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ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN PRACTICAL NURSING

Award: Associate of Science Degree in Practical Nursing
Program #: PN-3

Associate of Science in Practical Nursing Total Program
Total Wks80
Total Clock Hrs 1758
Total Credit Hrs93

Program Purpose: 1) To prepare students to meet the requirements of the Florida Department of Health, Board of Nursing for Practical Nurse Education and eligibility for licensing exams, 2) To prepare students to work as Practical Nurses in a variety of settings in a safe and effective manner, 3) To prepare students to be well prepared to serve their fellow man/woman consistent with the role and scope of practice for Practical Nursing according to the current State of Florida Nurse Practice Act. After satisfactory completion of this program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN Examination, 4) To obtain Critical Thinking Skills and Work Readiness for the field of Nursing 5) To complete the IV Certification Course for Practical Nurses, and 6) To obtain Phlebotomy and EKG Skills and 6) To obtain the General Education Courses required of an Associate of Science Degree so that students may further their education and/or advance in the health care field.

Program Description: This program includes the following General Education Courses: College Algebra, Communications, College Writing, Introductory Psychology, and Biology (Micro). This program will include laboratory, classroom and clinical practice for students wishing to be prepared to pass the National Licensing Exams for Practical Nurses and to be well prepared to serve their fellow men and women as Practical Nurses. The knowledge and skills taught are consistent with the role and scope of practice defined by the Florida Board of Nursing and are to be performed under the direction and guidance of a Registered Nurse, a licensed Physician, a licensed Osteopathic Physician, a licensed Podiatrist or a Licensed Dentist.

This program is offered utilizing a non-traditional integrated curriculum designed to enhance students understanding and practical application of knowledge from the less complex and building to more complex concepts. It includes education in the areas of Medical/Surgical Nursing, as well as the special and unique nursing care needs of pediatric, obstetrical and geriatric patients. It includes nursing care skills and applications needed for a variety of settings such as acute, long term, and care in the home. It will cover such topics as the vocational role and functions for the Practical Nurse, Foundations and Fundamentals of Nursing Care, Infection control, Body Structure and Function, Human Growth and Development, Personal and Family Care in Multiple Environments, Mental Health Concepts, Nutrition, Pharmacology and Medicine Administration, Ethical and Legal Aspects of Practice, Interpersonal Relationships, Current Issues and Employability Skills. Students will be guided to be aware of the importance of lifelong learning, taking responsibility for learning and to use critical thinking skills via the SCANS model. Remediation opportunities will be made available and encouraged throughout the program. The State of Florida approved Curriculum Framework and Performance Standards for Practical Nurses are applied throughout. National Patient Safety Standards and Quality Measures are incorporated throughout.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates are eligible to take the Florida Board of Nursing Exam for Licensed Practical Nurse.
Description of Courses:


ENC1101 College Writing
Course Semester Credit Hrs: 3 - offered both hybrid or traditionally

This course offers students a thorough understanding of the writing process and structure for College essays, reports and summaries. It will help the student make logical connections in their writing while using appropriate formatting and the basic principles of APA style and MLA style.

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of the course students will be able to meet the following learning outcomes:
  • Understand the writing process and structure using revision, proofreading and formatting
  • Write descriptive, narrative and example essays
  • Relate logical connections using comparison, contrast, cause and effect and argumentative styles of writing
  • Write a summary utilizing multiple sources of information, and cite sources
MCB2010 Biology (Micro)
Course Semester Credit Hrs: 4 - offered both hybrid or traditionally

This course in microbiology will include the chemistry of life, cell structure and function, safety and laboratory techniques and micro-organisms. Each system of the body will be addressed as it relates to infections. This course will also include how microorganisms affect the human body throughout the life span. Microorganisms in the community environment will be covered and environmental safety will be stressed.

