The Practical Nursing Certificate provides a one-year curriculum for students who desire to be a member of a nursing or health care team and gives care to patients of all ages under the direction of registered nurses and/or licensed physicians and dentists. After successfully completing the required 50 credits of the Practical Nursing program, students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. Grades of C or better in all required courses are necessary to progress to the next term. Completion of this level qualifies students to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN) to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).
Notes: This certificate is only open to student who have applies and been accepted into the associate of applied science in nursing program.
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- Use a holistic approach in applying the nursing process at the practical nurse level when providing care for individuals and families across the lifespan.
- Use established guidelines to reinforce teaching of health promotion concepts across lifespan to groups in selected community settings.
- Communicate effectively with individual patients, families, and members of the healthcare team.
- Organize and prioritize components of care at the practical nurse level for two to four patients.
- Make decisions regarding patient care based on professional values while complying with identified legal/ethical standards (scope of practice regulations established by boards of nursing and Code of Practice guidelines established by the American Nurses Association).