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Practical Nursing Technical Diploma

Program Code: 315431

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. Why choose the Practical Nursing program at NWTC? Success - more than 92 percent of NWTC Practical Nursing graduates consistently pass their NCLEX-PN on their first attempt. Quality - many students are offered employment during their final clinical experience. Expertise- the Practical Nursing faculty are experts in the nursing profession who have completed graduate level nursing education. This program is approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing, Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services and is accredited by the ACEN: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Graduates of this program, after obtaining licensure and completing additional coursework, may enter the Nursing-Associate Degree program.

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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.
Graduates of the Medical Assistant Technical Diploma who achieve status of “Certified Medical Assistant” or “Registered Medical Assistant” and work at least 3,000 hours in a Medical Assistant role may apply for admission to the Medical Assistant to Practical Nursing bridge program.
Refer to the information for the Practical Nursing program on this website for required General Studies courses.

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Requirements for Program Entry

• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM APPLICATION
• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 3.0 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• One semester of college Chemistry with a "C" or better OR two semesters of high school Chemistry with a "C" or better. NWTC course that would fulfill Chemistry requirement; 10-806-134.
• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM ENTRY
• Attend mandatory orientation.
• Submit required immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Must be completed to be accepted to the program.
• Complete 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.
• All students must successfully complete a DHS approved Nursing Assistant course prior to program entry.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2018Summer 2018Fall 2018
Green Bay
Unavailable
Waitlist
Accepting
Marinette
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Accepting
Sturgeon Bay
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PART TIMESpring 2018Summer 2018Fall 2018
Green Bay
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Accepting
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Alternative Delivery Options
Complete this program by following the full-time academic plan or the Medical Assistant to PN bridge program which gives you credit for your education and experience. For students in the Shawano area, you may choose to complete the program right in Shawano.

Medical Assistant to PN Bridge:

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.

Medical Assistant to LPN Bridge Program Availability
MEDICAL ASSSISTANT TO LPN Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Fall 2018
Green Bay
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Medical Assistant to LPN Application Checklist


Shawano Center:

Complete the program at NWTC Shawano.

Shawano Center Program Availability
SHAWANO Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Fall 2018
Shawano
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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 ...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: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
10-806-177 GENERAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY ...overview of the human anatomy/physiology using a body-systems approach, emphasizing the interrelationships between form/function at the gross and microscopic levels. (Prerequisites: 10-806-134, General Chemistry or other lab-based chemistry with “C” or better AND one of the following or equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading score or 10-831-102, English Comp Prep. Health programs may require a higher chemistry grade; check your plan for details.)
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...presents learners with exposure to the language of responsibility with an emphasis on two tracks-soft (employability) and learning skills to enhance lifelong learning in academic, career, and personal settings. Course curriculum provides application and reflection of On Course strategies and vocabulary emphasizing the value of a growth mindset. Students should take this course during the first semester of college.
SEMESTER TOTAL
8
SECOND SEMESTER
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: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
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; 10-806-177, Gen Anatomy and Physiology; 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; 10-806-177, Gen Anatomy & Physiology; 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; 10-806-177, Gen Anatomy & Physiology; 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; 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
12
THIRD SEMESTER
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: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
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)
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
TOTAL CREDITS
33
Curriculum Note
. Students must earn a "B" or higher in all 31-543-xxx and 10-806-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.
. It is suggested that a Medical Terminology course (10-501-101) be taken prior to entering the program.
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a C grade.

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.

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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.

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.

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.
Graduates of the Medical Assistant Technical Diploma who achieve status of “Certified Medical Assistant” or “Registered Medical Assistant” and work at least 3,000 hours in a Medical Assistant role may apply for admission to the Medical Assistant to Practical Nursing bridge program.
Refer to the information for the Practical Nursing program on this website for required General Studies courses.

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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