Practical Nursing - LPN (PN12) (513901)  Diploma


Campus Locations: Moultrie (Veterans Parkway), Thomasville, Tifton, Bainbridge

The Practical Nursing program supports the commitment of Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) to serve the needs of the eleven (11) surrounding counties within the SRTC service delivery area, the state of Georgia and the Southeast Region. The Practical Nursing Program has been granted approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing.

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.

Length of Program: Two (2) semester prerequisites, Three (3) semesters occupational courses

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

Entrance Dates: General Education/Institutional Required Course (COLL 1500): Beginning of each term for general education/institutional courses. Students must successfully complete all prerequisite courses.

General Entrance Requirements: Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

PN Program Admission Dates (for PNSG courses): Spring Admissions: Bainbridge, Moultrie. Fall Admissions: Blakely, Thomasville, Tifton.

Occupational (PNSG) courses: Students are approved and admitted to PN Program occupational courses per the below PN Competitive Admissions Criteria

PN Program Admission:

Age: Applicant for licensure; examination, temporary permits is at least 18 years of age. (O.C.G.A & 43-26 Nurse Practice Act: 43-26-36). Program applicant must be 18 years of age at the time of program admission and start of first clinical course (PNSG 2035).

Education: An applicant must provide a high school diploma or an equivalent (GED) at the time of application to the program. College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis. All pre-requisite courses in math, science, and medical terminology must have been taken within five (5) years of program start/re-entry date.

Prerequisite Courses: Acceptance into the PN program (PNSG courses) is based on a competitive admissions process. Contact the program advisor or admissions for details.

All PN applicants are required to meet an OVERALL GPA of 2.8 for the listed prerequisites which include:

ALHS 1011 –Structure and Function of the Human Body (or its degree equivalent of BIOL 2113/2113L and BIOL 2114/2114L), ALHS 1090 – Medical Terminology, MATH 1012 – Foundations of Mathematics, and ENGL 1010 – Fundamentals of English. Note that PSYC 1010 – Basic Psychology and COLL 1500 – Student Success are not included in competitive admissions GPA of 2.8 calculation. It is recommended that COLL 1500 be completed prior to approved admission to occupational courses (PNSG courses).

Applicants must attain an acceptable score on each of the three (3) sections of the Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) exam with a minimum score of 78 on each section.

Successful completion of all prerequisites courses prior to approved admission to occupational courses (PNSG courses) is required.

Practical Nursing Competitive Admissions Criteria Requirements:

NOTE:

  • Completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission into the program.
  • The PN program must be completed within 18 months of starting PNSG 2030.

All academic history within the last two (2) years, whether on campus or as a transfer student, will be considered when evaluation the number of course attempts. Grades of “D, F, and W” are considered unsuccessful attempts. If a prerequisite course has been taken twice, only the last attempt is counted for prerequisite GPA purposes. Courses exempted or articulated do not carry GPA points.

Additional Requirements: The student must hold a current American BLS Heart Healthcare Provider CPR AND First Aid Certification cards upon entry into and throughout the program.

Standardized achievement tests as well as comprehensive final exams are given in each PNSG course throughout the PN program. All students are required to participate in the standardized evaluation process. Failure to participate will result in failure of the course.

Once accepted into the PN program (Occupational PNSG courses) the following will be reviewed at the PN program Orientation on the morning of the first day of class: Physical Exam, Drug Toxicology, and Criminal Background Check (all required) as well as an immunization record (including but not limited to a current seasonal Flu immunization, and other current vaccines) are required by clinical facilities in order to participate in the required clinical courses.

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.

Program Policies and Procedures: Students are provided a copy of the PN Student Handbook during their first semester of occupational (PNSG) courses. The PN Student Handbook is used in conjunction with the SRTC College Catalog and Student Handbook and serves as a means of informing the student f specific program policies and procedures related to the PN program. The policies and procedures of the PN program may change during a student’s period of enrollment in the program. Students are expected to be proactive in obtaining information regarding these changes.

Credits Required for Graduation: 60 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation: General Education courses: 9 credit hours, Institutional course (Coll 1500): 3 credit hours, and Occupation (PNSG) courses: 48 credit hours.

