Program Description: The Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor. Program graduates receive a practical nursing diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level practical nurse.

Student Learning Outcomes:
• Students will maintain a sterile field throughout a procedure.
• Students will take and record patient vital signs in the laboratory setting prior to facility clinical experience.
• Students will provide safe nursing care in various clinical settings.

Program Offered at the Following Sites: Cairo, Moultrie-Veterans Parkway, Thomasville, Tifton

Length of Program: One (1) semester prerequisites, Four (4) semesters occupational courses.

Cost of Program: Fall Admit. Spring Admit.

Gainful Employment: Datasheet

Entrance Dates: Beginning of each term for general education courses; however, applicants must attain an acceptable score on the Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) exam and successfully complete all prerequisite courses (ALHS 1011 –Structure and Function of the Human Body, ALHS 1060 – Diet and Nutrition for Allied Health Sciences, ENGL 1010 – Fundamentals of English I, MATH 1012 – Foundations of Mathematics, PSYC 1010 – Basic Psychology, prior to beginning certain cohort occupational courses.

Program Admission: Students are admitted to occupational courses at the following sites during the listed terms: Cairo – Spring, Moultrie – Spring, Thomasville – Fall, Tifton – Fall.

Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria. Contact the program advisor or admissions for details. Completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission into the program. This program must be completed within 18 months of successful completion of PNSG 2030. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

Age: Applicant must be 17 years of age or older.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Additional Requirements: Standardized achievement tests will be given. All students are required to participate in the standardized evaluation process. Failure to participate will result in failure of the course. American Heart Healthcare Provider CPR Certification, Physical Exam, Drug Toxicology, and Criminal Background Check are required. A current Flu immunization is required for clinicals.

Note: Those who have been arrested/convicted of a moral and/or legal violation of the law may not be allowed to complete the practicum requirements or granted permission to take the licensing examination.

Credits Required for Graduation: 60 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.

Note: A bridge program to an Associate of Science in Nursing program exists.

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Credit Hours

1. Basic Skills Courses (9 hours)
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology 3
And the following (3 hours)
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
2. Institutional Credit (3 hours)
COLL 1500 Student Success
Sherri McBrayer
Practical Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Tifton Building B, Office 115
O: (229) 391-2637
Leigh Ann Reed
Practical Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Tifton Building B, Office 113
O: (229) 391-6955
Debra Smith
Practical Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Thomasville Building B, Office 116
O: (229) 227-2903