Practical Nursing AAS

The Associate of Applied Science Practical Nursing Program (PN) is a 60-semester credit, 16-month program of study. The purpose of the program is to educate nurses who will provide patient care as Licensed Practical Nurses in structured healthcare settings. Students receive classroom and clinical training in acute care, long term care, clinics, medical offices, and a variety of community settings. In addition, PN students receive education and experience in intravenous therapy and management.

Mission & Goals

In accordance with the mission of Lewis-Clark State College, the Practical Nursing Program exists to prepare students to assume entry-level positions as licensed practical nurses. Through a dynamic curriculum, the nursing faculty stimulates a commitment to lifelong learning, challenging students to pursue academic excellence and to provide high quality, nursing care, grounded in the principles of nurse caring.
The purposes of the Practical Nursing Program include:

  1. Prepare practical nurses to contribute to the well-being of the rural population in our service area through nurse caring and the roles of caregiver, patient educator, and healthcare team member.
  2. Provide a foundation for advancement to baccalaureate nursing education.
  3. Stimulate in students a thirst for professional growth and life-long learning.
  4. Prepare graduates who are sensitive to human diversity in an ever-changing global environment.

Accreditation

Lewis-Clark State College is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Admission and Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of pre-program requirements at LCSC or an accredited university or college.
  2. Submission of completed Application to the Division of Nursing and Health Sciences. See the division web site (www.lcsc.edu/nursing) for admission criteria (TOEFL, GPA, entrance test, prerequisite and support coursework) and deadlines. Non-refundable fee must accompany application. Admission is competitive with a limited number of spaces each year.
  3. Transfer students must submit course descriptions of prerequisite and support courses with application to determine equivalency.
  4. Applicable policies and information are located in the NHS Student and the Pre-Program Policies and Information Handbook on the Division web page.

General Education Core

Written Communication
ENGL-101COLLEGE WRITING3.00
Oral Communication
Select one of the following: 3.00
PRINCIPLES OF SPEECH
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
PUBLIC SPEAKING
Mathematical Ways of Knowing
Select one of the following:3.00 - 5.00
MATHEMATICS AS A LIBERAL ART
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS
STATISTICAL REASONING
CALCULUS I
STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE SCIENCES
FOUNDATION OF ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS II
MATH FOR BUSINESS ANALYSIS
MATH FOR TECHNOLOGY
STATISTICAL REASONING
Scientific Ways of Knowing
BIOL-252HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I4.00
CHEM-105GENERAL, ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY4.00
Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing
Select one of the following:3.00
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
PRINCIPLES AND THEORY OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINCIPLES AND THEORY OF MICROECONOMICS
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
UNITED STATES HISTORY TO 1865
UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 1865
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
CURRENT SOCIAL PROBLEMS
Pre-Requisite
C.N.A. (current certification)
Total Credits20.00-22.00

Program Requirements

Practical Nursing Support Courses
BIOL-253HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II4.00
HLTH-253NUTRITION3.00
Practical Nursing Courses
PN-100FOUNDATIONS OF PRACTICAL NURSING2.00
PN-104PRACTICAL NURSING THEORY I4.00
PN-105PRACTICAL NURSING PRACTICUM I3.00
PN-200PRACTICAL NURSING THEORY II2.00
PN-206PRACTICAL NURSING PRACTICUM II4.00
PN-210MENTAL HEALTH NURSING THEORY2.00
PN-213PRACTICAL NURSE ROLE DEVELOPMENT 4.00
PN-251PRACTICAL NURSING THEORY III3.00
PN-256PRACTICAL NURSING PRACTICUM III4.00
PN-261MATERNAL HEALTH THEORY2.00
PN-262CHILD HEALTH THEORY2.00
General Elective
Select 1 elective credit1.00
Total Credits40.00

A minimum grade of "C" is required in each nursing and nursing support course. Students receiving a grade of "C-" or below are required to repeat the course and earn a "C" or better. In the case of NU courses, students must apply for reentry to the program.

Summary

General Education20
Electives1
Practical Nursing Support7
Practical Nursing Courses32
Total60