January 2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
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January 2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Diploma in Practical Nursing

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This practical nursing program provides academic, theoretical, and clinical instruction in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, geriatric, and mental health nursing. The program will introduce the basic elements of the healthcare delivery system and the multidisciplines that are incorporated into the system. Concepts of disease and wellness will be presented throughout the program and will bridge across the human lifespan. Legal and ethical issues, with an emphasis on confidentiality and effective communication skills, will be included. The student will acquire skills in nursing procedures, measurement of vital signs, and collaboration with other healthcare providers. They will understand the concepts of medical asepsis, infection control, and universal precautions applicable to all areas of healthcare. The importance of safe practice and the use of proper body mechanics are stressed. Mental health concepts, administration of medications, body structure and function, nutrition, and personal, family, and community concepts are studied. Clinical experience is an integral part of the program. Graduates will be eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).


  1. Practice quality, safe, and relationship-centered care as guided by practical nurse scope of practice.
  2. Using a systems approach, ensure nursing judgement and collaboration in caring for diverse patients and families.
  3. Employ a spirit of inquiry and integrity in providing care consistent with legal and professional standards of the practical nurse.
  4. As a coordinator of care, generate system and professional resources for health and wellness which facilitate patient, family, personal, and professional growth.


Please refer to the “Undergraduate Nursing Admission Requirements” policy in the Admissions Information section of this catalog for nursing program admission requirements.


Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, licensed practical/vocational nurse.


A minimum of 37.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

Required Nursing Courses

A minimum of 28.00 semester credit hours is required.

Required General Education Courses

Students enrolled in this practical nursing program must complete a minimum of 8.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

1.00 semester credit hours are required.

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