Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing
Diploma in Practical Nursing
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Overview

 

 

 

Practical Nursing 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 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 can earn a Licensed Practical Nursing diploma in just 15 months.

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

Curriculum

Program Requirements- Virginia Campus - Effective 02/26/2018

Core Curriculum

48.5 Semester Credit Hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
BIO112Anatomy & Physiology I with Terminology 2
BIO112LAnatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
BIO117Anatomy & Physiology II with Terminology 2
BIO117LAnatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
COR102Freshman Orientation 1
COR105Study Skills .5
ENG109College Composition 1.5
NUR100Dosage Calculations 1.5
NUR139Pharmacology 1.5
NUR165Concepts of Nursing I 2
NUR167Concepts of Nursing II 3
NUR169Concepts of Nursing III 3
NUR190Medical Surgical Nursing I 3
NUR208Medical/Surgical Nursing III 3
NUR209Acute Care Nursing II 4
NUR213Acute Care Nursing III 4
NUR214Acute Care Nursing I 4
NUR233Role Transition 4
NUR252Medical/Surgical Nursing II 4
PSY108Normal Life Span 1
PSY109Introduction to Psychology 1.5

Contact Hours: 1,658

Diploma Program Length: Minimum weeks of instruction: 60 weeks

Maximum satisfactory time frame completion: 90 weeks

Program Requirements- North Carolina Campus - Effective 08/27/2018

Core Curriculum

48.5 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
BIO114Anatomy & Physiology I with Terminology 2
BIO114LAnatomy & Physiology I with Terminology Lab 1
BIO118Anatomy & Physiology II with Terminology 2
BIO118LAnatomy & Physiology II with Terminology Lab 1
COR104Freshman Orientation 1
COR107Study Skills .5
ENG114College Composition 1.5
NUR111Dosage Calculations 1
NUR134Pharmacology 1.5
NUR174Concepts of Nursing I 2.5
NUR177Concepts of Nursing II 3
NUR179Concepts of Nursing III 3
NUR205Medical Surgical Nursing I 3
NUR206Medical Surgical Nursing II 4
NUR207Medical Surgical Nursing III 3
NUR235Acute Care Nursing I 4
NUR236Acute Care Nursing II 4
NUR237Acute Care Nursing III 4
NUR238Role Transition 4
PSY106Normal Life Span 1
PSY111Introduction to Psychology 1.5

1,736 total contact hours

Diploma Program Length: Minimum weeks of instruction: 60 weeks

Maximum satisfactory time frame completion: 90 weeks

For previous curriculum see ECPI University Course Catalog

Program Requirements- South Carolina Campuses

Core Curriculum

48 Semester Credit Hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
FRS114Freshman Orientation1
MED164Anatomy & Physiology I1.5
MED165Anatomy & Physiology II1.5
NUR101Foundations of Nursing I3
NUR102Foundations of Nursing II3
NUR104Foundations of Nursing III3
NUR105Foundations of Nursing IV4
NUR107Dosage Calculations1
NUR149Pharmacology I1
NUR152Pharmacology II2
NUR190Medical Surgical Nursing I3
NUR201Medical Surgical Nursing II4
NUR202Medical Surgical Nursing III3
NUR210Acute Care Nursing I4
NUR211Acute Care Nursing II4
NUR212Acute Care Nursing III4
NUR230Role Transition/Nursing Leadership4
PSY108Normal Life Span1

Contact Hours: 1,621

Diploma Program Length: Minimum weeks of instruction: 60 weeks

Maximum satisfactory time frame completion: 90 weeks

Program Description

The Practical Nursing program is designed to provide with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for developing effective communication, critical thinking, clinical reasoning and teamwork/collaboration skills which will prepare the graduate to care for individuals, families and communities as an entry level practical nurse in a variety of healthcare settings.

The Practical Nursing program prepares the student to become a valuable member of a healthcare team, working under the supervision of an advanced practice registered nurse, registered nurse, licensed physician, licensed dentist, or other practitioner.

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
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 will:

  • 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.

 

Campus2015 Pass %2016 Pass %2017 Pass %2018 Pass %2019 Pass %
Manassas73.6880.6584.6291.4991.67
Newport News78.8287.381.0589.1388.14
Richmond81.6384.6110093.7683.33
Virginia Beach84.2573.482.9393.1493.39
Roanoke10090.917591.390.48
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