverbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts.

3. Integrate knowledge of social, mathematical and physical sciences, pharmacology, and disease processes while participating in clinical decision making. 

4. Provide patient centered care under supervision by participating in the nursing process across diverse populations and healthcare settings.

5. Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the healthcare team, and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness. 

6. Collaborate as an active member of the multidisciplinary health care team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan. 

7. Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error and assist with decision making. 

After successful completion of the Practical Nursing Program, graduates may be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam, to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and practice as an LPN.

Madison College Nursing programs prepare students to obtain the required licensure to be employed and practice in the state of Wisconsin. The College does not guarantee its curriculum matches the requirements for preparation, examination, or licensure for other states.


Wisconsin participates in an enhanced, multistate nursing licensure compact as of January 19, 2018.  Multistate nurses meet uniform licensure requirements for all participating states, meaning that nurses with a Wisconsin license may be eligible to practice nursing in the following states:





















New Hampshire

New Mexico

North Carolina

North Dakota


South Carolina

South Dakota





West Virginia




Please refer to the NCSBN website for current information related to licensure, employment and practice regulations in other states

For questions related to the enhanced nurse licensure compact (eNLC) , please refer to


Earning your Practical Nursing technical diploma prepares you for professional work as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). 

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Related Programs

The Nursing Completion: LPN to Associate Degree Nursing program honors credits earned in the Practical Nursing Program and allows students to enter into the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing program. Please see the eligibility requirements for the LPN-ADN completion program

The Madison College Practical Nursing (PN) program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services to plan a nursing program.