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Practical Nursing

Program Chair
Janet Mickens
Administration Bldg
(479) 508-3340
jmickens@atu.edu

Instructors
Theresa Fontaine
Natalie Helmert
Ester Leonard

Clinical Instructors
Debra Hines
Bobbie Lewis

The Practical Nursing program of ATU-Ozark Campus is an entry level 15-month, 3 semester nursing course. Upon completion of the program the student will receive a certificate in Practical Nursing. The course integrates theory with clinical practice. Theoretical content is based on the concept of holism in which the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being is considered. Clinical experiences will be obtained in the following health care service areas: adult health, maternal-child, mental health, geriatrics, pediatrics.

Upon completion of the program, the student will be eligible to make application for the NCLEX-PN exam for licensure. State and FBI background checks are required of each student by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing when applying for licensure exam. An applicant may be denied permission to write based on background check results.

Students are required to complete and pass with a passing minimum of 80% the ATI Standardized PN Assessment prior to being certified to make application for the NCLEX.

Students wishing to enroll in the practical nursing program should submit an application to the University with an official high school transcript, or GED transcript, and all college transcripts by June 1st for the August Class and October 1st for the January class.

To be eligible to apply to the Practical Nursing program, students must supply the Office of Student Services a COMPASS, ACT, or SAT score report verifying that remediation in English, mathematics, and reading is not required; or complete the appropriate remedial coursework with a grade of "C" or better to satisfy remediation requirements. Students who speak English as a second language shall meet the same admission requirements.

Practical Nursing

Complete the required Pre-requisite course:
BUS 2213 Intro to Human Anatomy,
BUS 2233 Medical Terminology,
EMTP 1001 First aid and CPR or hold a current CPR for Health Care Providers certification.

Submit an application to the Nursing Department, and schedule an appointment with a Nursing Department faculty member. Applications not submitted by the deadline or incomplete applications will not be considered for that semester's class.
Schedule the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam with the Office of Student Services.
Attend the scheduled Nursing Department Pre-orientation meeting.
Student Nursing Applications may be withdrawn if all of the above criteria are not met. Students not meeting required criteria may be required to reapply to the Practical Nursing program.
Meeting the minimum requirements for admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the practical nursing program.

Minimum Requirements for Graduation with a Technical Certificate

Course............................................................................................................... Theory Clock Hours
Vocational, Legal and Ethical Concepts................................................................. 15 Hours
Body Structure and Function................................................................................. 90 Hours
Nursing of the Geriatric Patient.............................................................................. 15 Hours
Nutrition in Health and Illness................................................................................ 15 Hours
Basic Nursing Principles and Skills........................................................................ 150 Hours
Nursing of Adult Patients with Medical/Surgical Conditions........................................90 Hours
Nursing of Mothers and Infants............................................................................... 45 Hours
Nursing of Children.................................................................................................45 Hours
Mental Health and Care of the Mentally Ill................................................................ 45 Hours
Pharmacology....................................................................................................... 90 Hours
Theory/Clinical Hours............................................................................................. 600/768 Hours
1368 Total Program Hours

Curriculum in Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate of Proficiency

Course Number Course Name Semester Hours
CNA 1114 Basic Nursing Principals and Skills I 4
BUS 2233 Medical Terminology 3
Total 7

Curriculum in Practical Nursing Technical Certificate

Course Number Course Name Semester Hours
1st Semester
LPN 1101 Vocational, Legal and Ethical Concepts 1
LPN 1103 Body Structure and Function 3
LPN 1111 Nursing of the Geriatric Patient 1
LPN 1112 Pharmacology I 2
LPN 1114 Basic Nursing Principles and Skills I 4
LPN 1115 Clinical I 5
LPN 1121 Nutrition in Health and Illness 1
Total 17
2nd Semester
LPN 1202 Nursing of Adults with Medical/Surgical Conditions I 2
LPN 1203 Nursing of Mothers and Infants 3
LPN 1210 Clinical II 10
LPN 1211 Basic Nursing Principles and Skills II 1
LPN 1221 Pharmacology II 1
Total 17
3rd Semester
LPN 1302 Nursing of Children 2
LPN 1303 Nursing of Adults with Medical/Surgical Conditions II 3
LPN 1312 Clinical III 12
LPN 1322 Mental Health 2
Total 19

Curriculum in Allied Health Associate of Applied Science Degree in Allied Health

The A.A.S. in Allied Health with a Practical Nursing option is intended to be a "feeder program" to the BSN program at the Russellville campus. This degree prepares the graduate to sit for licensure in Practical Nursing and does not result in an RN credential.

Course Number Course Name Semester Hours
1st Semester Summer Terms (I&II)
COMS 1003

COMS 2003

BUS 1303
Introduction to Computer Based Systems
or
Microcomputer Applications
or
Introduction to Computers
3
ENGL 1013 Composition I 3
MATH 0903 Intermediate Algebra (or higher math) 3
Total 9
2nd Semester Fall
LPN 1101 Vocational, Legal and Ethical Concepts 1
LPN 1102 Pharmacology I 2
LPN 1103 Body Structure and Function 3
LPN 1111 Nursing of the Geriatric Patient 1
LPN 1114 Basic Nursing Principles and Skills I 4
LPN 1115 Clinical I 5
LPN 1121 Nutrition in Health and Illness 1
Total 17
2nd Semester Spring
LPN 1202 Nursing of Adults with Medical/Surgical Conditions I 2
LPN 1203 Nursing of Mothers and Infants 3
LPN 1210 Clinical II 10
LPN 1211 Basic Nursing Principles and Skills II 1
LPN 1221 Pharmacology II 1
Total 18
3rd Semester Summer Terms (I&II)
ENGL 1023 Composition II 3
PSY 2003 General Psychology 3
Total 6
4th Semester Fall
LPN 1302 Nursing of Children 2
LPN 1303 Nursing of Adults with Medical/Surgical Conditions II 3
LPN 1312 Clinical III 12
LPN 1322 Mental Health 2
Total 17