Practical Nursing - Indian River State College
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Practical Nursing

Applications for the full-time 2022 Practical Nursing program will be accepted from July 15 to September 2 2021.

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Licensed Practical Nurses (L.P.N.s) are trained to work under the direction of doctors and registered nurses to assist with examining and treating patients; measure and record patient vital signs; prepare and administer injections; dress wounds; assist patients with bathing, dressing and eating; and record the progress of patients.

Once You Complete the Program

Graduates seek employment at a hospital, physician’s office, clinic, surgery center, nursing home, school system, private home or residential care facility after passing the National Council Licensure Examination.

Getting Started

The Practical Nursing Program is offered through the IRSC Health Science Division. Applicants should carefully review the application procedures outlined in the Application Booklet and on this page. Admissions to the Practical Nursing program is on a selective-admissions basis. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application process is completed.

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Nursing Department

The Nursing Department at Indian River State College (IRSC) is committed to meeting the educational needs of future and current professional and vocational nurses within an ever-changing healthcare system. Faculty facilitates student achievement utilizing various teaching modalities.

In our effort to serve the diverse communities and cultures within the four-county area, we provide:

  • Quality, student-centered learning to promote student success
  • Innovative multi-dimensional learning experiences
  • Partnerships within the community that promote cultural enrichment and opportunities to strengthen involvement in local, natural, and global health issues
  • Commitment to excellence in nursing education, practice, and lifelong learning

Practical Nursing (clock hours)

The Practical Nursing Program is a 1350 clock hour program. Students may complete the program after successful enrollment in four courses.

Information Sessions

Free information sessions are held periodically throughout the year. Upcoming sessions:

Applying to the Practical Nursing Program

We are accepting applications for the Spring 2022 cohort until September 2, 2021. Final consideration for admission into the Practical Nursing (PN) Program will be based upon the scoring of the following criteria by the application deadline:

  1. Start the Application Process by completing the Pre-Admissions Questionnaire.
  2. If you meet the qualifications, you will be directed to initiate the application for the Practical Nursing Program. Pay the $30.00 application fee.
  3. All official transcripts (high school and college) must be on file in Educational Services prior to the application deadline.
  4. Applicant must be 18 years of age prior to first day of clinical (within 2 months of the first day of class).
  5. IRSC in district students are given priority in selection process.
  6. Achieve a cumulative composite score of 75 of the HESI A2 Admission Exam Composite Score as well as in the subcategories of Basic Math and Anatomy and Physiology.
  7. Additional points may be obtained from successful completion with a grade of a “B” or Higher in selective Allied Health Science courses.
  8. Meets eligibility criteria determined by the Florida Board of Nursing (valid government ID, Social security number).

Note: If at any time during the application process you have a change in personal information (name change, address, phone number, or emails),  submit the changes to your Pioneer Portal and to the Nursing Department  at 772-462-7570.

The HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam is a computerized test used by the IRSC Nursing Department to assess the academic ability of perspective PN and RN students. The HESI A2 is a multiple-choice exam consisting of six sections (Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge, Basic Math, Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and a Learning Style Inventory) and it takes approximately 4 hours to complete. Only students who are applying to an IRSC Nursing Program should register for this test.

Indian River State College provides equal employment and educational opportunities to all without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, and any other factor protected under applicable federal, state, and local civil rights laws, rules and regulations.

Once the minimum entry requirement is achieved students are then selected based on a point system. The points are tallied and the most qualified (highest scores) are selected until all seats are filled.  The learning styles assessment section of the exam is not factored into the selection process and no points are earned for this component.

Note: Meeting admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program. All components of the applicant’s criteria must be met by the application deadline or the applicant’s file will not be reviewed and scored.

Complete the IRSC Application for Admission:

  • Current/returning students: Log into MyPioneerPortal with your IRSC RiverMail address and your password. Login to confirm that your IRSC admissions (transcripts, residency, New Student orientation and holds) are completed prior to the application deadline date.  
  • New students: complete the IRSC Online Application for Admission.

Complete the Health Science Application and Pay the $30 fee:

To get started, CLICK HERE.

