May 2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
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May 2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Diploma in Practical Nursing-Birmingham (DPNAL)

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(Please see the Herzing University Undergraduate Program Offerings by Location  chart in the catalog for a list of Herzing locations offering this program.)

Program Description

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 asepsis, measurement of vital signs, CPR, and basic first aid and 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).

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the healthcare delivery system and incorporate the role of the practical nurse into the system.
  2. Provide accurate patient assessments in chronic and acute settings.
  3. Provide appropriate healthcare interventions as a member of a treatment team.
  4. Function as a practical nurse in a variety of healthcare facilities to include hospitals, long-term care agencies, physician’s offices, clinics, and other community organizations.
  5. Employ critical thinking and communication skills necessary to act as a patient, family, and community healthcare provider, and educator.
  6. Understand and utilize practical nursing as it relates to medical and technological equipment.
  7. Apply ethical and legal concepts to the practice of practical nursing.
  8. Recognize the needs of diverse populations in regard to socioeconomic, cultural, and life-span issues.
  9. Promote health and wellness that facilitate positive growth and development.
  10. Meet the requirements for admission to the state board examinations for licensure in the United States.

Special Admissions Requirements

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

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

Program Content

A minimum of 48.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

Third Party Testing

Assessment and remediation are critical components of nursing education. Students in the nursing program may be required to take third-party, standardized exams in an electronic format throughout the curriculum. These standardized tests are valid and reliable predictors of success on the NCLEX examination and provide valuable feedback concerning student strengths and weaknesses. Student learning outcome data identifies content areas that require remediation, allowing faculty to personalize student support and intervention. Courses that utilize third-party exams will incorporate the points earned on the test as a percentage of the final grade earned for the course as specified in the course syllabus.

Required Courses

All courses, 40.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required General Education Courses

Both courses, 6.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Nursing Program Support Courses

3.00 semester credit hours are required. 

The following nursing support course must be completed with a grade of “B” (80%) or better.  Only two attempts are permitted for each course and a student who fails to successfully complete in the maximum attempts is subject to dismissal from the nursing program.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

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