Practical Nursing - PN12

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • Valdosta Campus
  • Coffee Campus
  • Ben Hill-Irwin Campus

Program Overview

The Practical Nursing diploma program is designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor. Program graduates receive a practical nursing diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level practical nurse.

Entrance Requirements

*Submit a completed application and application fee;   
  
*Be at least 18 years of age;      

*Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript; 
    
*Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;      

*Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores;

 

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS 

*American Heart Association Provider CPR certification, physical examination, up-to-date immunizations, criminal background check and drug screen required prior to start of clinical rotation. 

*Competitive admission program - Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Practical Nursing program. Students are accepted into the day program every Fall and Spring semester. The Valdosta campus accepts students every Fall and Spring semester. The Ben Hill-Irwin campus accepts students every Fall semester, and the Coffee campus accepts students every Spring semester. The evening program accepts students every other year. Students must complete all course classes with an average GPA of 2.5 and meet the required entrance scores on the HESI exam.

Applicants will be considered for admission based on the following specific criteria:

-Completion of the following pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or better: ENGL 1010, PSYC 1010, MATH 1012, COMP 1000, ALHS 1060 (Diet & Nutrition), and ALHS 1011(Structure & Function of the Human Body).

-The following pre-requisites have a 10 year time limit:  ALHS 1060, ALHS 1011, COMP 1000

-GPA requirements: GPA for core courses must be a 2.5 or higher.  The highest grade received will be used to calculate the GPA.

-Schedule with the testing center to take the the HESI A2 (HESI Admission Assessment Exam). The HESI must be taken prior to the deadline set for the semester requesting entry. Approximate cost for each test is $40.00. 


 

HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam:
All applicants are required to take the HESI Admission Assessment Exam (HESI A2), an assessment tool used to evaluate prospective students and their potential for successful program completion. The student must have a minimum cumulative score of 70% in order to be considered for entry.  The top scores will be selected for entry.  The exam content areas that will be tested are Math, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge, Grammar, and Anatomy and Physiology.  Applicants are encouraged to complete Anatomy and Physiology prior to taking the examination. Although not used as admission criteria, applicants will also complete the Learning and Personality Styles to provide them insight into their study habits, learning preferences, and dispositions as they relate to academic achievement. This exam has two versions. Students have the option to retake the test one time within a 12-month time frame. Students will retest with a different version of the exam— no student will have the same exam items twice. The highest score will be used for entry.  The scores are valid for 1 year only.  The student is responsible for scheduling and for taking the HESI A2 exam prior to the posted deadline.  Students may review the HESI Preparation tools at: Elsevier Evolve.  Suggested study guide is HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review, 3RD Edition, by: Elsevier, ISBN: 9781455703333

During the last semester of core classes, prior to the pre set deadlines, and after taking the current HESI exam being administered the student must complete and return the progression form to the Allied Health Advisor in the Allied Health Office (Berrien Hall, room 213). A copy of the HESI results must be stapled to the progression form.

Deadlines for requesting entry for the day programs (taking the HESI exam and filling out the progression form) are as follows:

Fall Semester  - May 1st
Spring Semester - August 7th

NOTE: The deadlines for entry into the evening programs vary. The student may find out the specific date by contacting Allied Health Advisor.

ACCEPTANCE INFORMATION
Admissions will notify applicants of conditional acceptance as soon as all the HESI results are completed in June and November. An orientation day with the instructors of the program will be scheduled and conditional registration allowed. Official acceptance will be determined after the last day of the semester and all grades are entered. Applicants who are not selected for admission may elect to re-submit an application for the following entry date and are considered with the next applicant pool. Applicants are allowed up to three attempts to enter before career counseling is required.

PROGRAM BEGIN DATES

*Spring Semester - the Coffee and Valdosta campuses.

*Fall Semester - the Ben Hill-Irwin and Valdosta campuses.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
General Education Core (9 hours)

Prereqs: Diploma Level Reading and Writing Scores OR READ 0097 and/or ENGL 0097 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.

