SJR State announces Practical Nursing program

St. Johns River State College announces its new Practical Nursing program for students interested in becoming licensed practical nurses. Approved by the Florida Board of Nursing, this year-long vocational certificate program includes 1,350 hours of nursing coursework. Classes begin on the Palatka campus in January 2018 with clinicals scheduled at facilities within the tri-county area.

The Practical Nursing program is designed for students to gain the knowledge and skills to qualify for entry-level positions in nursing. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for the State Board Examination for Licensed Practical Nursing.

Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Mary Anne Laney said, “While providing a marketable credential for graduates to enter the workforce, the Practical Nursing program also serves as a starting point within a broader health science career pathway by articulating into the Associate in Science degree in Nursing and ultimately the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at St. Johns River State College.”

Vice President for Workforce Development Anna Lebesch said, “Adding the Practical Nursing program to our healthcare training offerings is important in supporting the training needs of the healthcare community. With health service occupations steadily growing, we are always delighted to watch our students use their training in this field to serve others in the community.”

Information sessions for the Practical Nursing program will be held on all three of SJR State’s campuses on the following days:

Oct. 16 - 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Palatka campus, L building, room L130
Oct. 17 -  4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Orange Park campus, H building, room H1136
Oct. 18 - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - St. Augustine campus, Allied Health building - room H123

The application will be available online November 1 - 30 at

For more information on degree and certificate programs in the health field, call (386) 312-4176.



Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020