Practical Nurse

Program Competencies for PN

Upon graduation from this program students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Use the nursing process in meeting self-care requisites of culturally diverse groups of clients with defined self-care deficits.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary health team members in meeting the needs of culturally diverse groups of clients with defined self-care deficits.
  • Modify strategies to advocate for culturally diverse groups of clients with defined self-care deficits.
  • Use knowledge of nursing to deliver safe, individualized care to culturally diverse groups of clients with defined self-care deficits.
  • Employ health education plans based on the learning needs of the culturally diverse groups of clients experiencing self-care deficits.
  • Apply principles of therapeutic communication skills in interactions with culturally diverse populations and the health care team.
  • Practice within the legal and ethical framework of practical nursing in the management of groups of culturally diverse clients with defined self-care deficits.
  • Assess own actions in meeting the practical nursing program outcomes as evidenced by journaling and submission of anecdotal records.
  • Demonstrate accountability for personal and professional conduct within the practical nurse student role.

Technical Standards1 for PN

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For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering the nursing program must be able to demonstrate the ability to

  1. Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  2. Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  3. Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  4. Stand for a minimum of two hours.
  5. Walk for a minimum of six hours, not necessarily consecutively.
  6. Stoop, bend, and twist for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time and be able to repeat this activity at frequent intervals.
  7. Lift a 40-pound person or assist with a larger person and transfer the person from one location to another.
  8. Determine by touch: hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, hardness/softness.
  9. Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on machinery.
  10. Read measurement units with or without corrective lenses.
  11. Respond to spoken words, monitor signals, call bells, and vital sign assessment equipment.
  12. Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety and intervene quickly in a crisis situation with an appropriate solution.
  13. Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times, especially during emergency situations.
  14. Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  15. Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.
  16. Function without causing harm to self or others if under the influence of prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Practical Nurse Certificate (PN) (selective) (January entrance)

A licensed practical nurse (LPN) participates in direct and indirect nursing care, health maintenance, teaching, counseling, collaborative planning, and rehabilitation. LPNs work under the direction of registered nurses, physicians, and/or dentists. MWCC’s Practical Nursing Certificate provides short-term education leading to a rewarding healthcare career. The college credits earned in this program may be applied toward a nursing degree. The PN Certificate program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, ACEN, Board of Commissioners, granted the practical nursing program continuing accreditation with the condition that the program submit a Follow-Up Report in 18 months. If the Follow-Up Report is accepted by the Board of Commissioners, the next evaluation visit will be scheduled for Spring 2022.  ACEN contact information: 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850 Atlanta, GA  30326 (404) 975-5000 or website-www.acenursing.org.  Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). See the selective admissions section in the front of the college catalog for application requirements.

Requirements for consideration: The application deadline is September 1, with classes starting in January. This selective enrollment program requires additional application components. The selection process is competitive and space is limited. Applicants must have completed MAT 126 Topics In Mathematics (C+ or better) and meet certain academic standards. See Selective Program Requirements for specific details or refer to the program application available on our website or through the admissions office.

Year 1
SpringCredits
PSY 105Introduction To Psychology 13
NUR 102Fundamentals Of Practical Nursing 11
BIO 152Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology 4
Fall
NUR 104Maternal Child Nursing Summer I Maternity Summer II Pediatrics 8
PSY 110Human Growth And Development 13
ENG 101English Composition I 1,43
Year 2
Spring
NUR 106Contemporary Nursing for the Practical Nurse 13
 Total Credits: 45
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These courses must be taken concurrently or prior to the nursing courses specified for that particular semester

2

BIO 199 Anatomy and Physiology I (formerly BIO203) and BIO 204 Anatomy and Physiology II may be taken in place of BIO 152 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology. Grade must be a C+ or better.

3

Recommended completion prior to program application

4

Recommended completion prior to program application (advised within 1 year of application)

See the practical nursing general information for technical standards.

Campus/format

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Helpful hints

Because of an extensive classroom/clinical commitment, students are encouraged to complete some of the general education requirements prior to beginning nursing courses. Limitations of clinical sites necessitate traveling some distances.

Transfer options

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Special requirements

Applicants must meet all requirements for consideration before entering the program. Students must meet technical standards and additional requirements including immunizations, CPR certification, liability insurance, health insurance, and a Criminal/Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check (see Selective Program Requirements for Nursing Programs). Additional tuition applies for this program. Some clinical facilities may require drug testing.

Please note

All BIO (BIO 115 Human Biology, BIO 199 Anatomy and Physiology I (formerly BIO203), or BIO 204 Anatomy and Physiology II), MAT 126 Topics In Mathematics (prerequisite), and NUR 102 Fundamentals Of Practical Nursing, NUR 104 Maternal Child Nursing Summer I Maternity Summer II Pediatrics, and NUR 106 Contemporary Nursing for the Practical Nurse courses require a grade of C+ to be eligible for promotion to the next level. Also, , BIO 199 Anatomy and Physiology I (formerly BIO203), and BIO 204 Anatomy and Physiology II credits cannot be more than five years old.

