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Practical Nursing

Course Description: The Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor. Program graduates receive a practical nursing diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level practical nurse.

Student Learning Outcomes:
•  Students will maintain a sterile field during a procedure.
•  Students will take and record patient vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and respirations) in the clinical setting.
•  Students will provide safe nursing care in various clinical settings.

Length of Program: One (1) semester prerequisites, Four (4) semesters occupational courses.

Cost of Program: Click Here.

Entrance Dates: Beginning of each term for general education courses; however, applicants must attain an acceptable score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) and successfully complete all prerequisite courses (ALHS 1011 – Structure and Function of the Human Body, ALHS 1060 – Diet and Nutrition for Allied Health Sciences, ENGL 1010 – Fundamentals of English I, MATH 1012 – Foundations of Mathematics, PSYC 1010 – Basic Psychology, PNSG 2010 – Introduction to Pharmacology and Clinical Calculations) prior to beginning certain cohort occupational courses.

Program Admission: Main Campus admits students to occupational courses during the Fall Semester. Grady Campus admits students to occupational courses during the Spring Semester.p>

Entrance Requirements:  Refer to Admissions criteria.  Contact the program advisor or admissions for details. Completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission into the program. This program must be completed within 18 months of successful completion of PNSG 2030.  Click for Entrance Scores.  Please click here for Information regarding the Practical Nursing Pre-Admission exam dates, times, and study materials.

Age: Applicant must be 17 years of age or older.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A program advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Additional Requirements: Standardized achievement tests will be given. All students are required to participate in the standardized evaluation process. Failure to participate will result in failure of the course. American Heart Healthcare Provider CPR Certification, Physical Exam, Dental exam, Drug Toxicology, and Criminal Background Check are required.   A current Flu immunization is required for clinicals.

Note: Those who have been arrested/convicted of a moral and/or legal violation of the law may not be allowed to complete the practicum requirements or granted permission to take the licensing examination.

Credits Required for Graduation: 47 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation

Note: A bridge program to an Associate of Science in Nursing program exists.

For more information regarding this program including job placement rate, on-time graduation rate, costs, occupational information, etc., Please Click Here.

 

Curriculum

Credit Hours

 
1. Basic Skills Courses (9 hours)
  ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
  MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
  PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology 3
           
 
2. Occupational Courses (48 hours)
  ALHS 1011 Structure and Function of the Human Body 5
  ALHS 1060 Diet and Nutrition for Allied Health Sciences 2
  PNSG 2010 Introduction to Pharmacology and Clinical Calculations 2
  PNSG 2030 Nursing Fundamentals 6
  PNSG 2035 Nursing Fundamentals Clinical 2
  PNSG 2210 Medical Surgical Nursing I 4
  PNSG 2220 Medical Surgical Nursing II 4
  PNSG 2230 Medical Surgical Nursing III 4
  PNSG 2240 Medical Surgical Nursing IV 4
  PNSG 2250 Maternity Nursing 3
  PNSG 2255 Maternity Nursing Clinical 1
  PNSG 2310 Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical 2
  PNSG 2320 Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical 2
  PNSG 2330 Medical Surgical Nursing III Clinical 2
  PNSG 2340 Medical Surgical Nursing IV Clinical 2
  PNSG 2410 Nursing Leadership 1
  PNSG 2415 Nursing Leadership Clinical 2
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