The mission of the Practical Nursing (PN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Registered Nurse (RN) Programs are to prepare students for entry-level practical nursing by offering learning experiences through clinical practice and classroom theory. Both programs are committed to meeting the educational needs of future professional nurses within the ever changing health care system. This commitment is directed at advancing health care by providing an effective educational program through excellence in teaching, clinical leadership and service to the health care community. Students who successfully complete the required PN and concurrent course work are eligible to take the State Board Practical Nursing Examination leading to licensure as a practical nurse (LPN). Students that have their LPN are then able to apply for the LPN to RN ADN Bridge Program.
The bridge program prepares students for the NCLEX-RN exam. A grade of at least 2.0 is expected in the prerequisite course (C), with a C+ required in nursing classes. Students obtaining less than the 2.0 in each class or 2.6 (C+) in nursing classes will be expected to retake the class. Effective Fall semester 2013, a minimum passing grade for nursing courses will be 2.7 (B-), a grade of 2.6 (C+) is required for prerequisite course for application in 2014.
Proficiency in algebra is demonstrated by taking the Compass Placement Exam or by taking an intermediate algebra course.
Degrees and Programs Offered
Associate Degree in Nursing
Registered Nurse, A.D.N.
Practical Nurse, Certificate
Nursing Program Goals and Outcomes
Characteristics of the Practical Nurse
- Utilizes the nursing process to safely implement multidimensional care for adult and pediatric patients
- Applies knowledge of the developmental stages of the life span in implementing patient care
- Uses effective communication skills to promote quality patient care
- Applies basic principles of leadership and patient advocacy when implementing patient care
- Implements health teaching based on the identified plan of care
- Administers medications safely
- Utilizes appropriate nutritional interventions in promoting wellness
- Utilizes legal/ethical principles in professional conduct and demonstrates accountability of actions taken within the practical nurse role
- Maintains a safe environment for patients and for members of the health care team
- Applies the multidimensional concepts of health and wellness in implementing care for individuals from various cultures
Characteristics of the Graduate Nurse
- Demonstrates Critical thinking when working with the patient to achieve the highest level of function through utilization of the nursing process.
- Utilizes knowledge of the developmental stages of the lifespan while performing patient care and the nursing process.
- Promotes quality patient care and uses effective communication techniques.
- Utilizes the nursing process appropriately with health teaching based on individualized patient needs.
- Safely administers medications following the principles of pharmacology.
- Integrates basic nutritional principles in the care of patients and integrates health teaching for the patients optimal well-being.
- Utilizes ethical/legal principles in professional conduit and demonstrates accountability for actions taken within the registered nurse role.
- Maintains a safe environment for patient, self and other members of the health care team.
- Applies the multidimensional concepts of health and well-being in planning, implementing and evaluating care for the individuals from various cultures in variety of settings.
- Applies leadership and patient advocacy while using the nursing process for individuals of multicultural and varies settings.