Career options

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Earning potential

$36,434 to $43,241 per year.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Information

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Courses

NUR 099. Foundations Of Nursing Success. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the basic concepts that form the foundation of nursing practice. It involves cooperative learning opportunities for exploring the practice of nursing and preparing students for the process and rigors of nursing education. In addition, this course will assist students in developing strategies to improve basic academic skills, study habits, time management, and concept of self with an aim of improving the likelihood of success once accepted into the nursing program. Through presentations, group work, lecture and discussion, fundamental knowledge for beginning nursing education is provided. Concepts integral to nursing practice, such as ethics, integrity, and requirements as stipulated in the Nurse Practice Act are also introduced. Prerequisites: FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

NUR 102. Fundamentals Of Practical Nursing. 11 Credits.

This course provides an introduction to the role of the practical nurse in assisting to identify and meet the self-care needs of clients, patients, and families/significant others. The framework for this course is Orem's Theory of Universal Self-care Requisites. Opportunities will be provided to learn and to begin to use theory to determine and implement appropriate nursing interventions. Content will include family theory and dynamics, diversity, communication skills, microbiology, nutrition, pharmacology, teaching/learning, theory problem-solving process, levels of prevention, legal and ethical nursing practice, caring behaviors, and mental health nursing. Students will have the opportunity to practice and learn skills in a classroom laboratory environment. Clinical experience is provided in area hospitals, subacute and rehabilitation settings, and long-term care facilities. Corequisites: BIO 115, PSY 105 and admission into the Practical Nursing program.

NUR 104. Maternal Child Nursing Summer I Maternity Summer II Pediatrics. 8 Credits.

This course focuses on the developmental self-care requisites of culturally diverse individuals across the lifespan. Content and skills developed in Fundamentals of Practical Nursing will be expanded to assist NUR 102 Fundamentals of Practical Nursing students to care for this client population. This course is divided into two components of nursing care needs: maternity and pediatrics. The clinical component of the course includes experiences in maternity and pediatric settings. Prerequisites: BIO 115, NUR 102, PSY 105.

NUR 106. Contemporary Nursing for the Practical Nurse. 13 Credits.

This final nursing course will assist the practical nursing student in learning to care for groups of adult patients, ranging from wellness management to those recovering from specific disorders or injury, including mental health issues to those individuals experiencing end of life issues. The course expands on previous learned information and introduces students to the principles of management within their scope of practice. Students employ the nursing process to deliver safe, comprehensive, individualized care in order to meet the self-care requisites of the assigned patient population. This course provides opportunities for clinical experiences in acute, sub-acute, and long-term care as well as outpatient and community based care. The goal of nursing care is to prevent illness, promote comfort, protect and restore health to unique individuals. Emphasis is placed on the expected role of the novice practical nurse in various health care settings. Prerequisites: NUR 104, ENG 101, PSY 110.

NUR 111. Foundations Of Nursing. 7 Credits.

This course introduces students to the concepts of nursing, nursing education, healthcare, and the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on basic nursing skills. Students develop an individualized client assessment focusing on these functional health patterns: health maintenance; nutrition metabolic; elimination; and activity/exercise. Clinical experiences are provided in long term care settings. Core components and competencies are introduced. These include professional behaviors, communication, critical thinking, collaboration with others, managing time, assessment, basic interventions, and teaching/learning. Prerequisites: MAT 126 or higher. Corequisites: BIO 199, ENG 101, PSY 105. Fall.

NUR 113. Nursing Care Of Children And Family. 4 Credits.

This course builds upon the understanding of the human needs of clients, nursing process, and core components introduced in NUR 111 Foundations of Nursing. Through planned classroom and clinical experiences ranging from care of the child in extended care to a variety of child health practice areas in the community, students have the opportunity to apply the nursing process to the care of the child and family in diverse settings. Students are introduced to concepts from the bio-psycho-social sciences that apply to caring for the child at varying stages of development. Common childhood illnesses are discussed. In addition to developing collaborative plans, students are guided through the process of developing an individualized nursing care plan for a selected client. Prerequisite: NUR 111. Corequisites: BIO 204, BIO 205, PSY 110. Spring. Service learning component.

NUR 114. Nursing Care Of The Childbearing Family. 4 Credits.

This course builds upon the understanding of the human needs of clients, nursing process, and core components introduced in NUR 111 Foundations of Nursing. Through planned classroom and clinical experiences in labor and delivery, newborn nursery, and postpartum, students have the opportunity to apply the nursing process to the care of the childbearing client. Student are introduced to concepts from the bio-psycho-social sciences that apply to the childbearing client. In addition to developing collaborative plans, students are guided through the process of developing an individualized nursing care plan for a selected client. Prerequisite: NUR 111. Corequisites: BIO 204, BIO 205, PSY 110. Spring.

