Practical Nursing

Real-world applications and clinical experiences prepare Practical Nursing students for a rewarding career working to prevent illness and restore health. Students will learn to give skilled compassionate care in structured care settings and will be prepared to take the NCLEX-PN exam upon graduation.

I chose FHTC because of the faculty and staff. I’ve never met a more caring group of educators that help their students learn so much. Plain and simple, FHTC was the easiest decision I’ve made in my education.

Ashley

Program Options

The Practical Nursing program offers a technical certificate option.

The program contains technical education courses and is a one-year, two and a half-semester program. Students participate in planned and supervised experiences—classroom, laboratory, clinical experience—directed toward performing nursing measures with precision, safety and efficiency consistent with nursing concepts and standards. Students will learn to give skilled bedside care to patients with less complex conditions in structured care settings. Upon graduation, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as an LPN.

The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Landon State Office Building, 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 1051, Topeka, KS 66612-1230,  785-296-4929, Fax: 785-296-3929 www.ksbn.org

Application Deadline and Requirements

Technical Certificate Course Requirements

Career Opportunities

Currently, there is a high demand for well-educated professionals who work to prevent illness and restore health. The LPN provides skilled nursing care under the supervision of registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians. LPNs work with patients across the lifespan, from newborn to geriatrics.

Career opportunities include:

  • Hospitals
  • Health Clinics
  • School Nursing
  • Physician Offices
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Long-term Care Facilities

Program Faculty

Kathy Bode

Director of Nursing

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Kathy has been an RN since 1965 after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with her Nursing degree. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Panhandle State University and a Master’s Degree (MSHCA) from Central Michigan State. Her work history includes 15 years working in the Philippine Islands and the remainder of her nursing work experience in nursing management and intensive care nursing across Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois, Texas and Missouri. Kathy began as an educator at FHTC in 1997, teaching both in the Nursing and Emergency Medical Services programs while serving as Director of Nursing.

Nicole Freeland

Practical Nursing Instructor

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Nicole is a proud alum of FHTC, graduating in 2007 from the PN program. She worked at Newman Regional Health for the Telemetry unit until 2010 when she graduated with her Associate Degree in Nursing from Butler Community College. Upon graduation, she worked for the Women’s Life Center at NRH and later for Same Day Surgery. While in Same Day Surgery she earned her Certified Ambulatory Per-Anesthesia Nursing Certification (CAPA), and was chair of the education council for NRH. In 2018 she joined the staff at Home Town Health Care and began pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through Emporia State University. She graduated with honors in leadership from ESU in 2019. Nicole has been with FHTC since 2020.

Kayla Luder

Practical Nursing Instructor

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Kayla has been a Registered Nurse since 2013. She graduated from Emporia State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Before becoming a nurse educator, Kayla was employed at Newman Regional Health in Emporia for five years and on the Medical/Surgical/Telemetry floor. Kayla has been with FHTC since 2017.

Kim McNeese

Practical Nursing Instructor

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Kim has been a Registered Nurse since 2004. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Emporia State University in 2004, and from Fort Hays State University in 2017 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing Education. Prior to becoming an educator, Kim worked at Newman Regional Health in Emporia for over four years on the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric floor. She has been a nursing educator at Flint Hills Technical College since 2008.

Tricia Parks

Practical Nursing Instructor

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Tricia graduated from Emporia State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from Fort Hays State University in 2019 with a Master of Science in Nursing Education degree. Before becoming a nurse educator, Tricia was employed at Newman Regional Health Women’s Life Center. She also worked at Tyson Fresh Meats: Holcomb as the occupational health nurse and in school nursing for North Lyon County school district. Tricia has been with FHTC since 2014.

Tonya Soyez

Practical Nursing Instructor

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Tonya received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree from Emporia State University in 1998 and was employed at Newman Regional Health in Emporia for 20 years on the Women’s Life Center floor and in Same Day Surgery. She began as an instructor at Flint Hills Technical College in 2018.

Lori Torres

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Lori graduated in 1980 from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her career history includes Medical/Surgical nursing and OB/Postpartum and Level II Skilled Newborn Nursery at Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Shawnee Mission OB/GYN Associates, as well as being a school nurse with the Olathe School District. Lori also worked in OB/Postpartum at Newman Regional Health in Emporia and as a Public Health Nurse for Lyon County for eight years. She began as a nurse educator with Flint Hills Technical College in 2003-2004 and again in 2014.


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Kathy has been an RN since 1965 after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with her Nursing degree. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Panhandle State University and a Master’s Degree (MSHCA) from Central Michigan State. Her work history includes 15 years working in the Philippine Islands and the remainder of her nursing work experience in nursing management and intensive care nursing across Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois, Texas and Missouri. Kathy began as an educator at FHTC in 1997, teaching both in the Nursing and Emergency Medical Services programs while serving as Director of Nursing.


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Nicole is a proud alum of FHTC, graduating in 2007 from the PN program. She worked at Newman Regional Health for the Telemetry unit until 2010 when she graduated with her Associate Degree in Nursing from Butler Community College. Upon graduation, she worked for the Women’s Life Center at NRH and later for Same Day Surgery. While in Same Day Surgery she earned her Certified Ambulatory Per-Anesthesia Nursing Certification (CAPA), and was chair of the education council for NRH. In 2018 she joined the staff at Home Town Health Care and began pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through Emporia State University. She graduated with honors in leadership from ESU in 2019. Nicole has been with FHTC since 2020.


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Kayla has been a Registered Nurse since 2013. She graduated from Emporia State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Before becoming a nurse educator, Kayla was employed at Newman Regional Health in Emporia for five years and on the Medical/Surgical/Telemetry floor. Kayla has been with FHTC since 2017.


620-341-1328
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Kim has been a Registered Nurse since 2004. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Emporia State University in 2004, and from Fort Hays State University in 2017 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing Education. Prior to becoming an educator, Kim worked at Newman Regional Health in Emporia for over four years on the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric floor. She has been a nursing educator at Flint Hills Technical College since 2008.


620-341-1327
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Tricia graduated from Emporia State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from Fort Hays State University in 2019 with a Master of Science in Nursing Education degree. Before becoming a nurse educator, Tricia was employed at Newman Regional Health Women’s Life Center. She also worked at Tyson Fresh Meats: Holcomb as the occupational health nurse and in school nursing for North Lyon County school district. Tricia has been with FHTC since 2014.


620-341-1367
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Tonya received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree from Emporia State University in 1998 and was employed at Newman Regional Health in Emporia for 20 years on the Women’s Life Center floor and in Same Day Surgery. She began as an instructor at Flint Hills Technical College in 2018.


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Lori graduated in 1980 from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her career history includes Medical/Surgical nursing and OB/Postpartum and Level II Skilled Newborn Nursery at Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Shawnee Mission OB/GYN Associates, as well as being a school nurse with the Olathe School District. Lori also worked in OB/Postpartum at Newman Regional Health in Emporia and as a Public Health Nurse for Lyon County for eight years. She began as a nurse educator with Flint Hills Technical College in 2003-2004 and again in 2014.

Program Information & Resources

Estimated program costs and testing criteria​ are available in the documents below. Visit our admissions page to learn about admissions steps and other helpful information.

Practical Nursing Cost Sheet View Document
Practical Nursing KSBON Approval View Document