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Practical Nursing Diploma

Practical Nurses (LPNs) are a vital part of the healthcare community. They are involved in direct patient care, administering medications, monitoring equipment, changing dressings, preparing food trays, feeding and bathing and managing patients, dressing patients, maintaining patient charts, taking vital signs and pulse rates. Practical Nursing is ideal for you if you are interested in the close, interpersonal aspects of healthcare.

Aside from academic coursework, as a Practical Nursing student, you will receive extensive clinical experience, supervised in area hospitals by the hospital personnel and Columbus Technical College healthcare professionals.

This program prepares you to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing.

Program Admission Requirements for Practical Nursing

(Competitive Admission)

Must have presented official documentation of an earned high school diploma or official GED scores to the Admissions Office

  1. Be at least 18 years old.
  2. No provisional and/or special admission students considered for the program.
  3. Must have minimum Reading (70) and Writing (38) COMPASS scores and these scores cannot be more than five (5) years old in the semester you compete
  4. Complete prerequisite courses listed on web site by the end of Spring semester
  5. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 at the end of spring semester
  6. Submit packet containing the following:
  • Letter of Intent
  • Personal Data Form
  • TEAS Exam Results
  1. Provide current physical exam/immunization record, dental exam and current CPR card after program acceptance

Packets should be turned in to HSC-3100 by February 1 for Summer semester admission no sooner than two weeks prior to due date. All packets must be complete prior to due date (January 15). All packets must be complete prior to due date. Should February 1st be on a weekend or a holiday, packets will be due on the next work day.

Special Notes:

  • Current Practical Nursing students wishing to transfer into the PN program must be in good standing with a 2.0 minimum GPA from their transferring program. When submitting application materials, a letter from the current Program Manager and copies of all transcripts must be included.
  • Credit for ALHS 1011 must be within the past 2 years. Applicants who have not completed ALHS 1011 in the last 2 years must retake the class.

Entrance into any healthcare program is contingent upon completion of a Background Check/Drug Screen from H.I.R.E. which must be completed after being conditionally accepted to the program.

Curriculum Outline

All General education courses and Nursing courses must be successfully completed with a grade of C or better.

(61 Semester Hours)

General Core Courses

Course

Title

Credits

SEMN1000

First Semester Seminar

1

#*ENGL 1010

Fundamentals of English I

3

#*MATH 1012

Foundations of Mathematics

3

#*PSYC 1010

Basic Psychology

3

#*COMP 1000

Introduction to computers

3

#*AHLS 1011

Human Anatomy and Physiology

5

ALHS 1060

Diet and Nutrition for Allied Health Sciences

2

 

Total General Education Course Hours

20

Nursing Courses

Course

Title

Credits

PNSG 2030

Nursing Fundamentals

6

PNSG 2010

Introduction to Pharmacology and Clinical Calculations

2

PNSG 2035

Nursing Fundamentals Clinical

2

PNSG 2210

Med-Surgical Nursing I

4

PNSG 2310

Med-Surgical Nursing Clinical I

2

PNSG 2220

Med-Surgical Nursing II

4

PNSG 2320

Med-Surgical Nursing Clinical II

2

PNSG 2230

Med-Surgical Nursing III

4

PNSG 2330

Med-Surgical Nursing Clinical III

2

PNSG 2240

Medical Surgical Nursing IV

4

PNSG 2340

Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical IV

2

PNSG 2410

Nursing Leadership

1

PNSG 2415

Nursing Leadership Clinical

2

PNSG 2250

Maternity Nursing

3

PNSG 2255

Maternity Nursing Clinical I

1

 

Total Nursing Course Hours

41

Total Nursing Course Hours 61

*denotes courses used in ranking for competitive admission

#denotes all courses must be completed prior to program admission

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