Isothermal Community College

Health and Public Services

Practical Nursing Diploma (D45660)

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Diploma of Applied Science in Practical Nursing is available in this curriculum.

Program Description

The Practical Nursing Diploma (D45660) curriculum prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to provide nursing care to children and adults. Students will participate in assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care.

Please refer to Pre-Nursing Advisor for program entry information.

Documents for review include: PN Admission Applicant Packet, FAQ’s, program costs and PN Technical Standards and Essential Functions. Admission progression and graduation are contingent upon one’s ability to demonstrate the essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations.

Program Outlines

Graduates will be able to:

  • Participate in evaluating the concepts of the holistic individual and client response in the promotion of health, wellness, illness, quality of life, and the achievement of potential.
  • Practice professional nursing behaviors, within the ethical-legal practice boundaries of the LPN, incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for continued competence.
  • Participate in providing evidence-based nursing care, from an established plan of care, based on biophysical, psychosocial and cultural needs of clients in various stages of growth and development while assisting them to attain their highest level of wellness.
  • Reinforce and /or implement the teaching plan developed and delegated by the registered nurse to promote the health of individuals, incorporating teaching and learning principles.
  • Participate in the nursing process to provide individualized, safe and effective nursing care in a structured setting under supervision.
  • Demonstrate caring behaviors in implementing culturally-competent, client-centered nursing care to diverse clients across the life span.
  • Participate in Quality Improvement (QI) by identifying hazards and errors and by suggesting, to the RN, changes to improve the client care process.
  • Utilize informatics to access, manage, and communicate client information.
  • Participate in collaboration with the interdisicpliary healthcare team, as assigned by the registered nurse, to support positive individual and organizational outcomes in a safe and cost effective manner.

What is the first step to becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse?

Students interested in the program will begin in Pre-Health Sciences in order to qualify to apply for admission into the Practical Nurse Program. After completion of the 1 year Practical Nurse Program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Successfully passing the NCLEX-PN provides graduates with a license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

What fields or jobs are available for Practical Nurse Education majors?

  • Home Health Nurse
  • Office Nurse
  • Staff Nurse

Who employs Practical Nursing Diploma majors?

  • Clinics
  • Hospice
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation/Long Term Care/Home Health facilities
  • Physicians’ offices
  • State Mental Health facilities

Where do I find more information?