General Catalog 2015-2016
General Catalog 2015-2016 > Programs of Study > Practical Nursing > Practical Nursing Diploma
Availability: North Metro Campus
Program Purpose: The practical nursing program is designed to prepare students to become safe practitioners in the delivery of health care. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in the practice of nursing and prepares the student to function safely within the framework of the practical nursing role. Nursing theory is integrated with clinical experiences to provide the practical nursing student with the greatest opportunity to become clinically competent. The curriculum also incorporates the teaching of effective therapeutic communication techniques, critical thinking skills, and the development of sound nursing judgment and technical skills. Program graduates receive a practical nursing diploma and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). After successful completion of the NCLEX-PN examination graduates are granted state licensure to practice nursing in Georgia as licensed practical nurses.
Program Length: A fulltime student who has successfully completed all pre-requisite courses with a C or better and who has been admitted into the Practical Nursing program can complete the Practical Nursing Diploma in three semesters.
Students must meet all admission requirements of the college and have reached the age of 17. Students who intend to apply for the Practical Nursing program must enroll in the college’s Health Care Assistant Certificate program to complete diploma level pre-requisite courses.
Admission into the Practical Nursing program is competitive, and the program does not maintain a waiting list. Please consult the appropriate Academic program on the college’s website for specific program admission information.
Total Credit Hours: 59
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