The one-year certificate in practical nursing is designed to meet the need in nursing services for a worker who will share in direct patient care. The program graduate is prepared to give safe, competent nursing care within a select range of patient care situations at the direction of the registered nurse and/or licensed physician.
Practical Nursing Program application/admissions criteria are identified in the Admissions section in this catalog.
The individual who successfully completes all program requirements is awarded a certificate in practical nursing and is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX- PN). Successful passing of this exam merits the graduate the right to apply for state licensure as a licensed practical nurse and use the initials LPN.
Upon successful completion of the certificate in practical nursing, the graduate will be able to:
• Use effective communication skills with clients and health team members.
• Utilize the nursing process when delivering nursing care to meet the client’s physical and psychosocial needs while adhering to the ethical principles and legal framework inherent to practical nursing.
• Demonstrate technical proficiency in the nursing skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry-level practical nurse.
• Provide the client with a safe, effective environment while utilizing concepts from the conceptual framework of the school of nursing when assisting clients to deal with their health status.
• Meet requirements for the NCLEX- PN.