Front row, from left: Alishia McAfee, Jackie Reinbott, Kimberly Randolph, Justine Wolfe, Jennifer Pollard, Shay Cook, Donna Counts, Terri Richards, Ashley Esquivel, Mariah Kean and Jeannie Cook. Back row: Katrina Benuska, Melissa Kile, Demi Evans, Paige Shepherd, Chelsea Butherus, Cherie Pierce, Amy Black, Smoki Nash, Taylor Ingram, Bayle Herrin and Taylor Huckabay. Not pictured: Nicholas Tank.


Every fall a new group of Practical Nursing (LPN) students graduate from Texas County Technical College and begin working as LPNs. This year, 23 students received their Practical Nursing certificate  Aug. 24 at Souls Harbor Family Worship in Houston.

Many of these graduates, and those before them, are from the Houston area and are giving back to their community by filling open nursing positions in local hospitals and facilities. 

The Practical Nursing Class of 2019 graduates are: Katrina Benuska, Salem; Melissa Kile, Winona; Demi Evans, Hartville;  Paige Shepherd, Cabool; Chelsea Butherus, Licking; Cherie Pierce, St. James; Amy Black, Rolla; Smoki Nash, Birch Tree; Taylor Ingram, Rolla; Bayle Herrin, Houston; Taylor Huckabay, Mountain Grove; Alishia McAfee, Salem; Jackie Reinbott, Salem; Kimberly Randolph, Mountain View, Justine Wolfe, St. Robert; Jennifer Pollard, Salem; Shay Cook, Houston; Donna Counts, Eminence; Terri Richards, Houston; Ashley Esquivel, Salem; Mariah Kean, Rolla; Jeannie Cook, Salem; and Nicholas Tank, Gainesville.

The graduates completed three semesters at TCTC for 48 weeks. The LPN program includes an in-depth curriculum that prepares students to pass the  licensure exam and work as a successful LPN. Graduates completed classes including: Anatomy and Physiology, Lifespan Development, Fundamentals of Nursing, Pharmacology, Human Nutrition, Medical Surgical Nursing, Maternal Child Nursing, Mental and Community Health and more. 

Since graduation, the class of 2019 has been studying and taking the NCLEX-PN exam. Graduates can begin working in long term care facilities, clinics, hospitals and other facilities once they pass the licensure exam.

The next LPN program begins in August 2020 and applications are being accepted. There are no prerequisites for this program. Persons who are already an LPN, the next Accelerated LPN to RN program begins in May 2020. If interested in the upcoming programs, call 417-967-5466. 

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