Practical Nursing Diploma

View courses and cost per credit for our Practical Nursing diploma. Courses, course names, and cost per credit may vary by location. Download your state specific catalog for more information.

Choose your state to see your full course listing:

Course listings are subject to change. Please see our course catalog and/or addendum for most current listings.


Practical Nursing Diploma Course List

Major and Core Courses

Fundamentals of Practical Nursing

This course is comprised of a theory, lab, and clinical component where students are introduced to the fundamental concepts and nursing abilities required to meet basic health and wellness needs. The theoretical basis for nursing judgment, patient-centered care, growth and development, and basic physiological concepts are presented. Emphasis is placed on knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide safe, quality care for a diverse set of clients across the lifespan. Special emphasis is placed on teamwork, communication, and nursing informatics as it pertains to the healthcare infrastructure. The student must demonstrate proficiency in a variety of nursing skills in order to successfully complete this course.

Pre- or Co-requisite: Introduction to Practical Nursing

Course ID: PN111
Credits: 6

Introduction to Practical Nursing

This course introduces the student to key concepts of Practical Nursing.  The student will be exposed to the practical nursing expectations and scope of practice in diverse healthcare settings. Also included are aspects of patient-centered care based upon evidence and quality. The Concept-based framework for the Practical Nursing Program is introduced, along with the fundamental QSEN Core Competencies. Special emphasis is placed on Teamwork, Communication, and Nursing informatics. Students will delve into the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to practice safely in the nursing profession by discovering their own learning styles and personal identities.

None

Course ID: PN108
Credits: 2

Practical Nursing I

This course is comprised of a theory, lab, and clinical component where students are building on the functional ability and nursing judgment required to meet basic health and wellness needs. Emphasis is placed on concepts such as oxygenation, cardiovascular integrity, tissue integrity, and infection control. Fluid/Electrolyte and Acid/Base Balance will be introduced within this course. The theoretical bases for Education and Health Promotion, as well as Pain Management, are presented. The student must demonstrate increasing proficiency in all knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide, safe, quality care for a diverse set of clients across the lifespan in order to successfully complete this course.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Practical Nursing

Pre – or Co-requisites: Basic Pharmacology; Nutritional Principles for Nurses

Course ID: PN129
Credits: 6

Basic Pharmacology

This course is comprised of a theory and lab component where students acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes to safely and effectively provide pharmacologic therapies to patients. Theoretical Emphasis is placed on Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, and Excretion (ADME), as well as the current “rights of medication administration,” and basic dosage calculation. Patient education and motivational wellness will be introduced. The course will continue to build upon critical thinking concepts and nursing judgment to ensure basic safety in the administration of medications at a beginning Practical Nurse skill level. The student must demonstrate proficiency in a variety of clinical skills, related to medication administration within the lab setting, in order to successfully complete this course.

Pre- or Co-requisite: Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: PN138
Credits: 3

Nutritional Principles in Nursing

This course introduces the student to the chemical processes that occur on a cellular level related to nutrient intake and digestion. Emphasis is placed on the concept of Metabolism and the body’s ability to meet basic health and wellness needs as it pertains to a diverse set of clients across the life span. Students will be introduced to basic physiological concepts and are encouraged to explore Clinical and Nursing Judgment, Education and Health Promotion, and Motivational Wellness. Special emphasis is placed on Growth and Development, Cellular Regulation, and clinical nutrition in order to prepare the student to critically apply these principles throughout the nursing program in the form of knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: NU117
Credits: 4

Gerontologic Nursing

This course is comprised of a theory component where students acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes to safely and effectively support the Functional Ability of the aging adult. Emphasis is placed on concepts such as Emotional and Cognitive Integrity, Neurological Adaptation, and End-of-Life Integrity. This course will continue to build on concepts required to meet basic health and wellness needs that are specific to the aging adult, Communication, as well as Nursing Ethics and Law as it applies to this specific population. Students are expected to apply Nursing Judgment and Critical Thought to principles presented in this course throughout concurrent and future Nursing Lab and Clinical Experiences.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Practical Nursing

Pre- or Co-requisites: Basic Pharmacology; Nutritional Principles in Nursing

Course ID: PN148
Credits: 3

Practical Nursing II

This course is comprised of a theory, lab, and clinical component where students are building on the fundamental concepts and nursing abilities developed in Practical Nursing I. Emphasis is placed on concepts such as Surgical Integrity, Pain Management, and Glucose Regulation. This course will continue to build on previous concepts with a special emphasis on Fluid/Electrolyte and Acid/Base Balance, Elimination, Mobility, and Infection Control. The theoretical basis for Nursing Judgment, as it relates to Communication and Teamwork in the Clinical Setting, is required for successful completion of this course. The student must also demonstrate increasing proficiency in all knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide, safe, quality care for a diverse set of clients across the lifespan.

Prerequisite: Practical Nursing I

Course ID: PN146
Credits: 6

Psychosocial Nursing

This course consists of both a theory and clinical component that focuses on the care of clients with mental health and behavioral disorders across the lifespan in a variety of clinical settings. Emphasis is placed on concepts such as Emotional and Cognitive Integrity, Motivational Wellness, Psychosocial Integrity, Addiction, and Violence. Special emphasis will be placed on Nursing Judgment related to Patient-Centered Care, Teamwork, and Communication when approaching this diverse group of clients. The theoretical basis for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, as it applies to pharmacologic therapies in this setting, will be introduced. The student must achieve proficiency in a variety of nursing skills and attitudes, inclusive of psychomotor skills and affective interactions in the clinical setting, in order to successfully complete this course.