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of the course student will be able to:
  • Define the scope of microbiology
  • Identify cell functions and structure
  • Describe the effect of infections as it relates to all the body systems including sexually transmitted diseases
  • Summarize environmental safety methods as it relates to microorganisms in the environment

MTB1104 College Algebra
Course Semester Credit Hrs: 3 – offered both hybrid or traditionally

This course is an Algebra course including step by step mathematics examples and strategies for avoiding mistakes. Students are taught concept connections and problem recognition to assist in problem solving, overcoming math anxiety and improve performance on math assessments. Students will utilize a math text and practice examples. Homework practice will be supplemented with a student solutions manual so that solution methodologies for each type of problem can readily be practiced. Concepts will include factorization, ratio and proportions, units of length, mass, capacity both U.S. and metric, statistical solutions and algebraic solutions.

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of the course students will be able to meet the following learning outcomes:
  • Perform basic mathematical functions to include addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, percentages, fractions, ratios, unit conversions, metric system, statistical and algebraic solutions
  • Describe units of measurement to include linear, angular, and volumetric
  • Graph and interpret data using X and Y coordinates
  • Describe and measure angles
  • Apply trigonometric concepts to include sine, cosine, tangent, Pythagorean theorem, and Inverse Square law
  • Solve multivariable algebraic problems

PSY2012 Introductory Psychology
Course Semester Credit Hrs: 3 - offered both hybrid or traditionally

This Introductory Psychology course assists students in learning psychology theory for application in their academic career and beyond into the world of work. The course covers thinking critically with psychological science, neuroscience and behavior, the nature and nurture of behavior, sensation, perception states of consciousness, learning, memory, motivation and work, emotion, stress and health, personality, and psychological disorders. Various therapeutic approaches are explored along with respect for human social needs and values without prejudice and recognition of work and dignity of each individual.

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of the course students will be able to meet the following learning outcomes:
  • Recognize neural communication, the brain, the nervous system and the endocrine system as it relates to behavior.
  • Identify the life stages throughout the continuum from pre-natal development through adulthood.
  • Apply motivational concepts, emotional expression and stress management.
  • Summarize psychological disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and related therapies

SPC1017 Communications
Course Semester Credit Hrs: 3 - offered both hybrid or traditionally

This course will assist students in developing a foundation for communication strategies, defining purposes for communication and strengthen comprehension and competence of communication. Students will learn thought patterns, recognize organizational patterns and define the author’s purpose, tone, argument, data and evidence. Students will examine figurative language, generalizations, speaker’s assumptions and manipulative language. Students will apply communication skills working with context, word parts, context clues, and expression and communication tools. Key topics covered will be making inferences asking and answering critical questions to communicate effectively. There will be three speeches required a one minute, two minute, and three minute presentation using tools learned.

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to meet the following learning outcomes:
  • Define the purpose for communication and comprehension
  • Recognize the functions of human wants, needs, desires, and attitudes as they influence human communicative behavior
  • Develop flexibility using varied types of communication skills
  • Use correct citations to avoid cyber plagiarism

PN101:Introduction to Health Care:Health Careers Core - 90 Clock Hrs / 5.40 Credit Hrs
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 5.4Clinical Semester Credit Hrs 0

This course is an introduction to Health Care and the Health Care environment. It prepares the student to understand vocational roles and functions as they relate to the varied Health Care networks and systems. It introduces the student to the concepts of maintaining and promoting wellness and health and the prevention of disease, including Infection Control and Universal Precautions. It stresses the beginning student’s adaptation to ethical behaviors consistent with Nursing for honesty, integrity, decorum, deportment, compassion and interpersonal skills, as well as the serious nature of job preparation where life, health and legal accountability is at stake, including the National Patient Safety Standards.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the health care delivery system and health occupations
  • To demonstrate the ability to communicate and use interpersonal skills effectively
  • To demonstrate basic legal and ethical concepts
  • To demonstrate an understanding of and apply wellness and disease concepts
  • To recognize and practice safety and security procedures (including National Patient Safety Goals)
  • To recognize and respond to emergency situations
  • To recognize and practice infection control procedures
  • To demonstrate basic computer skills
  • To demonstrate concepts consistent with employability skills
  • To demonstrate knowledge of blood borne diseases, including AIDS
  • To demonstrate math and science knowledge and skills
  • To demonstrate language arts knowledge and skills
  • To demonstrate personal money-management concepts and strategies
  • To demonstrate critical thinking skills, creativity and innovation
  • To demonstrate knowledge of organizational structure and systems
  • To demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills

