Practical Nursing

Diploma in Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing Overview

The Practical Nursing (PN) program is an introduction to nursing. Licensed Practical Nurses provide patient care under the supervision of senior healthcare practitioners. After earning the diploma, a graduated practical nurse must sit for the NCLEX exam. Once passed, the practical nurse is eligible for licensure to become a PN.

Our Practical Nursing diploma program emphasizes critical thinking, clinical reasoning, effective communication and collaboration, and nursing theory.

ECPI University’s College of Nursing, 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

If the nursing profession is calling you, consider ECPI University’s College of Nursing, Medical Careers Institute (MCI). Through MCI’s year-round program, you could earn a Licensed Practical Nursing diploma in as little as 15 months.

Practical Nursing Possible Career Track

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

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

Practical Nursing Outcomes

The Practical Nursing diploma program prepares the student for a foundation of life-long personal and professional learning built upon liberal arts, science and nursing theory courses. The program includes classroom, laboratory/simulation, and evidence based client-centered care learning experiences across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings. All practical nurse graduates must successfully pass the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) before being able to practice as a LPN.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student is expected to:

  • 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.

 

Practical Nursing NCLEX Pass Rates

Campus

2017 Pass %

2018 Pass %

2019 Pass %

2020 Pass %

2021 Pass %

Manassas

84.6

91.5

91.7

95.7

94

Newport News

81.1

89.1

88.1

86.4

87.9

Richmond

100

93.8

83.3

85.4

84.2

Roanoke

75

91.3

90.5

87.8

80.4

Virginia Beach

82.9

93.1

93.4

89.8

96.5

Practical Nursing Curriculum

Practical Nursing Program Requirements for Virginia and South Carolina

Contact Hours: 1,696. Diploma Program Length: Minimum weeks of instruction: 60 weeks. Maximum satisfactory time frame completion: 90 weeks

Practical Nursing Program Requirements for North Carolina

Contact hours: 1,736. Diploma program length: minimum weeks of instruction, 60 weeks. Maximum satisfactory time frame for completion is 90 weeks.

Visit the ECPI University Catalog for the most current program information.