Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing Overview

If you like helping people, then experience the rewards of caring by entering one of the fastest growing and in-demand career fields in healthcare! The Practical Nursing program prepares the student to become a valuable member of a healthcare team, working under the supervision of a physician or a registered nurse. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Function in the delivery of care to clients and families.
  • Communicate effectively with clients, families, and members of the healthcare team.
  • Use critical thinking to safely perform requisite cognitive, psychomotor and effective nursing skills.

For more information about this program, please see the program description in the University Catalog. Practical Nursing Program Description

What You Can Learn in Practical Nursing

This program includes instruction in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical setting, with the objective to:

  • Prepare a competent, beginning practitioner of practical nursing to function effectively in acute, long-term care and ambulatory settings.
  • Provide a collaborative learning environment in which the student will demonstrate the ability to develop and apply principles of systematic reasoning through critical thinking.
  • Guide the student in the continuing process of personal and professional growth.

Where You Can Go in Practical Nursing

Graduates who obtain state licensure typically secure employment as Practical Nurses in areas that include:

  • Nursing Homes
  • Hospitals
  • Physicians' Offices
  • Corporate Occupational Health
  • Public School Systems

What are the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) pass rates for the past five years?

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Campus Location 2008 Pass % 2009 Pass % 2010 Pass % 2011 Pass % 2012 Pass %
Virginia Beach, VA 84.0% 85.32% 91.01% 87.69% 77.05%
Newport News, VA 84.8% 84.62% 79.75% 86.13% 83.64%
Northern Virginia, VA 86.3% 77.01% 82.3% 75.96% 66.67%
Richmond, VA – Emerywood 100.0% 87.1% 81.93% 71.95% 73.17%
Richmond, VA – Moorefield 80.7% 87.32% 83.53% 73.96% 68.85%

Degree Objectives

Program Purpose

The Practical Nursing program at ECPI School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute is designed to prepare qualified students to be career ready professionals.

Program objectives include:

This diploma program prepares the student for licensure and entry-level employment as a practical nurse. Students learn about anatomy, providing comfort and care to patients recuperating from injury or illness, pharmacology concepts, and providing care across the human lifespan. They also learn to function as a member of a healthcare team, usually working 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. Practical Nursing students learn to communicate with patients and their families clearly both orally and in writing.

Program Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Admissions test with passing score

Core Curriculum

DEGREE

Diploma

PROGRAM

Health Science

CONCENTRATION

Practical Nursing

SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS

48

 
ARTS AND SCIENCES 6 Semester Credit Hours
Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1
FRS 114 Freshman Orientation 1
MED 164 Anatomy & Physiology I 1.5
MED 165 Anatomy & Physiology II 1.5
MTH 156 Nursing Math 1
PSY 108 Normal Lifespan 1
Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1
 
CORE CURRICULUM VIRGINIA CAMPUSES42 Semester Credit Hours
Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1
NUR 101 Foundations of Nursing I 3
NUR 102 Foundations of Nursing II 3
NUR 104 Foundations of Nursing III 3
NUR 105 Foundations of Nursing Iv 4
NUR 149 Pharmacology I 1
NUR 152 Pharmacology II 2
NUR 190 Medical Surgical Nursing I 3
NUR 201 Medical Surgical Nursing II 4
NUR 208 Medical Surgical Nursing I 3
NUR 210 Acute Care Nursing I 4
NUR 211 Acute Care Nursing II 4
NUR 213 Acute Care Nursing III 4
NUR 232 Nursing Leadership 4
Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1
 
CORE CURRICULUM NORTH CAROLINA CAMPUSES42 Semester Credit Hours
Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1
NUR 114 Foundations of Nursing I 3
NUR 115 Foundations of Nursing II 3
NUR 117 Foundations of Nursing III 3
NUR 118 Foundations of Nursing Iv 4
NUR 130 Pharmacology I 1
NUR 131 Pharmacology II 2
NUR 205 Medical Surgical Nursing I 3
NUR 206 Medical Surgical Nursing II 4
NUR 207 Medical Surgical Nursing III 3
NUR 235 Acute Care Nursing I 4
NUR 236 Acute Care Nursing II 4
NUR 237 Acute Care Nursing III 4
NUR 238 Role Transition 4
Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1
 
CORE CURRICULUM SOUTH CAROLINA CAMPUSES42 Semester Credit Hours
Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1
NUR 114 Foundations of Nursing I 3
NUR 115 Foundations of Nursing II 3
NUR 117 Foundations of Nursing III 3
NUR 118 Foundations of Nursing Iv 4
NUR 130 Pharmacology I 1
NUR 131 Pharmacology II 2
NUR 205 Medical Surgical Nursing I 3
NUR 206 Medical Surgical Nursing II 4
NUR 207 Medical Surgical Nursing III 3
NUR 235 Acute Care Nursing I 4
NUR 236 Acute Care Nursing II 4
NUR 237 Acute Care Nursing III 4
NUR 238 Role Transition 4
Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1

 

1The certifications listed in the "Potential Certifications" column are the actual certification exams that students may be prepared to take following achievement of student learning outcomes from a course or a set of courses. Some certifications may require additional outside preparation prior to taking the exams; and receipt of one or more certifications is not guaranteed. Students are strongly encouraged to take all appropriate certification examinations for their program of study. To facilitate student access to the certifications, ECPI offers its students access to the certification exams at a significant discount. Some programs may require the student to obtain one or more certifications as part of the curriculum.