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Practical Nurse Education Program (PN013)

TUITION FEE : $23000

DURATION : 1 Year

The length of the Practical Nurse Education Program will be 12 months and includes 1550 hours of study. After successful completion of the program requirements, students will qualify to take the NCLEX-PN Licensure Examination for the State of PA.

ADMISSION’S REQUIREMENT:

  • All applicants must pass Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test.
  • All applicants must complete the registration form.
  • All applicant must submit proof of a GED or high school equivalency.
  • All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • All applicants must pass criminal background screening.
  • All applicants must complete satisfactory drug screening and completion of required health screening and immunizations.
  • All applicants must submit copy of current Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Professional certification card.
  • If applicant is not a citizen of the U.S., the applicant must submit a copy of their Resident Alien card.
  • UNITS OF STUDY:

    Semester I

    CourseClassroom HoursLaboratory HoursClinical Hours
    FOUNDATION OF NURSING12020300
    ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY80

    Semester II

    CourseClassroom HoursLaboratory HoursClinical Hours
    MATH & MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION401040
    ADULT HEALTH NURSING I7010185
    PHARMACOLOGY501070

    Semester III

    CourseClassroom HoursLaboratory HoursClinical Hours
    ADULT HEALTH NURSING II6010195
    PEDIATRIC NURSING4030
    MATERNAL HEALTH NURSING5030
    MENTAL HEALTH NURSING5080
    TotalClassroom HoursLaboratory HoursClinical Hours
    All Semesters56060930

    Here are the details of all the courses

    Foundations of Nursing
    Total Hours: 440
    Classroom Hours: 120
    Laboratory Hours: 20
    Clinical Hours: 300
    This course is an introduction to basic nursing care. Topics include the nursing process, medical terminology, safety, legal/ethical issues, and providing patient education. Principles and skills of nursing care, documentation, and physical assessment are taught. Additional topics include the care of the geriatric patient, the terminally ill patient, and the patient experiencing pain. Emphasis will be given to the practical nursing student developing critical thinking skills, demonstrating professionalism by maintaining confidentiality, recognizing legal/ethical responsibilities, acting as a patient advocate, maintaining positive patient/colleague relationships, and by implementing appropriate standards of care. Laboratory and simulation exercises are included in this course. Clinical experience commensurate with basic nursing skills will accompany this course.
    Anatomy & Physiology
    Total Hours: 80
    Classroom Hours: 80
    This course introduces the student to essential basic information from the sciences of Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology and Chemistry. This scientific framework will allow the student to understand how the human body attempts to compensate in the presence of disease and will foster development of skills of observation necessary to report and monitor symptoms that result from illness.
    Mathematics and Medication Administration
    Total Hours: 90
    Classroom Hours: 40
    Laboratory Hours: 10
    Clinical Hours: 40
    This course is designed to present a review of basic math skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals and fractions; and calculation of ratios and proportions. The metric, apothecary, and household systems of measurement will be introduced with emphasis on conversion between these systems as it applies to calculating mediation dosages. Practical application of math to oral and parenteral administration of medications will be stressed.
    Adult Health Nursing I
    Total Hours: 265
    Classroom Hours: 70
    Laboratory Hours: 10
    Clinical Hours: 185
    Building on concepts from previous courses, this course focuses on health management, maintenance, and prevention of illness, care of the individual as a whole, and deviations from the normal state of health. Emphasis is on the role of the Practical Nurse in the collection of data, and the planning and implementation of care for patients. The disease processes covered will include the integumentary, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory, cardiac, vascular and hematology systems. The concepts of patient care and treatments are included within each system. Content is presented from a patient-centered approach based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Patient care includes consideration of physiological, cognitive, psychosocial, and spiritual needs. Clinical experiences in medical surgical nursing will accompany this course.
    Adult Health Nursing II
    Total Hours: 265
    Classroom Hours: 60
    Laboratory Hours: 10
    Clinical Hours: 195
    This course presents the application of the nursing process to provide safe and effective care to adult clients with a variety of more complex medical and surgical disorders. Specific theory, and intermediate and advanced procedural techniques, focused on the effective evaluation and prioritized address of the physiological, psychological and sociocultural needs will be covered. Emphasis is on the critical role of the Practical Nurse in the collection of data, and planning and implementing care for patients from diverse backgrounds, experiencing equally diverse and complicated health problems. The course includes the nursing care of clients with urinary, endocrine, reproductive, visual or auditory, neurological and immune disorders. This course also includes nursing care of patients with HIV/ AIDS, cancer and intravenous therapy. Clinical experiences in medical surgical nursing will accompany this course.
    Mental Health Nursing
    Total Hours: 130
    Classroom Hours: 50
    Clinical Hours: 80
    Psychology is the study of the mind. There are a multitude of theories relating to topics in mental health. This course is designed to provide basic information to the nursing student and emphasize the mind-body connection that exists in each person. The student will be prepared to recognize common correlations between physical and psychological illness and healing, and to recognize the concept of unlimited possibilities in the treatment of psychology.
    Maternal Health Nursing
    Total Hours: 80
    Classroom Hours: 50
    Clinical Hours: 30
    Maternal Health is the study of the human body through the prenatal state through the birth process. The areas studied will be an integration of health promotion and wellness strategies, as well as the study of physical and cognitive disorders. The maternal process includes an emphasis on: Health promotion in pregnancy; Labor & delivery; Mother & Newborn; High-risk & special needs.
    Pediatric Nursing
    Total Hours: 70
    Classroom Hours: 40
    Clinical Hours: 30
    Pediatric Health is the study of the human body from birth through the childhood and adolescent stages. The areas studied will be an integration of health promotion and wellness strategies, as well as the study of physical and cognitive disorders. Pediatric emphasis includes: Health promotion for the infant, child & adolescent; Pediatric nursing; Child with physical disability; Child with mental or cognitive disorder.

    Educational Program Objectives:

    Upon completion of the program, the graduate practical nurse will demonstrate the following entry level competencies:

    1. Understands the importance of the school’s nursing philosophy that caring comes before curing.
    2. Utilizes the nursing process effectively in provision of care and health promotion of individual clients and families experiencing multiple health states in acute and long term health care settings.
    3. Demonstrates satisfactory performance of psychomotor skills in caring for individual clients and families experiencing multiple health states in acute and long term health care settings
    4. Utilizes critical thinking and problem solving skills to make decisions concerning nursing care of individual clients and families experiencing multiple health states in acute and long term health care settings.
    5. Demonstrates effective verbal and written communication with patients, families and healthcare team members.
    6. Displays knowledge of appropriate conflict management skills in order to resolve conflicts.
    7. Assists in development and implementation of a teaching plan for patients/clients and families in a variety of settings in order to assist them in maintaining their optimal level of wellness.
    8. Demonstrates values, attitudes, and personal qualities reflecting a commitment to respect, human dignity and individual rights.
    9. Performs all nursing functions within safe, legal and ethical parameters.
    10. Students will have education and knowledge necessary to pass NCLEX – PN Licensure Examination for the state of Pennsylvania.
    11. Students will satisfactorily complete their nursing education.
    12. Students will obtain the nursing education and skills to be effectively prepared for their role as healthcare providers.

    Employment Settings of Licensed Practical Nurse / Licensed Vocational Nurse

    The most common places that an LPN / LVN works includes but is not limited to:

    1. Nursing Homes
    2. Hospitals
    3. Rehabilitation
    4. Doctor Offices
    5. Outpatient Care Centers
    6. Schools
    7. Home Health Care Agencies
    8. Government Agencies
    9. Community Care Facilities for the elderly
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