Practical Nursing


August 2017

8a-5p (varies with clinical hours)

1232 Clinical Hours

  • Tuition

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    Up to 67% LESS than other schools!



Definition of Practical Nursing as described in the Nurse Practice Act:

“The performance for compensation of selected acts for the promotion of health and in the care of persons who are ill, injured, or experiencing alterations in normal health processes. Such performance requires substantial specialized skill, judgment, and knowledge. All such nursing care shall be given under the direction of a person licensed by the state regulatory board to prescribe medications and treatments or under the direction of a registered professional nurse.”


Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) care for the sick, injured, convalescing, and handicapped under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. Practical nursing graduates are highly sought after and upon successful completion of licensure exam are recruited nationwide. Achieving LPN status initiates a nursing career for many graduates, and for others may represent the first step to an advanced nursing career.


Approval and Accreditation: Organized in September 1957, the Franklin Technology Center (FTC) Practical Nursing Program is the second oldest program in Missouri. The program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and is currently in candidacy status for accreditation through Council of Occupational Education (COE).


You may contact the Missouri State Board of Nursing at:
P.O. Box 656, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656 – Telephone (573) 751-0080.


The goal of the program is to prepare students for the NCLEX-PN licensing exam which is scheduled upon successful completion of the course. The Missouri State Board of Nursing determines eligibility for testing:

State of Missouri Nursing Practice Act Issued by Missouri State Board of Nursing:
Reference to Nursing Practice Act 335.066. Denial, revocation, or suspension of license, grounds for, civil immunity for providing information-complaint procedures. Excerpt:


The board may refuse to issue or reinstate any certificate of registration or authority, permit or license required pursuant to chapter 335 for one of any combination of causes stated in subsection 2 of this section or the board may, as a condition to issuing or reinstating any such permit or license, require a person to submit himself or herself for identification, intervention, treatment, or rehabilitation by the impaired nurse program as provided in section 335.067. The board shall notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the refusal and shall advise the applicant of his or her right to file a complaint with the administrative hearing commission as provided by chapter 621, RSMo.


Curriculum Plan: The Practical Nursing Program is a 10-month program with students beginning in August of each year and graduating in May. Classes are held Monday through Thursday. This intense, accelerated program requires students to attend class and stay up-to-date with assignments and lecture material. Attendance is monitored closely as success is directly related to the students’ participation.


Quality classroom instruction is combined with sound clinical laboratory experience in the curriculum content areas of Anatomy & Physiology, Personal & Vocational Concepts, Fundamentals of Nursing, Pharmacology & IV Therapy, Nutrition, Nursing of Adults, Maternal-Newborn Nursing, and Nursing of Children.


Admission Criteria: Completion of an application with $50 fee submitted, official high school or GED/High School Equivalency Test (HSE) transcripts, signed drug screen consent form, submission of criminal record check form, completion of entrance exam (TEAS), and attendance at orientation session.


Applicants for whom English is a second language must take the TOEFL test of English proficiency or Michigan Test and obtain a passing score. Applicants are responsible for making their own arrangements for testing.


Advanced Placement: The FTC Practical Nursing Program does not offer advanced placement for admission to students who have previously completed college level Anatomy & Physiology or Nutrition courses. Students wishing to transfer course work from another practical nursing program must provide the information outlined in the Practical Nursing Student Handbook.


Additional Admission Requirements: Once accepted into the program, the applicant must provide documentation for required immunizations and health screenings (Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella, Tdap, Influenza and TB skin test or chest x-ray). In addition, the applicant must present with a negative drug screen and an acceptable criminal background check and caregiver background screening.


Student Services: A variety of student services are available to Practical Nursing students including Financial Aid assistance and vocational guidance and placement. In addition, students have access to many services offered through Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) such as access to the MSSU library, student health clinic, and food service vendors.


Refund Policy: Practical Nursing students are subject to the FTC Refund Policy section of the FTC Student Handbook which is located in the Forms & Documents section of the FTC website at


Nondiscrimination Policy: Franklin Technology Center endorses and practices the principle of equal education and employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, age or non-job related handicap or disability in the education programs, services or activities it operates.




Students who wish to qualify for admission and progression in the practical nursing program must meet both academic and performance requirements.


Academic requirements are described in the student handbook policies. In addition, the student must satisfy performance standards. These performance standards include motor skills, physical stamina, mobility, hearing, visual tactile, reading, arithmetic competence, emotional stability, analytical thinking, interpersonal skills, and communication skills.


Students must satisfy the following competencies and performance standards:

Motor skills: Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.

Examples: Positioning clients; obtaining and processing specimens, calibrating and properly using equipment; insert catheters; administer injections; use a computer; twist or squeeze with fingers; stand and maintain balance; reach and bend; move within confined spaces.

Physical strength and endurance: Physical stamina sufficient to perform full range of required client care activities for entire length of work role.

