Catalog: PVCC 2022-2023 College Catalog

Practical Nursing (C)

Code: 157

Purpose: The one-year certificate program is designed to provide the community with graduates who, after receiving licensure and under the guidance of a registered nurse or licensed physician/dentist, provide therapeutic, rehabilitative and preventative care for people of all ages and diverse cultures in various stages of dependency. The practical nurse takes care of patients in extended care and in other non-acute care settings. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for licensure after successful completion of the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Occupational Objectives: Employment opportunities for licensed practical nurses include staff positions in long-term care facilities, doctors’ offices, correctional facilities, clinics, schools and other structured health care settings.

Admission Requirements: In addition to admission to the college, students must also meet eligibility requirements specific to this program, and only a limited number of students are admitted into a given cohort.  If there are more applicants during a cycle than there are available positions in the cohort, eligible applicants will be ranked according to specific criteria and students are admitted or deferred according to that rank.

Please see the Certificate, Practical Nursing Admissions Information Book, Spring 2022 Cycle for program requirements, minimum eligibility requirements, applicant ranking criteria, and other important information for prospective students.

General Education Courses

Completion of general education courses is one criteria used to make admissions decisions.

Course NameCreditsTerm TakenGrade
SDV 100 - College Success Skills Credits: 1
ENG 111 - College Composition I Credits: 3
BIO 145 - Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology Credits: 4
PSY 230 - Developmental Psychology Credits: 3
HLT 141 - Introduction to Medical Terminology Credits: 2

Required Courses

Course NameCreditsTerm TakenGrade
PNE 173 - Pharmacology for Practical Nurses Credits: 2
PNE 186 - Nursing Concepts I Credits: 6
PNE 187 - Nursing Concepts II Credits: 9
PNE 116 - Nutrition and Diet Therapy or HLT 130 - Nutrition and Diet Therapy Credits: 1
PNE 188 - Nursing Concepts III Credits: 6

Total minimum credits: 37