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Practical Nursing Program

Program Overview

The Practical Nursing Education Program curriculum prepares students for generalist positions in practical nursing practice. Graduates are able to provide nursing care across the lifespan to culturally diverse individuals and groups. Standard College Practical Nursing Program curriculum includes general education core and required support courses along with nursing course work consisting of classroom, laboratory, and clinical practice experiences. Upon successful completion, graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN. The practical nursing diploma provides flexibility in career choices as well as a foundation for continued formal study in additional types of nursing programs. Graduates will have the skills necessary to obtain employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse in a variety of health care settings.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of the Practical Nursing Program, the student will have the skills necessary to:

  1. Perform entry-level skills of a Practical Nurse competently according to applicable standards of practice.
  2. Utilize the nursing process in implementing patient care.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors of a Practical Nurse.
  4. Complete the NCLEX-PN exam with a passing score.
  5. Obtain employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
  6. Engage in lifelong learning

Credential Awarded

Standard College awards diploma in Practical Nursing upon successful completion of all program requirements. This program is a vocational and credits generally earned in this program are not applicable to other degrees.

Program Description

STANDARD COLLEGE’S PN program utilizes a competency-based approach in the performance of skills necessary for employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse in healthcare. In addition to theoretical knowledge, this program includes practical application of skills in a variety of clinical settings.

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum for the PN prepares students for generalist positions in practical nursing practice. Graduates are able to provide supervised/directed nursing care across the lifespan to culturally diverse individuals and groups. Components of the curriculum include a general education core, required support courses, and nursing course work consisting of classroom, laboratory, and clinical practice experiences. Upon successful completion, graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN exam. The PN program provides flexibility in career choices as well as a foundation for continued formal education in nursing. Alumni will have employment opportunities in hospitals, health departments, correctional facilities, home health, long-term care, educational institutions, and international nursing.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the PN program, graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to:

  1. Provide quality professional nursing care based on a combination of theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, physical and social sciences, and life experiences.
  2. Use evidence-based practice as the basis for clinically competent nursing care.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of roles and settings.
  4. Provide optimal health care to diverse individuals, families, groups and communities through collaboration with other members of the health care team.
  5. Demonstrate intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and motivations toward life-long learning.
  6. Influence positively the quality of nursing, and health-care using leadership skills, management, and scientific and theoretical concepts.
  7. Demonstrate legally and ethically accountable nursing care for patients and their families.
  8. Become a responsible member of the nursing profession.

Program Delivery Method

Standard College offers residential method of course delivery.

Teaching/Evaluation Methods

The teaching/evaluation methods used will vary depending on the subject matter being studied. Teaching/evaluation methods will include, but not be limited to:

  • Audiovisual Media
  • Case Studies
  • Clinical Practicum
  • Demonstration/Return Demonstration of Skills
  • Field Trips
  • Lab/Clinical Skills Practicum and Checklist
  • Lecture/Discussion
  • Online Exercices
  • Oral Exercices
  • Research Exercises
  • Role-Playing
  • Self-Study Modules
  • Tests/Quizzes

Students have 24-hour access Standard College Online Databases and other online resources.

Program Components

The PN program at Standard College consists of 1,350 contact hours conducted over a 13 months/54 weeks period for full time, or 17 month/68 week period for part time tracks

Class/Skills 950 hours
Clinical Hours 400 hours
Total 1,350 hours