Practical Nursing

Curriculum Description

The Practical Nursing curriculum provides knowledge and skills to integrate safety and quality into nursing care to meet the needs of the holistic individual which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interdisciplinary team while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation/long term care/home health facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices.

The following represents one way in which the diploma can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Diploma

D45660 REVISED
NC CIP: 51.3901
Day, Evening/Weekend
POS Approved: Fall 2015

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ WBL Credit
Fall Semester
NUR 101 Practical Nursing I NEW VERSION 2015 7 6 6 11
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Basic Anat & Physiology 4 2 0 5
  OR        
Anatomy and Physiology I (3) (3) (0) (4)
  AND        
Anatomy and Physiology II (3) (3) (0) (4)
  OR        
Anatomy and Physiology I (3) (3) (0) (4)
  AND        
Anatomy and Physiology II (3) (3) (0) (4)
   
    14 8 6 19

Spring Semester
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 0 3
NUR 102 Practical Nursing II NEW VERSION 2015 7 0 9 10
   
    10 0 9 13

Summer Term
NUR 103 Practical Nursing III NEW VERSION 2015 6 0 9 9
   
    6 0 9 9

Total Credit Hours: 41

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)

Additional Information

Additional admissions requirements:

  1. Completion of high school or college credits in biology.
  2. Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification at the healthcare provider level.
  3. Completion of program orientation requirements.
  4. Grade of C or better in all required related and program specific courses is mandatory for admission and progression in the Practical Nursing program.
  5. Completion of the Forsyth Tech Student Medical Form.
  6. Certification as a certified nurse assistant I (CNA I) from a state approved CNA program.

Program Information

In addition to traditional classroom instruction, students receive curriculum content through a variety of delivery methods, including skills labs and clinical settings.

This program has limited enrollment. Students are chosen by scores attained on the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) and a selective admissions process based upon completion of related courses (i.e. biology, English, psychology, etc.) with a grade of C or better. The Admissions Office can provide additional information on the selection process.

Readmission may be possible but requires reapplying and approval by the college.

Criminal Background Checks/Drug Screening
Clinical agencies require criminal background checks and/or drug screening for students assigned to their facility for clinical education. In addition, national and/or state registry and/or licensure boards may prohibit eligibility for registry or licensure based on criminal background records. Please refer to the Health Technologies section on www.forsythtech.edu.

Gainful Employment Information

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