Practical Nursing
Career Programs

Practical Nursing

  1. Practice a variety of  health care processes, techniques and procedures in a high tech simulated lab with direct application to the live clinical practice experience.

  2. Perform nursing procedures while utilizing principles of therapeutic communication, critical thinking, and nursing process to provide quality patient care in a variety of health care settings as a key member of the health care team.

  3. Complete a rigorous curriculum with relevant theory, lab skills and clinical instruction to prepare for a lifelong career or a stepping stone for articulation and further education.

The HPTC Practical Nursing program is approved by Oklahoma Board of Nursing and Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology Education. It is designed for adults who want a challenging career full of opportunities. The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) works under the supervision or direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician or dentist.

Clinical practice is correlated with classroom theory and skill practice. Clinical experience includes supervised practice, observation, and participation in various health care settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, home health, clinics, etc. Graduates acquire a wide range of skills that are easily transferred from one type of nursing to another. Some nursing programs in higher education offer direct articulation or advanced standing for the LPN to acquire an Associate Degree (ADN) or Bachelor of Science (BSN).

Graduates are eligible to apply to Oklahoma Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-PN licensure examination. Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing. In addition to completing a state-approved nursing education program that meets educational requirements and successfully passing the licensure examination, requirements include submission of an application for licensure, a criminal history records search, and evidence of citizenship or qualified alien status.

Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-PN, graduates may work in many states. There are excellent opportunities for employment in hospitals, home health, long term care facilities and clinics. This program prepares for a lifelong career as an LPN or as a stepping stone for articulation and further education.     



Application Process  

Applications for 2020-21 class due May 15th, 2020 

Must be 18 years of age by the time the NCLEX exam is taken. The application process includes but may not be limited to the completion of practical nursing program application and all required documentation and pre-entrance* testing. Program expenses include tuition as well as  program fees. 

Financial aid is available for qualified students. Call HPTC Financial Aid office at 580.571.6177 to make an appointment.  Other scholarship information is listed at the bottom of this page.

Course Requirements

Students will have to show proof of a passing grade or certificate of completion for Medical Terminology and proof of certification for CNA as well as have the American Heart Association: BLS Healthcare Provider. All CNA requirements, Medical Terminology and CPR requirements must be completed by the date outlined in the application packet.  HPTC does offer these course requirements through our Short Term Adult classes or online.  Click here to see our offerings of these courses. 

To apply for the program, call High Plains Technology Center Practical Nursing at 580.256.6618. Applications are available January 16 and must be completed and returned by May 15, 2020.  The 2020-21 class begins in August, 2020 through May, 2021.    

Click here for 2020-21 PN Application.

*HPTC now accepts the ACT as the PN entrance exam.   Test dates at HPTC are January 17th, February 7th or   March 28th.  Call 580-571-6127 to schedule, cost is $50   payable the day of the test. There are limited spots and    you must call in to make an appointment to take the test   on the available dates. Drop In's are not allowed due to   the cost of the ACT's. 

Career Outlook   

Employment of licensed practical nurses is projected to grow 16 percent within the next 10 years, must faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. LPNs will be needed in many different areas of practice.

Job placement rate for those who completed this program is 90% according to Student Followings: ODCTE.





Scholarship Information

Ted Kyle Scholarship

Ted Kyle was a member of the HPTC board for numerous years. He along with Carl Bogdahn were the people who were instrumental in getting the Career Tech off the ground.  When Ted Passed away, his family donated money to HPTC  to be used for scholarships for students in need.  All adult students are eligible to apply.  The scholarship application inquires about the student’s involvement in the community, future goals, and economic need.  A committee of three HPTC employees review all applications and select the recipient.

Click here for Ted Kyle Scholarship Application.

Physician Manpower Training Commission

Sponsored by the State of Oklahoma through PMTC the Nursing Student Program provides assistance to Oklahoma nursing students pursuing LPN, ADN, BSN, or MSN degrees and who are interested in practicing nursing in Oklahoma communities, with emphasis placed on rural communities.
From its inception, over 6,500 nursing students have received scholarship awards. For more information or to apply go to their website at