This program prepares a student for employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). LPN’s work in hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, and other settings where health care is delivered. The work week is usually 40 or more hours and may include 8, 10, or 12 hour shifts, weekends, nights, and holidays, the work can be physically demanding requiring the ability to bend, stoop, and lift. The LPN must have the ability to respond calmly under pressure in emergency situations. Additional information may be found in the Practical Nursing Student Handbook. This program has been approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing so that qualified graduates may take the examination to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Florida.
What you will learn:
► Health Science Core
► Nursing Assistant-Articulated
► Nursing Fundamentals
► Body Structure, Function and Nutrition
► Medical Surgical Nursing
► Pharmacology/Administration of Medications
► Maternity Nursing
► Pediatric Nursing
► Bio-Psycho-Social Nursing
► Transitional Nursing
► Bio-Psycho-Social Nursing
► Clinical Practicums I, II, III & IV
1,350 clock hours
The following table illustrates the program structure:
|Course #||OCP||Course Name||Hours|
|HSC0003||A||Basic Healthcare Worker||90|
|HCP0121||B||Nurse Aide and Orderly (Articulated)||75|
|PRN0091||C||Practical Nurse (1 of 3)||285|
|PRN0092||C||Practical Nurse (2 of 3)||450|
|PRN0096||C||Practical Nurse (3 of 3)||450|
Practical Nursing Informational Meetings will be held on August 20, September 10, and September 24, 2013. Please click here for more information.
Prospective students must complete all steps to the admission process before their name will be placed on the acceptance list for this class. These steps are:
► Score at the 11th grade level on the TABE assessment (students whose scores fall below the state minimum level(s) must redevelop these skills in the Applied Academics for Adult Education (Learning Center).
► Make an appointment with an Enrollment Advisor. Prepare and submit the Residency Application and Affidavit to the Enrollment Advisor.
► Complete Medical Math in the Learning Center.
► Schedule the PAX test. Complete essay following the PAX exam.
► Complete the Practical Nursing application.
► Request official transcripts from high school, GED and/or college (if applicable).
► If your degree/high school transcript is from a foreign country you will need to have an evaluation done to make sure it meets U.S. standards equivalent to a high school diploma. Please follow the directions in the link below. This must be done before your application will be considered complete. Application for Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials
► Return completed application packet to the Guidance Office in person.
► Include documentation of health-related work or health-related volunteer work on official letterhead (if applicable) and post-secondary health-related education in the form of an official transcript with the application
► Complete the Criminal Background Check form and pay the fee, once you have been conditionally accepted into the program.
► Admission is based on a points system.
Monday through Friday
*8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Part-time (2-year program):
*Tuesday & Thursday - 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. or
*Monday & Wednesday - 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
*Hours will vary while training in actual health facilities and on some classroom days.
The Practical Nursing program is now being offered in LaBelle - the next class will begin September 2013. Please click here for program brochure.