The Practical Nursing program has been granted approval by:
Georgia Board of Nursing
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-2858
(478) 207-1640

Note: On January 13, 2022, the Georgia Board of Nursing Program (GBON) Approval for SRTC-PN program was changed from Full Approval to Conditional Approval per Board rule 410-9-.11(2)(c) and 410-9-.12 (2)(g) due to program four-year pass rate of 75.64% for first time test takers from 2018-2021. The approval status will be reevaluated following the review of the NCLEX results by the board in January 2023. Note: For students newly enrolled as of Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 with potential program completion in Summer 2023 (for Fall 2022 start) or December 2023 (for Spring 2023 start): should the Georgia Board of Nursing determine in January 2023 to withdraw program approval then the GBON may require the transfer of remaining students to other nursing programs to complete the program of study.

Cost
Books: $536.20
Fees: $326.00
Tuition: $1,400.00
Total: $2,262.20
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Total: $1,316.50
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Fees: $1,531.93
Tuition: $1,500.00
Total: $3,721.73
Books: $398.80
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Tuition: $1,500.00
Total: $2,385.80
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Total: $1,833.66
Curriculum Outline (60 hours)
1: General Education Courses (9 hours) 9
ENGL 1010

Co-requisite(s): Entrance exam reading and writing scores in accordance with approved TCSG admission score levels or ENGL 0090. Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.

3
PSYC 1010

Pre-requisite(s): Entrance exam reading and writing scores in accordance with approved TCSG admission score levels Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatments, stress and health, and social psychology.

3
MATH 1012

Co-requisite(s): Appropriate Placement Test Score or appropriate learning support exit point, or MATH 0090. Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, geometric concepts, technical applications, and basic statistics.

3
2: Institutional Credit (3 hours) 3
COLL 1500

This course is designed to provide tools to assist students to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic and professional success in their chosen occupational/ technical program of study. Topics include: Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communications Skills, Career Exploration, Research Skills, College Campus Knowledge, Memory & Reading Skills, Presentation & Interview Skills, and Group Skills. Effective Fall 2016, students who already have an Associate Degree or higher will be given exemption credit for the COLL 1500 course.

3
3: Occupational Courses 48
ALHS 1011

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

5
ALHS 1090

Pre-requisite(s): Provisional Admission Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.

2
PNSG 2010

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 1012 Applies fundamental mathematical concepts and includes basic drug administration. Emphasizes critical thinking skills. Topics include: systems of measurement, calculating drug problems, resource materials usage, fundamental pharmacology, administering medications in a simulated clinical environment, principles of IV therapy techniques, and client education.

2
PNSG 2030

Pre-requisite(s): ALHS 1011, ALHS 1060, ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, and an Acceptable Score on the Health Educational System Incorporated (HESI). Co-requisite: PNSG 2035 An introduction to the nursing process. Topics include: nursing as a profession; ethics and law; client care which is defined as using the nursing process, using critical thinking, and providing client education and includes principles and skills of nursing practice, documentation, and an introduction to physical assessment; geriatrics; customer/client relationships; and standard precautions; basic life support; infection control/bloodborne/airborne pathogens and basic emergency care/first aid and triage.

6
PNSG 2035

Pre-requisite(s): ALHS 1011, ALHS 1060, ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, and an Acceptable Score on the Health Educational System Incorporated (HESI). Co-requisite: PNSG 2030 n introduction to nursing practice in the clinical setting. Topics include but are not limited to: history taking, physical assessment, nursing process, critical thinking, activities of daily living, documentation, client education, and standard precautions; hygiene and personal care; mobility; biomechanics; fluid and electrolytes; oxygen care and perioperative care.

2
PNSG 2210

Pre-requisite(s): PNSG 2030, PNSG 2035 Co-requisite(s): PNSG 2310 Focuses on client care including using the nursing process, performing assessments, using critical thinking, engaging in client education and displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. Topics include: health management and maintenance; prevention of illness; care of the individual as a whole; immunology; as well as pathological diseases, disorders and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, nutrition and standard precautions with regard to the cardiovascular, respiratory, hematological and immunological systems.

