Practical Nursing - LPN (PN12) Diploma


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

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

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 1090 – Medical Terminology, 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: Spring Admissions: Bainbridge, Moultrie. Fall Admissions: Blakely, Thomasville, Tifton.

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 starting PNSG 2030. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

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).

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/First Aid Certification, Physical Exam, Drug Toxicology, and Criminal Background Check are required. A current seasonal Flu immunization, and other current vaccines (including but not limited to MMR vaccinations, and itiers are required for clinicals) 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.

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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Accreditation Information: The Practical Nursing – LPN diploma program is approved by the Professional Licensing Boards Division Georgia Board of Nursing, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217-3858, Phone: 478-207-2440, http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/45.

Cost
Books: $536.20
Fees: $326.00
Tuition: $1,400.00
Total: $2,262.20
Books: $445.50
Fees: $371.00
Tuition: $500.00
Total: $1,316.50
Books: $689.80
Fees: $1,531.93
Tuition: $1,500.00
Total: $3,721.73
Books: $398.80
Fees: $487.00
Tuition: $1,500.00
Total: $2,385.80
Fees: $1,133.66
Tuition: $700.00
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.

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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.

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Dean for Allied Health Services
School of Health Sciences
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