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Practical Nursing

Course Requirements
ID Title Class Lab Credits
Summer Semester
NURC110 Self-Care Nursing I**(8 weeks) (SCIC111 & PSYC101) 3 9 6
Fall Semester
XXXXxxx General Education Elective 3 0 3
NURC200 Self-Care Nursing II
(NURC110)
4 15 9
Spring Semester
XXXXxxx General Education Elective 3 0 3
NURC201 Self-Care Nursing III
(NURC200)
4 15 9
NURC202 Managing Professional Practice: PN
(NURC201)
1 0 1

Prerequisite & Co-requisites are listed in parentheses.

 

The Practical Nursing Program prepares students for licensure as licensed practical nurses.  Upon graduation students are prepared to work as entry level members of a multidisciplinary team providing care to clients in a variety of health care settings. The Practical Nursing Program has full approval status from the New Hampshire Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX – PN). 

The Practical Nursing Program promotes a self-directed approach to learning throughout the students’ class, laboratory, and clinical experiences. Students participate actively in their learning process through involvement in regularly scheduled class, laboratory, and clinical learning experiences, and ongoing self-evaluation. Learning activities engage students in group work that helps them develop the collaborative skills necessary for today’s nursing practice, as well as providing them with a greater sense of community. Students and faculty meet during scheduled classes to discuss theoretical concepts related to particular areas of study.  Students then have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to skills and other related nursing care in the laboratory and clinical settings.  Students regularly use faculty as resources and mentors to assist them in their learning process. To ensure safety and well-being of other, the expectation is that students will demonstrate honesty, maturity, emotional stability, and ethical behavior, and adhere to the LPN Code of Ethics while fully engaging in learning activities. 

The curriculum is based on a self-care theoretical framework and includes a general education component. Nursing courses are taken sequentially and include a clinical/laboratory component.  Student must earn a minimum grade of B- (80%) in all nursing courses. Students who do not meet this requirement must repeat the nursing course before progressing further in the program.

Clinical learning experiences may be scheduled during the day or evening.  Prior to all clinical affiliations, students must provide evidence of current AHA/ARC CPR training healthcare provider level (Only AHA or ARC courses with skill check by qualified instructor are accepted for recertification.  Initial CPR must be a full 6 hour course with skill check.), medical health insurance, and proof of certain immunization status.  Specific information on specific health requirements will be provided to individuals upon admission to the Practical Nursing Program. 

Admission Requirements:

• General requirements listed in the catalog, including Accuplacer
• Evidence of high school credits in Math, English, and Science with lab; grade of “C” or better
• Two letters of reference submitted on forms provided by the College
• Minimum score requirements in all 4 sections on a single Assessment Technologies Inc. (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V. Updated score requirements will be distributed at the time of the TEAS V assessment. TEAS scores are valid for 24 months and remediation and permission is required for retakes. TEAS may be taken 3 times in a calendar year, with 6 weeks between attempts.  Registration dates and fees for the TEAS can be found on the website: www.atitesting.com
• All application materials must be submitted to the Admissions Office by March 1.  Successful applicants will be notified of admission by April 1.  Admission may be contingent on completion of course work in progress.
• Hold an active New Hampshire Nurses Aid License (License must be obtained before start of the program and kept current throughout the program). Certificate of completion from a NH Board of Nursing approved NA course may also be required.

Additional Program Requirements:

• Complete Anatomy & Physiology Essentials (or A & P I and II) and Intro. to Psychology (PSYC 101) with a grade of “C” or higher from a regionally approved college within the past five (5) years.
• Medical Documentation – Upon acceptance, students must show proof of medical history and physical exam, current within two (2) years of admission to the program. Immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella (Chicken Pox), annual Tuberculosis screening indicating non-exposure, a TDap within ten (10) years, and a Hepatitis B series of inoculations (or a signed waiver) are required.  Annual influenza vaccine is also required.
• Health insurance documentation is required by clinical sites.  Documentation of insurance is to be submitted to the nursing department prior to the start of the fall semester.
• Students will be billed for the ATI subject and comprehensive ATI exam in the summer, fall, and spring semesters.
• Students are expected to follow the “Technical Standards for Nursing” as listed in the catalog.
• Clinical sites may require additional criminal background checks and BEAS check consent.  Any fees to meet these requirements are the responsibility of the student.
• The New Hampshire Nurse Practice Act, RSA 326: B identifies limitations to licensure ie., conviction of a felony, which may prohibit the graduate from taking the licensure  examination.  New Hampshire Law requires that every applicant applying for a nursing license submit a notarized “Criminal Record Release Authorization Form” to the Division of NH State Police prior to application for licensure.

A class of Practical Nursing students will begin during summer session each year if there are sufficient numbers of qualified applicants, clinical sites, and instructors.  The clinical hours, placement and course scheduling are subject to change.
 

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