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Practical Nursing Program Code 315431

Technical Diploma

Offered at the Green Bay, Marinette and Sturgeon Bay campuses and at the West Regional Learning Center-Shawano. For information in Green Bay: (920) 498-5444. For information in Marinette: (715) 735-9361. For information in Sturgeon Bay: (920) 746-4900. For information in Shawano: (715) 524-2418. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Practical Nursing graduates work in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, community health agencies, and private homes. They give bedside care to patients whose conditions are relatively stable and assist the Registered Nurse or doctor in the care of the acutely ill person.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Licensed Practical Nurse: administers care to individuals whose conditions are relatively stable; administers care to the acutely ill under the direct supervision of an RN or MD; teaches basic hygiene, nutrition, and aspects of good health; administers first aid; and assists with health assessment and basic health teaching in a variety of settings under the supervision of an RN or MD.

Health Insurance Claims Approver: processes insurance claims on a computer terminal.

Program Outcomes

. Implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to caring, advocacy, and quality care while adhering to evidence-based practice.
. Demonstrate appropriate written, verbal, and nonverbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts.
. Integrate knowledge of social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and disease processes while participating in clinical decision making.
. Provide patient centered care under supervision by participating in the nursing process across diverse populations and healthcare settings.
. Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the healthcare team, and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness.
. Collaborate as an active member of the multidisciplinary health care team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan.
. Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error, and assist with decision-making.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Attend mandatory orientation.
. Submit required immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
. Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
. Complete an American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR course. Students are required to maintain a current CPR card to comply with affiliating agency requirements. Recommend taking between program orientation and program start.
. All students must successfully complete a DHS approved Nursing Assistant course prior to program entry.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.CertifiedBackground.com. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

Clinical Experience

. Students will be required to purchase a uniform, pay for liability insurance, provide their own transportation to assigned sites, and cover any other expenses related to clinical experiences. Students may be expected to travel distances, and participate in p.m. clinicals.
. Students will be required to show proof of annual flu vaccine.

Accreditation

The Practical Nursing program is accredited by:
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Dept of Regulation & Licensing
1400 East Washington Street
PO Box 8935
Madison WI 53708-8935
(608) 266-2112

Board/Certification Examinations

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN Examination for licensure as a Licensed Practical (LPN).

Flexible Learning Option

A part-time program format is available. This option is scheduled over five semesters including two summer semesters. Each semester has five to eight credits.

Requirements for Program Application

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer or ACT) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Accuplacer benchmarks are Arithmetic, 80; Reading Comprehension, 78: Sentence Skills, 90. ACT benchmarks are Math, 18; Reading, 16; English, 21. Applicants not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Upon completion of the plan, full program or waitlist status will be granted. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact an advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Practical Nursing technical diploma in the number of semesters shown. For alternate study plans, refer to the information in the Related Links area at the right of this page.

FIRST SEMESTER

10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
* 10-890-101 College 101
1
** 31-806-312 Anatomy/Struct-Funct
2
SEMESTER TOTAL
6
SECOND SEMESTER

10-809-188 Developmental Psychology
3
***31-543-301 Nursing Fundamentals
2
***31-543-302 Nursing Skills
3
***31-543-303 Nursing Pharmacology
2
***31-543-304 Nsg:Intro to Clinical Practice
2
SEMESTER TOTAL
12
THIRD SEMESTER

10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
***31-543-305 Nursing Health Alterations
3
***31-543-306 Nursing Health Promotion
3
***31-543-307 Nsg:Clin Care Across Lifespan
2
***31-543-308 Nsg:Intro Clinical Care Mgt
2
SEMESTER TOTAL
13

TOTAL CREDITS
31

Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.
** No final grade lower than a "C" is acceptable in 31-806-312, Anatomy/Struct-Function.
*** No final grade lower than a "B" is acceptable in the nursing courses marked with a triple asterisk. A student must repeat the particular course with "B" or better final grade to continue in or graduate from this program. If the course is sequential, the successful retake must occur before continuing the sequence.
. Individuals with criminal records may be ineligible for licensure. Individuals with abuse records may be ineligible for employment in nursing homes.
. It is suggested that a Medical Terminology course (10-501-101) be taken prior to entering the program.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

31-543-301 NURSING FUNDAMENTALS ...focuses on basic nursing concepts to provide evidenced-based care to diverse patient populations across the lifespan. Current and historical issues impacting nursing will be explored within the scope of nursing practice. The nursing process will be introduced as a framework for organizing the care of patients. (Prerequisites: Accepted into Practical Nursing Program; 10-801-136, English Composition 1; 31-806-312, Anatomy Structure/Function; Corequisites: 10-809-188, Developmental Psych; 31-543-303, Nursing Pharmacology)

