Practical Nurse

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Student in the Berkeley College Practical Nurse program

Provide vital care to patients in need.

The Practical Nurse program provides students with the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to enter the healthcare field as a Practical Nurse. Graduates of the Practical Nurse program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN licensure examination. Passing this exam is required to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Practical Nurses provide basic medical care, including: 

  • Monitoring a patient’s health by checking vital signs
  • Administering wound care and inserting catheters
  • Providing for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress
  • Reporting a patient’s medical status to the registered nurse and/or physician
  • Maintaining patient health records
  • Collecting specimens  

Practical Nurse graduates provide care to their patients in a variety of healthcare environments, including physicians’ offices, clinics, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, and home healthcare settings.

Benefit from: 

  • A strong foundation in both the theory and techniques of clinical nursing
  • Hands-on learning in on-site nursing laboratories that simulate various clinical environments
  • Opportunities to practice communication and interpersonal skills needed for developing a rapport with colleagues and patients
  • Valuable, practical experience gained through the completion of clinical rotations at off-campus healthcare facilities, under the supervision of Registered Nurse instructors and professional practitioners
  • Eligibility to sit for the NCLEX-PN licensure examination to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Practical Nurse
Certificate Program

This program is offered at the Clifton and Dover locations.

Practical Nurse Certificate 2014 Course Requirements

Practical Nurse
Certificate Program

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR COURSES

Qtr. hrs. credit

Clock hours

5 Credit Hours132 Clock Hours

132

Students learn the components of nursing and the application of techniques and procedures to provide care to patients. Topics include introduction to nursing skills, principles of basic nutrition, basic therapeutic techniques, assessment and communication skills, and advanced therapeutics. Hands-on demonstration, practice, and validation of skills are conducted in the nursing lab.

 

1 Credit Hour24 Clock Hours

24

Students are provided with an introduction to the evolution of nursing and the scope of nursing practice. Concepts of health-illness (a nursing concept), theoretical frameworks, healthcare delivery systems, legal and ethical issues, interpersonal relationships, and health instruction are explored. Review of basic mathematical skills required for accurate medication calculations, dose verification, and medication administration. Metric and apothecary systems as well as conversion units measurement are reviewed. Long-hand calculations to be utilized; calculator use not permitted. Hands-on demonstration, practice, and validation of skills are conducted during each class.

 

1 Credit Hour12 Clock Hours

12

Students study the integumentary system, including such topics as anatomy and physiology, assessment, diseases and disorders, diet therapy, pharmacology, special considerations across the life span, and the nursing process.

Prerequisites: NUR100, NUR101, SOC225, SCI215
Prerequisite or Corequisite: NUR125

 

2 Credit Hours46 Clock Hours

46

Students study the different drug categories and the methods of administration, including oral and by injection. Includes the proper use of the Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) and how to accurately read, prepare, and call in written prescriptions.

Prerequisite: SCI215, NUR101

 

6 Credit Hours132 Clock Hours

132

Students study the needs and care of patients with cardiac and respiratory issues. Topics include anatomy and physiology, assessment, diseases and disorders, diet therapy, pharmacology, special considerations across the life span, and the nursing process. Hands-on care and management of patients via the nursing process are conducted in the clinical setting.

Prerequisites: NUR100, NUR101, NUR125, SCI215, SOC225, CPR Certification

 

6 Credit Hours132 Clock Hours

132

Students study the needs and care of patients with musculoskeletal and nervous system issues. Topics include anatomy and physiology, assessment, diseases and disorders, diet therapy, pharmacology, special considerations across the life span, and the nursing process. Hands-on care and management of patients via the nursing process are conducted in the clinical setting.

Prerequisites: NUR100, NUR101, NUR125, SOC225, SCI215, CPR Certification

 

1 Credit Hour12 Clock Hours

12

Students study the needs and care of patients with sensory system issues. Topics covered include anatomy and physiology, assessment, diseases and disorders, diet therapy, pharmacology, special considerations across the life span, and the nursing process.

Prerequisites: NUR100, NUR101, SOC225, SCI215
Prerequisite or Corequisite: NUR125

 

5 Credit Hours118 Clock Hours

118

Students focus on the aging patient and diseases and disorders affecting them and their care. Topics include anatomy and physiology, assessment, diseases and disorders, elder abuse, ethical and legal issues, legislation, special considerations across the life span, and the nursing process. Hands-on care and management of patients via the nursing process are conducted in the clinical setting.

