Practical Nurse Certificate

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:

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:

Practical Nurse
Certificate Program

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

Semester credits


8 Credit Hours

Students learn the components of nursing and the application of techniques and procedures to provide care to patients. Topics include the nursing process; communication skills; legal and ethical aspects of nursing; physical and psychosocial development; health promotion; safety skills; infection control; basic normal assessment; pain management; and concepts of loss, grief, and death. Hands-on demonstration, practice, and validation of skills are conducted in the nursing lab and in the clinical setting.

 


3 Credit Hours

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

Prerequisite: SCI2215

Prerequisite or Corequisite: NUR1100

 


8 Credit Hours

Students learn the concepts underlying health and wellness of individuals and families. Students will apply concepts to exemplars addressing basic nutrition, fluid and electrolytes, surgery, oxygenation, and the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine, eye and ear, neurological and muscular systems. Direct clinical practice provides opportunities for students to demonstrate successful application of these concepts in a patient care setting.

Prerequisites: NUR1100, SCI2215, SOC2225, CPR certification, and completion of all departmental physical forms, including purchase of malpractice insurance.

 


6 Credit Hours

Students explore special topics in nursing addressing the nursing process as applied to the provision of nursing care for individuals and families with mental health challenges, childbearing families, and children. Topics include anatomy and physiology, assessment, diseases and disorders, pharmacology, diet therapy, and special considerations across the life span. Students study the needs and care of patients from conception through childhood. Topics include conception, embryology, maternal and newborn health, nursing care from pre-conception to postpartum for childbearing families, 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: NUR1100, SCI 2215, SOC2225, CPR certification, and completion of all departmental physical forms, including purchase of malpractice insurance.

 


10 Credit Hours

Students build upon concepts explored in Nursing Concepts I, including nutrition, fluid and electrolytes, and oxygenation. Students also learn about complex disease processes in the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological, muscular, and genitourinary systems. Students begin to explore immunological diseases such as HIV and concepts related to oncology. Direct clinical practice provides opportunities for students to demonstrate successful application of these concepts in a patient care setting.

Prerequisites: NUR1300, CPR certification, and completion of all departmental physical forms, including purchase of malpractice insurance

 


6 Credit Hours

Students examine professional practice issues such as delegation and use of SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation). Legal/ethical issues concerning clients’ rights, use of restraints/seclusion, and advance directives and palliative care are explored through case discussions, recent news events, practice updates, and legislative mandates. 

Prerequisites: NUR1300, CPR certification, and completion of all departmental physical forms, including purchase of malpractice insurance

Prerequisites or Corequisites: NUR1400, NUR2100

 




LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES CORE COURSES



6 Credit Hours

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.

 


3 Credit Hours

Survey of the basic principles of psychology and their direct application to the understanding of human behavior so as to allow students to gain an understanding and awareness of their own everyday existence. Topics include human development, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, creativity, motivation, emotion, adjustment, perception, abnormal behavior, and therapy.

 






50 SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

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 medical professional prior to participating in clinical rotations. Students enrolled in the Practical Nurse program are required to purchase their own malpractice insurance.

Extensive criminal background checks may be repeated after admission at the request of clinical facilities, and positive findings may prevent students from completing the clinical portion of the program, graduating, and participating in certification exams. Health requirements required for clinical courses are extensive and may total several hundred dollars. The costs of these health requirements are borne by the student.

To qualify for graduation, students must pass all Nursing (NUR) courses, Life Sciences, and Introduction to Psychology with a minimum grade of C+.

Graduates of the Practical Nurse program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN licensure examination. Passing this exam is required to work as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

This program also requires students to obtain specific supplies, the cost of which totals approximately $740.00. Detailed, itemized information describing the required supplies and listing typical prices for each such item is available at BerkeleyStore.BerkeleyCollege.edu and/or BerkeleyCollege.edu/gainful-employment/practical_nurse_certificate_statistics_sem.htm.

Any required traditional textbooks and/or some required supplies are included as part of the charge for tuition and fees and will be distributed to students. Please note, however, that students have the right to obtain traditional textbooks, and/or certain required items, from other sources. Students who demonstrate that they have obtained required item(s) from another source may return the items distributed by the College and receive a refund of the amount charged by the College for the specific item.