PURPOSE: This program is designed to prepare students for employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The school is licensed by the Florida State Board of Nursing.
PROGRAM CONTENT: The program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of theory, laboratory and clinical experience. Clinical learning experiences correlate theoretical instruction and laboratory practice.
The program includes:
- medical, surgical, obstetric and geriatric nursing
- acute care, long term care and community settings
- personal, family and community health concepts
- human growth and development over the life span
- body structure and function
- interpersonal relationship skills
- mental health concepts, pharmacology and administration of medications
- legal aspects of practice
LABORATORY/ CLINICAL ACTIVITIES: Students utilize campus skills labs, computer labs and a human patient simulator to practice program skills. Approximately one-half of the program is spent in clinical learning environments such as acute care hospitals, long term care facilities, clinics and nursing homes.
- Provide high school transcript or General Educational Development (GED) transcript
- Take Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) (see below)
- Take Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) (student’s expense) (reading 59.9%, math 50%, language 60%)
- Do a background screening (student’s expense)
- Attend orientation
- Complete physical examination prior to entrance
- Complete program paperwork prior to entrance
- Provide a passport-size picture
BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENTS (TABE):
- Reading 11 A
- Math 11 A
- Language 11 A
These minimum basic skills levels are required for awarding a full program completer certificate and state licensure.
LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 1350 hours or approximately 14 1/2 months with the following occupational completion points (OCP’s):
- OCP A Basic healthcare worker 90
- OCP B Nurse aide and orderly (articulated) 75
- OCP C Practical Nurse 1 285
- Practical Nurse 2 450
- Practical Nurse 3 450
UNIFORMS: Students are required to wear the official school uniform in class and in the clinical setting during the entire program.
TRANSPORTATION: Students must provide their own transportation to and from the campus, as well as all clinical settings.
LICENSURE: After successful completion of this program, students are eligible to take the Florida State Board of Nursing Licensure Examination.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Licensed practical nurses can work in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, doctor’s offices, or home health services.
SALARY: Licensed practical nurses salaries range from $18 to $25 per/hour.
NOTE: Different kinds of financial aid are available to eligible students and eligible programs. Applications and information regarding financial aid resources may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.