Degrees TC Licensed Practical Nursing

Licensed Practical Nursing

Philosophy
Nursing practice combines the science of health and the art of caring. A humanistic blend of scientific knowledge, nursing philosophy, clinical practice, and general education, this program upholds the values and standards of nursing practice and teaches that learning is a lifelong process. General education courses, along with general education skills integrated into technical courses, assist students in becoming contributing members of society, enhance career goals, and provide appropriate background to students who wish to gain further education in the profession. Through general education, students develop, synthesize, and internalize personal values increase their awareness of the human condition; strengthen basic skills in communications and computation; and integrate general and career-specific learning.

Instructors create a learning environment that allows individual input, growth, and evaluation, with a learning process proceeding from the simple to the complex. The clinical and academic experiences in the professional curriculum are interdependent and reinforce each other, with the academic setting providing an information and theory base that is integrated, expanded, and verified in the clinical setting. Because health care and nursing are constantly changing, students learn that licensed practical nurses must exhibit a flexible and holistic approach to health care delivery, understand the changing health care environment, and develop strategies for continually seeking new treatment information. Students learn that practical nurses are integral and valuable members of the health care team, functioning under the guidance of a registered nurse and demonstrating ethical, legal, and professional conduct of the highest order in their personal and vocational relationships.

 

Objectives

Upon completion of the program, students will

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of scientific principles in providing patient care.
  2. Attain the necessary skills to perform treatments and administer medications safely.
  3. Demonstrate kindness, rapport, and empathy in giving patient care.
  4. Recognize deviations from normal health, including specialty areas such as pregnancy and the newborn.
  5. Develop skills of observing, recording, and reporting on the condition of the patient.
  6. Use effective communication skills while working with patients, families, staff, and peers within diverse cultural populations and age groups.
  7. Display the technical knowledge and skills necessary to move into middle and upper management positions in their field, given the necessary time on the job to build expertise and accumulate experience.
  8. Possess lifetime learning, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  9. Be able to communicate correctly and accurately in speech and writing and to reason mathematically.

 

Admission Criteria

Applicants are admitted to this program only after meeting specific selection criteria. Information about these criteria is available from the Admissions Officer/Recruiter. Students who are selected for the program are expected to attend full-time and take all courses in the prescribed sequence.

Applications for the LPN classes beginning in January (Melbourne campus only) are accepted September 1 – November 1.
For classes starting in August, (all campuses) applications are accepted February 1 – April 1.

Clinical experience will be in a variety of clinical settings within the four county area.

The hours required for the LPN Program meet or exceed the minimum requirements of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and the Technical College System. This program requires three regular semesters on the Melbourne Campus, with no summer classes, and three semesters including summer for the 11 month program on the Ash Flat and Mountain View campuses which begin each fall, and Mammoth Spring campus which begins each Spring.

Graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN) after completing classes to be licensed to practice. All accepted applicants must undergo a criminal background check. Persons convicted of a felony may or may not be allowed to take the examination. Approval of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing will need to be obtained.

 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

All of the courses listed below


BIOL1204 Body Structure & Function4
NUTR2203 Basic Human Nutrition3


Requirement: 3 Credits from below


AHMA1033 Math for Allied Health3
NRSG1213 Math for Nurses3


Requirement: 3 Credits from below


ENGL1013 English Composition I3


Requirement: 2 of the courses from below.


LPN1013 Nursing Process I13
LPN2402 Nursing Clinical Experience I2
LPNE1104 Nursing Clinical Experience I4
LPNE1112 Nursing Process I12


Requirement: 2 of the courses from below.


LPN1108 Nursing Process II8
LPN2404 Nursing Clinical Experience II4
LPNE1203 Clinical Experience II3
LPNE1204 Nursing Clinical Experience II 4
LPNE1206 Nursing Process II6
LPNE1211 Nursing Process II 11


Requirement: 2 of the courses from below.


LPN1208 Nursing Process III8
LPN2504 Nursing Clinical Experience III4
LPNE1302 Nursing Clinical Experience III2
LPNE1303 Clinical Experience III3
LPNE1306 Nursing Process III6
LPNE1311 Nursing Process III11


TC Licensed Practical Nursing

Program Length: 18 months
Credits: 52


CIP Code: 513901


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Ms. Ruby Johnson
870.368.2076
rjohnson@ozarka.edu