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Practical Nursing Program
Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared with the knowledge and skills required for the Practical Nurse. Students will be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-PN Examination, and upon passing the exam and meeting all requirements for licensure, can be usefully employed as a practical nurse.
The program focuses on the duties and responsibilities of the Practical Nurse, including admitting and discharging patients, administering medications, assisting the RN, theoretical instruction, and externship experience in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, and geriatric nursing; externship experience in both acute and long-term care situations; legal aspects of practice. A Basic Life Support (BLS) course CPR from a health care provider, or equivalent. An HIV/AIDS (4) four-hour course and current issues in nursing, basic English, mathematics, and science appropriate for the job preparatory programs will be reinforced through PIC classroom instruction and applied through laboratory notes or practices.
Disclosure – Licensing is required for employment.
General Admission Requirements and Procedures: Applicants Must:
- Have a general education diploma or equivalent verifying proof of high school graduation.
- Must be an American citizen or legal resident.
- Must be 18 years old.
- Provide student official high school transcript or the student’s GED scores at or above the passing level set by the state agency awarding the GED, or a document from a state authority (to the situation of the school) recognizing that the student successfully completed secondary school through homeschooling (as defined by state law).
- Current Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Heart Association and submit a copy of certification. If not held student must complete the certification by the end of the first course.
- Have a physical examination, verifying acceptable health status, and negative PPD result or chest X-ray.
- Have appropriate boosters must be completed. Proof of immunity must be submitted from official documentation only. Official medical records from your physician, the health department, or public school are acceptable. If official documentation is not available, the blood titers are necessary to determine immunity for Hepatitis B, Varicella (Chickenpox), Mumps, Rubella, and Rubella (Measles). Vaccinations may be necessary if immunity cannot be confirmed with the blood titer. The vaccine for Hepatitis B is highly recommended. If you choose not to have the vaccine, you will be required to sign a waiver form.
- Have a minimum score of 75 HESI Admission Examination or equivalency examination.
- Have a negative 10-panel drug screen prior to admission.
- Provide a copy of his/her health insurance card: students must be covered by student liability insurance following acceptance and throughout the program.
- Satisfactory completion of a Level II Background Check conducted through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Applicants must be free of offenses as listed in Florida statues.400.211.
- Can satisfy, with or without reasonable accommodations, the physical, mental, and sensory requirements to perform the essential duties and responsibilities typically associated with the duties of a registered nurse, including, without limitation, possessing a full range of body motion, handling and lifting patients, manual and finger dexterity, eye-hand coordination, and walking and standing for extensive periods of time, as determined by the school in its discretion. PIC reserves the right to test any student to assess their success in a classroom as well as the chosen future workplace of the student.
- Interview with the Program Director and Nursing Panel Interview Committee and receive approval for admission into the program.
- Provide two professional letters of recommendation.
Submit a one to (2) page essay describing your motivation for pursuing a career as a professional nurse to the Nursing Panel Interview Committee.
Practical Nursing 1350 Clock Hours for the Program
|Total Clock Hours for the Program||1,350|
|Course Number||Program Breakdown by Course |
|Clock Hours Required for Each Course|
|PN 100||Health Core & Interpersonal Skills include Theory (76 hours), Lab (10 hours), and HIV/AIDS (4 hours)||90|
|PN 101||Fundamentals of Nursing include Theory (25 hours), Lab (10 hours), and Externship (40 hours)||75|
|PN 102||The Body Structure and Function include Theory (60 hours)||60|
|PN 103||Nutrition include Theory (30 hours)||30|
|PN 104||Mental Health and Illness include Theory (24 hours) (Community Competency)||24|
|PN 105||Nursing Education/Vocational Adjustment include Theory (24 hours)||24|
|PN 106||Advance Nursing Concepts and Preventing Infection include Theory (28 hours), and Lab (24 hours)||52|
|PN 107||Medical-Surgical Nursing I include Theory (80 hours), Lab (6 hours), and Externship (238 hours)||324|
|PN 108||Pharmacology/Math Skills include Theory (42 hours), Lab (16 hours), and Prevention of Medical Errors (2 hours)||60|
|PN 109||Medical-Surgical Nursing II –Obstetric and Pediatric Nursing include Theory (80 hours), Lab (6 hours), and Externship (237 hours)||323|
|PN 110||Care of the Elderly include Theory (40 hours), and Externship (40 hours)||80|
|PN 111||Care of the Mother and Newborns include Theory (40 hours), and Externship (40 hours)||80|
|PN 112||Care of Children include Theory (40 hours), and Externship (40 hours)||80|
|PN 113||Clinical Practicum include Theory (8 hours), and Externship (40 hours)||48|
|Total Clock Hours Required for the Practical Nursing Program||1,350|