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Practical Nursing Diploma

Career Description
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) care for people who are sick, injured or disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. The nature of the direction and supervision required varies by state and job setting.

Program Information
The Practical Nursing Program is designed to prepare graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Student course requirements include a wide variety of clinical experiences in hospitals, clinics and long term care settings. Graduates join the healthcare team as LPNs upon successful completion of the licensing requirements. The program is available at each CLC campuses beginning in either fall and spring semesters.

Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
1. Demonstrate professional identity and personal/professional development through accountability, adhering to standards of practical nursing practice within legal, ethical and regulatory framework with specified populations and identification of rationale for scope of practice decision making.
2. Effectively communicate with patients and members of the interdisciplinary health care team, incorporating interpersonal and therapeutic verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
3. Collect and analyze holistic patient-centered information from multiple sources to establish foundation for relationship-centered nursing care through nursing judgments within the practical nursing role.
4. Collaborate with the registered nurse or other members of the health care team to organize and incorporate data collection and knowledge base to contribute to patient care and actions based on established nursing protocols and nursing process.
5. Demonstrate nursing excellence in a caring and empathetic approach to the safe, therapeutic, and individualized care of each client and provide culturally competent care across the lifespan to individuals within a diverse society and within the context of their environment.
6. Implement competent patient-centered care with integrity at the direction of the registered nurse through performance of nursing interventions and with a spirit of inquiry at the Practical Nurse entry level.

Admissions
Please contact the admissions department for information or to apply to the program.  Application links are provided below and include: the PN program application, PN application information, TEAS test information.

Special Program Requirements

  • This program has a special application process. This includes completion of a CLC application and the College Entrance Test (CET). Also, a practical nursing application must be completed along with the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) test. Please contact the admissions department for information or to apply to the program.
  • A minimum grade of 'C' is required in each of the required courses (liberal arts, sciences and nursing) for the Practical Nursing Program. A grade of 'C-minus' is not acceptable.
  • Background study: Any person who has direct contact with patients and residents at health care facilities licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health must have a criminal background check completed. Results of the study are to be on file in the department of nursing before students begin their clinical experiences. Any student who does not pass the criminal background check will not be permitted to participate in clinical experiences, thereby rendering the individual ineligible to progress in the AD Nursing Program. Students should direct questions and appeals to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Licensing Division, 444 Lafayette Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155-3842. Phone: (651) 296-3971. Web address: www.dhs.state.mn.us.
  • Permission from Facility Health Partners for site clinical participation
  • Immunization documentation requirements
  • Mandatory orientation session


Accreditation
This program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing; Central Lakes College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Practical Nursing Program is seeking national accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.(NLNAC), the program is a candidate for this accreditation with the expectation of obtaining national accreditation in 2013.  The accreditation visit is scheduled for August 27, 28, and 29, 2013. Information regarding NLN Accreditation may be found at their web site:  http://nlnac.org/home.htm  NLNAC is located at:  NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR NURSING ACCREDITING COMMISSION, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA  30326, phone: (414)975.5020.


Transfer Opportunities

Broader career opportunities are available for nurses who continue up the “nursing ladder” after obtaining their LPN license. Graduates of CLC’s PN Program can continue on at CLC to the Associate Degree (AD) Nursing Mobility Program. Please see information for that program at: http://www.clcmn.edu/programs/rn.html for how to make application to the AD program.


Employment Opportunities
Available employment options for LPN’s are varied and can be found in acute care hospitals, long term care settings, home health care settings and clinics. Minnesota has experienced a nursing shortage since at least 2003. There is a high demand to fill nursing positions. Information about LPN jobs in Minnesota may be found at http://www.nursingjobs.org/lpn/minnesota.

 


 

 

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PRACTICAL NURSING DIPLOMA CURRICULUM
Gainful Employment

Fall Semester Start

Prerequisites
Health Care Provider or Professional Rescuer
75 hour Minnesota Department of Health Nursing Assistant Course
OR  NSGA 1110 Nursing Assistant (3cr)
Passing score on the ATI TEAS entrance test (Test of Essential Academic Skills)

BIOL 1404 Human Biology (3cr)
OR BIOL 2467* Anatomy & Physiology I (4cr)
AND BIOL 2468* Anatomy & Physiology II (4cr)
ENGL 1410  Composition 1 (4cr)
PNUR 1130  Life Span (1cr)
PNUR 1132  Infection Control (1cr)
PNUR 1138 Medical Terminology (1cr)
PNUR 1140 Medication Calculation for Healthcare Professionals (1cr)
Total 11 Credits

Fall Semester
PNUR 1160* Practical Nursing Skills Lab (3cr)
PNUR 1161* Clinical Lab I (2cr)
PNUR 1168* Psychosocial Nursing (3cr)
PNUR 1265* Medical Surgical Nursing I (5cr)
Total 13 Credits

Spring Semester
PNUR 1162* Clinical Lab II (5cr)
PNUR 1166* Gerontological Nursing (2cr)
PNUR 1175* Maternal Child Health (2cr)
PNUR 1270* Medical Surgical Nursing II (6cr)
Total 15 Credits

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT 39 CREDITS

*Denotes Prerequisites
**Student may substitute PSYC 2431 Human Development (3cr) for PNUR 1130 Life Span (1 cr).
**Student may substitute SECM 1360 Medical Terminology (3cr) for PNUR 1138 Medical Terminology (1cr).

 

 

PRACTICAL NURSING DIPLOMA CURRICULUM

Spring Semester Start

Prerequisites
Health Care Provider or Professional Rescuer
75 hour Minnesota Department of Health Nursing Assistant Course
OR NSGA 1110 Nursing Assistant (3cr)
Passing score (50%) on the ATI TEAS entrance test (Test of Essential Academic Skills)

BIOL 1404 Human Biology (3cr)
OR BIOL 2467* Anatomy & Physiology I (4cr)
AND BIOL 2468* Anatomy & Physiology II (4cr)
ENGL 1410 Composition 1 (4cr)
PNUR 1130 Life Span (1cr)
PNUR 1132 Infection Control (1cr)
PNUR 1138 Medical Terminology (1cr)
PNUR 1140 Medication Calculation for Healthcare Professionals (1cr)
Total 11 Credits

Spring Semester
PNUR 1160* Practical Nursing Skills Lab (3cr)
PNUR 1161* Clinical Lab I (2cr)
PNUR 1168* Psychosocial Nursing (3cr)
PNUR 1265* Medical Surgical Nursing I (5cr)
Total 13 Credits

Fall Semester
PNUR 1162* Clinical Lab II (5cr)
PNUR 1166* Gerontological Nursing (2cr)
PNUR 1175* Maternal Child Health (2cr)
PNUR 1270* Medical Surgical Nursing II (6cr)
Total 15 Credits

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT 39 CREDITS

*Denotes Prerequisites
**Student may substitute PSYC 2431 Human Development (3cr) for PNUR 1130 Life Span (1 cr).
**Student may substitute SECM 1360 Medical Terminology (3cr) for PNUR 1138 Medical Terminology (1cr).

 

 
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