Prerequisites: NUR100, NUR101, SOC225, SCI215, CPR Certification
Prerequisite or Corequisite: NUR125

 

5 Credit Hours108 Clock Hours

108

Students focus on acutely ill patients with gastrointestinal system issues and the management of their care. Topics include illness terminology, anatomy and physiology, assessment, diseases and disorders, response to illness, pre- and post-operative care, infection, special considerations across the life span, and the nursing process. Hands-on care and management of patients via the nursing process are conducted in the clinical setting.

Prerequisites: NUR100, NUR101, SOC225, SCI215, CPR Certification
Prerequisite or Corequisite: NUR125

 

6 Credit Hours132 Clock Hours

132

Students study the needs and care of patients from conception through childhood. Topics include maternal newborn health, conception and embryology, antepartal period, intrapartal period, postpartum period, newborn, management of health problems, healthcare delivery settings, reactions to hospitalization, childhood illnesses/disorders, outpatient settings, and federal legislation. Hands-on care and management of patients via the nursing process are conducted in the clinical setting.

Prerequisites: NUR100, NUR101, NUR125, SOC225, SCI215, CPR Certification

 

3 Credit Hours36 Clock Hours

36

Students study both male and female reproductive systems. Topics include anatomy and physiology, assessment, diseases and disorders, diet therapy, pharmacology, special considerations across the life span, and the nursing process.

Prerequisites: NUR100, NUR101, NUR125, SOC225, SCI215

 

5 Credit Hours108 Clock Hours

108

Students study the needs and care of patients with endocrine system issues as well as patients with mental health issues. Topics include anatomy and physiology, assessment, diseases and disorders, diet therapy, pharmacology, mental and emotional disorders, special considerations across the life span, and the nursing process. Hands-on care and management of patients via the nursing process are conducted in the clinical setting.

Prerequisites: NUR100, NUR101, NUR125, SOC225, SCI215, CPR Certification

 

4 Credit Hours96 Clock Hours

96

Students study the needs and care of patients with hematological/immunological conditions with a focus on the oncology patient. Topics include anatomy and physiology, assessment, diseases and disorders, diet therapy, pharmacology, special considerations across the life span, and the nursing process. Hands-on care and management of patients via the nursing process are conducted in the clinical setting.

Prerequisites: NUR100, NUR101, NUR125, SOC225, SCI215, CPR Certification

 

8 Credit Hours204 Clock Hours

204

The case study approach is utilized to enhance the student’s transition to entry-level practical nursing. Emphasis is placed upon the integration of all aspects of patient care including legal, ethical, and current issues, as well as upon the development of leadership skills in the healthcare setting. Hands-on management and application of the nursing process to patients are conducted in the clinical setting.

Prerequisite: Completion of first four quarters and departmental approval

 



LIBERAL ARTS COURSES


8 Credit Hours96 Clock Hours

96

Study of the structure and function of the human body. Students are introduced to the various body systems including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory, endocrine, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, hematological/immunological, and cardiovascular. Course includes definitions, terminology, chemical basis of life, and energy as well as microbiology.

 

4 Credit Hours48 Clock Hours

48

Examines the basic principles of psychology and their direct application to the understanding of human behavior. Topics include human development, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, creativity, motivation, emotion, adjustment, perception, abnormal behavior, and therapy.

 



BUSINESS COURSES


2 Credit Hours24 Clock Hours

24

Explores career development opportunities and strategies. Stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths. Covers resume writing skills, interviewing techniques, and the importance of professionalism. Continues the student's orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes content collection and compiling a professional ePortfolio.

 







72 QUARTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

(1460 total clock hours)

There are strict attendance requirements for completion of this program.

The minimum passing grade for a Nursing course (NUR) is a C+. Nursing students who receive a grade of C or below in any Nursing (NUR) course may repeat that course. If the student receives a grade of C or below for the repeated course, the student will be dismissed automatically from the Practical Nurse program. Nursing students who fail two Nursing (NUR) courses, whether in the same quarter or in different quarters, will be dismissed automatically from the Practical Nurse program.

In addition, the minimum passing grade required for Life Sciences (SCI215) and Introduction to Psychology (SOC225) is a C+. Nursing students who receive a grade of C or below in either of these courses may repeat that course. A minimum grade of C+ on the repeated course is required.

Governing regulations may disqualify individuals from obtaining professional certification in this field based upon health or criminal records. Therefore, in addition to meeting the immunization requirements of Berkeley College and the State of New Jersey, students applying to the Practical Nurse program must provide authorization for a criminal background check prior to registration and submit a physical assessment by a licensed physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant prior to participating in clinical rotations.

To qualify for graduation, students must pass all Nursing (NUR) courses, Life Sciences, and Psychology with a minimum grade of C+. Students are required to purchase their own malpractice insurance. There are strict attendance requirements for completion of this program.