Northwest Iowa Community College Catalog 2017–2018 74 Diploma Two Semesters Fall semester entry PRACTICAL NURSING The Practical Nursing program prepares you to provide comprehensive care for clients’ physical and psychosocial needs. Nursing courses provide basic knowledge and skills in the medical-surgical, geriatric, maternity, pediatric, and mental health nursing areas. Courses also focus on professional care giving, communication, teaching and safe patient care. Local health care facilities provide the opportunity to participate in supervised clinical/preceptor experiences. The NCC Nursing Simulation lab provides additional clinical learning experiences. Your acceptance to the Practical Nursing program is contingent upon successful completion of a nursing application packet and the program entrance assessment HESI A2. In addition, you must have a high school diploma (with a 2.0 grade point average) or a High School Equivalency Diploma. You must complete prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher. You also need three years of science completed at the high school or post high school level (with a grade of “C” or better). An academic background in life sciences is recommended. You must hold a 75-hour Certified Nurse Aide Certificate prior to taking Fundamentals of Nursing, PNN659. A health assessment, current immunization records, child and dependent adult abuse, criminal background check, and the CPR for healthcare providers course is required before you can begin clinical practice. To become a Licensed Practical Nurse, you must pass the NCLEX (license) exam. Practical Nursing graduates have exceptional pass rates for the NCLEX-PN exam. _P_re_r_e_q_u_i_s_it_e_s__________________________________________9_ Course # Title Credits The following prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the Fall semester. HSC113-E Medical Terminology 2 BIO165-A Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 BIO167-A Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1 Elective Math* 3 _F_a_ll_ S_e_m__e_s_t_e_r ________________________________________1_7_ BIO170-A Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 BIO172-A Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1 PNN659-C Fundamentals of Nursing 8 PNN648-C Nursing Concepts I 2 ENG105-A Composition I 3 _S_p_ri_n_g_ _S_e_m__e_s_te_r______________________________________1_9_ PNN660-C Practical Nursing IA 6 PNN661-C Practical Nursing IB 5 PNN650-C Nursing Concepts IIA 1 PNN654-C Nursing Concepts IIB 1 PSY121-A Developmental Psychology 3 _B_IO__1_5_1_-A_ _ _____N__u_tr_it_io_n_________________________________3_ *You may select any math course with a suffix of A. To advance or graduate in the Practical Nursing Program you must receive a “C” or above in all coursework. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.nwicc.edu/compliance.
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