Practical Nursing

Program Runs

08/04/20 – 05/27/21

8a-5p (varies with clinical hours)

1232 Clock Hours

Application deadline is April 2nd, 2020 at 3 pm.


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.


Access the Practical Nursing Handbook here!


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 Hesi A2 entrance exam with a minimal cumulative score of 60% and interview with the coordinator and instructor.

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 Consumer Information section of our website here.

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.




Katie Bozarth, RN, has been a nurse for 17 years. After graduation, Katie served as an ICU nurse for a short amount of time before discovering her love for school nursing. As a school nurse, she cared for students, families, and staff. She was also an instructor for the American Heart Association teaching BLS/first-aid. She graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College with her associate degree of nursing and then later graduated with her BSN from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. Katie discovered that she had a passion for teaching while giving instruction to her students and staff. She serves as the coordinator for the practical nursing program and provides instruction to practical nursing students in the area of practical vocational concepts.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching her boys play sports, singing, reading, and crafting

Jodi L Stewart

Jodi Stewart is an RN with ten years experience. Jodi’s experience in nursing includes medical/surgical, ortho/neuro, wound care, post-partum, home health and hospice, and most recently being a school nurse. Jodi discovered a love for teaching early in her nursing career after being asked to precept for nurses in clinical rotations and train new nurses to the facilities she worked. Jodi and her husband have seven children between them and she loves spending time with their kids. They enjoy traveling and exploring new places. Their family moved to Joplin in 2015 from Southeast Kansas and they love it here! Her hobbies include reading, dancing with the kids, and singing along to the radio. Jodi graduated with her Associates from Fort Scott Community College, with her Bachelor’s from MSSU, and with her Master’s in education emphasis at PSU in 2019. Jodi is the instructor for the Fundamentals/IV Therapy and  Nursing of the Adult/Nutrition classes.

Amy Price

Amy Price, RN has been a nurse for 18 years.  Throughout those years she has worked in critical care, pediatric home health, and school nursing.  Growing up she always knew she would either be a nurse or a teacher. She now has the best of both worlds.  She has always enjoyed learning and is excited to share her love of nursing with her students. She graduated from Pittsburg State University and will be instructing pharmacology, maternity, and pediatrics.

Amy has been married for 18 years and has 2 children.  In her spare time she enjoys attending their activities, reading, and traveling.

Amanda Jones

Amanda is an RN with 8 years of experience. Amanda started her medical career as a student assistant in the Intensive Care Unit, where she then went on to work as an RN after graduating with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Pittsburg State University. Amanda then went on to work as a Cardiology RN in a fast-paced cardiology clinic. While working as a Cardiac nurse, Amanda was trained to both interrogate and program pacemakers and defibrillators. Amanda’s career as a cardiac nurse is where she discovered her love for teaching others. Amanda is excited to share her nursing knowledge and teach future nurses. Amanda is married and has one daughter and one son. In Amanda’s spare time she enjoys living on a hobby farm, taking care of chickens and gardening. Amanda also enjoys photography and is in the process of training her Goldendoodle to become a therapy dog.



  1. Orientation to Nursing
    1. Introductory Theory
    2. Classes held Monday-Thursday with times to be determined by program coordinator and faculty
    3. Courses
      1. 46 clock hours – Personal and Vocational Concepts
      2. 100 clock hours – Anatomy and Physiology
      3. 184 clock hours – Fundamentals of Nursing/IV Theory
      4. 154 clock hours – Fundamentals of Nursing Skills Lab
      5.     4 clinical hours – Fundamentals of Nursing
      6. 132 clock hours – Pharmacology for Practical Nurses
      7. 620 clock hours
  2. Combined Theory and Clinical Practice
    1. 264 Clock Hours – Clinical experience 2 days/week
    2. (Days/times determined according to needs of clinical sites)
    3. 348 Clock Hours – Theory sessions 2 days/week
    4. (Days/times dependent upon clinical schedule)
    5. Theory and clinical hours summary
      1. 172 Theory/152 Clinical hours – Nursing of the Adults/Nutrition
      2. 176 Theory/96 Clinical hours – Maternal/Child Nursing
      3. 16 Clinical hours – LPN IV Fluid Therapy
  3. The total number of clock hours contained in the practical nursing program is 1232, which includes 964 theory hours and 268 clinical hours.

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**tuition and fees for 2020-2021 are estimates only and are subject to change**

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

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