Ozark Catalog
Technical Certificates
Associate of Applied Science
Associate of General Studies

Practical Nursing

Program Chair
Ester Leonard
Health Building
(479) 508-3327
eleonard@atu.edu

Instructors
Ashley Gattis
Tia Griffith
Teresa McFarland

Clinical Instructors
Debra Hines

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.

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) requires a criminal background check for all graduates applying for licensure. Graduating from a nursing program does not assure ASBN’s approval to take the licensure examination. Eligibility to take the licensure examination is dependent on meeting standards in the ASBN Nurse Practice Act and Rules. You will be required to sign a statement, before beginning the nursing program, that states you have read and understood ACA §17-87-312 and the specific offenses which, if pleaded guilty, nolo contender, or found guilty of will make an individual ineligible to receive or hold a license in Arkansas. You can access the information at http://www.arsbn.arkansas.gov/lawsRules/Pages/nursePracticeAct.aspx

Students are required to complete all courses with a minimum score of 80% or above. Students are also required to take a PN comprehensive predictor exam and achieve a score indicative of a mastery level proficiency prior to being certified to make application for the NCLEX-PN exam.

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 March 15 for the August class and October 1 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 (Cardiovascular Technology, Cosmetology, Medical Assistant, 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

Curriculum in Nursing Assistant Certificate of Proficiency
(7 Semester Credit Hours)

Course Number Course Name Semester Hours
CNA 1114 Basic Nursing Principals and Skills I 4
HIT 1113 Medical Terminology 3
Total 7
(To receive a Certificate of Proficiency, application must be made to the Office of Student Services. Students must be currently enrolled to request a Certificate of Proficiency be awarded.)


Curriculum in Practical Nursing Technical Certificate
(48 Semester Credit Hours)

Course # Course Name Semester Hours
1st Semester
HIT 1113 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 1123 Human Anatomical Structure I 3
Total 6
Students must apply to and be admitted into the technical phase of the program before taking any of the LPN courses below.  
2nd Semester
HIT 1243 Human Anatomical Structure II
(prerequisite: HIT1123)
3
LPN 1101 Vocational, Legal and Ethical Concepts 1
LPN 1102 Pharmacology I Green Technology Class 2
LPN 1111 Nursing of the Geriatric Patient 1
LPN1121 Nutrition in Health and Illness 1
LPN 1123 Basic Nursing Principles and Skills I Green Technology Class 3
LPN 1133 Clinical I Green Technology Class 3
LPN 1171 Nursing of Adults with Medical/Surgical Conditions I 1
Total 15
3rd Semester
LPN 1202 Nursing of Adults with Medical/Surgical Conditions II
(prerequisite: LPN 1171)
2
LPN 1205 Clinical II Green Technology Class
(prerequisite: LPN 1133)
5
LPN 1212 Basic Nursing Principles and Skills II Green Technology Class
(prerequisite: LPN 1123)
2
LPN 1222 Pharmacology II Green Technology Class
(prerequisite: LPN 1102)
2
LPN 1232 Nursing of Mothers and Infants 2
Total 13
4th Semester
LPN 1302 Nursing of Children 2
LPN 1308 Clinical III
(prerequisite: LPN 1205)
8
LPN 1322 Mental Health 2
LPN 1332 Nursing of Adults with Medical/Surgical Conditions III
(prerequisite: LPN 1202)
2
Total 14

Curriculum in Practical Nursing Associate of Applied Science Degree in Allied Health
(63 Semester Credit Hours)

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
BST 1303
or
COMS 1003
or
COMS 2003
Introduction to Computers
or
Introduction to Computer Based Systems
or
Microcomputer Applications
3
ENGL 1013 Composition I 3
HIT 1113 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 1123 Human Anatomical Structure I 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
HIT 1243 Human Anatomical Structure II 3
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 1121 Nutrition in Health and Illness 1
LPN 1123 Basic Nursing Principles and Skills I Green Technology Class 3
LPN 1133 Clinical I Green Technology Class 3
LPN 1171 Nursing of Adults with Medical/Surgical Conditions I 1
Total 15
3rd Semester - Spring
LPN 1202 Nursing of Adults with Medical/Surgical Conditions II
(prerequisite: LPN 1171)
2
LPN 1205 Clinical II Green Technology Class
(prerequisite: LPN 1133)
5
LPN 1212 Basic Nursing Principles and Skills II Green Technology Class
(prerequisite: LPN 1123)
2
LPN 1222 Pharmacology II Green Technology Class
(prerequisite: LPN 1102)
2
LPN 1232 Nursing of Mothers and Infants 2
Total 13
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 1308 Clinical III
(prerequisite: LPN 1205)
8
LPN 1322 Mental Health 2
LPN 1332 Nursing of Adults with Medical/Surgical Conditions III
(prerequisite: LPN 1202)
2
Total 14