Diploma in Practical Nursing

Program Description

The Practical Nursing Program is designed to prepare students in the basic level of nursing that applies principles of therapeutic, preventative and rehabilitative care. New students accepted into this program can only enroll in curricula courses in the Fall Semester of each year. Students who matriculate into this program must take a nursing entrance test, have a clear criminal background check, a clear drug screening, current immunizations, Tuberculin test, and CPR/First Aid Training. A Licensed Practical Nurse can practice under the supervision of an advanced practice registered nurse, registered nurse, licensed physician, licensed dentist or other practitioner authorized by law to supervise LPN practice. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for the Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN).


Program Requirements:

Length: 48 Credit Hours
Placement Scores
RDG: ASSET (Requirement – 45) (Advisement – 32-37)
MAT: ASSET (Requirement – 40) (Advisement – 33-37)
ENG: ASSET (Requirement – 40) (Advisement – 35-37)

Due to the limited availability of student slots, students must meet additional requirements to be admitted to the Practical Nursing Program. Program admission is academically competitive with admission decisions based on the applicant’s academic preparation, assessment results and clear drug screening and clear criminal background check. Most clinical facilities require several screenings prior to approval for student eligibility for participation in clinical experiences. One is the criminal background check, payable through Denmark Technical College for the cost of $35.00. You will need to bring the receipt to the nursing department for the secretary to run the criminal background check. A TEAS test, through ATI, is also required. It currently costs the student $40.00. Other screenings, such as drug testing are requirement at least 30 days before entry. Clinical facilities will refuse student participation in clinical experiences if screenings reveal unclear reports. Positive drug screens will prevent entry into the nursing program. Students must be able to attend all clinical experiences during the academic year to complete course and program requirements. Selected program applicants are admitted once per year for the fall semester. After acceptance into the PN Program, students are required to attend a Practical Nursing Orientation Session. All Practical Nursing students are covered under Liability Insurance and workman’s compensation at time of registration.

Program Requirements and Information
  1. A student must be able to attend all clinical site rotations in the Practical Nursing Program.
  2. A student must agree to a criminal background check for the PN Program that will be shared with the affiliated clinical facilities, as required.
  3.  A student must agree to a drug screening and provide results to the PN Program and the clinical affiliating agencies, as required.
  4. Student must demonstrate physical health as evidenced by the results of a medical exam, demonstrate emotional health as evidenced by appropriate behavior and include current status of all required immunizations to enter the Nursing program.
  5. Students must have tuberculosis testing (with appropriate healthcare follow up as indicated) to enter the program and which must remain current throughout the program.
  6. Student must have current CPR and First Aid certificates, which must be maintained throughout the program. Students will not be permitted in the clinical area without current certification. Certifications can only be by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. No other certifications will be accepted.
  7. Student must provide a legal copy of the his/her birth certificate upon entry in the program.
  8. Student must adhere to the student guidelines specific to the Practical Nursing Program.
Career Opportunities:

Licensed Practical Nurses can practice in a variety of healthcare facilities under the supervision of an advanced practice registered nurse, registered nurse, licensed physician or licensed dentist.

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