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

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
Curriculum

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

Core Curriculum

48.5 Semester Credit Hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
BIO112 Anatomy & Physiology I with Terminology 2
BIO112L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
BIO117 Anatomy & Physiology II with Terminology 2
BIO117L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
COR102 Freshman Orientation 1
COR105 Study Skills .5
ENG109 College Composition 1.5
NUR100 Dosage Calculations 1.5
NUR139 Pharmacology 1.5
NUR165 Concepts of Nursing I 2
NUR167 Concepts of Nursing II 3
NUR169 Concepts of Nursing III 3
NUR190 Medical Surgical Nursing I 3
NUR208 Medical/Surgical Nursing III 3
NUR209 Acute Care Nursing II 4
NUR213 Acute Care Nursing III 4
NUR214 Acute Care Nursing I 4
NUR233 Role Transition 4
NUR252 Medical/Surgical Nursing II 4
PSY108 Normal Life Span 1
PSY109 Introduction 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

Core Curriculum

48 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
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

Course ID Course Name Credits
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

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.

 

Campus 2013 Pass % 2014 Pass % 2015 Pass % 2016 Pass % 2017 Pass %
Manassas 89.74 90 73.68 80.65 84.62
Newport News 89.66 78.57 78.82 87.3 81.05
Richmond 80.95 86.95 81.63 81.25 100
Virginia Beach 81.65 76.62 84.25 73.4 82.28
Roanoke 95.74 82 100 90.91 75

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