31-543-302 NURSING SKILLS ...focuses on development of evidence-based clinical skills and physical assessment across the lifespan. Content includes mathematical calculations and conversions related to clinical skills. In addition the course includes techniques related to obtaining a health history and basic physical assessment skills using a body systems approach. (Prerequisites: Accepted into Practical Nursing Program; 10-801-136, English Composition 1; 31-806-312, Anatomy Structure/Function; Corequisites: 10-809-188, Developmental Psych; 31-543-303, Nursing Pharmacology; 31-543-101, Nursing Fundamentals; 31-543-304, Intro to Clinical Practice)

31-543-303 NURSING PHARMACOLOGY ...this course introduces the principles of pharmacology, including drug classifications and their effects on the body. Emphasis is on the use of the components of the nursing process when administering medications. (Prerequisites: Accepted into Practical Nursing Program; 10-801-136, English Composition 1; 31-806-312, Anatomy Structure/Function; Corequisites: 31-543-301, Nursing Fundamentals; 10-809-188, Developmental Psych)

31-543-304 NSG: INTRO TO CLINICAL PRACTICE ...this introductory clinical course emphasizes basic nursing skills and application of the nursing process in meeting the needs of diverse clients across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on performing basic nursing skills, the formation of nurse -client relationships, communication, data collection, documentation, and medication administration. (Prerequisites: Accepted into Practical Nursing Program; 10-801-136, English Composition 1; 31-806-312, Anatomy Structure/Function; Corequisites: 10-809-188, Developmental Psych; 31-543-303, Nursing Pharmacology; 31-543-101, Nursing Fundamentals; 31-543-302, Nursing Skills)

31-543-305 NURSING HEALTH ALTERATIONS ... elaborates upon the basic concepts of health and illness as presented in Nursing Fundamentals. It applies theories of nursing in the care of patients through the lifespan, utilizing problem solving and critical thinking. This course will provide an opportunity to study conditions affecting different body systems and apply evidence-based nursing interventions. It will also introduce concepts of leadership and management.(Prerequisites: 10-809-188, Developmental Psych; 31-543-301, Nursing Fundamentals; 31-543-302, Nursing Skills; 31-543-303, Nursing Pharmacology; 31-543-304, Intro to Clinical Practice; Corequisites: 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication; 31-543-306, Health Promotions; 31-543-307, Nursing: Clinical Care Across Lifespan; 31-543-308, Intro to Clinical Care Management)

31-543-306 NURSING HEALTH PROMOTION ...this course focuses on topics related to health promotion for individuals and families throughout the lifespan. We will cover nursing care of the developing family, which includes reproductive issues, pregnancy, labor and delivery, post-partum, the newborn, and the child. Recognizing the spectrum of healthy families we will discern patterns associated with adaptive and maladaptive behaviors applying mental health principles. An emphasis is placed on teaching and supporting healthy lifestyles choices for individuals of all ages. Nutrition, exercise, stress management, empowerment, and risk reduction practices are highlighted. Study of the family will cover dynamics, functions, discipline styles, and stages of development. (Prerequisites: 10-809-188, Developmental Psych; 31-543-301, Nursing Fundamentals; 31-543-302, Nursing Skills; 31-543-303, Nursing Pharmacology; 31-543-304, Intro to Clinical Practice; Corequisites: 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication; 31-543-307, Nursing: Clinical Care Across Lifespan)

31-543-307 NSG:CLIN CARE ACROSS LIFESPAN ...this clinical experience applies nursing concepts and therapeutic interventions to patients across the lifespan. It also provides an introduction to concepts of teaching and learning. Extended care to include the family is emphasized. (Prerequisites: 10-809-188, Developmental Psych; 31-543-301, Nursing Fundamentals; 31-543-302, Nursing Skills; 31-543-303, Nursing Pharmacology; 31-543-304, Intro to Clinical Practice; Corequisites: 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication; 31-543-306, Health Promotions)

31-543-308 NSG: INTRO CLINICAL CARE MGT ...this clinical experience applies nursing concepts and therapeutic nursing interventions to groups of patients across the lifespan. It also provides an introduction to leadership, management, and team building. (Prerequisites: 10-809-188, Developmental Psych; 31-543-301, Nursing Fundamentals; 31-543-302, Nursing Skills; 31-543-303, Nursing Pharmacology; 31-543-304, Intro to Clinical Practice; Corequisites: 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication; 31-543-305, Health Alterations; 31-543-306, Health Promotions; 31-543-307, Nursing: Clinical Care Across Lifespan)

31-806-312 ANATOMY/STRUCTURE-FUNCTION ...human body systems, structural formation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Reading=55 OR ACT-Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills OR equivalent)

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-809-188 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY ...defines human development; examines theories; heredity and environmental effects; prenatal development and birth; evaluates biosocial, cognitive psychosocial development through the life span; aging, death, and dying. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer- Reading =55 and Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

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