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You aspire to help people in need. Choose a full- or part-time program at Johnson County Community College to learn the clinical skills you need to launch your healthcare career as a licensed practical nurse.

What Will I Learn?

JCCC’s highly selective Practical Nurse program offers hands-on classroom and clinical learning. Classes are located off campus at JCCC’s Olathe Health Education Center. The OHEC Healthcare Simulation Center features four full-size acute care rooms decked out with the same equipment and supplies you will use in a healthcare facility.

Sophisticated simulators come in a variety of sizes and can be programmed with hundreds of symptoms to test your knowledge and skill, including physical and emotional reactions to your clinical choices.

In the full-time and part-time programs, you’ll gain experience providing client care in:

  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics
  • Gerontology
  • Medical-surgical
  • Mental health

You’ll also get real-world experience working with facilities, clinics and long-term care facilities that partner with JCCC, which can open doors as you begin your PN career.


Choose JCCC's Practical Nurse program for its sophisticated hands-on learning, and in nine short months (or 14 months part time) you could be eligible to take the National Council of Licensure Exam–Practical Nursing. 

JCCC has an excellent reputation for its sophisticated OHEC Healthcare Simulation Center, low class sizes and low student-to-instructor ratios in the clinical setting. The Practical Nursing program has some of the best outcomes in Kansas for program completion, NCLEX-PN pass rates, and student and employer satisfaction.

Classes are held in the Olathe Health Education Center, right next to Olathe Medical Center. You'll take what you learn in the classroom and put it to use in real-life settings at the fully equipped Healthcare Simulation Center at OHEC.

Two Paths to Become an LPN

Choose the program that best suits your needs.

Full time (weekdays, Monday through Friday):

  • Complete in nine months
  • Limited to 32 students
  • Starts in August

Part time (evenings and weekends):

  • Usually completed in 14 months
  • Limited to 24 students
  • Starts in June
This is a selective admission program. See admission requirements

Demand for skilled nurses continues to grow. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there will be 88,900 new LPN jobs by 2026. Once you pass your LPN licensing exam, you can help patients in a variety of healthcare settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician offices
  • Health clinics
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Private home care

In some facilities, LPNs may supervise certified nursing aides, certified medication aides and other healthcare team members.

Download the Practical Nursing Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.


Estimated Expenses for PN Program

The following items are estimated expenses incurred by students in nursing in addition to tuition. (Prices do not include tax.) See the tuition page for rates and student activity fees.

Estimated Nursing Program Expenses, Excluding Taxes Total Estimated Cost
Criminal Background Check ($23) & Drug Screen ($27.50) (32.50) Data Management Database after acceptance. $83
Physical exam and immunizations $400
Tuition costs are based on 28 credits at the Johnson Country resident rate.
Visit Tuition Rates for information about rates for students living outside Johnson County.
Books: (Lippincott Bundle – Required) $700
Scissors: $6
Stethoscope: $90
Watch: $23
Hemostat: $5
Scrubs (2 sets): $100
Lab Coat: $15
JCCC Patch: $5
Shoes: $75-$150
Graduation Expenses:
NCLEX–PN: $200
Kansas State Licensure: $125
Kansas State Background Check: $48
Fingerprints: $10
Gown: $25
ATI Integrated Learning System (Required)
*Cost includes Live Review after graduation
Total – Practical Nursing Certificate $5,367

All costs are approximate and are subject to change based upon Dean/EVPI (Executive Vice President of Instruction) Committee’s approval.

All items above are required to be purchased by practical nursing students.

  • Physical examinations, including required immunizations, must be current.
  • Costs for healthcare are the responsibility of the individual student.
  • Plans should be made for childcare costs.
  • Transportation to and from class and to clinical agencies is the responsibility of the student.

JCCC's Practical Nursing program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Graduates of JCCC's Practical Nursing program consistently exceed the national average pass rate for the National Licensing Exam for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). The job outlook for LPNs is very promising and employment of LPNs is expected to grow faster than the average for other occupations.

Kansas State Board of Nursing
900 SW Jackson St.
Suite 1051
Topeka, KS 66612-1230
Main: 785-296-4929
Fax: 785-296-3929