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.
Nature of the Work
The LPN provides service to help people meet their daily needs of life when they have difficulty satisfying these needs on their own. Defining all the specific roles of the LPN is difficult because healthcare delivery is constantly changing and the duties /role of the LPN changes accordingly. Some of the duties an LPN may expect to perform include the administering of medication (oral and parenteral), before and after surgical care, long term care, and end of life care.
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses held about 753,600 jobs in 2008. About 25 percent of LPNs worked in hospitals, 28 percent in nursing care facilities, and another 12 percent in offices of physicians. Others worked for home healthcare services; employment services; residential care facilities; community care facilities for the elderly; outpatient care centers; and Federal, State, and local government agencies.
Employment of LPNs is projected to grow much faster than average. Overall job prospects are expected to be very good, but job outlook varies by industry. The best job opportunities will occur in nursing care facilities and home healthcare services.
Median annual wages of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses were $39,030 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $33,360 and $46,710. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,260, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $53,580.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos102.htm
*Requirements to advance:
A GPA of 2.7 is required to advance from the first semester to the second semester.
The GPA will be calculated using the following courses: ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, ALHS 1011.
Students will be allowed only two (2) failing grades during their enrollment in the program. Upon failing the first class (whether it is general core courses, allied health science courses, nursing courses, or nursing practicum courses) the student will attend an appeals hearing with the Dean of Academic Affairs, and selected nursing faculty. The student will be placed on probationary status with a prescribed action plan. The student must adhere to the prescribed action plan completely.
If a student fails a second course, that student will be dropped from the program and unable to reenter for five (5) years.
|ENGL 1010||Fundamentals of English I|
|MATH 1012||Foundations of Mathematics|
|PSYC 1010||Basic Psychology|
|ALHS 1011||Structure & Function of the Human Body|
|ALHS 1060||Diet & Nutrition for AHS|
|PNSG 2010||Intro Pharm/Clinical Calc|
|PNSG 2030||Nursing Fundamentals|
|PNSG 2035||Nursing Fundamental Clinicals|
|PNSG 2210||Medical Surgical Nursing I|
|PNSG 2310||Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical|
|PNSG 2220||Medical Surgical Nursing II|
|PNSG 2320||Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical|
|PNSG 2230||Medical Surgical Nursing III|
|PNSG 2330||Medical Surgical Nursing III Clinical|
|PNSG 2240||Medical Surgical Nursing IV|
|PNSG 2340||Medical Surgical Nursing IV Clinical|
|PNSG 2250||Maternity Nursing|
|PNSG 2255||Maternity Nursing Clinical|
|PNSG 2410||Nursing Leadership|
|PNSG 2415||Nursing Leadership Clinical|
*All program information subject to change without notice.