Practical Nursing

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Practical Nursing 

 

Program Description, Mission, and Objectives

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) The LPN program has existed since 1965. This division of Instruction is approved by the State department of Education and the Alabama Board of Nursing. Practical Nursing is a comprehensive program of study that integrates theory and clinical practice. The curriculum is designed to provide qualified individuals an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, mindset and skills to become safe and competent practitioners of practical nursing. To become licensed, graduates of this program must successfully write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). 
 

Skills Needed

Successful LPNs have a caring and empathetic nature and have a high tolerance for stress. This profession also requires keen observational, decision-making, technical and communication skills.
 

Expected Earnings/Salary

Earnings for Licensed Practical Nurses as reported by the 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook and Bureau of Labor Statistics are as follows:

Median annual earnings for Licensed Practical Nurses are $41,500 or 19.97 per hour.
The middle 50 percent earn between $35,340 and $48,900 annually.
The highest 10 percent earned more than $57,360.

Additional information available from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

NURSING PROGRAM POLICIES AND REQUIREMENTS

A certificate is issued to each student upon completion of the program. However, state requirements for eligibility for licensure into the LPN profession requires graduates pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEXPN). Application to write the exam is made during the last semester of the program. Examination results are filed in the nursing department and the office of admissions. Graduates desiring employment in practical nursing, pending licensure, may obtain a temporary license from the Alabama Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 303900, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-3900 or www.abn.state.al.us.
 

Program Policies

The intensity of the nursing curriculum and the development of acceptable workplace habits mandate that the LPN program establish departmental policies regarding absences and tardiness, professional and ethical conduct, uniform dress code, and testing. Nursing is a profession that demands high ethical and professional standards, and success in nursing depends on the nurse’s ability to provide safe, effective care while demonstrating acceptable workplace habits. Departmental policies promote safe and effective care and the development of acceptable workplace habits and are consistently enforced. Departmental policies are included on each course syllabus, while dress code and other policies related to clinical are included only on the syllabi of courses with a clinical component.

Click on the certificate or degree option below to view the current course requirements.

PRACTICAL NURSING

The mission of the Practical Nursing course is to provide the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for successful licensure and practice as a dedicated and caring LPN, and to continually seek professional growth opportunities. Practical Nursing is a comprehensive course of study that combines theory with clinical practice. The curriculum is designed to provide qualified individuals with an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills, which will enable them to become safe and competent practitioners of Practical Nursing. 

To become licensed, graduates of this program must successfully write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). The typical student, who enters the program full-time and whose academic and clinical progress are satisfactory, should complete the program in two semesters plus a summer session providing the necessary courses are offered. This division of instruction is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing.

The LPN program offers a certificate.

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED REQUIRED

 CERTIFICATE

Licensed Practical Nursing

Area I     English                                                     3 credits

Course

Title

Cr Hrs

Cont Hrs

ENG101

English Comp. I

3

3

Area II   Humanities/Fine Arts

                No requirements

Area III Natural Sciences/Mathematics/

                Computer Science                                 14 credits

Course

Title

Cr Hrs

Cont Hrs

MTH116

    or MTH100

Mathematical Applications

Intermediate College Algebra

3

3

CIS130

    or CIS146

Introduction to Information Systems

Microcomputer Applications

3

3

BIO201

1 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

4

5

BIO202

1Human Anatomy & Physiology II

4

5

1 The combination of NUR101 and BIO103 may be taken in lieu of BIO201 and BIO202, but anyone considering additional education leading to the RN should not make this substitution as NUR101 does not meet any Alabama RN program requirements.

Area IV History/Social/Behavioral Science

              No Requirements   

Area V    Institutional Requirement                     2 credits

Course

Title

Cr Hrs

Cont Hrs

ORI101

1 Orientation to College

1

1

WKO107

2 Workplace Skills Preparation

1

2

1 Must be taken in the first semester.

2 Must be taken in the final semester.

Note: Students must register for GRA123, a non-credit institutional course, in order to participate in the graduation program

Area VI Core/Technical Concentration            35 credits

Course

Title

Cr Hrs

Cont Hrs

NUR102

Fundamentals

of Nursing

6

12

NUR103

Health Assessment

1

3

NUR104

Introduction to Pharmacology

1

3

NUR105

Adult Nursing

8

14

NUR106

Maternal and Child Nursing

5

7

NUR107

Adult/Child

Nursing

 

8

 

14

NUR108

Psychosocial

Nursing

 

3

 

5

NUR109

Role Transition for the Practical Nurse

 

3

 

5

                Total Credit Hours                                       54

 


Career Entry Certificate - Licensed Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing Program also requires a separate enrollment packet with earlier application deadlines.  Please contact the New Nursing Student Advisor at 256.551.5240 for more information.

LPN Application (Word file)

LPN Application (PDF file)

*Please note that your application packet must be complete.


Estimated Program Cost

Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)

Award Level Credit Hours Est. Tuition/Fees Est. Books/Supplies Est. Total Cost
Certificate (CER) 54 $7,074.00 $2,000.00 $9,074.00

*Estimates based on Fall 2011 tuition/fees.  Subject to change without notice.

Advisory Committee

Ms. Tracy Gossett –Clinical Educator at Crestwood Medical Center

Ms. Pat Newberry – Clinical Excellence Manager for Huntsville Hospital

Dr. Mary Jane Caylor – Dean of Workforce Development at J. F. Drake State Community & Technical College

Ms. Joy McMinn – Chief Nursing Officer at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama

Ms. Melissa Bullard – LPNAA President and member of the Alabama Board of Nursing

Ms. Leatrice Jackson – QA/Staff Development Coordinator at Tut Fann Veterans Home

Resources

RN to BSN Program Directory

Accredited Online Nursing Programs

For more information about the LPN Program, contact the New Nursing Student Advisor at 256.551.5240.