PN102:Body Structure and Function- 105 Clock Hrs / 6.66 Credit Hrs
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 6.66Clinical Semester Credit Hrs 0

This course will provide students with knowledge of the total human body structure, systems, functions, growth and its development spanning the life stages. It includes laboratory hours to assist students to assimilate knowledge and understand relationships of systems and functions. It will offer students a foundation upon which to understand the effect, illness, disease and dysfunction has on the human body and the resultant inter relatedness of each part and system.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • To describe the structure and functions of the human body
  • To identify basic cell structure and function and its variations in tissue types
  • To describe and identify the body systems, their component parts, functions, and relationships
  • To demonstrate an understanding of metabolism and it's relationship to nutrition
  • To identify and describe the stages of human growth and development spanning to pre-school, school age through adolescence and the adult life span

PN103:Fundamentals of Nursing Practice- 163.5 Clock Hrs / 8.26 Credit Hrs
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 7.1Clinical Semester Credit Hrs 1.16

This course introduces students to nursing care practices, procedures, clinical settings, and basic care of patients. It provides students with the basic fundamentals needed to provide care to patients through classes, lab practice, and clinical experiences. It includes physical comfort and safety, personal patient care, basic nursing procedures and skills, infection control, documentation and communication, and legal and ethical responsibilities. A background of nursing theory and the Practical Nurses role and function is taught.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • To use appropriate verbal and written communications in the performance of nursing tasks
  • To apply legal and ethical principles specific to the role of the Practical Nurse
  • To perform aseptic techniques
  • To perform physical comfort and safety functions
  • To provide personal patient care
  • To perform basic skills needed for nursing procedures
  • To apply principles of Infection Control
  • To demonstrate a compassionate, caring, responsible attitude
  • To utilize the nursing process as a basis for practice
  • To promote relaxation, rest, sleep, activity, and exercise via nursing interventions
  • To recognize the importance of the bio-physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patient

PN104:Pharmacology & Medicine Administration- 24 Clock Hrs / 1.50 Credit Hrs
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 1.5Clinical Semester Credit Hrs 0

This course and lab is to teach the administration of medications with concern for being knowledgeable about medicines and their effects. It stresses the students need to be accurate and precise in procedures, observations, and documentation. Various medication distribution systems and record keeping systems are taught. Students will be taught how to use resources for vital information about medicines, their uses, side effects, adverse effects, availability, dosages, interactions and desired responses.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • To demonstrate accurate dosage calculation
  • To demonstrate the rights of administering medication
  • To observe and respond to patient's need for medication
  • To administer varied types of medications
  • To care for equipment and supplies used to administer medications
  • To document administration of medication and patient's response on medical record
  • To store medications properly

PN105:Nutrition- 7.5 Clock Hrs / .45 Credit Hrs
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: .45Clinical Semester Credit Hrs 0

This course and lab includes current nutritional concepts, application to health promotion and disease prevention. Therapeutic diets, resources, cultural diversity and key elements to consider for food serving preparation and storage are taught. The importance of nutrition to the human body and its functions throughout the life cycles is taught.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • To apply principles of nutrition
  • To explain regional, cultural and religious food patterns
  • To relate nutrition to wellness and illness states throughout the life cycles
  • To apply basic therapeutic diets and be knowledgeable of resource information
  • To list factors which must be considered when purchasing/obtaining food
  • To identify methods of food preparation and safe food storage

