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NURSING - PRACTICAL NURSING (FALL ADMISSION)

DIPLOMA: Diploma in Applied Science with a major in Practical Nursing

The mission of the Practical Nursing Program is to prepare practical nursing students to be competent, vocational caregivers through a dynamic curriculum and clinical experiences which provide the requisite skills and knowledge for state licensure so that the basic nursing care needs are met in a structured healthcare setting.

The Practical Nursing program prepares students for a vocation requiring intellectual, interpersonal, and psychomotor skills that are based upon biological, behavioral, and humanistic principles. Graduates of the Practical Nursing program are prepared to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, long term care facilities, and out-patient centers. Upon completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply to take the licensure boards for Licensed Practical Nursing Practice.The mean salary for a LPN is $33,000 annually.

PREREQUISITES FOR ENTRANCE

Required Courses

High School: Algebra I, Biology, Chemistry with lab, Computers (Recommended: Biology with lab)
College: None

NOTE:  A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.

Other Requirements

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Departmental Approval
  3. Prior Experience/Observation - Mandatory attendance at a Nursing Information Session is required.
  4. Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0
  5. Current CPR Certification by American Heart Association or American Red Cross
  6. Hepatitis B Immunization, Signed Informed Refusal or Titer
  7. MMR Immunization or Titer
  8. Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer
  9. Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray
  10. Medical Examination - Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Any course with one of the following prefixes requires a grade of "C" or better: ALL
  2. Any course with one of the following prefixes may not be attempted more than twice: PNR
  3. Complete or Maintain CPR Certification by American Heart Association or American Red Cross
  4. Curriculum Completion Requirement - 24 months
  5. Drug Calculation Competency - Students must demonstrate drug calculation competency each semester in order to progress in curriculum courses.
  6. Dismissal Policy: A student who receives a grade below "C" for any two or more PNR courses will be dismissed from the program and will not be eligible to re-enter the program.
  7. Reentry Policy: A FDTC or non-FDTC nursing student must petition the Nursing Admission and Advisement Committee regarding potential re-entry.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

General Education Courses


Course Class Lab Credit
BIO 210 Anatomy And Physiology I 3 3 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3 0 3
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3 0 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3 0 3
12 3 13

Required Major Core Courses


Course Class Lab Credit
PNR 110 Fundamentals of Nursing 3 6 5
PNR 120 Medical/Surgical Nursing I 3 6 5
PNR 130 Medical/Surgical Nursing II 3 6 5
PNR 140 Medical/Surgical Nursing III 3 6 5
PNR 155 Maternal/Infant/Child Nursing 5 6 7
PNR 170 Nursing of the Older Adult 1.5 1.5 2
PNR 182 Special Topics in Practical Nursing 2 0 2
20.5 31.5 31

Other Hours Required for Graduation


Course Class Lab Credit
BIO 211 Anatomy And Physiology II 3 3 4
3 3 4
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  48

SEMESTER CURRICULUM

SEMESTER 1 (Fall)


Course Class Lab Credit
BIO 210 Anatomy And Physiology I 3 3 4
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3 0 3
PNR 110 Fundamentals of Nursing 3 6 5
PNR 182 Special Topics in Practical Nursing 2 0 2
11 9 14

SEMESTER 2 (Spring)


Course Class Lab Credit
BIO 211 Anatomy And Physiology II 3 3 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3 0 3
PNR 120 Medical/Surgical Nursing I 3 6 5
PNR 130 Medical/Surgical Nursing II 3 6 5
12 15 17

SEMESTER 3 (Summer)


Course Class Lab Credit
PNR 140 Medical/Surgical Nursing III 3 6 5
PNR 155 Maternal/Infant/Child Nursing 5 6 7
PNR 170 Nursing of the Older Adult 1.5 1.5 2
PSY 201 General Psychology 3 0 3
12.5 13.5 17
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  48

PROGRAM AND EMPLOYMENT TIDBITS

Contact Person: Sharon Stafford

Waiting List: No

Local Starting Salary: $30,000.00

Local Average Salary: $30,000.00

National Starting Salary: $34,000.00

National Average Salary: $36,250.00