Prerequisite: Practical Nursing I

Course ID: PN155
Credits: 4

Practical Nursing III

This course is comprised of a theory, lab, and clinical component where students are completing their development of the fundamental concepts and nursing abilities required for the Practical Nursing Role. Emphasis is placed on concepts such as Neurological Adaptation, Cellular Regulation, Holistic Therapy, and Crisis/Disaster Nursing. This course will continue to build on previous concepts with a special emphasis on Thermoregulation, Cardiovascular Integrity, Tissue Integrity, and Infection Control. The theoretical basis for Nursing Judgment, as it relates to Quality Improvement, Patient-Centered Care, and Leadership in the Clinical Setting is required for successful completion of this course. The student must also demonstrate proficiency in all knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide, safe, quality care for a diverse set of clients across the lifespan in order to successfully complete the series.

Prerequisite: Practical Nursing II

Course ID: PN161
Credits: 6

Family Nursing

This course consists of both a theory and clinical component that focus on the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes required to function in the appropriate role of the Practical Nurse in a Family Health Clinic, Pediatric Clinical Setting, or similar environment. Emphasis is placed on Reproduction as well as Growth and Development. Special Emphasis is placed on Surgical Integrity, Glucose Regulation, Infection Control, and Patient-Centered Care as it applies to this diverse group of clients. The theoretical basis for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, in conjunction with specific pharmacologic therapies for these clients will be introduced. Students are required to critically apply all previously introduced Health and Wellness Concepts, as well as Metabolism and Nursing Judgment, to content-specific exemplars presented in this course. The student must achieve proficiency in a variety of nursing skills and attitudes, inclusive of psychomotor skills and affective interactions in the clinical setting, in order to successfully complete this course.

Prerequisite: Practical Nursing II

Pre – or Co-requisite: Psychosocial Nursing

Course ID: PN192
Credits: 4

Practical Nursing Capstone

This course reflects on the student’s journey through the Practical Nursing Program, prepares the student for licensure, and mentors the student on transition to practice. The Concept-Based Framework is reviewed, along with the fundamental QSEN Core Competencies with special emphasis on Quality Improvement, Professionalism, and Leadership. Students will delve into the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to successfully complete the NCLEX-PN and safely transition to a beginning Graduate Practical Nurse role.

Prerequisite: Practical Nursing III

Course ID: PN197
Credits: 2

General Education Courses

English (Required Courses)

English Composition

This course is designed to guide students in understanding the writing process and developing their ability to write and express ideas in an organized, unified, and coherent manner. Students will produce college-level writing that reflects awareness of rhetorical strategies, writing purpose, student voice, and appropriate grammar, punctuation, and usage skills. Through reading, writing, discussion, research, and collaboration, students will practice effective writing and apply course concepts.

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G124
Credits: 4

Communications Elective (Choose One)

Math/Natural Sciences (Required Courses)

College Algebra

This course provides students with the skills to achieve mastery of algebraic terminology and applications including, but not limited to, real number operations, variables, polynomials, integer exponents, graphs, factoring, quadratic equations, and word problems.

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G233
Credits: 4

Structure and Function of the Human Body

This course provides a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. A general introduction to cells and tissues is followed by study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. The student is introduced to the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G150
Credits: 4

Total Diploma Credits

General Education Credits: 12

Major and Core Credits: 50

Total Diploma Credits: 62

Calculate the cost per credit for the degree you're interested in.
Email Your Results

Share your cost-per-hour results with your friends, family your email to yourself for future reference.

To:

Seperate multiple addresses with commas

From:
 
Subject:
Message:
 

We apologize, but error message goes here.

Student Investment Disclosure

  • Outcome

    Our on-time completion and placement rates exceed the national averages of 22% and 74%, respectively. With our SUPPORT+ team members working one-on-one with you, including our student advisors and career services advisors, we help support your success. Contact a program manager to learn more about how you can become a Rasmussen College graduate.

    • On-time Completion Rate:

      The percent of graduates who complete the program in normal time (assumes students take 12 credits per quarter)

      94%
    • Rasmussen Placement Rate:

      Internal placement rate methodology can be found at Student Investment Disclosure main page

      0%
  • Loan and Financial Aid

    Our SUPPORT+ team will help you complete your financial aid application and review your financial aid award letter. Contact a financial services advisor to discuss your individual needs and goals.

    • Federal Student Loans:

      Median loan debt for completers from Federal Stafford Loan program (does not include Federal PLUS loans)

      $13,650
    • Private Loans:

      Median loan debt for completers from private educational loans

      NA*
    • Institutional Loans:

      Median amount that completers owe to Rasmussen College upon graduation

      NA*
  • Full-Time Tuition and Fees

    The tuition shown is the full tuition cost and does not reflect scholarships, grants, loans, or any credit transfers-all of which can lower your tuition cost. Contact a program manager to discuss your unique situation and tuition costs for your degree.

    • Tuition and Fees:

      Tuition & fees charged for completing the program in normal time

    • Course Resources:

      Total cost of course resources when completing the program in normal time

      $2,250
    • Room and Board:

      Total cost of room & board is not applicable at Rasmussen College

      $0
  • SOC Code

    Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) provides a representation of occupations for which graduates typically find employment

    Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) provides a representation of occupations for which graduates typically find employment