Practical Nursing

Health Science
The Practical Nursing Program is an approved nursing program by the Florida Board of Nursing.

This program combines lecture, hands-on skills practice in our nursing lab, and clinical externship at local hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and ambulatory clinics. The program prepares students for employment in these facilities as entry-level practical nurses, and to transfer to a program to become a registered nurse.


Steps to Enrollment Apply now

1,350 Hours, approximately 1 year (43 weeks)

Tuition is approximately $6,927, plus books and fees (PDF)

  • Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

MTC Main Campus

Supplemental Packet (PDF)
TEAS Test Information (PDF)

Tuition is approximately $7,500, plus books and fees (PDF)

Program Highlights


Vary, ranging from:

$35,000 to $50,000*

*Based on local industry information.


  • AdventHealth and AdventHealth Wound Care Center
  • Bridgewater Park Health and Rehab.
  • Hawthorne Village of Ocala
  • Langley Health Services
  • Marion County Health Department
  • Ocala Health and Rehab.
  • Ocala Infectious Disease and Wound Center
  • Ocala Regional Medical Center
  • Ocala Regional Wound Care Center
  • TimberRidge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
  • Veterans Administration of Marion County
  • West Marion Community Hospital

What You Will Learn

Practical Nursing Master Plan of Instruction

(PDF – opens in a new window)

  • Theoretical instruction and clinical experience in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, geriatric nursing, acute care, long-term care, and community settings
  • Personal, family and community health concepts
  • Nutrition, human growth & development, mental health concepts, legal aspects of practice, & current issues in nursing
  • Pharmacology and administration of medications


National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Practical Nursing


  • nursing homes and assisted living facilities
  • hospice and home health care
  • urgent care, doctor’s offices, and hospitals
  • correctional facilities


  • Hawthorne Village of Ocala
  • TimberRidge Rehab and Nursing Center
  • Ocala Health and Rehabilitation
  • Palm Garden of Ocala
  • Florida Women’s Reception Center
  • Langley Health Services







Marion Technical College Nursing Programs are in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s  (USDE) Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v)

Removing barriers to cross-border practice, the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) is an interstate agreement allowing a nurse to have one license and the privilege to practice in other compact states. Implemented in 2000, the NLC fosters public protection and access to care through the mutual recognition of one state-based license that is enforced locally and recognized nationally. Along with most state nurses’ associations, hospital associations and health care facilities in every state overwhelmingly support the NLC. The NLC includes important patient safety features such as facilitation of the sharing of licensure, investigative and disciplinary action information among member states. All graduates from Suncoast Technical College Nursing are eligible to test for any state licensure in compliance with U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v)

The links below show all states where Florida Nursing License are accepted once Initial Licensures has been achieved in Florida.

Business Advisors

  • Patricia Allen | AdventHealth Ocala
  • Carlos Blakeman | College of Central FL
  • Sabrina Braun | HCA Healthcare
  • Christine Florimonte | Workforce Development MRMC
  • Jacqueline Hinerman | Ocala Health and Rehabilitation
  • Deborah Huguelet | Hawthorne Village of Ocala
  • Josh | Hawthorne Village of Ocala
  • Judy Ingram | Ocala Health System
  • Julie Lowrey | AdventHealth Ocala
  • Thressa Maier | AdventHealth Ocala
  • Laura McKinney | Ocala Health System
  • Peggy Recanzone | College of Central FL
  • Frances Santiago | Langley Medical Center
  • Mary Lou Todd | Human Potential Healthcare
  • Dawn Welch | AdventHealth Ocala

Steps To Enrollment

  • Step 1

    Complete & Submit Online Application.

  • Step 2

    Submit paperwork to Student Services at the MTC campus. Provide copies of two officially recognized proofs of residency, copies of Driver’s License, and the Supplemental Program Packet. Pay $20.00 non-refundable application fee. (Application Completed)

    SUPPLEMENTAL PACKETS VARY – Attending an Information Session may be required for acceptance into the program.

  • Step 3

    Financial Aid application –
    Complete FAFSA application and provide a Student Aid Report (SAR). MTC school code: 031039

  • Step 4

    You will be notified by program department of acceptance. You will be notified by Financial Aid of estimated funds available. (Registered)

  • Step 5

    Pay fee and/or sign enrollment document to complete enrollment process in Student Fees.
    Seat in scheduled program is confirmed after Student Fees is completed. (Enrolled)