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Diploma in Health Science, Practical Nursing
Semester hours required for graduation: 48
The Practical Nursing program is 40 weeks in length (three consecutive semesters) and includes 48 credit hours of combined nursing and general education courses. Students receive classroom instruction, laboratory practice, and clinical nursing experience in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, geriatric and community practice settings. Through guided learning experiences, students provide nursing care to patients with basic health needs. Students work as members of the health care team under the supervision of a registered nurse such as licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses. Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-PN examination. Prior to entering the program, prospective students must take the Pre-Admission Exam. All PNR courses require an 80% competency for program progression.
The following page of documentation contains vital information about the program:
A. General Education: 17 Credit Hours
B. Major Courses: 31 Credit Hours
PNR 110 Fundamentals of Nursing (3-6-5)
PNR 170 Nursing of the Older Adult (1.5-1.5-2)
All Courses in this program require a C or better for program progression.
All PNR courses require an 80% competency for program progression.
The Admission Review Committee has final authority in determining admission to all nursing programs.
Criminal Record Check: All direct caregivers must obtain a criminal record check as designated by clinical agencies. Persons convicted of or pled no contest to, including, but not limited to child or adult abuse, sexual assault, assault with a deadly weapon, neglect, or mistreatment or misappropriation of property, are not permitted to work as direct caregivers. More stringent requirements are often enforced by individual clinical agencies. Students who have convictions as described above will not be allowed to attend clinical agencies.
A “positive” finding on a criminal background check including, but not limited to, an arrest, conviction, or no-contest plea will automatically exclude a candidate from final admission to the nursing program.
Candidates with any criminal history are responsible for having their records expunged prior to the running of a background check. Failure to do so and resulting “positive” finding will exclude that candidate from final admission to the program since that candidate will be ineligible to participate in clinical rotations. Candidates may reapply the following year after their record has been expunged.
At any point in the program, a “positive” finding in a drug test that excludes a nursing student from admission into a clinical site will lead to his or her removal from the program.
Tuition and book costs reflect the projected cost of the complete program.
Graduation times may vary according to course availability and/or individual course load. Consult faculty advisor.
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