  • On the Admission Application Instructions webpage, click on the blue SIGN IN button.
  • If you have not submitted a health science application for the 2020-2021 school year (July 2020 to present), you will need to select Create Account at the bottom of the Sign In box.
    • You will need to check your email for the address provided to verify the account before signing in.  Please check both the junk/spam and inbox folders for this email.  The email will be from IRSC Workday.
    • Once you have clicked on the link or copied and pasted it in a new web browser, sign in to the Health Science Application Portal. 
  • If you have submitted a health science application for the 2020-2021 school year (July 2020 to present), sign in using the email address provided when you created the account (this will NOT be your RiverMail or Pioneer Portal sign in).
  • On the Admissions Application Instruction webpage, select Nursing Career Training Application.
  • Click Start New Application.
  • Once you complete all of the questions, select Pay Now in blue to submit the $30 application fee.  
  • A new screen will open to enter you payment information. SAVE YOUR RECEIPT.

Submit Your Application:

Go back to the application screen (in a different tab/window) and click the blue NEXT button.  Check the box next to the acknowledgement and click on the blue SUBMIT button.

Send in Your Applications Documents:

Send your application documents to before the application deadline date.

Necessary Forms of Identification:

Student placement in health care facilities along with requirements necessary for licensure will require all students/applicants to have a valid government identification card and a valid social security card. Students who are interested in applying to the Nursing Program at Indian River State College will be expected to have a valid form of government identification along with a valid social security card during enrollment and after graduation for licensure. Please review the Application Requirements for necessary forms of identification for licensure.

Background and Drug Screen:

Student’s background, drug screen, and health information is requested to be shared with clinical facilities prior to approval for clinical rotations. Students who have a convicted offense within the past seven years may be subject to approval by the clinical facility and are not guaranteed clinical placement and/or completion of required course work for program completion and state certification/licensure. The clinical facility does hold the right to request additional information regarding the clinical offense and may decline the student admission. All students are expected to review the Florida Board of Nursing and review the Requirements for Licensure, Applications with Criminal History, and Application Requirements for required forms of identification and social security numbers.

To complete an in-progress application, return to the IRSC Admissions Application site and sign into your account using the SIGN IN Button at the top right corner of the page with the credentials you created when you submitted your application. Once you are signed in, select the application type of the application you started under ADMISSIONS (in the right). You will see your in-progress application under Your Applications with a status of NOT SUBMITTED. Click on the link to complete your application.

To review your application status, return to the IRSC Admissions Application site and sign into your account using the SIGN IN button at the top right corner of the page. Use the credentials you created when you submitted your application. Once you are signed in, select the application type (type of the application you started under Admissions on the right side of the page). You will see your submitted application under Your Applications. Please click on Your Applications to see actions required.

The Nursing Department will use students IRSC RiverMail accounts to notify applicants who have been provisionally accepted into the program. This occurs approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the deadline date.  Final acceptance in the program is contingent upon satisfactory results from a physical examination with immunization, drug screen, CPR certification and Federal Bureau of Investigations National Background Check (FBI/NBC). Specific dates will be required for submission of immunizations and CPR certification. Information on obtaining these tests/reports will be provided in a mandatory specified meeting date in the acceptance letter.

These reports should not be submitted with initial application materials.

Professional Certification

The Practical Nursing Program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the state of Florida.  If you are a student who may choose to reside outside of Florida, Indian River State College cannot confirm whether this degree program meets educational requirements for professional licensure in your state. Please contact the board of nursing in your state to determine whether this degree will meet their licensure requirements.

Additional Program Information


This is a national organization which supplements and complements the health occupations education curriculum. HOSA provides students in secondary, postsecondary and collegiate programs with opportunities to develop personal, leadership and career skills needed by healthcare providers. HOSA helps develop the total person, not just job-specific skills. The rapidly changing healthcare system needs workers who are technically skilled, people-oriented and capable of accepting leadership positions as a member of a team.  Join now.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways for Practical Nursing

To view and print an Academic Plan/Guided Pathway, double-click on the program title.

For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways are recommended sequences of courses and prerequisites needed to complete your degree. It is a general suggestion for when to take your courses; it is not a course schedule. Students should meet with their advisors to make appropriate course selections. The Academic Plans/Guided Pathways listed below are for the current academic year. Students should consult with their advisors for plan requirements specific to their academic year.

Career Training

Students enrolled in the Practical Nursing Career Training program build increasingly sophisticated skills in 150-hour modules.

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