Prereqs: Diploma Level Math Scores OR MATH 0090 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.
PSYC
1010
3

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, stress and health, and social relations.
Occupational Courses (51 hours)

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

A study of the nutritional needs of the individual. Topics include: nutrients, standard and modified diets, nutrition throughout the lifespan, and client education.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: Provisional Admission

Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: PNSG 2030 and PNSG 2050

Applies fundamental mathematical concepts and includes basic drug administration. Emphasizes critical thinking skills. Topics include: systems of measurement, calculating drug problems, resource materials usage, fundamental pharmacology, administering medications in a simulated clinical environment, principles of IV therapy techniques, and client education.
6

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: PNSG 2010, PNSG 2035

An introduction to the nursing process. Topics include: nursing as a profession; ethics and law; client care which is defined as using the nursing process, using critical thinking, and providing client education and includes principles and skills of nursing practice, documentation, and an introduction to physical assessment; customer/client relationships; standard precautions; basic life support; infection control/blood borne/airborne pathogens; and basic emergency care/first aid and triage.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: PNSG 2010, PNSG 2030

An introduction to nursing practice in the clinical setting. Topics include but are not limited to: history taking; physical assessment; nursing process; critical thinking; activities of daily living; documentation; client education; standard precautions; hygiene and personal care; mobility and biomechanics; fluid and electrolytes; oxygen care; and perioperative care.

Prereqs: PNSG 2030

Coreqs: PNSG 2310

Focuses on client care including using the nursing process, performing assessments, using critical thinking, engaging in client education and displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. Topics include: health management and maintenance; prevention of illness; care of the individual as a whole; hygiene and personal care; mobility and biomechanics; fluid and electrolytes; oxygen care; perioperative care; immunology; as well as pathological diseases, disorders and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, nutrition and standard precautions with regard to the cardiovascular, respiratory, and hematological and immunological systems.

Prereqs: PNSG 2030

Coreqs: PNSG 2320

This second course in a series of four focuses on client care including using the nursing process, performing assessments, using critical thinking, engaging in client education and displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. Topics include: health management and maintenance; prevention of illness; care of the individual as a whole; as well as pathological diseases, disorders and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, nutrition and standard precautions with regard to the endocrine, gastrointestinal, and urinary system.

Prereqs: PNSG 2030

Coreqs: PNSG 2330

This third course in a series of four focuses on client care including using the nursing process, performing assessments, using critical thinking, engaging in client education and displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. Topics include: health management and maintenance; prevention of illness; care of the individual as a whole; mental health; as well as pathological diseases, disorders and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, nutrition and standard precautions with regard to the neurological, sensory, and musculoskeletal systems.

Prereqs: PNSG 2030

Coreqs: PNSG 2340

This fourth course in a series of four courses focuses on client care including using the nursing process, performing assessments, using critical thinking, engaging in client education and displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. Topics include: health management and maintenance; prevention of illness; care of the individual as a whole, oncology; as well as pathological diseases, disorders and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, nutrition and standard precautions with regard to the integumentary and reproductive systems.
PNSG
2250
3

Prereqs: PNSG 2030

Coreqs: PNSG 2255

Focuses on health management and maintenance and the prevention of illness, care of the individual as a whole, and deviations from the normal state of health. The definition of client care includes using the nursing process, performing assessments, using critical thinking, providing client education, displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. Topics include: health management and maintenance and prevention of illness, care of the individual as a whole, pathological and nonpathological concerns in obstetric clients and the newborn; client care, treatments, pharmacology, and diet therapy related to obstetric clients and the newborn; and standard precautions.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: PNSG 2250

Focuses on clinical health management and maintenance and the prevention of illness, care of the individual as a whole, and deviations from the normal state of health. The definition of client care includes using the nursing process, performing assessments, using critical thinking, providing client education, displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. Topics include: health management and maintenance and prevention of illness, care of the individual as a whole, pathological and nonpathological concerns in obstetric clients and the newborn; client care, treatments, pharmacology, and diet therapy related to obstetric clients and the newborn; and standard precautions.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: PNSG 2210

