Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing began in 1981 with a single class of 12 students. In 2001, the school celebrated 20 years of excellence in practical nurse preparation and the Mayor of Miami Dade County decreed that August 3rd be known as Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing Day. In 2002, the school expanded from one daytime program to three programs, including one in the evening. Today, the school is Florida’s only private, Catholic, hospital-based program for practical nurses.