The Practical Nursing curriculum provides knowledge and skills to integrate safety and quality into nursing care to meet the needs of the holistic individual which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential. Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interdisciplinary team while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation/long term care/home health facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices.
Students interested in the program will begin in Pre-Health Sciences in order to qualify to apply for admission into the Practical Nurse Program. Students accepted into the PN program must be listed on the NC Nurse Aid Registry (NCNAR) by the start of class for the first semester of the program. The Director may allow exceptions to this policy in cases of extenuating circumstances on an individual basis. 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).
Graduates are able to obtain jobs at locations such as:
Class times may vary each semester. In general, there are two class days and two clinical days per week. Most classes are held in the morning with labs and clinical lasting until the late afternoon.
All lecture and lab instruction is held on the Rutherford Learning Center (RLC) campus (top floor of the building on the right). Classroom instruction is held in Room 304. Lab instruction is held in Room 306. Computer-based class assignments and all course exams are held in Room 310. Clinical's are held off-campus at local health care facilities.
Clinical opportunities are scheduled in Rutherford, Polk, Burke, Cleveland, and McDowell counties. Students report to area hospitals, clinics, and long term care facilities. We cannot promise to place you in clinical close to your home. In addition, we cannot promise that students who ride-share will be placed at the same clinical site.
Practical Nursing program courses typically meet face-to-face on campus. However, many course components and assignments are online. Students are required to have an Isothermal email account and access to Moodle for each class.
Class and clinical days and times may change each semester. The class will either be on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. The lab and clinical days will be the opposite. For example, if class is on M/W, then clinical will be on T/Th. Due to scheduling, please expect an occasional Friday class or clinical.
All students accepted into the PN program are expected to wear the PN program clinical uniform. Each student will be given a list of the items required. The uniform must be purchased through SDF Fashions, Shelby. Other items can be purchased here as well or wherever the student chooses.
Health Insurance: Is not required for our program, but you are still responsible for any health care costs related to any accident or injury that may occur in a clinical setting. Therefore, it is highly recommended that students have personal health insurance.
Malpractice Insurance: Malpractice insurance is provided for you by Isothermal Community College while you are a student.
Yes, that information will be given to you after acceptance into the program. Isothermal Community College does not require a criminal background check for admission into the program. However, to attend clinical, students must complete a criminal background check and drug screen. Clinical agencies may disallow attendance at their facility based on results of the background report and drug screen. Any student who is refused by a clinical site for any reason will not be allowed continue in the nursing course. To practice nursing in North Carolina, a nurse must have a background report free of activity related to abuse, fraud, illicit substances, etc. If you have questions regarding this, you may contact the NC Board of Nursing (NCBON).
Yes, you must be able to successfully navigate Moodle and other computer systems required by the program. You will be required to complete a computer tutorial at the beginning to assess/confirm your computer knowledge.
If you do not own a computer, you may be able purchase one in the ICC Bookstore with your financial aid. Computers are also available for loan from the college. In addition, students may use the computer lab on the RLC Campus or on the main campus.
The PN program is academically challenging and time consuming. You will need to fully commit yourself to your success. Here are our strongest recommendations:
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