PN106:Medical-Surgical Nursing- 345 Clock Hrs / 15.88 Credit Hrs
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 12.33Clinical Semester Credit Hrs 3.55

This course is offered for Practical Nursing students to learn about and experience the nursing skills and tasks that are appropriate and necessary to care for medical/surgical patients within their role and scope of practice. It includes clinical experience in an acute Medical/Surgical setting. At this point in the program, students transition to learning more complex nursing care needs of patients in acute care settings resulting in utilizing knowledge of Asepsis, Diagnostics, Common Diseases and conditions, and Medical and Surgical Procedures. This course includes various illness states, admission, discharge, pre and post medical and surgical procedures and care. The complexity of the entire patient, family and cultural needs are taught. Students will begin to experience the changing routines associated with day, evening and/or night shift. They will be learning to apply their correct role in assisting Registered Nurses with implementing Care Plans for medical/surgical patients and for the promotion of health and wellness, with age and cultural considerations. There will be a strong emphasis on accurate documentation, monitoring and reporting outcomes. Critical thinking exercises are utilized to enhance learning. This course includes the Curriculum Framework and Performance Standards of the Florida Department of Education regarding Medical/Surgical Nursing. It is a further goal of this course for the student to begin to integrate knowledge from previous courses (Health Career Core, Body Structure and Function, Fundamentals of Nursing, Pharmacology and Nutrition). This integration of knowledge is demonstrated in the clinical setting through care giving activities for patients with actual and potential health problems and through student’s Data Collection and Care Analysis assignments. The integration and retention of knowledge is measured in the didactic setting through Case Study exercises, Unit Exams, Stand Alone Tests of Med/Surg Nursing Process and Med/Surg Pharmacology.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • To perform physical comfort and safety functions as they apply to Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • To perform nursing skills as are applicable to Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • To provide personal patient care as it applies to Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • To demonstrate the importance of the nursing process related to Medical/Surgical patient’s needs
  • To use appropriate verbal and written communication and computer skills related to the performance of Medical/Surgical Nursing skills
  • To demonstrate legal and ethical responsibilities specific to Practical Nursing as they apply to Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • To utilize aseptic techniques related to Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • To administer medications as related to Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • To apply principles of nutrition as applies to Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • To apply principles of infection control as related to Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • To apply the principles of pain management as it relates to Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • To apply skills and tasks required for the pre-op and post-operative patient
  • To demonstrate the integration of knowledge and skills required of the nurse in the Medical/Surgical setting including Health Career Core, Body Structure and Function, Fundamentals of Nursing, Pharmacology and Nutrition.

PN107: Maternal Child Care- 122 Clock Hrs / 5.01 Credit Hrs
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 3.46Clinical Semester Credit Hrs 1.55

This course is offered for Practical Nursing students along with an associated and related clinical practice experience in order to accomplish the learning objectives for the specialty area of Maternity and Newborn Nursing. Current trends in the delivery of Maternal Child Nursing Care are addressed to include nursing needs in the hospital and in the home. The Practical Nurses’ role and scope of responsibility for nursing care, health promotion, legal and ethical considerations, and contemporary trends are taught. The course stresses the family as a unit including culturally diverse preferences, implications, and the importance of considering all family members when providing care. Learning about Fertility Management and Obstetrical Complications help students to understand and address current patient issues and problems. Health promotion, disease prevention and the importance of patient teaching are stressed. Integration of knowledge continues in this course and is demonstrated in the clinical setting through care giving activities for patients with actual and potential health problems and through student’s Data Collection and Care Planning assignments. Integration and retention of knowledge is measured in the didactic setting through Case Study exercises, Unit Exams, and a Stand Alone Test in Med/Surg Complications in Obstetrics.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • To perform physical comfort and safety functions as they apply to Maternal Child Nursing
  • To perform nursing skills as are applicable to Maternal Child Nursing
  • To provide personal patient care as it applies to Maternal Child Nursing
  • To demonstrate the importance of the nursing process related to Maternal Child patient’s needs
  • To use appropriate verbal and written communication related to the performance of Maternal Child Nursing skills
  • To demonstrate legal and ethical responsibilities specific to Practical Nursing as they apply to Maternal Child Nursing
  • To utilize aseptic techniques related to Maternal Child Nursing
  • To administer and document medications as related to Maternal Child Nursing
  • To apply principles of nutrition as applies to Maternal Child Nursing
  • To apply principles of infection control as related to Maternal Child Nursing
  • To apply the principles of pain management as it relates to Maternal Child Nursing
  • To demonstrate the importance of Personal, Family and Home Care needs as it relates to Maternal Child Nursing
  • To demonstrate the integration of knowledge and skills required of the nurse in the Maternal Child setting including the application of Medical/Surgical Nursing Care

