School of Health Education

Health Education Building 103
1705 Hoffman Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6065 or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6065

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Practical Nursing

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 315431


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) P​rogram 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

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. 

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

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

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

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

                      Spring 2019                 Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2018-2019 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

Pre-Program Courses

3 credits

First Semester

Second Semester


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.


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


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.