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Practical Nurse


** Program Inactivated **

This certificate has been inactivated.
No new students are being accepted into this certificate program.

A Practical Nurse certificate is also offered at the Center for Training and Development but you will not earn college credit.

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options:  Take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN®) to be eligible to work as a licensed practical nurse.

Academic Options:  Take courses to qualify as a registered nurse.

Program Requirements 2017-2018

Program Prerequisites

The following prerequisites must be fulfilled (with grades posted) before students may begin the Program Application process. Time limits and higher minimum grades apply for some courses.*

REA 112  Critical Reading  OR 
Compass reading score of 95 or higher
MAT 122  Intermediate Algebra  OR 
math assessment score into MAT 151 or higher
CHM 130/130LB/130IN*  Fundamental Chemistry [SUN# CHM 1130]
OR  chemistry assessment score of 34 or higher
BIO 201IN*  Human Anatomy and Physiology I [SUN# BIO 2201],
and complete the BIO 156IN prerequisite as needed
BIO 202IN*  Human Anatomy and Physiology II [SUN# BIO 2202] 4
PSY 101  Introduction to Psychology [SUN# PSY 1101] 4
Subtotal 12-28

General Education Requirements

General education requirements are fulfilled by core or support courses. **

Required Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
NRS 104/104LC/104LS Nursing Process I 8
NRS 105/105LC/105LS Nursing Process II 9
NRS 201/201LC*** Nursing Process III 9
Subtotal 26

Required Support Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
BIO 205IN Microbiology [SUN# BIO 2205] 4
BIO/FSN 127IN Human Nutrition and Biology 4
ECE 107 Human Development and Relations 3
 or PSY 240    Developmental Psychology
NRS 108* Drug Calculations 1
NRS 155 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
WRT 101 Writing I [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
WRT 102 Writing II [SUN# ENG 1102] 3
Subtotal 21
Total 59-75

* CHM 130/130LB/130IN must have been completed with a grade of C or better within the last six (6) years.  BIO 201IN and 202IN must have been completed with a combined average grade of B or better within the last six (6) years.  For BIO 201IN/202IN, the average grades may be met with a grade of C in one course and a grade of A in the other.  HCA 102 requires a grade of "A".

** General education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Communication - WRT 101; Analysis and Critical Thinking -MAT 122 (or assessment) and BIO 201IN.

*** NRS 201/201LC requires a minimum enrollment.  If this minimum enrollment is not met, students are eligible for the Practical Nursing Certificate after completion of NRS 201 (Nursing Process III).