PN108:Pediatric Nursing- 122 Clock Hrs / 5.01 Credit Hrs
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 3.46Clinical Semester Credit Hrs 1.55

This course is offered for Practical Nursing students along with an associated and related clinical practice experience in order to accomplish the learning objectives for the specialty area of Pediatric Nursing Care. The special needs of children and their families are addressed to include the child’s unique health, recreational, nutritional, and safety needs. Common health problems of children are studied including: alterations in body temperature, skin problems, infectious disorders, orthopedic, respiratory, cardiovascular, GI, metabolic, GU and hematological problems. The special care, skills and tasks associated with rehabilitation, grief and loss are studied. This course includes the Curriculum Framework and Performance Standards of the Florida Department of Education regarding Pediatric Nursing for Practical Nurses. Integration of knowledge continues in this course and is demonstrated in the clinical setting through care giving activities for patients with actual and potential health problems and through student’s Data Collection and Care Analysis assignments. Integration and retention of knowledge is measured in the didactic setting through Case Study exercises, Unit Exams, and a Stand Alone Test in Pediatric Pharmacology.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • To perform physical comfort and safety functions as they apply to Pediatric Nursing
  • To perform nursing skills as are applicable to Pediatric Nursing
  • To provide personal patient care as it applies to Pediatric Nursing
  • To demonstrate the importance of the nursing process related to Pediatric patient’s needs
  • To use appropriate verbal and written communication related to the performance of Pediatric Nursing skills
  • To demonstrate legal and ethical responsibilities specific to Practical Nursing as they apply to Pediatric Nursing
  • To utilize aseptic techniques related to Pediatric Nursing
  • To administer and document medications as related to Pediatric Nursing
  • To apply principles of nutrition as applies to Pediatric Nursing
  • To apply principles of infection control as related to Pediatric Nursing
  • To apply the principles of pain management as it relates to Pediatric Nursing
  • To demonstrate the importance of Personal, Family and Home Care needs as it relates to Pediatric Nursing
  • To demonstrate the integration of knowledge and skills required of the Practical Nurse in the Pediatric setting including a mastery of Pharmacology

PN109:Mental Health Concepts- 65 Clock Hrs / 2.59 Credit Hrs
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 1.76Clinical Semester Credit Hrs .86