This first clinical course, in a series of four medical-surgical clinical courses, focuses on clinical client care including using the nursing process, performing assessments, applying critical thinking, engaging in client education and displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. At the completion of the four part sequence of these medical-surgical clinical courses students will have completed a minimum of 412.5 hours of clinical experience including 300 hours of comprehensive medical-surgical, 37.5 hours of maternal, 37.5 pediatric and 37.5 pediatric experiences. Topics include: health management and maintenance; prevention of illness; care of the individual as a whole; hygiene and personal care; mobility and biomechanics; fluid and electrolytes; oxygen care; perioperative care; immunology; mental health; and oncology. In addition pathological diseases, disorders and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, nutrition and standard precautions with regard to cardiovascular, hematological, immunological, respiratory, neurological, sensory, musculoskeletal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, urinary, integumentary and reproductive systems.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: PNSG 2220

This second clinical course, in a series of four medical-surgical clinical courses, focuses on clinical client care including using the nursing process, performing assessments, applying critical thinking, engaging in client education and displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. At the completion of the four part sequence of these medical-surgical clinical courses students will have completed a minimum of 412.5 hours of clinical experience including 300 hours of comprehensive medical-surgical, 37.5 hours of maternal, 37.5 pediatric and 37.5 pediatric experiences. Topics include: health management and maintenance; prevention of illness; care of the individual as a whole; hygiene and personal care; mobility and biomechanics; fluid and electrolytes; oxygen care; perioperative care; immunology; mental health; and oncology. In addition pathological diseases, disorders and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, nutrition and standard precautions with regard to cardiovascular, hematological, immunological, respiratory, neurological, sensory, musculoskeletal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, urinary, integumentary and reproductive systems.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: PNSG 2230

This third clinical course, in a series of four medical-surgical clinical courses, focuses on clinical client care including using the nursing process, performing assessments, applying critical thinking, engaging in client education and displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. At the completion of the four part sequence of these medical-surgical clinical courses students will have completed a minimum of 412.5 hours of clinical experience including 300 hours of comprehensive medical-surgical, 37.5 hours of maternal, 37.5 pediatric and 37.5 pediatric experiences. Topics include: health management and maintenance; prevention of illness; care of the individual as a whole; hygiene and personal care; mobility and biomechanics; fluid and electrolytes; oxygen care; perioperative care; immunology; mental health; and oncology. In addition pathological diseases, disorders and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, nutrition and standard precautions with regard to cardiovascular, hematological, immunological, respiratory, neurological, sensory, musculoskeletal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, urinary, integumentary and reproductive systems.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: PNSG 2240

This fourth clinical course, in a series of four medical-surgical clinical courses, focuses on clinical client care including using the nursing process, performing assessments, applying critical thinking, engaging in client education and displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. At the completion of the four part sequence of these medical-surgical clinical courses students will have completed a minimum of 412.5 hours of clinical experience including 300 hours of comprehensive medical-surgical, 37.5 hours of maternal, 37.5 pediatric and 37.5 pediatric experiences. Topics include: health management and maintenance; prevention of illness; care of the individual as a whole; hygiene and personal care; mobility and biomechanics; fluid and electrolytes; oxygen care; perioperative care; immunology; mental health; and oncology. In addition pathological diseases, disorders and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, nutrition and standard precautions with regard to cardiovascular, hematological, immunological, respiratory, neurological, sensory, musculoskeletal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, urinary, integumentary and reproductive systems.
PNSG
2410
1

Prereqs: PNSG 2030

Coreqs: PNSG 2415

Builds on the concepts presented in prior nursing courses and develops the skills necessary for successful performance in the job market. Topics include: application of the nursing process, supervisory skills, client education methods, group dynamics and conflict resolution.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: PNSG 2410

Builds on the concepts presented in prior nursing courses and develops the clinical skills necessary for successful performance in the job market, focusing on practical applications. Topics include: application of the nursing process, critical thinking, supervisory skills, client education methods, and group dynamics.

 

students

Related Program Options:

Nursing Degree
Nurse Aide TCC
Patient Care Assisting TCC

The Practical Nursing program is approved by the Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Practical Nurses.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Advisors

Denese Davis
Practical Nursing Instructor
Office: Berrien Hall, Room 219
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext 3068
Email:
Campus: Valdosta Campus

Mary Davis
Practical Nursing Instructor
Office: Berrien Hall, Room 219
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext. 3065
Email:
Campus: Valdosta Campus

Tammy Groover
Practical Nursing Instructor
Office: Berrien Hall, Room 223
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext 3066
Email:
Campus: Valdosta Campus