Practical Nursing


Course Information


Next Available Start Date: April 23, 2018

Application Period: November 7, 2017 - February 14, 2018 (9:00 a.m.)

Length: 14 months (1350 Clock Hours) 

Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Clinical Hours will vary

Estimated Cost for FL Resident: (Tuition, books, & fees) $6,200

Basic Skill Levels: TABE Test Scores: 11th grade in Reading, Math, Language, and Science. 




  • Student must pass a Background Test and a Drug Test
  • Student be able to lift 40 pounds and stand for long periods of time
  • Pass a basic physical and obtain required immunizations
  • 18 years old to enter program
  • Student must be a high school graduate or have a GED
  • For clinical purposes, proof of medical insurance is required for all students.




Application Guidelines

Next Start Date: April 23, 2018

Application Period: November 7, 2017 – February 14, 2018 (9:00 a.m.)

The application period for the April 2018 Practical Nursing cohort is Tuesday, November 7, 2017 through Tuesday, February 14, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.   No applications dated before or after the enrollment period will be considered for enrollment in this cohort or subsequent cohorts.

Throughout the enrollment period, all applications will be placed in a queue based on the date that the application was submitted.  After the enrollment period ends, we will contact all applicants via e-mail and print mail regarding their status in the queue and next steps for admission in the program (No later than March 16th).

Application Components:

All applications for enrollment must include:

Completed, signed application (Brewster staff will validate application date upon receipt); incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Advanced-level TABE test (If the test is taken at a site other than Brewster, it must be submitted in an official, sealed envelope).

Official transcripts from an accredited high school or college (college transcripts accepted if applicant received an associate's degree or higher)

Education Level:            At minimum, applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED from an accredited institution (an official, sealed transcript is required with application)

Testing:              The TABE test is mandated by the Florida Department of Education as an exit requirement for the Practical Nursing program*.  In order to exit successfully from the program, you must take a TABE assessment and meet the required scores for your program. The TABE-"A" (advanced) test requirements include:  Reading (11th grade level); Math (11th grade level); and Language (11th grade level).  We do not accept the TEAS test in lieu of the advanced-level TABE test.

Test Days:          Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m.  & 6:00 p.m. (Testing Fee: $5.00, exact cash only)

Students should arrive to test no later than 15 minutes before the start of the test. Testing dates are subject to change without notice. Please call for confirmation of testing dates.

* Certain exemptions from exit requirements may apply; however, due to the advanced skill set required by the program, a TABE test is fundamental in assessing the applicant's current skill set, particularly in reading and math skills.  All applicants are required to take the TABE test (Note that TABE scores are not a determining factor in application status).

Credit Transfer:            We accept credit from select Florida public schools (within 24 months of coursework).  In order to apply for credit transfer, you must submit an official, sealed copy of your transcripts.  Credit must be approved by both the Practical Nursing instructor and the Assistant Principal for Curriculum.

Note: Final admission is based on variety of criteria, including two background checks and a drug screening.



Course Overview


Program Description: 

The program is designed to enable individuals to achieve instructional objectives in the following content areas: nursing skills, life span, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, medical nursing, surgical nursing, pediatric nursing, geriatric nursing, personal and community health, pharmacology, employability skills, leadership and human relations skills.

Fifty percent of the training is spent in the clinical areas and includes: maternal and newborn, pediatrics, medical/surgical, and experience in extended care facilities. Clinical placement is determined through the Coordinating Council, may begin as early as 6:30 am and include out of county facilities.

Successful program completion prepares students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Florida (NCLEX). Students completing the program receive credits toward a Registered Nurse A.S. Degree at Hillsborough Community College or any community college in the statewide system. Please contact the colleges for additional information.




Please explore the links below to access information on employment prospects, estimated salaries, and more career information.

Gainful Employment and Career Information

Occupational Outlook Handbook


A history of felony convictions or substance abuse may adversely affect your ability to gain employment or take licensing exams in the medical professions. We encourage you to consider your personal history when making appropriate career choices. Students entering all health programs with a clinical study requirement are subject to criminal background checks and/or random drug screenings at their own expense.

More Information:

Application Process

Articulation Agreement

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Financial Aid Available

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the responsibilities of an LPN?

The LPN works under the supervision of an RN. The LPN performs tasks for direct patient care as nursing procedures, treatments, and administering medications. The LPN completes an IV course following graduation. The RN will assess the client; the LPN provides data to further compliment the care.

What kind of clinical experiences are available?

Brewster Technical Center follows the guidelines of the Department of Education and Florida Board of Nursing. PN students have experiences in nursing homes, hospitals, long term acute care hospitals, community based: mental health clinics, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, day care for high risk infants – preschool age, school district health clinics, and adult training centers for adults with disabilities. Leadership occurs during the last 8 weeks prior to graduation to simulate the role of the LPN in long term care facilities.

How does a 4 day a week program function?

Brewster Technical Center's PN program is unique as it runs a 4 day a week program of classes and clinical. The bonus is the 5th day usually Friday's is open for tutoring, students studying in groups, time to practice skills all with the direction of a faculty member. The media center complete with computers and on site assistance is available Mon – Thurs 0800 – 8 pm and Friday 0800 – 3 pm.

Where can the LPN find employment?

Our graduates are employed in long term acute care hospitals, out- patient clinics, school district health clinics and schools that meet the needs of children and teens with special needs, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, home health agencies, dialysis clinics and case management for insurance companies.

Are online classes available?

The PN program uses a hybrid course for Introduction to Health Science.

Does this mean I don't have to attend class?

The class and computer based software are blended together to allow the student to receive in class training and follow through with skills online.

Is job placement available upon graduation?

Job placement assistance is provided with clinical sites and the advisory committee.

How can I learn more about this career field?

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Information on this form is for Florida Department of Education reporting requirements ONLY. This information WILL NOT be used to determine program eligibility or admission. Courses and programs are offered as part of the adult education program of Hillsborough County Schools under the direction of the School Board of Hillsborough County.

No person shall, on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin or handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity under the direction of the local education agency.




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