Nursing: Practical Nursing (PN)

Diploma

The Practical Nursing Curriculum prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to provide nursing care to children and adults. Students will participate in nursing care as directed by the registered nurse.

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation/long term care/home health facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices.

Applicants are required to complete the TEAS Test along with additional requirements before applying. Spring PN students, who take the admission test in June, must turn in all application materials by June 15. Students who take the admissions test in September must turn in all materials by September 15.

Courses

Semester Course Course Name LEC LAB CLN CREDIT
Total Credits Total Credits NA

Courses

Semester Course Course Name LEC LAB CLN CREDIT
Total Credits Total Credits NA
Spring Spring
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 4 2 0 5
NUR 101 Practical Nursing I 7 6 6 11
NUR 117 Pharmacology 1 3 0 2
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
Summer Summer
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 0 3
NUR 102 Practical Nursing II 7 0 9 10
Fall Fall
NUR 103 Practical Nursing III 6 0 9 9
PSY 241 Developmental Psychology 3 0 0 3

Courses

Semester Course Course Name LEC LAB CLN CREDIT
Total Credits Total Credits NA

CEU Classes

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Learning Outcomes

  • Participate in evaluating the concepts of the holistic individual and client response in the promotion of health, wellness, illness, quality of life, and the achievement of potential.
  • Practice professional nursing behaviors, within the legal practice boundaries of the practical nurse, incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for continued competence.
  • Participate in providing evidence-based nursing care, from an established plan of care based on biophysical, psychosocial, and cultural needs of clients in various stages of growth and development while assisting them to attain their highest level of wellness.
  • Participate in the nursing process to provide individualized, safe, and effective nursing care in a structured setting under supervision.
  • Demonstrate caring behaviors in implementing culturally-competent, client-centered nursing care to diverse clients across the lifespan.
  • Participate in collaboration with the interdisciplinary healthcare team as assigned by the registered nurse (RN) to support positive individual and organizational outcomes in a safe and cost effective manner.
  • Reinforce and/or implement the teaching plan developed and delegated by the registered nurse to promote the health of individuals, incorporating teaching and learning principles.
  • Utilize informatics to access, manage, and communicate client information and validate best practices.
  • Participate in Quality Improvement (QI) by identifying hazards and error and by suggesting, to the RN, changes to improve the client care process.

Estimated Cost

Diploma In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $3,224.00 $11,480.00
Books and Supplies $1,532.50 $1,532.50
Total Cost $4,756.50 $13,012.50

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Dr. Yvonne Johnson
Associate Dean - Health Sciences
(336) 386-3368
johnsony@surry.edu

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$20.15 average salary per hour.

$41,920 average salary per year.

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