Ozark Catalog

Certificates of Proficiency

Technical Certificates

Associate of Applied Science

Associate of General Studies

Practical Nursing

Program Chair
Janet Mickens
Technology and Academic Support Bldg.
(479) 508-3340
jmickens@atu.edu

Instructors
Natalie Helmert
Ester Leonard

Clinical Instructors
Debra Hines
Christina Metcalf

The Practical Nursing program of ATU-Ozark Campus 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.

Prior to admission to the technical phase of the Practical Nursing program, students must provide 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; and complete HIT 1113 and HIT 1123. Students who speak English as a second language shall meet the same admission requirements.

In order to be considered for admission to the Practical Nursing program, each student must meet the following criteria:

In addition to meeting admission criteria, students selected for the Practical Nursing program must attend the scheduled Nursing Department Pre-Orientation meeting. Applications to the Practical Nursing program may be withdrawn if all of the above criteria are not met.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.

Students who are pursuing a program of study where admission is limited (Cosmetology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing), will be assigned a major of Associate of General Studies until admitted into their selected program.

Practical Nursing

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
BST 1113 Medical Terminology 3
Total 7

Curriculum in Practical Nursing Technical Certificate

Course # Course Name Semester Hours
1st Semester
HIT 1113 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 1123 Introduction to Human Anatomy 3
Students must apply to and be admitted into the technical phase of the program before taking any of the LPN courses below.  
2nd Semester
LPN 1101 Vocational, Legal and Ethical Concepts 1
LPN 1102 Pharmacology I Green Technology Class 2
LPN 1111 Nursing of the Geriatric Patient 1
LPN 1114 Basic Nursing Principles and Skills I Green Technology Class 4
LPN 1115 Clinical I Green Technology Class 5
LPN 1121 Nutrition in Health and Illness 1
LPN 1122 Body Structure and Function 2
LPN 1171 Nursing of Adults with Medical/Surgical Conditions I 1
Total 23
3rd Semester
LPN 1202 Nursing of Adults with Medical/Surgical Conditions II 2
LPN 1203 Nursing of Mothers and Infants 3
LPN 1208 Clinical II Green Technology Class 8
LPN 1211 Basic Nursing Principles and Skills II Green Technology Class 1
LPN 1221 Pharmacology II Green Technology Class 1
Total 15
4th Semester
LPN 1302 Nursing of Children 2
LPN 1303 Nursing of Adults with Medical/Surgical Conditions III 3
LPN 1308 Clinical III 8
LPN 1322 Mental Health 2
Total 15

Curriculum in Practical Nursing 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 RN program on the Ozark Campus and/or the BSN program on the Russellville Campus. This degree prepares the graduate to sit for licensure in Practical Nursing and does not result in an RN credential.

Course # Course Name Semester Hours
1st Semester
COMS 1003

COMS 2003

BST 1303
Introduction to Computer Based Systems
or
Microcomputer Applications
or
Introduction to Computers
3
ENGL 1013 Composition I 3
HIT 1113 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 1123 Introduction to Human Anatomy 3
TMAT 1203 Technical Mathematics II (or higher math) 3
Total 15
Students must apply to and be admitted into the technical phase of the program before taking any of the LPN courses below.  
2nd Semester - Fall
LPN 1101 Vocational, Legal and Ethical Concepts 1
LPN 1102 Pharmacology I Green Technology Class 2
LPN 1111 Nursing of the Geriatric Patient 1
LPN 1114 Basic Nursing Principles and Skills I Green Technology Class 4
LPN 1115 Clinical I Green Technology Class 5
LPN 1121 Nutrition in Health and Illness 1
LPN 1122 Body Structure and Function 2
LPN 1171 Nursing of Adults with Medical/Surgical Conditions I 1
Total 17
3rd Semester - Spring
LPN 1202 Nursing of Adults with Medical/Surgical Conditions II 2
LPN 1203 Nursing of Mothers and Infants 3
LPN 1208 Clinical II Green Technology Class 8
LPN 1211 Basic Nursing Principles and Skills II Green Technology Class 1
LPN 1221 Pharmacology II Green Technology Class 1
Total 15
4th Semester - Summer Terms (I&II)
ENGL 1023 Composition II 3
PSY 2003 General Psychology 3
Total 6
5th Semester - Fall
LPN 1302 Nursing of Children 2
LPN 1303 Nursing of Adults with Medical/Surgical Conditions III 3
LPN 1308 Clinical III 8
LPN 1322 Mental Health 2
Total 15