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:

  • 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 New Jersey licensed Registered Nurse (RN) instructors

Practical Nurse Certificate Program

Not all programs are offered for completion at each campus or through Berkeley College Online®. Please review the academic program pages (https://berkeleycollege.edu/academics.htm) for information on where each program is offered. Additionally, all students may be required to take some courses at another campus or online. The Internship courses are only offered online.

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

NUR1100 Foundations of Nursing

8 Credits

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.

NUR1200 Pharmacology

3 Credits 

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

NUR1300 Nursing Concepts I

8 Credits

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.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: NUR1200

NUR1400 Special Topics in Nursing

6 Credits

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

Prerequisite or Corequisite: NUR1200

NUR2100 Nursing Concepts II

10 Credits

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: NUR1200, CPR certification, and completion of all departmental physical forms, including purchase of malpractice insurance

NUR2200 Transition into Practice

6 Credits

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

SCI2215 Life Sciences

6 Credits

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.

SOC2225 Introduction to Psychology

3 Credits

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 licensure 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 acceptance into the program. Prior to participating in clinical rotations, students must  submit a physical assessment by a licensed medical professional.  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 meets the educational requirements for licensure in the State of New Jersey. Successfully passing the NCLEX-PN is one of several requirements to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN); licensure is not automatic. Applicants for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the State of New Jersey must successfully complete a New Jersey Board of Nursing approved program, such as this program, pass the NCLEX-PN, and satisfy all other New Jersey Board of Nursing requirements (including, but not limited to, submitting an application and supporting documentation, paying application and processing fees, and passing a criminal history background check).

Licensure requirements vary by state. Information regarding licensure in the State of Connecticut can be found at https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Practitioner-Licensing--Investigations/LPN/Practical-Nurse-Licensure-by-Examination.

Information regarding licensure in the State of New York can be found at http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nurseforms.htm

Information regarding licensure as an LPN in the State of Pennsylvania can be found on the application checklist available at https://www.pals.pa.gov/#/page/default.

The College has not made a determination with respect to licensure requirements of other states.

Information about program costs (including tuition, fees, books and supplies) is available at: https://berkeleycollege.edu/catalogs/undergraduate-2019-2020/admissions/certificate-program-tuition-fees-2019-2020/index.html.

SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE