Practical Nursing

Diploma Offered: Practical Nursing

Credits Required: 50 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

The Community College of Beaver County, School of Nursing and Allied Health,  Practical Nursing Program is pursuing pre-accreditation candidacy status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2500.  Interested parties are invited to submit third party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Betsy Frank, NLN CNEA Associate Director, no later than August 24, 2018.

In just three semesters, achieve eligibility to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and give safe nursing care to patients under the direction of a registered nurse, physician, or dentist.  Participate in clinicals in a variety of hospital and healthcare settings to gain valuable real world experience.

The PN program totals three semesters (spring, summer, and fall) in length and may be completed in one calendar year. The PN graduate receives a Diploma and is eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX - PN) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  The LPN gives safe nursing care under the direction of a registered nurse, physician, or dentist. Opportunities for employment are found in all types of health care agencies, such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, private homes, and visiting nurse agencies.

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Program Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to

  1. Complete the NCLEX-PN exam.
  2. Utilize effective communication skills when administering care to patients with a variety of health problems.
  3. Incorporate all steps of the nursing process when providing care to patients.
  4. Implement nursing care for multiple patients according to professional, ethical, and accepted standards of practical nursing practice.
  5. Apply the role of the practical nurse within the parameters of legal practice.
  6. Employ cultural principles in the diversity of care to all patients.
  7. Demonstrate teaching/learning principles to enhance the learning of patients.
  8. Display professional behavior within the scope of the practical nurse.
  9. Solve problems using critical thinking skills to meet the needs of patients.
  10. Use educational opportunities to maximize learning.

NCLEX-PN First-Time Pass-Rates


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All NCLEX pass-rates reported above are above the State and National average for PN programs.


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First Semester (Spring) - 19 Credits

BIOL 201Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4.00
CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
NURS 150Practical Nursing I 9.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00

Second Semester (Summer) - 16 Credits

BIOL 202Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4.00
NURS 155Practical Nursing II 9.00
PSYC 106Human Growth and Development 3.00

Third Semester (Fall) - 15 Credits

NURS 160Practical Nursing III 12.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00

Course Descriptions

BIOL 201 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I

This course is a basic study of human anatomy and physiology. Topics include levels of organization, body divisions and cavities, basic biochemistry, cell structure and metabolism and histology. Structure and physiology of the following systems include integumentary, muscular, skeletal, respiratory, and urinary. Fluid and electrolyte balance is also discussed. The laboratory is an integral part of the course. Recommended completion of BIOL100 -Principles of Biology with a letter grade of "C" or better; CHEM105 - Principles of Biologic Chemistry with a letter grade of "C" or better; or one year of biology and one year of chemistry in high school with letter grades of "C" or better within ten years of enrolling in this course. 3-2-4

CIST 100 - Introduction to Information Tech

A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Honors Option Available Introduction to Information Technology honors introduces concepts related to global computing concepts together with MicroSoft Office to develop documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Through a series of projects students will learn how to develop integrated applications correlated other honors courses. 3-0-3

NURS 150 - Practical Nursing I

The purpose of this course is to prepare the beginning practical nursing student to meet basic human needs for adult clients in a clinical setting. The focus is on the concepts basic to the nursing curriculum. The individuality of man, health concepts, and nursing as a discipline are explored. The nursing process is introduced and students will practice beginning skills in the application of the nursing process. The performance of basic assessment will utilize technology. This course will enable the beginning practical nursing student to become aware of the nursing role by developing a nursing care plan and implementing this plan with one adult client in the clinical setting. The student will begin to administer oral, subcutaneous, and intramuscular medications as an integral part of nursing care. Pre or Co-requisite: BIOL201, CIST100

WRIT 101 - English Composition

Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director. Honors Option Available English Composition Honor students will practice expository and persuasive discourse in writing and learning the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of a sound thesis for projects concerning topics of global or international significance. 3-0-3

BIOL 202 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II

This course is a continuation of BIOL201. Structure and physiology of the following systems are included: nervous and its divisions – endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, and reproductive. Other topics including the composition of blood, immunity, human genetics, and development are also discussed. The laboratory is an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: BIOL201 3-2-4

NURS 155 - Practical Nursing II

The purpose of this course is to prepare the student to care for maternity clients and their newborn babies, pediatric clients, and clients with medical-surgical conditions requiring hospital and/or long term care. The focus of this course is application of the nursing process to adults and children with more complex alterations in physical and emotional needs. Maternal, newborn, and child care are included with an emphasis on family centered care. Clinical experience is provided to assist the student in the organization of a multiple client assignment and in working with the nursing team. The student will continue to administer medications as an integral part of nursing care with the addition of IVPB medications. Venipuncture may also be performed with supervision. Pre-requisite: NURS150/Pre or Co-Requisite: BIOL202, PSYC106. 4-15-9

PSYC 106 - Human Growth and Development

This course is a survey of human development from conception to senescence. Attention will be given to the physical, motor, emotional, personality, and social growth of the individual in infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senescence. 3-0-3

NURS 160 - Practical Nursing III

The purpose of this nursing course is to prepare the nursing students to deliver holistic nursing care to adults with health alterations arising from a disruption in homeostasis. The focus is delivery of nursing care to the client with medical-surgical alterations in health who need help in coping with health problems or recovering from the effects of disease or injury. The student will continue to administer medication to the clients. Clinical experience is provided in long term care facilities which provide the student with the experience needed for employment. The purpose of the course is to assist the student in making the transition from the role of student to that of a graduate. Pre-requisite: NURS155. Pre or Co-Requisite: PSYC201 5-21-12

PSYC 101 - General Psychology

This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3