This course is offered for Practical Nursing students along with an associated and related clinical practice experience in order to accomplish the learning objectives for the specialty area of Mental Health Nursing Care. Students will study the varied aspects of Psychiatric Nursing in the hospital and outpatient setting as well as learn the pharmaceutical and other forms of treatment of mental illness and the role of the Practical Nurse. Nursing skills and tasks are learned and clinical examples are used as a means to understand the complexities of this specialty. Substance abuse, family abuse and violence are topics covered in this course along with the Practical Nurses’ role in fostering and encouraging prevention and treatment. Community resources for patients will be highlighted. Causative factors for disorders and associated client behaviors and influences will be taught along with the special needs of the patient and family. Integration of knowledge continues in this course and is demonstrated in the clinical setting through care giving activities for patients with actual and potential health problems and through student’s Data Collection and Care Planning assignments. Integration and retention of coursework previously covered is measured in the didactic setting through Case Study exercises, and Unit Exams.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • To perform physical comfort and safety functions as they apply to Mental Health Nursing
  • To assist in implementing the care plan for pediatric patients, understanding the importance of utilizing the nursing process as it relates to the Practical Nurse
  • To perform nursing skills as are applicable to Mental Health Nursing
  • To provide personal patient care as it applies to Mental Health Nursing
  • To demonstrate the importance of the nursing process related to Mental Health patient’s needs
  • To use appropriate verbal and written communication related to the performance of Mental Health Nursing skills
  • To demonstrate legal and ethical responsibilities specific to Practical Nursing as they apply to Mental Health Nursing
  • To utilize aseptic techniques related to Mental Health Nursing
  • To administer and document medications as related to Mental Health Nursing
  • To apply principles of nutrition as applies to Mental Health Nursing
  • To apply principles of infection control as related to Mental Health Nursing
  • To apply the principles of pain management as it relates to Mental Health Nursing
  • To demonstrate the importance of Personal, Family and Home Care needs as it relates to Mental Health Nursing
  • To demonstrate the integration of knowledge and skills required of the Practical Nurse in Mental Health Nursing

PN110-Personal and Family Nursing Care in Multiple Environments- 60 Clock Hrs / 2.48 Credit Hrs
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 1.73Clinical Semester Credit Hrs .75

This course is offered for Practical Nursing students along with an associated and related clinical experience in order for students to understand the uniqueness of nursing care without walls for individuals and families in various settings. The importance of active patient and family involvement in health care, decision making, and follow-up will be taught along with opportunities to understand various settings where nursing care is delivered outside of the traditional institutions of hospitals and nursing homes. The challenges facing all members of the health care team and particularly the Practical Nurse’s role in promoting health and maintaining wellness will be discussed. Cultural diversity and the resultant special needs associated will be studied. Integration of knowledge continues in this course and is demonstrated in the clinical setting through care giving activities for patients with actual and potential health problems and through student’s Data Collection and Care Analysis assignments. Integration and retention of knowledge is measured in the didactic setting through Case Study exercises, Unit Exams, and Stand Alone Tests in Medical/Surgical Nursing, Maternal Child Nursing and Pediatric Nursing.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • To perform physical comfort and safety functions as they apply to patients in varied settings
  • To assist in implementing the care plan for pediatric patients, understanding the importance of utilizing the nursing process as it relates to the Practical Nurse
  • To perform nursing skills as are applicable in varied settings
  • To provide personal patient care as it applies to patients in varied settings
  • To demonstrate the importance of the nursing process related to patient’s needs in varied settings
  • To use appropriate verbal and written communication in varied settings
  • To demonstrate legal and ethical responsibilities specific to Practical Nursing as they apply to varied settings
  • To utilize aseptic techniques related in varied settings
  • To administer and document medications as related to varied settings
  • To apply principles of nutrition as applies to patients in varied settings
  • To apply principles of infection control as related to patients in varied settings
  • To apply the principles of pain management as it relates to varied settings
  • To demonstrate the importance of Personal, Family and Home Care needs as it relates to patients in varied settings
  • To demonstrate the integration of knowledge and skills required of the practical nurse in varied settings

PN111:Geriatric Nursing Care- 105 Clock Hrs / 4.07 Credit Hrs
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 2.615.4Clinical Semester Credit Hrs 1.46

