PRACTICAL NURSING DIPLOMA PROGRAM
Practical nurses are essential to the healthcare profession, serving as vital links between physicians, registered nurses, and patients. Practical nurses function as members of the client care team in planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care. The practical nurse engages in a multitude of tasks including the following: assisting the client to learn appropriate self-care techniques; observing, recording, and reporting to appropriate supervisory personnel the client’s general physical and mental condition and any signs and symptoms that may be indicative of change; administering medications; performing wound care; and, preparing patients for operative procedures and other treatments.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded a Diploma in Practical Nursing. In order to obtain the required license to work as a practical nurse in the State of Ohio, the graduate must take and pass the NCLEX-PN exam.
The graduate of the Practical Nursing program is expected to:
- Function within the legal and ethical scope of practice for the licensed practical nurse in Ohio.
- Apply knowledge from the basic biological, physical, social, behavioral, and technological sciences.
- Apply principles of microbiology, nutrition, and pharmacology in the care of the assigned client throughout the life-span.
- Utilize the nursing process in meeting the various nursing care needs of diverse sociocultural populations across the lifespan.
- Provide safe, caring interventions to clients/families during states of health and health deviation to promote self-care.
- Integrate critical thinking when incorporating knowledge from nursing and related disciplines.
- Demonstrate strategies to promote, maintain, and restore health.
- Demonstrate behaviors that reflect the values of nursing as a caring profession.
- Utilize effective communication skills to interact with clients/families and other members of the healthcare team.
- Collaborate with the healthcare team in the care for the client with health problems.
Minimum Admission Requirements for Practical Nursing program
Applicants must satisfy the following requirements for admission:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Be a high school graduate and submit the transcript OR have successfully passed the General Education Development Test (GED) and submit the transcript.
- Students also may submit academic tran- scripts of at least one year of college education ( Effective May,2016).
- All high school transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated for equivalency to high school diploma in the US.
- Submit an application form with a non-refundable application fee.
- Submit two favorable character references. A relative may not give a reference.
- Complete Background Checks- both BCI & FBI.
- Complete a physical examination and submit evidence of current immunizations including: Tetanus and Polio vaccines; Mumps, Rubella, and Rubeola (MMR) titer or vaccine; Varicella titer or vaccine; Hepatitis B vaccine series/titer (optional); and a 2-step Mantoux test– all of which must be met prior to starting nursing courses
- Submit an 8 panel drug screen result.
- Submit a CPR card
- Successfully complete the bridge program as set up by the college.
- The bridge program is a two-week preparatory program that includes short classes such as basic mathematics, English composition, basic computer skills, Medical Terminology, critical thinking; test taking strategies and stress and time management, and a State Tested Nurse Assistance (STNA) course. To successfully complete the bridge program, the student must have a minimum of 80% attendance.
- Student may be waived from the bridge program if they meet the following criteria:
- Show proof of recent classes in college level Math, Computers skills, English, and Medical Terminology.
- A student with a minimum of an associate degree may be waived from bridge program.
- Have liability insurance as described under ‘Liability Insurance Requirement’ in this catalog.
Students may be permitted up to the end of the sixth week to complete items number 5, 6, 7, and 8 above.