Practical Nursing

Programs Objective

The purpose of the Practical Nursing Program is to provide training for students for entry level employment as Practical Nurses in the health care industry.The program provides the student with theoretical knowledge and clinical skills needed to work in nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, laboratories and other acute settings. Upon completion of the Practical Nursing program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national examination, which qualifies them as a Licensed Practical Nurse. After successfully passing the licensure exam graduates are prepared to function within the Licensed Practical Nursing rules and regulations as defined by the Florida State Board of Nursing.

Credential Awarded

The student must complete the program with at least a 2.0 GPA which equivalent to C average. The student receives a Diploma once all program competencies and objectives are fulfilled and the required basic skills have been demonstrated. Students will also be eligible to take to take the Florida Board of Nursing Licensed Practical Nursing Examination.

Program Description

The Practical Nursing program content includes basic concepts in Health Science Core Training, Fundamentals for Nursing Assistant, Pharmacology, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Obstetrics, Mental Health Nursing and Pediatrics. All theory work is supplemented with Clinical Rotations and Laboratory Training. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 35- 40hrs every week on course work.

1. The program is similar to traditional site-based programs. 720 hours of theory training will delivered through classroom based lectures supported by Online Training and Home Study Modules. Students will be able to access online Modules at

2. Clinical and Laboratory training of 682 clock hours will also be completed during laboratory training and clinical rotations. Clinical rotations will be scheduled during the regular school day with a possibility that some may be offered in the evening.

The Practical Nursing program follows all Department of Education guidelines. It is governed by the Standards established by the Florida State Board of Nursing, which include the number of program hours, the curriculum, and the types of clinical learning experiences that the student will successfully complete the program.

Program Delivery

The PN program is delivered on campus.

Additional Information

Required: For Clinical Rotations students must complete a Physical Examination, TB test and a MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine or proof of immunity must be completed prior to the Clinical Rotation. Students are required to wear dark blue Scrub uniforms at all times, while on campus and during clinical rotations

Required Courses

OCP A: Basic Health Care Worker – Unit-1

Basic Health Care Worker HCC 101 90

This Unit provides an in-depth study of Medical Terminology, Legal Aspects, Patient Rights, and Communication in Healthcare. Vital Signs, Nutrition, Infection Control Medical Emergencies and Safety in Healthcare, Special Topics (i.e. HIV (4) hours, Domestic Violence, CPR, First Aid) Human Relations Skills, Goal Setting, Job Applications, Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviewing, Follow-Up, Professionalism, Computer Skills, Customer Service Skills and Barriers to Employment. The unit also introduces the student to the Human Body and its Functions. Content includes: Basic Anatomy and Directional Terminology, Structure and Function of Body Systems and Special Senses, Fundamental Concepts and Principles of Body Organization, and Composition. The unit is divided into Theory and Laboratory Training Healthcare Delivery System.

OCP B: Articulated Nursing Assistant and Geriatric Nursing – Unit-2

Geriatric Nursing and Clinical NUR 109 88

This Unit covers three main subject areas. Those subject areas include Orientation to Geriatric Nursing, Nursing Assistant skills and Patient Care Procedures. The Unit also consists of a Nursing Assistant Practicum. This Unit will focus on the clinical direct care procedures performed by Nursing Assistants.

OCP C: Practical Nursing I – Unit-3

PN-Anatomy and Physiology NUR 106 84
Human Growth and Development NUR 107 25
Nutrition NUR 108 25
Fundamentals of Nursing NUR 110 156
PN -Pharmacology NUR 111 147

This is divided into five (5) main courses which introduce the student to the core training for a Practical Nursing.

OCP D: Practical Nursing II–Unit-4

Medical Surgical Nursing and Clinical NUR 112 255
Mental Health Nursing and Clinical NUR 113 49

This Unit is divided into two (2) main courses. Medical Surgical Nursing and Clinical and Mental Health Nursing (NUR 114.This Unit focuses on building acquired knowledge and skills.

OCP E: Practical Nursing III -Unit-5

Obstetrics Nursing and Clinical NUR 114 49
Pediatric Nursing and Clinical NUR 115 78
Medical Surgical Clinical NUR 116 314

This Unit is divided into Three(3) main courses which are Obstetrics Nursing and Clinical (NUR 114), Pediatric Nursing and Clinical (NUR 115) and Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical (NUR 116). This Unit focuses on the patient and significant others during the normal expected stages of growth and development from conception through advanced old age. The student will also need to complete clinical rotations in obstetrics/pediatrics setting as well as medical surgical units.

OCP F: Practical Nursing IV –Unit-6

PN Vocational Adjustments NUR 117 42

This Unit is divided into One (1) main course which is PN Vocational Adjustments (NUR 118). This Unit focuses on preparing the student for the NCLEX Examination. The student must pass examination for Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing and Pharmacology with ATI Level 2 proficiency score. The student must also pass an Exit Examination with 90% predictor score which is equivalent to a 68% raw score.