Practical Nursing Diploma

Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing
Diploma
Overview

There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with helping those who cannot care for themselves. If you feel this special calling, consider a career in Practical Nursing. The need for Practical Nurses is great. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.*

ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute, offers a Practical Nursing program that can prepare you to become an important part of the healthcare team, working under the supervision of doctors and registered nurses. After completing the program, graduates should be able to:

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

* U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition

Program Description

Medical Careers Institute’s academic program begins with solid classroom curriculum augmented with a hands-on, interactive laboratory and clinical learning environment for the purpose of:

  • Providing a collaborative learning environment in which the student can demonstrate the ability to develop and apply principles of systematic reasoning through critical thinking
  • Preparing competent, beginning practitioners of practical nursing who can function effectively in acute, long-term care and ambulatory settings
  • Guiding the student in the continuing process of personal and professional growth

Possible Career Track

Practical Nursing graduates work in a variety of healthcare setting including:

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

Curriculum

Program Requirements- Virginia Campus

Core Curriculum

48 Semester Credit Hours

FRS114

Freshman Orientation

1

MED164

Anatomy & Physiology I

1.5

MED165

Anatomy & Physiology II

1.5

NUR101

Foundations of Nursing I

3

NUR102

Foundations of Nursing II

3

NUR104

Foundations of Nursing III

3

NUR105

Foundations of Nursing IV

4

NUR107

Dosage Calculations

1

NUR149

Pharmacology I

1

NUR152

Pharmacology II

2

NUR190

Medical Surgical Nursing I

3

NUR203

Medical/Surgical Nursing II

4

NUR204

Acute Care Nursing I

4

NUR208

Medical/Surgical Nursing III

3

NUR209

Acute Care Nursing II

4

NUR213

Acute Care Nursing III

4

NUR232

Nursing Leadership

4

PSY108

Normal Life Span

1

Contact Hours: 1,682

Diploma Program Length: Minimum weeks of instruction: 60 weeks

Maximum satisfactory time frame completion: 90 weeks

 

Program Requirements- North Carolina Campus

Core Curriculum

48 semester credit hours

FOR116

Freshman Orientation

1

MED166

Anatomy & Physiology I

1.5

MED167

Anatomy & Physiology II

1.5

NUR110

Dosage Calculations

1

NUR114

Foundations of Nursing I

3

NUR115

Foundations of Nursing II

3

NUR117

Foundations of Nursing III

3

NUR118

Foundations of Nursing IV

4

NUR130

Pharmacology I

1

NUR131

Pharmacology II

2

NUR205

Medical Surgical Nursing I

3

NUR206

Medical Surgical Nursing II

4

NUR207

Medical Surgical Nursing III

3

NUR235

Acute Care Nursing I

4

NUR236

Acute Care Nursing II

4

NUR237

Acute Care Nursing III

4

NUR238

Role Transition

4

PSY106

Normal Life Span

1

1,704 total contact hours

 

Program Requirements- South Carolina Campuses

Core Curriculum

48 Semester Credit Hours

FRS114

Freshman Orientation

1

MED164

Anatomy & Physiology I

1.5

MED165

Anatomy & Physiology II

1.5

NUR101

Foundations of Nursing I

3

NUR102

Foundations of Nursing II

3

NUR104

Foundations of Nursing III

3

NUR105

Foundations of Nursing IV

4

NUR107

Dosage Calculations

1

NUR149

Pharmacology I

1

NUR152

Pharmacology II

2

NUR190

Medical Surgical Nursing I

3

NUR201

Medical Surgical Nursing II

4

NUR202

Medical Surgical Nursing III

3

NUR210

Acute Care Nursing I

4

NUR211

Acute Care Nursing II

4

NUR212

Acute Care Nursing III

4

NUR230

Role Transition/Nursing Leadership

4

PSY108

Normal Life Span

1

Contact Hours: 1,621

Diploma Program Length: Minimum weeks of instruction: 60 weeks

Maximum satisfactory time frame completion: 90 weeks

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

  • Function within the role of the practical nurse in the delivery of care to clients and families.
  • Communicate with clients, families, and members of the health care team.
  • Use critical thinking to safely perform requisite cognitive, psychomotor and affective nursing skills.
  • Integrate ethical, professional, legal responsibility and accountability into actions and decisions.
  • Assume responsibility for personal and professional growth.

 

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