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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.

Gainful Employment Info

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

 

Class of 2015

Class of 2016

Class of 2017

 

100%

 

100%

 

100%

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

 

PN Completion Rates

 

Program Entry Year

Number of Admissions

Number of students who graduated in 1 year

Successfully Completed the Program in 1 year

 

2015

 

14

 

7

 

50%

 

2016

 

19

 

12

 

70.5% 

 

2017

 

17

 

13

 

76.4%

      

 

Employment Rates for Practical Nursing Program Graduates

Year of Graduation

# of Graduates

% Employed within 6-12 months per Nursing Follow-Up Survey

2015

7

100%

2016

12

100%

2017

13

To be determined

 

Curriculum

First Semester (Spring) - 19 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
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

CodeTitleCredits
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

CodeTitleCredits
NURS 160Practical Nursing III 12.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00