4
PNSG 2220

Pre-requisite(s): PNSG 2210, PNSG 2310 Co-requisite(s): 2320 This second course in a series of four focuses on client care including using the nursing process, performing assessments, using critical thinking, engaging in client education and displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. Topics include: health management and maintenance; prevention of illness; care of the individual as a whole; as well as pathological diseases, disorders and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, nutrition and standard precautions with regard to the endocrine, gastrointestinal, and urinary system.

4
PNSG 2230

Pre-requisite(s): PNSG 2220, PNSG 2320 Co-requisite(s): PNSG 2330 This third course in a series of four focuses on client care including using the nursing process, performing assessments, using critical thinking, engaging in client education and displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. Topics include: health management and maintenance; prevention of illness; care of the individual as a whole; mental health; as well as pathological diseases, disorders and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, nutrition and standard precautions with regard to the neurological, sensory, and musculoskeletal systems.

4
PNSG 2240

Pre-requisite(s): PNSG 2230, PNSG 2330 Co-requisite(s): PNSG 2340 This fourth course in a series of four courses focuses on client care including using the nursing process, performing assessments, using critical thinking, engaging in client education and displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. Topics include: health management and maintenance; prevention of illness; care of the individual as a whole, oncology; as well as pathological diseases, disorders and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, nutrition and standard precautions with regard to the integumentary and reproductive systems.

4
PNSG 2250

Pre-requisite(s): PNSG 2240, PNSG 2340 Co-requisite(s): PNSG 2255 Focuses on health management and maintenance and the prevention of illness, care of the individual as a whole, and deviations from the normal state of health. The definition of client care includes using the nursing process, performing assessments, using critical thinking, providing client education, displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. Topics include: health management and maintenance and prevention of illness, care of the individual as a whole, pathological and nonpathological concerns in obstetric clients and the newborn; client care, treatments, pharmacology, and diet therapy related to obstetric clients and the newborn; and standard precautions.

3
PNSG 2255

Pre-requisite(s): PNSG 2240, PNSG 2340 Co-requisite(s): PNSG 2250 Focuses on clinical health management and maintenance and the prevention of illness, care of the individual as a whole, and deviations from the normal state of health. The definition of client care includes using the nursing process, performing assessments, using critical thinking, providing client education, displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. Topics include: health management and maintenance and prevention of illness, care of the individual as a whole, pathological and nonpathological concerns in obstetric clients and the newborn; client care, treatments, pharmacology, and diet therapy related to obstetric clients and the newborn; and standard precautions.

1
PNSG 2310

Pre-requisite(s): PNSG 2030, PNSG 2035 Co-requisite(s): PNSG 2210 This first clinical course, in a series of four medical-surgical clinical courses, focuses on clinical client care including using the nursing process, performing assessments, applying critical thinking, engaging in client education and displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. At the completion of the four part sequence of these medical-surgical clinical courses students will have completed a minimum of 375 hours of clinical experience including 300 hours of comprehensive medical-surgical, 37.5 hours of maternal, 37.5 pediatric and 37.5 pediatric experiences. Topics include: health management and maintenance; prevention of illness; care of the individual as a whole; hygiene and personal care; mobility and biomechanics; fluid and electrolytes; oxygen care; perioperative care; immunology; mental health; and oncology. In addition pathological diseases, disorders and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, nutrition and standard precautions with regard to cardiovascular, respiratory, hematological, immune systems, neurological, sensory, musculoskeletal systems, endocrine, gastrointestinal, urinary system, integumentary and reproductive systems.

2
PNSG 2320

Pre-requisite(s): PNSG 2210, PNSG 2310 Co-requisite(s): PNSG 2220 This second clinical course, in a series of four medical-surgical clinical courses, focuses on clinical client care including using the nursing process, performing assessments, applying critical thinking, engaging in client education and displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. At the completion of the four part sequence of these medical-surgical clinical courses students will have completed a minimum of 375 hours of clinical experience including 300 hours of comprehensive medical-surgical, 37.5 hours of maternal, 37.5 pediatric and 37.5 pediatric experiences. Topics include: health management and maintenance; prevention of illness; care of the individual as a whole; hygiene and personal care; mobility and biomechanics; fluid and electrolytes; oxygen care; perioperative care; immunology; mental health; and oncology. In addition pathological diseases, disorders and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, nutrition and standard precautions with regard to cardiovascular, respiratory, hematological, immune systems, neurological, sensory, musculoskeletal systems, endocrine, gastrointestinal, urinary system, integumentary and reproductive systems.

