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Practical Nursing Bridge from Medical Assistant Technical Diploma

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.

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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.

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.

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Requirements for Program Entry

• .REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM APPLICATION
• Completed application.
• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM ENTRY
• Completion of Medical Assistant Program
• Certified Medical Assistant with at least 3,000 hours of work experience in the last 3 years OR we will accept 6,000 hours of work experience as a Medical Assistant without a CMA.
• Employment Verification Form
https://www.nwtc.edu/NWTC/media/admissions/Verification-of-Employment-2018.pdf
• Attend mandatory orientation.
• Submit required immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Must be completed to be accepted to the program.
• Complete a caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Must be completed to be accepted to the program.
• Students are required to complete an American Heart Association BLS Provider course prior to clinical experiences. Students are required to maintain certification to comply with affiliating agency requirements. Must be completed to be accepted to the program.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2019 Summer 2019 Fall 2019
Green Bay
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Marinette
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Sturgeon Bay
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Application Checklist

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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.
FIRST SEMESTER
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: Placement value of 1500; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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: A placement value of 1400; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
9
SECOND SEMESTER
31-543-309 MA BRIDGE TO PRACTICAL NURSING FUNDAMENTALS ...will complement the foundational knowledge of the Medical Assistant in preparation for meeting the competencies of the Practical Nursing Fundamentals course. (Corequisite: 31-543-310, MA Bridge to PN Skills)
31-543-310 MA BRIDGE TO PRACTICAL NURSING SKILLS... will complement the foundational knowledge of the Medical Assistant in preparation for meeting the competencies of the Practical Nursing Skills course. (Corequisite: 31-543-309, MA Bridge Fundamentals)
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; 10-806-177, Gen Anatomy & Physiology; Corequisites: 10-809-188, Developmental Psych; 31-543-303, Nursing Pharmacology; 31-543-101, Nursing Fundamentals; 31-543-302, Nursing Skills)
SEMESTER TOTAL
7
THIRD SEMESTER
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)
31-543-308 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)
31-543-306 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)
SEMESTER TOTAL
8
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.

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.
• 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.

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Accreditation

The Practical Nursing program is accredited by:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN),
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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