Program Content

  • The full-time practical nursing program takes one year to complete and is divided into three levels.  The curriculum includes 1,547 hours of classroom instruction, laboratory experience and clinical practicum.

    Level 1
    Fundamentals of Nursing: Prepare to perform basic nursing skills under supervision, apply basic concepts of health to yourself and others, and communicate with other members of the health team...emphasis is placed on problem solving, knowledge, attitudes and skills common to all health care agencies in the community and legal, moral and ethical responsibilities; transfer principles of health care to patient care during clinical experiences. 280 hours - 110 hours classroom, 170 hours laboratory, including clinical experience.

    Pharmacology: Prepare to perform medication administration procedures; apply basic principles of pharmacology to patient care. 70 hours; 30 hours classroom, 40 hours laboratory.

    Anatomy and Physiology I:  Study structure and function of the human body, including the cells and musculoskeletal, nervous, sensory, integumentary, endocrine and reproductive systems. 80 hours.

    Microbiology: Identify various microorganisms and investigate their relationship to daily living and disease in this basic introductory course. 48 hours.

    General Psychology: Explore principles that determine the complexity of human behavior; learn about human communication, behavior and personality, and appropriate responses to stress; more fully understand your own behavior and that of people with whom you interact. 48 hours.

    Level 1 total hours: 526 hours - 316 classroom, 210 laboratory and clinical.

    Level 2
    Medical Surgical Nursing I: Study nursing care of adults, including common symptoms, treatment and nursing care related to specific diseases and disorders...preventive as well as restorative nursing care is stressed. 336 hours - 80 hours classroom, 256 hours clinical.

    Principles of Sociology: Study group behavior and the organization of society and culture. 45 hours.

    Anatomy and Physiology II: Study basic anatomic and physiologic principles related to the circulatory, digestive, respiratory and urinary systems and better understand the rationale for pathological disorders. 48 hours.

    Nutrition: This introductory course includes principles of nutrition and application of those principles to meet dietary needs throughout the life cycle. 32 hours.

    Life Span Psychology: Study normal growth and development and its relationship to biological, cognitive, personality and social factors...the psychology of human development from conception to death is included. 48 hours.

    Level 2 total hours: 509 - 253 classroom, 256 clinical.

    Level 3
    Medical Surgical Nursing II: Study nursing care of adults relating to specific disorders...nursing care for adults with respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and urinary disorders is stressed, as is preventive care...disaster nursing is reviewed. 352 hours - 80 hours classroom, 272 hours clinical.

    Maternal-Child Nursing: Care of the mother and newborn is included in normal and complicated conditions of conception, pregnancy, labor, delivery and the post-partum period.  This course also introduces the nursing care of children with specific disorders including common symptoms and treatment.  Prevention and restorative care with developmental play and diversional activities are stressed. 160 hours - 64 hours classroom, 96 hours clinical.

    Level 3 total hours: 512 - 144 classroom, 368 clinical.



    The part-time practical nursing program takes two years to complete and is divided into six levels.  The curriculum includes 1,547 hours of classroom instruction, laboratory experience and clinical practicum.

    Level 1
    Anatomy and Physiology I:  Study structure and function of the human body, including the cells and musculoskeletal, nervous, sensory, integumentary, endocrine and reproductive systems. 80 hours.

    General Psychology: Explore principles that determine the complexity of human behavior...learn about human communication, behavior and personality, and appropriate responses to stress...more fully understand your own behavior and that of people with whom you interact. 48 hours.

    Microbiology: Identify various microorganisms and investigate their relationship to daily living and disease in this basic introductory course. 48 hours.

    Level 1 total hours: 176

    Level 2
    Life Span Psychology: Study normal growth and development and its relationship to biological, cognitive, personality and social factors...the psychology of human development from conception to death is included. 48 hours.

    Anatomy and Physiology II: Study basic anatomic and physiologic principles related to the circulatory, digestive, respiratory and urinary systems and better understand the rationale for pathological disorders. 48 hours.

    Nutrition: This introductory course includes principles of nutrition and application of those principles to meet dietary needs throughout the life cycle. 32 hours.

    Principles of Sociology: Study group behavior and the organization of society and culture. 45 hours.

    Level 2 total hours: 173

    Level 3
    Fundamentals of Nursing: Prepare to perform basic nursing skills under supervision, apply basic concepts of health to yourself and others, and communicate with other members of the health team...emphasis is placed on problem solving, knowledge, attitudes and skills common to all health care agencies in the community and legal, moral and ethical responsibilities...transfer principles of health care to patient care during clinical experiences. 280 hours hours - 110 hours classroom, 170 hours laboratory, including clinical experience.

    Pharmacology: Prepare to perform medication administration procedures...apply basic principles of pharmacology to patient care. 70 hours; 30 hours classroom, 40 hours laboratory.

    Level 3 total hours: 350

    Level 4
    Medical Surgical Nursing I: Study nursing care of adults, including common symptoms, treatment and nursing care related to specific diseases and disorders...preventive as well as restorative nursing care is stressed. 336 hours - 80 hours classroom, 256 hours clinical.

    Level 4 total hours: 336

    Level 5
    Medical Surgical Nursing II: Study nursing care of adults relating to specific disorders...nursing care for adults with respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and urinary disorders is stressed, as is preventive care...disaster nursing is reviewed. 352 hours - 80 hours classroom, 272 hours clinical.

    Level 5 total hours: 352

    Level 6
    Maternal-Child Nursing: Care of the mother and newborn is included in normal and complicated conditions of conception, pregnancy, labor, delivery and the post-partum period.  This course also introduces the nursing care of children with specific disorders including common symptoms and treatment.  Prevention and restorative care with developmental play and diversional activities are stressed. 160 hours - 64 hours classroom, 96 hours clinical.

    Level 6 total hours: 160

Program Objectives

  • At the completion of the program, you will:

    Assist in assessing the needs of health care recipients by identifying responses to altered basic needs.

    Participate in planning nursing care that will prevent, reduce or resolve altered basic needs of health care recipients.

    Implement nursing care based on principles from the biophysical and psychosocial sciences.

    Assist the RN in more complex situations.

    Participate in the evaluation of nursing care, remaining accountable for your own care given and care delegated to unlicensed healthcare providers.

    Incorporate critical thinking in meeting the needs of all health care recipients.

    Use communication skills effectively in interactions with recipients of health care, their families and health care personnel.

    Function within the ethical and legal framework of practical nursing.