2
PNSG 2330

Pre-requisite(s): PNSG 2220, PNSG 2320 Co-requisite(s): PNSG 2230 This third clinical course, in a series of four medical-surgical clinical courses, focuses on clinical client care including using the nursing process, performing assessments, applying critical thinking, engaging in client education and displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. At the completion of the four part sequence of these medical-surgical clinical courses students will have completed a minimum of 375 hours of clinical experience including 300 hours of comprehensive medical-surgical, 37.5 hours of maternal, 37.5 pediatric and 37.5 pediatric experiences. Topics include: health management and maintenance; prevention of illness; care of the individual as a whole; hygiene and personal care; mobility and biomechanics; fluid and electrolytes; oxygen care; perioperative care; immunology; mental health; and oncology. In addition pathological diseases, disorders and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, nutrition and standard precautions with regard to cardiovascular, respiratory, hematological, immune systems, neurological, sensory, musculoskeletal systems, endocrine, gastrointestinal, urinary system, integumentary and reproductive systems.

2
PNSG 2340

Pre-requisite(s): PNSG 2230, PNSG 2330 Pre/Co-requisite(s): PNSG 2240 This fourth clinical course, in a series of four medical-surgical clinical courses, focuses on clinical client care including using the nursing process, performing assessments, applying critical thinking, engaging in client education and displaying cultural competence across the life span and with attention to special populations. At the completion of the four part sequence of these medical-surgical clinical courses students will have completed a minimum of 375 hours of clinical experience including 300 hours of comprehensive medical-surgical, 37.5 hours of maternal, 37.5 pediatric and 37.5 pediatric experiences. Topics include: health management and maintenance; prevention of illness; care of the individual as a whole; hygiene and personal care; mobility and biomechanics; fluid and electrolytes; oxygen care; perioperative care; immunology; mental health; and oncology. In addition pathological diseases, disorders and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, nutrition and standard precautions with regard to cardiovascular, respiratory, hematological, immune systems, neurological, sensory, musculoskeletal systems, endocrine, gastrointestinal, urinary system, integumentary and reproductive systems.

2
PNSG 2410

Pre-requisite(s): PNSG 2240, PNSG 2340 Pre/Co-requisite(s): PNSG 2415 Builds on the concepts presented in prior nursing courses and develops the skills necessary for successful performance in the job market. Topics include: application of the nursing process, supervisory skills, client education methods, group dynamics and conflict resolution.

1
PNSG 2415

Pre-requisite(s): PNSG 2240, PNSG 2340 Co-requisite(s): PNSG 2410 Builds on the concepts presented in prior nursing courses and develops the clinical skills necessary for successful performance in the job market, focusing on practical applications. Topics include: application of the nursing process, critical thinking, supervisory skills, client education methods, and group dynamics.

2
Faculty
Advisor

Practical Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Moultrie Veterans Parkway

800 North Veterans Parkway, Moultrie, GA 31788
Advisor

Practical Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Bainbridge

2500 East Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, GA 39819
Advisor

Practical Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Bainbridge

2500 East Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, GA 39819
Advisor

Practical Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Moultrie Veterans Parkway

800 North Veterans Parkway, Moultrie, GA 31768
Advisor

Practical Nursing Faculty
School Of Health Sciences
Tifton

52 Tech Drive, Tifton, GA 31794
Advisor

Practical Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Thomasville

15689 U.S. 19, Thomasville, GA 31792
Advisor

Practical Nursing Faculty
School of Health and Sciences
Tifton

52 Tech Drive, Tifton, GA 31794
Advisor

Practical Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Moultrie Veterans Parkway

15689 U.S. 19, Thomasville, GA 31792
Advisor

Practical Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Bainbridge

2500 East Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, GA 39819
Advisor

Practical Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Bainbridge

2500 East Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, GA 39819
Program Chair

Dean of Health Services
School of Health Sciences
Thomasville

15689 US 19 North, Thomasville, GA 31792
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