This course is offered for Practical Nursing students and is accompanied by clinical experience in a long term care facility. It is designed to be taken at a point in the curriculum when students will have an understanding of the complexity experienced in the Nursing Care of patients with multiple chronic illness, diagnoses and medications. It will include the concepts of: Medical and Post-surgical Long Term Care, Gerontological Nursing Care, and Restorative Care, Physical Comfort and Safety measures, Asepsis, Infection Control, Nursing Care procedures and Nutrition in the Long Term Care setting. Special needs and problems of advanced years in wellness and illness is taught along with the restorative care required for chronic health problems. Resources, family caretaker involvement and the Practical Nurse’s role and responsibility as it relates to the geriatric patient is studied. Health promotion, disease prevention and the importance of patient teaching are stressed. Integration of knowledge continues in this course and is demonstrated in the clinical setting through care giving activities for patients with actual and potential health problems and through student’s Data Collection and Care Planning assignments. This course includes the Curriculum Framework and Performance Standards of the Florida Department of Education for Practical Nursing relative to nursing procedures for geriatric patients, rehabilitation, physical comfort and safety, personal patient care, and nutrition. Integration and retention of knowledge is measured in the didactic setting through Case Study exercises, Unit Exams, and Stand Alone Tests in Geriatric Nursing Process and Geriatric Pharmacology.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • To receive and give oral report on patient status as well as report and record objective, pertinent observations
  • To document changes in patient behavior, mental awareness and physical condition
  • To follow policies and procedures affecting the health, safety and well being of geriatric patients relative to the role and scope of practice for Practical Nurses
  • To practice within the role and scope of Practical Nursing as it relates to the Long Term Care Setting
  • To implement and adapt safety measures as related to the elderly
  • To identify attitudes and living habits which promote positive mental and physical health for the elderly
  • To demonstrate knowledge of resources and services available to the elderly
  • To distinguish between fact and fallacy regarding the aging process
  • To identify signs and symptoms of common disorders/diseases of the older adult
  • To provide and involve patients in diversionary activities
  • To identify common alterations in elderly patient behavior, cognitive changes, health and nutritional status
  • To provide care for patients with restorative nursing needs
  • To assist patients to reach optimal level of independence
  • To provide care for patients with special needs (impaired hearing, impaired vision, immobility, impaired body functions)
  • To administer multiple medications for multiple diseases with consideration for their interactions and the unique needs of the older patient.
  • To demonstrate principles of palliative care, death and grieving, pain management and advance directives.
  • To demonstrate the integration of knowledge and skills required of the Practical Nurse for Geriatric Nursing Care including Fundamentals of Nursing Care and Pharmacology

PN112:Current Issues and Employability Skills- 21.5 Clock Hrs / 1.43 Credit Hrs
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 1.43Clinical Semester Credit Hrs 0

This course is offered for the student who is about to complete the Practical Nursing Program, in order to assist the student in preparing to enter the workforce. Current Issues in Nursing and Healthcare are presented in order to give students an appreciation for the current occupational climate they are about to enter. Employment goals, job search activities, resume writing, and interviewing skills are taught so that students learn how to access employment opportunities. Students will participate in exercises designed to build self-esteem and self-confidence in preparation for showcasing strengths during their job search. Alternative employment opportunities for Practical Nurses such as VISTA and the Armed Forces will be reviewed as well as purpose and functions of placement services and registries. Guidelines for examinations (NCLEX), licensure, endorsement and reciprocity will be included. This course includes a review of pertinent aspects of the Florida Nurse Practice Act and Risk Management as well as current trends in the profession of nursing.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • To identify employability skills
  • To apply the concepts of reciprocity and endorsements and these relate to licensure
  • To describe placement services and nursing registries
  • To identify alternative employment opportunities for practical nurses
  • To describe the process of job searching
  • To identify documents that may be required when applying for a job
  • To demonstrate competence in job interview techniques
  • To apply the principles involved in work maturity and appropriate work ethic
  • To apply the procedures required for taking the NCLEX Exam for Practical Nursing
  • To identify current and pertinent issues in healthcare and nursing
  • To identify relevant and important aspects of the laws and regulations governing the profession of nursing
  • To identify legal ramifications of the practice of nursing through a discussion of Risk Management Issues

ENR-202: Critical Thinking and IV Certification:168 Clock Hrs / 11.20 Credit Hrs
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 11.20Clinical Semester Credit Hrs 0