Examples: Sustain repetitive movements; maintain physical tolerance; lift; push and pull; support 25 pounds; move heavy objects weighing 10-50 pounds; defend self against combative client; carry equipment; use upper body strength.

Mobility: Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces.

Examples: Twist, bend, stoop/squat, move quickly, climb and walk.

Hearing: Auditory ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in providing nursing care in a timely manner.

Examples: Ability to detect auditory alarms, cries for help, and auscultatory sounds; ability to hear in situations when not able to see lips of speaker; ability to hear sounds of a normal or faint volume level.

Visual: Ability sufficient for accurate observation and assessment necessary for nursing care.

Examples: Read graphs, scales, computer screens, oscilloscopes, or microscopes; distinguish colors and intensity; prepare and administer medications; observe client responses.

Tactile: Ability sufficient for physical monitoring and assessment of health care needs.

Examples: Perform palpation; detect heat and cold; ability to perform functions of physical exam and/or those activities related to therapeutic interventions such as catheter insertion.

Reading: Ability to read and understand written documents.

Examples: Read and understand policies, procedures, patient charts and medication administration records (MARs).

Arithmetic: Ability to perform computations at a minimum of an eighth grade level.

Examples: Counting, measuring, and performing mathematical calculations.

Emotional stability: Able to assume responsibility and accountability for own actions.

Examples: Establish therapeutic boundaries; provide client with emotional support; adapt to stress; deal with the unexpected; perform multiple responsibilities concurrently; handle strong emotion.

Analytical thinking: Reasoning skills sufficient to perform deductive/inductive thinking for nursing decisions.

Examples: Process information; evaluate outcomes; problem-solve; prioritize tasks; use short and long term memory.

Interpersonal skills: Able to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.

Examples: Negotiate interpersonal conflict; respect differences in clients; establish rapport with clients and co-workers; respect the cultural diversity of clients and co-workers.

Communication: Abilities sufficient for interaction with others in both verbal and written English; ability to operate information technology systems.

Examples: Teach client and family; explain procedures; give oral reports; interact with others; speak on telephone; influence people; direct activities of others; convey information through writing.




Is a registered nurse (RN), who has over 37 years of experience in nursing. Early in her career, she determined that taking care of cardiac patients was her passion. In caring for cardiac patients and their families, she developed a love of teaching. That love of teaching grew to providing education to other health care professionals.  In the past 7 years, that love of teaching has expanded to teaching and coordinating the Practical Nursing Program at Franklin Technology Center in Joplin, MO.

Becky although born in Pittsburg, KS, is a transplant from Denver CO, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Colorado, Denver. Go Buffalo’s .

Although she has lived in the Joplin MO area for the past 34 years, she remains an avid Denver Bronco’s fan.


Pam Thurman is a registered nurse (RN) with over 10 years of nursing experience. Much of that time was spent in the field of Pediatric Nursing and more specifically the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where she cared for critically ill and premature infants. She also has experience as a hospital clinical education specialist where she taught life support classes to medical staff and led new nurse clinical orientation.

Prior to becoming a nurse, Pam worked as a Certified Public Accountant and, for a period of time, taught accounting classes at the undergraduate level. Through this experience as well as her time as a clinical education specialist she discovered a love for teaching especially in the area of nurse education. This led to her current position as a Practical Nursing instructor at Franklin Technology Center in Joplin, MO.  She is currently teaching Pharmacology for Nurses and Pediatric Nursing to LPN students.

Pam earned both a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting and Bachelor of Nursing from Missouri Southern State University. She has been married for 27 years and has 4 children. She has lived in the Joplin area her entire life. When not teaching she loves to read, watch movies and travel with her family. A recently discovered love for running has led to her completing several half-marathons and other distance races.


Darleen Moore has 38 years of nursing experience. She graduated from LPN school in Scottsbluff, NE, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Spokane, WA.  Her husband is retired military. Due to being part of the military life, Darleen’s nursing experience has been accumulated in five different states.

Darleen’s nursing experience is primarily intensive/cardiac care, PACU, and endoscopy.  The past two years Darleen has taught at Franklin Technical Center in Joplin, MO.  Darleen teaches Fundamentals of Nursing, and also Medical-Surgical nursing.


Shelly Hartley RN has been an instructor in the FTC LPN program for 2 years.  She has been a nurse for 25 years, with 16 of those years spent in education. Her nursing experience: include Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, Nursery, NICU and Medical/Cardiac.

She has 3 children: Tara, 28, Jessica 21 and Mason 17 and one grandson, Gavin age 5.  She is expecting her second grandchild in March.

Her hobbies include: shopping, scrapbooking, and watching any sporting event that includes her children.  She loves spending time with her family.  She is a huge Denver Bronco Fan and it is her dream to make it to a Denver Bronco game and meet John Elway.


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**tuition and fees for 2017-2018 are estimates only and are subject to change**

A NON-REFUNDABLE Application Fee of $50 is required prior to acceptance into program.

Financial aid is available 

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