NUR 115. Family Centered Nursing Care. 4 Credits.

This course builds upon the understanding of the basic needs of clients as gained in NUR 111 Foundations of Nursing. Through planned learning experiences with childbearing families and their children, infants through adolescence, students have the opportunity to study nursing problems related to inter- and extra-personal stressors and reactions during the childbearing and childrearing developmental stages. The course is based on the premise that the purpose of the family is to create and maintain an environment that will promote the physiological, developmental, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual variables of its members. Throughout the course, the opportunity will be provided for students to apply the principles of the biological, social, and physical sciences in planning, giving, and evaluating individual care. Prerequisite: NUR 116.

NUR 116. LPN to RN Transitions. 4 Credits.

This hybrid course assists with the transition from the role of the LPN to the RN roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing as an associate degree nurse. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of clinical competence and critical thinking in the planning and documentation of care for clients in a variety of health settings. Learning experiences are provided through independent study and simulation in the campus nursing lab setting. Prerequisites: BIO 199, BIO 204 (or corequisite), BIO 205 (or corequisite), ENG 101, NUR 111, PSY 105, PSY 110 (or corequisite). Summer.

NUR 131. Pharmacology For Nurses. 3 Credits.

This course will introduce and instruct nursing students on basic pharmacology through a nursing process approach. Content will prepare students for the NCLEX exam and entry into practice, provide continued education for practicing nurses and health care providers, and encourages ongoing education related to nursing practice in understanding the complexity of medications. This course may serve as a foundation course for bachelor degree preparation in nursing. Prerequisites: MAT 126 or higher, NUR107 or NUR 111 or equivalent, or permission of division dean. Online web.

NUR 204. Trends In Nursing. 3 Credits.

This course facilitates the transition from nursing education to practice. An historical perspective is presented to encourage students to understand the influence of nursing history on contemporary practice. Content is structured such that current issues in nursing are discussed. Students participate in small group work and present a brief learning unit to the entire class. This activity reinforces teaching, learning, collaboration, communication, and professional behavior roles of the nurse. Concepts basic to the performance of entry level nursing are discussed. These include the healthcare delivery system, leadership/management, delegation, conflict, time management, advocacy, political action and ethical/legal principles. Service learning is a required component. Prerequisites: ENG 102, NUR 220, NUR 230, SOC 103. Corequisites: NUR 222, PER 126 or PER 130, humanities and business elective. Spring.

NUR 220. Medical Surgical Nursing, Part I. 6 Credits.

Medical-Surgical Nursing Part I focuses on the nursing care of clients with common recurring health problems. The organizing structure is based on human needs, the nursing process, the life cycle, and the three interrelated roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing. The health problems discussed include fluid and electrolyte imbalances, care of the client in the post-operative setting, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, and endocrine dysfunction. Emphasis is placed on continuing care needs of individual clients, implications of aging, and acute care skills. Concomitant clinical experiences are selected to enable the student to develop the knowledge and skill required to provide the nursing care needed by individual clients. Prerequisites: BIO 204, BIO 205, NUR 113 and NUR 114 or NUR 115 and NUR 116, PSY 110. Corequisites: ENG 102, NUR 230, SOC 103. Fall.

NUR 222. Medical-Surgical Nursing Part II. 9 Credits.

This course focuses on the nursing care of groups of clients experiencing common recurring health problems. The organizing structure is based on human needs, the nursing process, life cycle and the three interrelated roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing. Life cycle concepts are reinforced as important considerations in planning client care. The health problems discussed include gastrointestinal, neurological, hematology/oncology, renal, reproductive and sensory dysfunction. Emphasis is placed on developing skill in managing the care of more than one client, participating in the planning for the continuing care needs of clients in the acute care and subacute care settings, and the refinement of nursing skills. Prerequisites: ENG 102, NUR 220, NUR 230, SOC 103. Corequisites: PER 126, NUR 204, humanities and business elective. Spring.

NUR 230. Psychiatric Nursing. 4 Credits.

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process to the care of clients who are experiencing mental health problems. Students are introduced to basic concepts of psychiatric mental health nursing. Clinical experiences are provided to allow students to apply these concepts to the care of clients with psychiatric/mental health problems. Students perform assessments utilizing selected psychiatric nursing tools. Core components and competencies introduced in NUR 111 Foundations of Nursing are developed. Prerequisites: BIO 204, BIO 205, NUR 113 and NUR 114 or NUR 115 and NUR 116, PSY 110. Corequisites: ENG 102, NUR 220, SOC 103. Fall.