The following is a description of the Critical Thinking and IV Certification program; this course includes 30 hours of Intravenous (IV) Therapy principles and procedures for Practical Nurses, and 30 hrs of Supervision and Delegation Skills. Principles and procedures for Phlebotomy, EKG Skills and Critical Thinking Skills are also included in order to help students acquire skills that are valuable to employers.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • To explain the legal aspects of IV administration by Practical Nurses
  • To demonstrate a knowledge of the peripheral veins used for venipuncture
  • To perform a venipuncture
  • To discuss the effect of IV therapy on the body
  • To recognize and respond to adverse reactions to IV therapy
  • To recognize and use various types of IV equipment
  • To administer drugs intravenously
  • To care for patients receiving IV drug therapy, blood and blood components, and/or parenteral nutrition
  • To describe the principles of infection control in IV therapy
  • To manage special IV therapy procedures
  • To recognize terminology pertinent to IV therapy
  • To take and interpret abnormalities in EKGs
  • To appropriately draw, store and transport blood for testing
  • To focus intensive study toward areas of weakness
  • To apply critical thinking skills to actual situations
  • To demonstrate stamina under pressure with application of critical thinking
  • To identify methods of transitioning into the supervisory role
  • To initiate planned change, identify resistance, and create a positive climate
  • To identify techniques of Continual Development
  • To implement Continual Communication Methods and avoid miscommunication
  • To identify bridges and barriers to communication
  • To identify motivational drives of employees
  • To demonstrate the essential elements of safe delegation
  • To describe a systematic approach to Quality Improvement in Health Care
  • To identify the supervisors role in handling grievances
  • To plan and manage time
  • To manage and minimize stress
  • To identify 2 types of organizational charts and describe the inherent relationships
  • To identify 3 different management minded behaviors and styles
  • To identify positive vs. negative attitudes that influence work performance accountability
  • To influence team behavior and progress, including problem resolution and strategies for directing the practice of others
  • To plan for change and create a positive climate including role transition
  • To identify assignment development - strategies
  • To list the essential elements of safe delegation, the 5 rights, and recognize and resolve inappropriate delegation
  • To systematize quality improvement, including evaluating performance, observation, intervention, coaching, correcting and documenting problems
  • To describe the important steps in handling grievances
  • To implement strategies for time management and stress
  • To identify applicable Ethical Issues and Labor Laws
  • To describe the importance of adhering to definitions and scope of practice for appropriate job categories and supervisory role for each category
  • To describe the scope of practice for LPNs as defined in S 464.003(3)(b)F.S. and limits and authority
  • To validate and verify the education and training of delegates
  • To document patient medical records and personnel records
  • To implement supervisory role through established facility policies, procedures, protocols, plans of care, shift reports and making team assignments
  • To report situations which fall outside of role responsibilities


All prior coursework must be successfully completed prior to entering PN201- Integration.

PN201:Integration– 119.5 Clock Hrs / 7.96 Credit Hrs
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 7.96Clinical Semester Credit Hrs 0

This portion of the program takes place during the last weeks of the Program. It is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of all previous coursework. All previous program objectives and content will be tested with emphasis on the assimilation and integration of all the principles and vital information they will need to safely, efficiently and effectively provide nursing care. Successful completion of this portion of the program will assure that all basic competencies are met and that the student is eligible to take the NCLEX-PN Exam and practice Practical Nursing consistent with entry level expectations. Integration must be passed in order to successfully complete the Practical Nursing Program and be elgible to take licensing exams.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion, students will be able to:
  • To demonstrate assimilation and integration all previous course material
  • To become familiar with NCLEX-PN testing format
  • To meet all requirements to apply for the Florida Board of Nursing for the NCLEX-PN Exam


Please see Admission Requirements for Associate of Science Degree in Practical Nursing on Page 9..
Pre-Requisites: There is no pre-requisite required prior to entering the Practical Nursing Program, however, all courses included in the Practical Nursing Program are linear in nature, which means that students must satisfactorily complete courses numbered in the 100 series prior to completing the 200 series.