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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?

You'll be using patient simulators programmed to exhibit hundreds of symptoms. Improve and grow with feedback from your instructors.

You'll learn how to do such procedures as:

  • Medication pass
  • Catheterization
  • Assessment
  • Equipment placement
  • Blood glucose monitoring


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. 

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.

You’ll use the same equipment and supplies used in hospitals, including Gaumard® Victoria®, a fully interactive birthing experience that demonstrates live birth. Other simulators mimic patient experiences that will occur regularly in practice. You’ll learn how to manage post-surgical patients and those with congestive heart failure, paralysis or mental illness.

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
  • Best for students who have financial support or work part time

Part time (evenings and weekends):

  • Usually completed in 14 months
  • Limited to 24 students
  • Starts in June
  • Best for students who need a less-strenuous schedule or who work full time
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 medical aides and other healthcare team members.

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.
See the tuition web page for more details.
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