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Practical Nursing Bridge from Medical Assistant

Program Code: 315431MB

As a Practical Nursing program graduate, you're eligible for careers in a variety of settings which could include an acute care hospital, long term care/rehab facility, physician's office, insurance provider, or home health agency. As a member of the health care team, the licensed practical nurse provides care to patients whose conditions are relatively stable and assists the registered nurse or health care provider in the care of the acutely ill patient.

Follow Your Path

Some credits in this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):

Nursing - Associate Degree, 105431

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.
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Curriculum
Curriculum: If you are a medical assistant looking to advance your career, apply your knowledge and work experience to the Practical Nursing program. You’ll take less classes and finish faster than if you took the PN program on its own.
Pre-First Semester
Semester Total
9
First Semester
Semester Total
5
Summer Before Second Semester
Semester Total
2
Second Semester
Semester Total
5
Third Semester
Semester Total
3
Total Credits
24

Curriculum Note: Students must earn a "B" or higher in all 31-543-xxx courses. 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.

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Accreditation

The Practical Nursing program is accredited by: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta GA 30326 (404) 975-5000 FAX: (404) 975-5020 The Practical Nursing program is approved by: Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Dept. of Regulation & Licensing 1400 East Washington St. P.O. Box 8935, Madison, WI 53708-8935 (608) 266-2112

Industry Credentials

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN Examination for licensure as a Licensed Practical (LPN). Practical Nursing graduates who successfully pass the NCLEX-PN can apply credits completed in an accredited Practical Nursing program to the NWTC ADN Bridge program.

Clinical Experience

Students will be required to purchase a uniform, 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. Students may be required to complete drug testing by clinical agencies.

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.castlebranch.com AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry. The information provided in the BID form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. 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.

Note

  • Individuals with criminal records may be ineligible for licensure. Individuals with abuse records may be ineligible for employment in nursing homes.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

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