Practical Nursing (PN) Program

Effective February 1, the nursing programs (RN and PN) will begin using the Kaplan Nursing School Admissions Test as the pre-admission exam.  The HESI admission exam will no longer be accepted.  The Kaplan Test will only be administered in the months of March and mid September/October.  If you plan to apply for the PN program during the May application period, or the RN program during the July application period, you must take the Kaplan Test in March.  The test may only be taken once during any application period.  Only Kaplan Admissions Test scores from the Delgado Testing Center will be accepted.  More information will be published on the Testing and Nursing pages of the website soon.  

The Practical Nursing (PN) Program prepares the student for a career as a licensed practical nurse. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) function as an important part of the health care team, providing patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or a licensed physician.

Practical nurses take care of patients including feeding, bathing, and maintaining patient charts. They administer medication and monitor equipment. They also assess and monitor the health and illness of patients. Practical nurses are predominantly employed by physicians’ offices, home health care agencies, nursing homes, hospitals and clinics.

Clinical experience makes up more than 50 percent of the program hours. Students learn patient observation skills, treatments, and medications. Clinical sites are at a variety of locations throughout the Greater New Orleans and surrounding areas.

By the end of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the use of scientific knowledge and proper medical terminology when implementing nursing care.
  2. Use the nursing process as a framework to deliver care to patients of all ages in a varity of clinical settings.
  3. Follow basic principles of nursing practice and legal standards to perfom skills.
  4. Participate as a member of the health care team to promote, maintain, and restore health.
  5. Develop strategies that promote ongoing personal and professional adjustments for employment as a practical nurse.

To meet admission requirements, students must

  • Be a high school graduate or have a High School Equivalency
  • Be eligible to take MATH 120 and ENGL 101 by the application date; students must have completed or tested out of developmental English, math, and reading via Delgado placement testing or have exempting ACT scores
  • Pass a pre-nursing entrance/placement exam at Delgado
  • Submit a complete application package
  • Note: An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. The non-citizen applicant must produce a valid permanent resident card.

For more information about this program, see the Practical Nursing Information Bulletin.

The Practical Nursing program can be completed in 16 months.

Gainful Employment Disclosure for Nursing - PN

Important Documents


Application Checklist

Re-Evaluation Form

Application Deadlines

Technical Standards

Evaluation and Profile Form

Self-Assessment Form