Practical Nursing Diploma

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Practical Nursing Diploma Course List

The Practical Nursing Diploma is a campus based programs and is not available fully online. The program does offer Flex Choice®—an option that allows you to combine faculty-led and optional self-paced General Education courses more flexibly.

Major and Core Courses

  • Fundamentals of Practical Nursing
  • Introduction to Practical Nursing
  • Practical Nursing I
  • Basic Pharmacology
  • Nutritional Principles in Nursing
  • Gerontologic Nursing
  • Practical Nursing II
  • Psychosocial Nursing
  • Practical Nursing III
  • Family Nursing
  • Practical Nursing Capstone

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: PRN1192
Credits: 6


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.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Practical Nursing Program

Course ID: PRN1086
Credits: 2


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

Basic Pharmacology; Nutritional Principles for Nurses

Course ID: PRN1245
Credits: 6


PN138 Lecture (20 hours, 2 credits) PN138L Lab (20 hours, 1 credit) 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-requisites: Structure and Function of the Human Body; College Algebra

Course ID: PRN1356
Credits: 3


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: Admission to a Nursing Program

Course ID: NUR1172
Credits: 4


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: PRN1486
Credits: 3


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: PRN1417
Credits: 6


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: PRN1555
Credits: 4


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: PRN1648
Credits: 6


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

Psychosocial Nursing

Course ID: PRN1932
Credits: 4


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: PRN1971
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.

Course ID: ENC1101
Credits: 4

Communications Elective (Choose One)

Math/Natural Sciences (Required Courses)

  • College Algebra
  • Structure and Function of the Human Body

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:none

Course ID: MAT1031
Credits: 4


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.

Course ID: PHA1500
Credits: 4

Total Diploma Credits

General Education Credits: 12

Major and Core Credits: 50

Total Diploma Credits: 62

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